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Fourth of July Safety Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know that the Fourth of July is one of Ohio's biggest holidays, and starting this year, there will be new ways to celebrate at home. Beginning on July 1, 2022, Ohio's new fireworks law goes into effect, allowing adult residents to use consumer fireworks on certain holidays throughout the year. If you've just finished shopping for Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale and want to celebrate the Fourth of July in your new yard, it's important to practice good safety habits for consumer fireworks use.

  • Get to Know Ohio's Fireworks Law
    For Fourth of July Celebrations, the new fireworks law allows consumer fireworks to be discharged on July 3, 4, and 5. Fireworks can only be set off on your own property or another private property with the property owner's permission. Fireworks cannot be set off while under the influence. Before setting off fireworks, check the regulations for your community, as some communities are still considering local bans despite the new law.

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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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Pet Safety Tips - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Pets are bona fide, integral members of the family. But finding a home with pet-friendly features can be quite a hassle leaving many animal lovers in a pickle. Let our REALTORS® find you safe, welcoming homes for creatures great and small, like these pet-proof Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale.

Every year an estimated 40,000 pets die in home fires, mostly from smoke inhalation and inability to escape. Not only is it essential to find a home that has features designed to keep your pets safe, but you should be more mindful of the fire-related hazards in your home.

It's vital to pet-proof your home. Here are some pet fire safety tips to start you off.

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2021 Smart Home for Owners - Haring Realty

As 2021 breaches the horizon and people remain nestled in their homes, many are looking toward the future. In addition to much-anticipated family gatherings and celebrations, many homeowners are asking our REALTORS® about smart home features they can install to make modern living just a little more comfortable. It's likely you already have a few smart devices in your home for listening to the radio, answering the door, or turning the lights on and off. However, adding more requires planning and preparation so that you can fully enjoy the benefits smart technology has to offer.

  • Consider Features & Research Your Options
    Most homeowners start off with a simple Google or Amazon device that makes it possible to control the radio, organize shopping lists, make calls, and do other simple tasks. But, there is so much more than smart devices can do. Controlling the thermostat, monitoring home security, raising/lowering the blinds, and more are all possible. Thus, the first step you want to do is to research the available technologies and identify the ones that offer the functionality you desire. As you do your research, you will familiarize yourself with the available possibilities and the costs associated with the devices you want to purchase and install. Finally, it would be best if you also read reviews of both users and industry professionals. This will give you a better idea of which systems deliver on their advertised promises and each system's potential strengths and weaknesses.

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Backyard Fire Pit - Homeownership - Haring Realty

Have you ever imagined having a home where you can sit around a cozy fire and chat with friends and family? You're not alone! Backyard space is one of the most sought after features in Mansfield homes for sale. And Ohio has just the right weather to make having a fire pit an enjoyable activity during most of the year. 

Building your own fire pit is a great way to personalize your backyard space and it's a project that's within almost everyone's DIY skills. These tips can help you get started.

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Ohio Home Fireplace Tips
Winter in Ohio is in full bloom. There is nothing quite as cozy as a crackling fire in the fireplace of your Mansfield home.  However, the last thing any homeowner wants is for disaster to strike, potentially damaging their home and putting loved ones in danger. Understanding and practicing fireplace safety is crucial in ensuring that your house and family are safe. Our REALTORS® offer these eight tips to keep your fireplace in tip-top shape and protect our family.

  1. Get Your Fireplace Ready
    Before you light the first fire of the season, have your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned by a professional. Flues should be intact, and the dampers are operating correctly. Any buildup of dangerous residues including soot, creosote and glaze should be removed as they can seriously increase the risk of a chimney fire.

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Mansfield Ohio Holiday Home Security Tips
As you're preparing for family gatherings, office parties, and other holiday events, the last thing you want to worry about is a home invasion. Unfortunately, the change in routine and hectic schedules that often accompany this time of year create a perfect opportunity for would-be thieves.

Our REALTORS® want you and your family to stay safe and secure while enjoying yourselves this holiday season. Here are six tips to help keep your home burglar-free. 

  1. Be Careful What You Share
    Sharing on social media is a way of life for most of us, but when you over-share, you open yourself up for potential problems. If you're traveling during the holidays, don't post details about when you'll be gone. Remember that every time you check into a location, whether it's around the corner or across the globe, you're letting everyone who can see your feed know your house is empty.

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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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Mansfield Ohio Home Safety Tips for the Holidays
Decorating your home for the holidays is a tradition that dates back centuries, and it's still as fun as ever! While you're busy decking the halls, however, it's important to make sure that you prioritize safety at all items. Holiday lights, wreaths, trees, and decorations do pose some safety risks when installed improperly, but the good news is that there are plenty of simple steps you can take to decorate as safely as possible this holiday season. Our REALTORS® are looking forward to the holiday decorating fun, and we've put together a collection of tips to help you deck the halls safely for the holidays.

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