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July
10

Adapt Your Home to its Selling Season for Best Results

There is a home-selling myth that spring is the best season to sell a home. Although spring is the busiest time for real estate, people are looking to buy homes everyday of the year. When making the decision to sell your home in the off peak season, consider adapting your home to its selling season for best results. Emphasizing seasonal amenities will gain the attention buyers who are looking to enjoy every feature a home has to offer. At Choice Properties, we look forward to helping you sell your home during any season, focusing on the home's features and amenities.

Decide Your Selling Season

The real estate market starts to heat up as early as February, since most families are looking to move in the spring or summer. Moving before a new school year and summer vacations is a goal commonly shared, making spring a popular season to buy or sell. Although these are peak dates to sell, not everyone's situation will be the same. Deciding how quickly you need to move will determine the urgency of needing to sell. If your moving dates are flexible, you may consider holding off until early spring for a higher sale price.

Location

The location of your home also plays an important role on when to sell. Early spring and summer are ideal times to sell a beach or lake house, while a ski cabin is more likely to sell in the winter. Playing off the features your house offers will attract the interested buyer.

Staging Tips for Selling a Home

Stage the Outside

With selling a home comes with staging the space, offering a chance for potential buyers to envision their future. Playing off the season will make the home feel welcoming and inviting, such as hanging beautiful door wreaths in the winter or planting colorful flowers in the summer.

Lawn Maintenance

Ensuring your lawn is maintained and weeds are pulled will give buyers a clean perspective on the house. If selling in the winter, consider sprinkling salt after shoveling the driveway and walkways to create a safe entryway. The outside of your house is the first impression buyers will see, so it is important to present a well-cut landscape.

Tidy Up the Inside

When entering your house, guests should walk into a space that is clean, well organized, and comfortable. Be sure to take all factors into consideration, such as welcoming smells, comfortable temperatures, and simple staging. Giving individuals inspiration with how you stage your space helps them envision their own design.






Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

June
29

Indian Lake is a wonderful place to spend time in the summer, getting out on the water and doing some boating with friends and family. When venturing out into the open water, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure everyone has a safe, and fun, time this boating on Indian Lake.

 

Boating

Indian Lake boating is some of the best in the area. Keep the following in mind when going out on the water.

 

Ramps: all public ramps have ample parking for trailers and vehicles without unhooking. Moundwood and Lakeview are generally busiest but also the largest docking areas. All boat ramp areas have restroom facilities. Chippewa on the north side, Blackhawk on the west, Lakeview Harbor south of the lake and Moundwood is on the east side.

 

Water Depths: varying depths exist across the lake from 3' to 12.' The lake bottom is mud and sand. A boat will need a hook anchor. Wake areas and speed zones are marked on maps available upon arrival or online. No wake areas are strictly enforced by the State Park Water Patrol.

 

Skiing: one ski zone exists for skiing and pulling tubes on the west side of the lake. No limit requirements on speed in this particular area but at least three people must be in the boat including the skier while boating on Indian Lake.

 

Speed Zone: a second speed zone is for boats not pulling skiers or tubers. This area is located on the east side of Indian Lake. No limit requirements on speed exist in this area. Take care and caution while in the game preserve area for weeds. Indian Lake now has a weed harvester to work the weeds through lily pads in the area.

 

Boat Swim: areas exist on the north side of Red Oak Island, along Snow Island and Little Walnut Island on the north side of Indian Lake. Boats may also anchor on the south end of Old Field Beach at Fox Island Beach.

 

Boat Safety: safety tips, boat operating ages and PWC rules are available at this page. No alcohol is permitted on the lake. Patrol boats navigate to help boaters, monitor speed and search for safety violations. The Indian Lake Auxiliary Coast Guard is also available to assist boaters on weekends.

 

Restaurant Docks

The following is a list of restaurants which have docks available for boats.

  • Tilton Hilton

  • Achesons

  • McDonalds

  • Kevin's Pizza

  • The Moose Club

 

Registration

Some of the following tips are helpful to know before boating on Indian Lake.

  • Any craft used in Ohio waters with a serial number requires registration (including rafts with oars). Owners of homemade vessels must apply for a serial number before registering the craft.

  • Untitled vessels require a Statement of Origin, Dealer Invoice or Notarized Bill of Sale. Titled vessels require the title. All vessels must be registered before use on Ohio waters. Ohio now requires a 45-day temporary registration until title is obtained.

 

Get more advice on getting your boat ready for the summer!

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May
19

Indian Lake Properties

Indian Lake in Ohio features a 5,800 acre lake, optimal for boating, inland sailing, skiing and other water activities. There is lots to experience at this hidden gem of the Midwest. Here are some of the 10 best reasons to visit Indian Lake in Ohio.

 

  1. Indian Lake - water skiing is popular as is fishing, hiking, camping and visiting the beaches. Several islands dot the lake for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a more quiet experience. Resort homes, vacation rentals and permanent residences surround the lake which provides entertainment for the whole family.

  2. Waterfront dining - several restaurants offer boat docking for easy access to food such as burgers, fries, sandwiches, pizza and fine dining for a beautiful evening on the water. Live entertainment is a staple at several places in Russells Point and surrounding areas. Locals and visitors love to spend time enjoying all these restaurants, big and small, have to offer.

  3. Indian Lake islands - includes the "Indian Isles" chain which arcs through the center of the lake. Wildlife areas are accessible through various channels, inlets and bays with approximately 30 miles of shoreline. Oldfield Beach adjoins the lake which is the end point of a several mile lakefront biking and walking trail.

  4. Festivals - Every year, the Jimmy Buffett weekend kicks off the first week of February along with the annual Boat Show first weekend in March. A fireworks display for Fourth of July celebration observances brings in the crowds to enjoy good food, neighbors and fun. Hundreds of boats line the water and crowds gather on the shores. The "Ring of Fire" on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend, extends an Indian tradition in celebration of harvest.

  5. Indian Lake State Park - naturalist programs, playgrounds, basketball, volleyball, bicycle and boat rentals are just some activities available for campers. Some sites include electrical hookups. Hiking, bike trails and winter activities including snowmobiling and ice fishing make this a perfect spot to enjoy year round.

  6. Beaches - some of the public beaches for visitors include Old Field Beach with 1,200 feet of beautiful sand and shelter houses with water fountains and toilets. Fox Island Beach is near Russells Point and three areas on Indian Lake exist for boats to anchor and enjoy swimming.

  7. Bellefontaine - Home to Mad River Mountain Ski Resort, Marmom Valley Farm and Cherokee Hills Golf Course, shopping and entertainment, there is something for everyone here.

  8. Ohio Caverns - enjoy 35 acres of natural caves formed thousands of years ago. Perfect for families to explore together.

  9. Serenity and peace - the beauty of Indian Lake in Ohio is the ability to enjoy crowds, fun and excitement but also find quiet places to get away from it all.

Midwestern charm - friendly locals make this an oasis from city life and everyone is having a good time, young and old, so it is the perfect place to go for an enjoyable time and to meet friendly people. Add Indian Lake as a reason to visit Ohio!

 

Get more advice about these 10 reasons you need to visit Indian Lake!

Contact one of our agents today.

June
18

As the fireworks displays loom near in our imaginations, we're all a little excited by the greatest summer holiday there is: Independence Day! This time of year usually means outdoor barbeques and family gatherings beneath an open sky as we watch a brilliant display of fireworks to commemorate the urge toward freedom and community that has always defined the American people.

 

Logan County and the surrounding Indian Lake community is well known for its welcoming personality and ties to the land and history of the region.  That's never more true than during the 4th of July celebrations that abound around the lake. As one of the busiest times of year for the Indian Lake community, we welcome our fellow countrymen to the celebration and raise a cold drink to the Land of the Free!

 

Enjoy the fireworks and remember that it's always a great time to buy a house in Indian Lake!

June
18

Indian Lake is a beautiful place for boating and family fun. However, it's a good idea to remember that no matter how much boating experience you have, it never hurts to review a few basics before launching.

 

Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

 

Be Weather-Wise

Because Indian Lake is shallow with large open zone areas, it can get rough quickly with changes in weather conditions. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

 

Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

Being prepared for any possibility on the water is a big part of boating safety. By following a pre-departure checklist you can make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten. Here is a great one to print and use:CHECKLIST

 

Learn to Swim

A strong swimmer is a survivor. Local organizations usually offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area if you aren't comfortable in the water.

 

Use Common Sense

  • Extended sun and wind exposure causes fatigue

  • Slower boats have the right away

  • Operate at safe speeds—particularly in crowded areas. Observe Indian Lake's 10 mph speed limit for night boating.

  • Stay alert at all times

  • Steer clear of large vessels or watercraft which might be restrictive in stopping or turning.

  • Be conscience of buoys and other navigational aids

  • Don't Drink and Sail. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. Studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.

 

Designate an Assistant Skipper

Don't be the only one aboard who knows all aspects of handling and operating the vessel, and general boating safety. Should the Captain become injured or incapacitated in any way, it's important someone else can get everyone else back to shore.

 

Develop a Float Plan

Always be sure to let someone else—who will be on shore—know your float plan. This should include your destination, how long you anticipate being gone, names and phone numbers of all passengers, and boat details including communication equipment on board. Should you run into trouble, this will assist authorities in searching for you. Here is a map of Indian Lake to help you plan:MAP

 

Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

Don't become part of a tragic drowning statistic. Be sure all passengers on board are outfitted in properly fitted lifejackets. Children under ten years of age on a boat less than eighteen feet in length MUST wear a personal flotation device.

 

Take a Boating Course and Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check

Indian Lake Boat Courses

U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Offering Boating Safety Classes N.A.S.B.A. approved. Successful completion satisfies the State of Ohio educational requirements for boaters operating a powerboat faster than 10 hp. and born on or after Jan. 1, 1982.

The US Coast Guard offers complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations—take advantage of it!

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The cause of most deaths amongst boaters is capsizing, falling overboard, and drowning.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay Alive.

 

FYI:

Per the Indian Lakewebsite: There is no alcohol permitted on the lake. Patrol boats navigate the lake to help boaters, monitor speed, and look for safety violations. The Indian Lake Auxiliary Coast Guard is also available on weekends to assist boaters.

 

June
15

Central Ohio is full of amazing summer festivals for all ages and we're happy to promote some of these to the residents and visitors of our community.  There's always something to do when you live in Logan County.  Get out there and enjoy all the cultural entertainment offered in summer time!

 

 

If you enjoy the local happenings in central Ohio and Indian Lake, be sure to talk to one of our award-winning real estate agents about the best place to live in Logan County!

June
15

Indian Lake Camping

 

Summer is in full swing in Central Ohio and our locals can't get enough of the sunshine and great outdoors. When the winter is so long and cold, it's always nice to break the ice with some fun, family-friendly summer activities right here on home turf.  Here are three of our favorites for you to consider.  Whatever you do, get out there and have some fun in the sun!

 

Get on the Lake

Indian Lake offers a wealth of activity for the whole family. Swimming and enjoying the lakeside park areas are a great way to spend a few hours together without spending too much.  For the more adventurous types, check out Spend a Day Marina for boat andwatercraft rentals.  Nothing beats buzzing around on the lake with a Jet Ski or speed boat.  If you're up for fishing there are some great spots around the lake for catching bluegill, yellow perch, and largemouth bass.  From a boat or the shore, you're sure to get something on the end of your line.

 

 

Family Camping

The Welcome Woods Family Campground offers you and yours a chance to get outside and camp under the stars for a few days this summer.  18 acres of open land offers plenty of camping spots from the primitive setups, where it's just you and a tent, to recreational parking with water and electrical hookups.  The campground is on the south side of Indian Lake so you can walk over for a swim or fishing, or just hang out by the fire pit roasting hot dogs and s'mores!  The great outdoors is the iconic summer family experience.

 

Horseback Riding

Living in the Midwest has its own quaint country charm but nothing says America like a rural horseback tour.  Our friends at Marmon Valley Farm off horseback riding adventures and trail rides, plus camps and lessons for all ages.  Let your kids experience the wonders of a fully functioning farm with animals, pets, crops, and of course… horses! 

 

Make memories to last a lifetime right here in Logan County.

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