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DIY or Pro - Home Remodeling - Haring Realty

Spending more time at home gives everyone a bit of a home improvement bug, and that's never a bad thing. But if you've been watching home makeover shows, your vision of the process may not match reality. Many small and mostly cosmetic projects are DIY-friendly. But there are times when you'll need to call in the professionals for safety and legal reasons. Our REALTORS® want your remodeling project to go off without a hitch, so we'll help you sort out which projects you can tackle on your own and which need to be done by the pros. 

  • Make A Splash 
    Plumbing-related repairs and updates should be approached with caution, but several are DIY-friendly. It may be the first time you locate the shut-off valves in your home, and this can be crucial information in case of a leak or break in your pipes. Changing plumbing fixtures, including installing a toilet, can be done by a careful homeowner and can take years off the look of a room. 

    If you're looking to add a freestanding bidet or an outdoor sink, however, you should leave that to a professional plumber. Re-routing existing pipes or installing new ones can get tricky fast. Any project involving shutting off water to the entire house should also be left to a plumber, as the necessary equipment may require a plumber's license.

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Pumpkin Carving - Family Fun - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® often hear buyers say one of the best things about getting your own home is customizing and decorating it any way you like. That includes decorating for your favorite holiday. A jack-o'-lantern on the porch or as a part of other Halloween decorations in your yard is a fun way to express your creativity. It's also the perfect fall decoration for Mansfield homes for sale. They're festive without going overboard, and once they're cut, they don't last long. Whether you're looking to make a classic simple design, or go next level and carve the best one on the block, these five tips can help.

  1. Pick a quality pumpkin. Start with a pumpkin that is in good shape and not split, withering, or starting to go bad. Your pumpkin should be firm, free of soft spots, and relatively smooth and blemish-free on at least one side, so it has a good "face" and is easier to carve. The stem should also be intact. Since most people pick out their pumpkins in advance, you want the freshest possible.

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Downsizing your home? - Glynnis Cox Real Estate Expert In Las Vegas and  Henderson NV

Have you been thinking of downsizing? You are not alone. Statistics show that almost half of baby boomers are considering downsizing. Many people who downsizing have been thinking about moving out of their large home to a smaller home, condo or apartment for some time. Common factors in making this decision may be a recent retirement, children moving out of the home, financial issues, divorce or inability to continue to care for a larger home and/or yard. I am one of those people. Having had this experience myself, I wanted to write this blog which, I hope, will help you as you downsize.

  1. Emotional
    Downsizing brings up a lot of emotions. You will be looking at physical items which will bring up good and bad feelings from the past. Your Mom's favorite china may remind you about wonderful Christmas dinners. On the other hand, an old picture may remind you of a sad time in your life. Take time to process these emotions by talking to a friend or a professional so you can move forward in a positive way.

  2. Professional
    Early in the process I suggest that you start looking at your options for a home while you are deciding what to do with your possessions. Being a real estate agent myself, I know a professional agent will be invaluable in helping you find your new home. The agent will ask you questions about what you can afford, where you want to live, what type of home, e.g. one story or two story, will work best for you, etc. Based on your needs the agent will help you search for and locate a home that is just right for you.

  3. Stuff
    One of the biggest and sometimes the most overwhelming aspects of downsizing is what to do with all your "stuff". We all have accumulated a lot of furniture and household goods over the years. I knew I wanted my family members to have the opportunity to have family heirlooms. So I texted everyone and explained I was downsizing and asked them to contact me if they wanted any family "treasures". Don't be surprised or hurt if you don't hear anything and/or they don't want something that is important to you. Lifestyles of younger people often don't allow for them to take a large dining room set or 12 piece china set they will never use or collection of salt and pepper shakers.

  4. Decide
    Take time to sort through your possessions and decide what to keep, sell, donate or discard.

  5. Expectations
    Be realistic about the size of your next home when you decide what to keep. Going from a 2,000 square foot home to a 1,000 square foot condo obviously makes a big difference in terms of what you can actually keep. Start by going through your home and picking out the items you really love. It might be you Grandmother's antique chest of drawers or a special plate. Take that precious possession with you but your decisions should focus on the philosophy that less is more.

  6. Sell
    Pick a reliable auctioneer or estate professional to handle the possessions you want to sell. Nowadays many sales are online. A professional can evaluate each item, photograph each item or group of items, advertise your sale, make arrangements for buyers to pick up their purchases, and collect proceeds.

  7. Documents
    This is an opportunity to sort through and organize your paperwork. Inexpensive banker's boxes can hold those papers you must keep, e.g. birth certificates, passports, recent tax returns, transcripts, resumes, etc. Be ruthless and throw the rest out.

  8. Photos
    Photographs are important reminders of the past; however, if you and no one else knows who is in the picture, you may want to sell them to someone who is interested in that time in history or give them to a local historical society. However, if there is no way to identify them and no one wants them, you may have to discard them. While you are looking through them and want to keep them, take a minute and put a note on the back with the names of the people in the picture. I wish my ancestors had labeled so many pictures I found and couldn't identify. I have a friend who has scanned family pictures rather than keeping the hard copies. There is an electronic photo album with these family pictures that now sits on the mantel in his home.

  9. Donate
    There are many organizations that would be delighted to have the items you don't want or need, e.g. St. Vincent DePaul Society, Goodwill, etc. Some may even come to your home to pick up your donations. Set aside a space for items that are broken, dirty or not suitable for donation. For things that can't be donated or kept, I recommend you call a garbage company and have a dumpster placed at your home so you can throw stuff out immediately. You can save money by throwing out unwanted items each week with your trash. Note: some items, e.g. cans of paint may have to be disposed of in a specific way rather than in the trash.

  10. Move
    Make arrangements to move. There are some good options to consider: moving yourself by renting a moving truck, packing your possessions and putting them in a " pod" where a company can move them to a new location, or hiring a moving company to do everything for you. Check with others to find the best moving company if you want someone else to move you. I used two of the above options-moving myself and hiring a moving company. I gathered up boxes from the grocery store, put items I wanted to move in the boxes, marked the boxes and moved some of them, like my clothes, myself. I had initially thought I would rent a truck and move everything myself. When I learned how economical the moving company I chose was, I used them to move me. They packed the boxes I had not moved in their their truck along with my furniture. When we got to my new home, they carefully placed my furniture and boxes in the the right rooms immediately and I was settled much more quickly.

  11. Enjoy
    Remember to enjoy the next stage of your life. It's a wonderful new adventure!

Connie Ament, Realtor, Haring Realty Cincinnati


Fall Front Porch Decor - Haring Realty

Changing from summer to fall means crisper air, cooler temperatures, and, of course, an abundance of leaves, pumpkins, and seasonal colors. Fall is also the time to make your home feel warm and inviting. Get in the spirit of fall by playing up the natural scenery outside and giving your front porch a seasonal refresh with carefully chosen fall decorations. And it's easy, enjoyable, and affordable to put together a festive look and elevate your outdoor space. Our REALTORS® have got a few ideas for how you can achieve a beautiful front porch for fall.

  1. Go Traditional with Pumpkins and Mums
    It doesn't feel like fall without pumpkins. They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes so you can take advantage of the variety to add visual interest and create an inviting statement. You can place the pumpkins on the ground, put them in a lantern or another decorative container, or place them on a hay bale for a fresh fall look. Also, mums and pumpkins are a natural pair when it comes to outdoor fall decorations. The vibrant tones of the flowers flawlessly complement the soft pastel colors of the pumpkins. Create an eye-catching display by placing small pumpkins and mums on opposite sides of the entryway.

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Seller Etiquette - Haring Realty

Mansfield homes for sale have gotten plenty of attention in recent weeks. Sellers are moving forward with their plans. And, drawn by historic low interest rates, buyers are bidding on homes that excite them. Our REALTORS® know now is a great time to be a seller! To get the best value for your home, it's important not to forget the buyer-seller relationship is a two-way street. Buyers should bring serious offers to the table – and sellers should give them due consideration.

It's all about etiquette. And that's especially true in the negotiation phase! Seller etiquette might not seem that important at first, but it really makes a difference. Sellers often feel better when they find a buyer they trust, especially if they're selling property that's been in the family for a long time. Buyers, in turn, are more likely to help you out if you have a strong rapport.

Let's look at common points of negotiation etiquette every seller should know.

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