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September
12

End-of-Summer Maintenance - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Before you can enjoy the pumpkin spice and everything nice that fall has in store, you have work to do as a homeowner. As you get ready to sit back and enjoy the beauty of the season, you have to take care of the landscaping and your home so that everything is ready for the cooler months ahead. Our REALTORS® suggest doing the following chores: 

  • Clean the Dryer Vent - This simple chore is essential for ensuring proper ventilation and, more importantly, reducing fire risk.

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August
23

Outdoor Cleaning Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Summer sunshine and cool evening breezes are still here, so it's time to get outside and tackle some cleaning chores. Whether you prefer relaxing by the pool or hosting a family cookout, our REALTORS® know that it's much more fun in a clean outdoor environment.

If you're like most homeowners, you know outdoor chores aren't much fun, but they're necessary if you want a beautiful, safe home. Buyers looking for Galion homes for sale are impressed by well-manicured landscaping, clean decks and patios, spotless windows, and outdoor lighting. Take a look at seven outside cleaning tricks that will make your home shine.

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June
6

Controlling Landscaping Weeds - Homeowners - Haring Realty

The ideal for a garden or lawn does not include pesky weeds, which, if allowed to go unaddressed, can crowd out your cultivated plants, take up fertilizer and water, and leave you with a landscape far from your plan. 

No doubt you're in love with that home you bought from among Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, and you want to improve it, inside and out. Springtime is, of course, prime time for cultivating your garden and creating a healthy-looking lawn. Among other tasks, that means keeping weeds out.

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May
9

Clean Your Room Day - Homeowners - Haring Realty

If you're like most people, you can probably close your eyes and hear your mother saying, "No playing with your friends until you get that bedroom clean!" With the eyerolls and the grumbling, you probably turned a half-hour job into an all-day nightmare. But does it have to be that much of a struggle? May 10th is National Clean Your Room Day, and our REALTORS® have a few suggestions that may help your kids get in the habit of keeping a tidy room without the tears and frustration. 

  • Start Small
    That is, start working with your children when they are toddlers. Clean together and encourage them to put toys in the toy box, dirty clothes in the hamper, and shoes in the closet. Applaud their efforts and cheer their successes, just as you did when they took their first steps. Positive reinforcement at their earliest stages of development is far more effective than negative responses later. Even if you have to follow behind them for thorough dusting, let them try to do it themselves. They'll get better with practice.

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April
25

Organize Your Garage - Homeowners - Haring Realty

A new home is a blank slate. That said, our REALTORS® know how hard it can be to get organized when moving into a new home. Most garages end up being junk purgatories where items that don't yet have storage space end up. Unfortunately, this leads to garages getting cluttered almost to the point where you can't use them for their intended purpose—to park your car.

Every April 26 is dedicated to proper planning, cleaning up, and decluttering. It's a great time to get some spring cleaning done on Get Organized Day. Here are some tips to help you clear the clutter after you've found a house among Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale.

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March
28

DIY Projects - Homeowners - Haring Realty

April 2nd is National DIY Day, so it's time to get started on some projects around the house. Roll up your sleeves, get out your tools, and tackle five home improvement projects that will make your home shine. Our REALTORS® know that a little elbow grease goes a long way in boosting your home's resale value in today's market.

  1. Shampoo Your Carpets and Rugs
    If you have carpets and area rugs, you may be living with hidden germs from food debris, dust mites, dead skin, and pet hair, even if you vacuum on a regular schedule. Experts recommend that you shampoo your carpets and rugs twice a year.

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February
28

Cleaning with Vinegar - Homeowners - Haring Realty

If you're looking to get a jump on spring cleaning, using vinegar to clean your Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale is effective, economical, and easy. And you probably already have some in your kitchen. It's natural and safer than many commercially marketed cleaners too. Vinegar does a stellar job cleaning around the house, and it is especially effective for the following six tasks. 

  1. Clean the refrigerator. Use equal parts vinegar and water mixture to spray the inside shelves, drawers, seals, and other surfaces. Wipe off with a damp sponge.

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February
21

Prepare for Home Emergencies - Haring Realty

When surveying Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, you need an emergency plan for after your family moves in. Emergencies like power outages, fires, and natural disasters can be scary, but they don't need to be disastrous as long as you're prepared. Our REALTORS® have compiled some common crises and their responses below.

  1. Power Outage
    Stash battery-operated flashlights and candles in every room in case of power outages. Then, furnish your emergency kit with extra batteries to power through a power outage that lasts several days.

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January
17

Get Ready to Sell in 2022 - Haring Realty

Are you planning to sell your house this year to take advantage of the seller's market? That's a great idea, but our REALTORS® would like to call your attention to a few things you will want to address before you do. Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale are certain to bring healthy profits to the sellers, but maximizing those profits is still important. Here's how that can be done:

  • Forgo unnecessary upgrades
    In more competitive markets, sellers often invest thousands of dollars in renovations in the hopes of making a greater profit. At this point, sellers are better off making minor upgrades such as new paint than major remodels. Focus instead on presenting a clean and welcoming environment by eliminating clutter and personal items. You still want potential buyers to easily imagine their own belongings in the home rather than yours. But instead of paying an interior decorator to stage your home, remove photographs and add some houseplants to make their first impressions inviting.

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January
10

Deep Cleaning Tips for Homeowners - Haring Realty

Cleaning can be a tedious chore, and some areas are easy to overlook. In fact, our REALTORS® find that many Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale aren't as clean as they seem. Over time, the neglected areas in your home get grimier as they accumulate dust, mold, pet dander, and mildew. Explore the five things in your home that require a deep clean below.

  1. Garbage Disposal
    If your kitchen sink gives off foul smells, the garbage disposal is the likely culprit. Since the appliance stays concealed under the sink, many homeowners don't give it much thought. However, food particles often get stuck in the grinding chamber and splash guard and start to decay.

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November
29

Cold-Weather Maintenance Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

While cold weather seems to be here to stay in Ohio, you still have time to get your home ready before any significant snowfall arrives. Our REALTORS® suggest checking these maintenance tasks off your to-do list for Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale. You'll be glad you did!

  • Clean and repair your gutters. It's true that gutter cleaning isn't fun, but it is very necessary. Getting out all the leaves and debris that can cause back-ups and ice damming is a must. Fix any holes or leaks and any places where the gutters aren't attached correctly or are sagging. All those areas are prime spots for ice and water to accumulate, potentially causing damage to your home.

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October
25

Chimney Inspection - Homeowners - Haring Realty

The wise homeowner doesn't wait until the last minute to winterize an Ohio home. You've probably already cleaned your gutters and insulated your windows to keep out icy drafts. Our REALTORS® want to call your attention to one more critical action to take if your home has a fireplace. Be sure to call a chimney sweep to inspect and clean the chimney. 

  • Why is this important?
    Chimney fires occur an average of 17,600 times a year. In addition to fires, many of the 4,000 lives in America lost to carbon monoxide poisoning are due to dirty chimneys. Another 10,000 are made ill each year after exposure to these noxious fumes. No one should ever be a statistic, particularly since this one is so easily avoided.

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October
18

Get Your Yard Trick-or-Treat Ready - Haring Realty

Fall weather is just around the corner, and thousands of children are anxiously awaiting Halloween. Before your street is lined with little ghosts, goblins, furry creatures, and storybook heroes this year, our REALTORS® have some tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe.

The fun of trick-or-treating on Halloween night can be quickly overshadowed injuries like cuts and bruises, falls, and animal bites. Trick-or-treaters in areas with Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale should be protected from scary things that may be lurking in the front yard. To prepare for a safe Halloween, follow these tips to get your yard trick-or-treat ready.

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October
4

Tools for Fall Leaf Pickup - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know one of the best things about owning your own home is being able to enjoy all kinds of seasonal activities in your outdoor space. And fall is a great time to do exactly that. Crisp air and colorful leaves truly make it a season to enjoy here in Ohio. And while those colorful leaves look stunning on the trees, eventually you'll probably need to clean up some in your yard.

As far as yard work goes, getting rid of the leaves isn't a horrible chore. Raking a few leaves can even help you enjoy the fall weather and maybe even get a little excited about the season. But depending on the size of your yard and how you do it, it can get time-consuming. And who wouldn't rather be spending their time enjoying fire pits, football games, or hayrides instead?  So try these tools to make leaf clean up at your Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale a whole lot easier.

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September
27

Smart Home Tech for Homeowners - Haring Realty

Buying a home is a smart investment. Incorporating smart home tech into your new home enhances the value and comfort of that investment. Our REALTORS® keep a keen eye on the future of smart technology and highly recommend the following features and systems that will make maintaining, protecting, and enjoying your home a little bit easier.

  • Smart Lighting Lights Up Your Life
    Smart lighting is easy to install and can significantly improve both security and comfort. Smart lighting systems allow you to control everything from brightness to color. This lets you set the mood for special occasions and improve the illumination outside your home to make it easier for guests to find their way around during an evening gathering.

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August
30

Installing a Water Softener - Home Improvements- Haring Realty

Homeowners are constantly hit with a barrage of sales pitches for home improvements that will boost its value, from solar panels to water softeners. But how do you know whether an investment is truly worth it in terms of ongoing benefits and return on investment? Our REALTORS® felt that you should have some facts at your disposal in order to make an informed decision about water softeners. 

  • Initial Cost
    According to Home Advisor, on average, a water softener, including installation, will cost between $1,000 and $2,800. A smart filtration system in a larger home may cost up to $6,000. Some systems can be self-installed for as little as $500.

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July
26

New Homeowner To-Do List - Haring Realty

It doesn't take long after the ink dries on the paperwork that your thoughts will turn toward all the things you have to do when you move into your new home. Our REALTORS® know you'll have a lot on your mind, and this simple list can help you stay focused on some of the things you need to do.

  1. Dust Off the Dust Mop
    It's a good idea to pack your cleaning supplies at the back of your moving truck. This will make it easier to get to the mops, brooms, trash bags, etc., you'll want to use before you move in. Cleaning an empty house is a lot easier before you start unpacking.

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July
19

Buying an Older Home - Haring Realty

When that fabulous old house on the hill looms large in your thoughts, it's easy to get swept up in the nostalgia of the past. Whether it's memories of your youth or a longing for the days of yore, it's important to know what you could be getting into. While old houses most certainly have their charms, our REALTORS® know that it's important to look for warts, as well. That said, owning an older home is most certainly rewarding if you are willing to put in the work and resources required to maintain it.

  • Buying Older Homes in the Region
    There are many Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale that date back to the late 1800s. These old homes were built with hand tools, solid wood, and stone. They were built to last, and many have made their way into the present day.

    As the years have passed, styles evolved, materials advanced, and lifestyles changed. This means when you buy an older home, you're likely to find many different eras represented within the rooms and behind the walls. You may find solid wood floors from the 1900s covered by linoleum from the 1950s. Sometimes, these are pleasant surprises that, with a little TLC and creativity, can significantly boost the ambiance and appearance of the home.

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May
10

Interior Paint Selection - Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

Choosing the perfect paint color for your home can make a huge difference. After all, the color of your walls provides a backdrop for all your interior. If you just bought a new home, painting is a great way to put your personal stamp on the home and begin the next phase of your life. Conversely, if you're putting your property on the market but it's looking a little too "well-loved," a crisp coat of paint can help create a better first impression and potentially increase your home's value.

But with the vast array of color choices available today, choosing the right color can be a painstaking process, especially if you get things wrong and have to start all over again. So skip the do-overs and find the perfect paint color by doing your homework and evaluating your options before you don your overalls or lay down the drop cloth. No matter what aesthetic or shade you're looking for, these foolproof tips by our REALTORS® will help you select the perfect paint color every single time.

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May
3

Deck Maintenance - Haring Realty

The march toward summer is well underway, and it's time to turn your attention to the deck outside your home. As the weather warms up, our REALTORS® know the deck is one of the first things prospective buyers of Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale will look at as their thoughts turn to summer BBQs and time with family and friends. If your deck needs an overhaul, you'll want to act quickly before local contractors run out of time to do the work for you.

  • Start with a Wash
    Dirt, dust, and grime can obscure the true condition of your deck. Watch the weather for a sunny, wind-free period to give your deck a good scrub and a deep clean with soap and a powerwasher. Make sure to follow instructions and keep the powerwasher at a safe distance from the wood to avoid scoring and damaging it. If you come across any stubborn stains or debris stuck in crevices, a stiff brush and a putty knife can usually remove it.

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March
22

Pest Control Tips for Homeowners - Haring Realty

We're all thrilled when the winter storms are gone and it's time for the spring thaw. But with that warmer weather comes a multitude of pests, both in our yards and sometimes our homes. 

To prevent pests in the house you've chosen among Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, follow the tips below.

Keeping Pests Out of Your Home

Not surprisingly, most of the pests homeowners in our area are quite common, rather than some of the newer, exotic species that have just begun invading the South and the West, such as certain species of exotic ants and mosquitoes. Here are some of the main ones to be on the watch for.

  1. Mosquitoes
    There are several species of mosquitoes in our region, and like anywhere, they are mainly a problem during warm, rainy weather. The best preventative is not allowing stagnant water to collect in containers, birdbaths, or ponds. Water in a pond or birdbath is fine as long as it's being aerated or changed frequently. Remove old flower pots or containers and store them away. Cut back on dense foliage, where mosquitoes like to hover during the heat of the day. If you decide to spray, talk to your pest control specialist about measures that won't kill beneficial insects such as butterflies and other pollinators.

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March
15

Spring Cleaning Supply List - Haring Realty

Did you know the fourth Sunday in March starts National Spring Cleaning Week? It's the perfect time to get started with that cleaning to-do list and give Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale a spring fresh look and feel. If you've just moved in or are looking to sell, this job is probably top on your list! Spring cleaning can seem like an enormous and demanding task, but these supplies will help you tackle just about any spring cleaning job quickly and easily.

General Supplies

You probably already have most of these supplies, since they are used for general cleaning. For most people spring cleaning means doing a deep, detailed cleaning and getting all those spots that are hard to reach or don't get cleaned very often. So take the opportunity to make sure what you have is in working order and replace any cleaners you're running low on. These supplies are the must-haves that will help you tackle a lot of general cleaning tasks.

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January
18

Decluttering for Homeowners - Haring Realty

When cold weather starts forcing you to be inside more, take advantage of this time to declutter your home. True decluttering isn't just better organization; it's also getting rid of all the excess stuff we accumulate over time. It's especially important to declutter if you're thinking about listing your home with one of our REALTORS®. However, decluttering can be a big job, so here are a few tips to help guide you through the process.

  1. Have a plan. Decluttering your home takes more work and time than you might think, and without a road map of sorts, you're bound to get lost at some point during the process. Your plan can be as simple as tackling a new room each weekend or as detailed as breaking it down by closet, but the important thing is that a plan will help you get the job done.

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November
23

Home Inspection Tips - Homewners - Haring Realty

You may have reached the stage in your home-selling process where the casual looks are turning into firm offers. You're looking forward to handing the keys over to a family that will love your home as much as you have. But before you can finally close the deal, the issue of home inspection comes up. If you've not sold a home before, this can seem daunting. But you needn't worry. Home inspections help both buyers and sellers, and our REALTORS® are ready to guide you through the process. 

  • The Inspector and Their Gadgets
    Home inspectors are trained professionals licensed by the state to examine homes for signs of damage and decay that can interfere with the way the home functions. They test electrical outlets, plumbing, major appliances, and the HVAC system. They will visually inspect every part of the home, looking for signs of damage from water, vermin, or decay. After the inspection, the inspector will provide a report. As home buyers often hire the inspector, they will receive the report, but home sellers can hire a home inspector to identify issues before a homebuyer spots them. If you have a pre-inspection done, you are required to share the report with potential buyers, but they may also choose to have their own inspection performed.

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November
16

Proper Food Storage - Homeowners - Haring Realty

The refrigerator is one of the most neglected kitchen appliances. Food items just seem to find their way in the back and turn into horrific science experiments overtime. Who hasn't found spoiled yogurt, sour milk, or moldy jars of soups left there from weeks ago? National Clean Out Your Fridge Day Nov. 15 was a good reminder to take matters into your hands and check the status of items inside your refrigerator.

Of course, we'd all clean out our fridges more often in a year, but making it an annual occasion provides an opportunity to rectify the situation with your long-forgotten leftovers and make room for your Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. So, fill that bucket with warm water, don your rubber gloves, collect your cleaning supplies, and take a day to scrub your fridge clean.

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September
28

Home Renovations to Avoid - Haring Realty

Renovating your home can make it more comfortable to live in. In addition, it also can put a little extra money in your pocket when you decide to sell the home. However, our REALTORS® also know that some renovations can leave you less than happy with the finished result. Some can cost more than you expect, and others can detract from the home's value. The following are five home renovations that aren't worth the headaches and costs that they create.

  • Going Against the Grain
    Maybe you like Ultra-Modern, or long for something more Tudor. That is not a problem when the rest of the home matches the renovation style you want to incorporate. However, if you try and put an ultra-modern kitchen in a Tudor home, or a Southwestern style living room in a country cottage, the resulting contrast will make the home less appealing to prospective buyers. When considering style, always choose design styles and features that complement and enhance one another.

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September
21

Winterizing Tips - Haring Realty

In our Ohio region, there will be a hint of fall in the air soon, and with it, a harbinger of the colder weather to come. That means, among many other tasks, it's time to winterize our yards. The goal is to shut things down so your plants are protected against the worst that Mother Nature can deliver with wintertime wind and moisture.

Year-round maintenance of your yard will help you keep a step ahead of the other Mansfield homes for sale, should you be planning to list your home. Our REALTORS® have many suggestions for making your property look its best. But to get started, try these six helpful tips to winterize your yard.

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September
14

Problem Driveway - Home Improvement - Haring Realty

It's easy to ignore your driveway... until it needs to be replaced. Driveways are made to last, but when the time comes to replace yours, it's good to know your options. 

Whether you're installing a new driveway to add value to your home before selling it or you simply want a less bumpy ride, our REALTORS® are here to help. These are the top driveway materials to consider:

  • Concrete
    Concrete has long been one of the most popular driveway options. That's because it's a highly durable surface, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. An average concrete driveway costs $5 or $6 per square foot, and can last anywhere from 25 to 50 years.

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July
13

AC Maintenance - Haring Realty

In Ohio, summer is a hot and humid mess without a working air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable. That's one of the reasons why our REALTORS® encourage all homeowners to perform regular maintenance on their air conditioners. However, even with proper maintenance, problems can arise, and the following are eight signs your air conditioner is sending that it is about to go on the blink.

  • Diminished Airflow 
    When air doesn't circulate through the home, it can mean the compressor is malfunctioning, a filter is clogged, or there is a blockage in the duct. If you are looking at purchasing a home, we advise you to ask when the last time the ducts were cleaned. This often-overlooked chore can significantly improve indoor air quality and HVAC systems' efficiency.

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June
15

Edging Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Tips abound for sprucing up the interior of a home before it goes on the market, as well as getting the exterior into shipshape, ready-to-sell mode. But what about the landscape? If yard care and gardening are not your thing, you may need a little guidance as you wonder how a potential buyer might react to your less-than-inspired landscaping. 

Now that you're seriously wanting to attract attention to your home among Mansfield homes for sale, there are a few landscaping tricks that can turn heads of potential buyers without you having to break the bank—or break into too much of a sweat to get things presentable. Our REALTORS® can make additional recommendations if need be. Let's start with one of the most basic landscaping tasks, but one that can make a real difference.

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May
18

Problem Noises - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Do you hear that noise? Your home is trying to tell you something!

Believe it or not, some sounds are scarier than those that go bump in the night. The creeks, cracks, squeaks, and scratches that you hear around the house shouldn't be ignored. While some of these issues are minor, others are indicative of destructive and dangerous problems. Our REALTORS® suggest investigating and resolving these annoying noises ASAP. 

9 Household Noises & How to Fix Them  

  1. Whistling
    Do you hear a whistling sound in certain rooms? Don't worry, it's not a ghost, but it could be one of two other issues — either your furnace or your windows. A furnace that makes a sucking or whistling sounds means it's working too hard because of dirty filters. Replacing them with new, clean filters will stop the sound. A whistling window means your weatherstripping is loose and needs to be resealed.

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April
27

Roof Replacement - Haring Realty

Though all of us are fortunate to have roofs over our heads, it's easy to forget that these elements of our home won't last forever. While the standard roof should last a few decades if properly installed and maintained, there are a number of issues that can weaken the integrity of your roof faster than you'd believe. Our REALTORS® encourage you to pay attention to these five signs that you might need to replace your roof this summer, especially if you plan on listing your property alongside other Mansfield homes for sale.

  1. Dark Spots on the Roof
    While a shingle on your roof may fade or become slightly discolored over time, any large patches of discoloration may be signs of a serious problem. Dark streaks or spots on the roof are typically caused by algae, which causes staining and could make shingles deteriorate, eventually causing leaks. These stains can also harm your curb appeal, even if they aren't actually damaging the roof. A roof that looks like it may be problematic can instantly make buyers assume that there might be mold, leads, or other problems present in the home.

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March
9

Last-Minute Staging - Haring Realty

When you're marketing a home to sell, it needs to be ready to show potential buyers. Our REALTORS® know that home staging is easier and properly done when you have time to thoroughly declutter, clean, organize, and decorate your home. But last-minute showings can happen and you never know—that showing could be the ultimate buyer for your house. Some quick fixes can make your property stand out from the rest.

Here's a rundown of those little home-staging things you can do to prepare your home for last-minute showings.

  1. Clean Around Your Home
    When you get that last-minute call from your real estate agent, don't get into a panic mode. Quickly double-check all appliances and make sure they are spotless. No one wants to see films of grease, splattered spaghetti sauce in their potential new home. Wipe down kitchen counters and sinks and make sure all items are cleaned and out of sight. Likewise, make sure your bathroom is gleaming, from the sink drain to the corners of the tub to that spot that you think no one can see.

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October
28

Tips for Inheriting a House - Haring Realty

Although it can be a result of a rather unfortunate life event, inheriting a house can change your life forever. If you are in a position to determine what to do with the property, an inherited home can be a cornerstone of your long-term financial well-being. We understand that such a sudden change can be overwhelming, and you may have many factors to consider when you're deciding what to do with this inheritance. With this in mind, Our REALTORS® have five pieces of advice they give all of our clients to help them decide whether it's in their best interest to sell it, rent it, or keep it as a primary residence.

  1. Accurately Assess the Debt Situation
    It can be difficult to process this when you're going through a period of grieving, but in some cases, an inheritance can be more of a burden than a helping hand. Before you make any plans for the disposition of the property, you need to get a handle on any debt that you inherited along with it. Does the property currently have a mortgage, or is it paid off? If it does have a mortgage, does it have sufficient equity to make a sale profitable? Were any financial instruments such as a reverse mortgage used to leverage this equity? Can you afford the mortgage payments every month? The answers to these questions will be crucial when you're deciding what to do next.

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September
23

Fall Curb Appeal - Haring Realty

Mansfield homes for sale have plenty of potential for great curb appeal. Our REALTORS® know this is a truly essential factor in making sure your home gets sold promptly. The faster a home is sold, the more likely it is that you'll get the price you want. With that in mind, a good first impression benefits you. That's what curb appeal is all about!

Even if your home isn't going to be on the market for a while, there are things you can do in every season to keep your home's curb appeal up. Fall is particularly important. Let's take a closer look at the best things to do for curb appeal in fall:

  1. Wash the Outside of Your Windows
    There's more than love in the air in spring and summer – there's also pollen. Airborne irritants from way back during first bloom can settle into a film on your windows that lasts all the way until fall. Bring your home up to date by power-washing the windows.

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March
11

Spring 2019 Spring Home Maintenance List
With Spring just around the corner (and we promise it really is), you may be eyeing those cobwebs on the ceiling and the dust bunnies along the baseboards. As you tackle that Spring cleaning list, don't forget your home's maintenance list, especially if yours is a Mansfield home for sale.

Our REALTORS® suggest checking through these key areas of your property, top to bottom:

  • Roof and Gutters
    Spring is a good time to clean the roof and check for missing shingles,  rust or cracking, and of course, any leaking. Sometimes simply hammering the wayward shingle down and applying some caulk is enough, and sometimes you might need to call a professional. If you can't get on the roof yourself, using a pair of binoculars can get you started with your inspection. 

    At the same time you're giving the roof some attention, look over the gutters too. Clean out any leaves or debris. Look for leaks here also, as well as any place the gutters or downspouts may have pulled away from the house. Again, the caulk gun may be all you need to shore up the problem.

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February
18

Ohio home heating tips
Winter in Ohio can bring low temperatures and blankets of snow to the doorsteps of every Mansfield home. With plenty of cold mornings and frosty nights ahead, our REALTORS® are here to help you stay warm indoors. Here are six easy tips for keeping your Ohio home cozy all winter long.

  1. Use Your Windows Wisely
    Depending on the time of the day, your windows can cause your home to either retain or lose heat. Take advantage of the sunlight during the day and allow it to stream through your windows. However, when the sun sets, use thick curtains to prevent heat from escaping through the window panes.

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February
4

Know the Ins & Outs of Home Warranties

Home Warranties
Mark your calendars, homeowners! February 10th is National Home Warranty Day!

Haring Realty knows that you want to protect your home inside and out, that's why our REALTORS® want to help you celebrate this annual holiday by providing you with everything you need to know about the vital resource that is a home warranty.  

What is a Home Warranty?

The way you live transforms an ordinary house into the home of your dreams. Every day, your family relies on appliances and systems like the water heater, washing machine and refrigerator to keep life running smoothly. Unfortunately, normal wear and tear on these machines over time can cause components to malfunction or break. Thankfully, home warranty protection plans are available to help you replace or repair these appliances and systems.

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December
31

New Year's Resolutions Home
A new year means a new beginning, and maybe this year is time to try something a little different. Instead of the usual New Year's resolutions we make for ourselves – losing weight, kicking a bad habit – how about making a few resolutions for your house? 

With a new year about to begin, now is the perfect time to think about how you want to make your house better in the future. Maybe you want to protect it from the elements, update some features, or finally tackle that DIY project you've been putting off. In any case, these are a few resolutions our REALTORS® recommend considering for your list!

  • Budget for Home Improvements
    Tackling DIY projects can be daunting, especially from a financial perspective. A great way to deal with the costs of home improvements is to lay out your budget at the beginning of the year, including a list of what you want to improve, how much it will cost, and how you will set aside the necessary funds. This will prevent overspending, and also give you extra motivation to get the job done.

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April
30

Steps to Prepare Home for Showings

Follow These Steps to Get Your Home in Top Shape for Showings

There are a number of things you can do to increase the chances of selling your home quickly and easily. One of the most important is to make sure your home is ready for others to see it. Cleaning and de-cluttering should be on the top of your to-do list. Remember, buyers searching for Mansfield homes for sale will scrutinize every corner of your home. Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® to help you make the best impression possible.

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April
23

Home Improvement Projects to Boost Value
Boost Your Home's Resale Value with a Few Simple Improvements

It's tax time again. Although many people dread filing their taxes, receiving a refund makes it a little more bearable. A great use for that extra money is updating your home. If you're staying in your home for the foreseeable future, there are many upgrades that can make your life easier and your home more aesthetically pleasing. But if you're looking to add your house to the current list of Mansfield homes for sale, you'll probably want to make some updates that will appeal to buyers and add value to your home. Our REALTORS® definitely know what makes a good impression on buyers and using your tax refund for one or more of these updates can help get your house sold.

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January
2

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for an Ohio Winter

Ohio Winter Home Preparedness

Winter has only just begun here in Northeast Ohio, and already we've had to deal with our fair share of ice and snow. The next time winter weather threatens, our REALTORS® want to make sure your home is ready for it. Here's how to make sure you and your home are ready for the next big snow storm.

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July
31

Prelisting Inspection
Life occasionally throws road blocks in our way. We can limit those obstacles by taking precautionary measures. When you're selling your home, consider investing in a prelisting inspection to avoid costly issues in the future and delaying the home selling process.

Haring Realty has been helping people sell their homes since 1983. Our experienced agents have shared their insights on the benefits of a prelisting inspection. 

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May
22

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Summer is around the corner, and that means DIY season is about to be in full swing for homeowners everywhere. The summer is the perfect season to address landscaping maintenance tasks, improve the energy efficiency of your home, and make sure that your HVAC system is ready to keep you cool no matter how hot it gets outside. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare, with our ultimate summer home maintenance checklist.

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