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September
26

Creating Space for Hobbies at Home - Haring Realty

Though home trends come and go, filling your home with items you love to use will ensure that your home remains a comfortable, inviting haven.

Our REALTORS® know that it's important to have a space to work on your hobbies so that your home is a functional space you look forward to spending time in. Here are a few ways to repurpose an existing space for your hobbies.

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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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August
8

Back-to-School Activities - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Can you believe summer is almost over? The first day of school is right around the corner, and while it will be a relief for some, it may be a frightening experience or a dreaded event for others. Our REALTORS® know that a new home can also mean a new school and would like to offer a few ideas to make the experience more positive. 

  1. Arrange a Tour
    Is there anything scarier than feeling lost? Younger children will be much more confident if they know where and how to get there. Middle and high school students don't want to be outsiders wandering around looking for their classrooms. You can eliminate this anxiety by taking a reconnaissance trip before school starts. Identify bus stops or walk the route with them until they feel secure with the journey.

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July
18

Mosquito-Free Outdoor Entertaining - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Summer is an exciting season filled with fun activities. It means spending more time outdoors, catching up with friends, and enjoying the hot weather. Unfortunately, the weather is also ideal for bugs and mosquitoes during summer. Our REALTORS® compiled these tips to help you get rid of mosquitoes.

  1. Install Fans to Blow Them Away
    Mosquitoes are tiny and weak. They cannot withstand a strong breeze. Therefore, installing outdoor fans is an excellent remedy to keep them at bay. It will also make you and your guests more comfortable since you'll need the fresh cool air.

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July
11

Attracting Hummingbirds - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Of all the many delights of creating a backyard nature preserve, few can compare to the pleasures of watching hummingbirds visit your property. These fascinating creatures will provide hours of interest for you and your family, as you witness their vigorous aerobatics over your feeders or your hummingbird-attracting plants. Not only is it fun for you, but you're also helping hummingbirds survive by providing nectar, either in a feeder or in your choices of backyard plants.

If you've taken the plunge and bought a home from among Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, attracting hummingbirds is just one more way to maximize the enjoyment of your property while also helping out wildlife. Read on and try out these tips from our REALTORS® for attracting hummingbirds.

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July
5

Retaining Wall - Homeowners - Haring Realty

When looking for Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, how often do you consider the landscaping? Landscaping is essential, especially if the house is built on elevated or sloping yard space. Retaining walls not only help improve your yard but also present other benefits. Our REALTORS® have put together these benefits of retaining walls.

  1. Better Aesthetics
    A retaining wall can add a distinctive look to your landscape. The wall can level out your yard, making it more attractive. Additionally, you can use the walls to create flower beds in your yard or entryway, making your home more appealing.

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June
20

2022 Green Features - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Going green is the best way to keep some green in your wallet this year. If you're searching for ways you can reduce your environmental footprint, protect the ecosystem, and save money at the same time, then the following are five home features our REALTORS® recommend taking a look at as you consider upgrades for your home.

  1. Install New Windows and Doors
    New windows and doors will go a long way toward protecting your home against heat gain and heat loss. These will protect your interior from UV rays and significantly reduce the amount of work your furnace and air conditioner must perform to ensure your comfort. Further, they'll go a long way toward enhancing your home's curb appeal and updating the structure's outward appearance. These will most certainly help your home stand out in the field of Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale when you go to put your home on the market.

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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
23

Composting Tips for Homeowners - Haring Realty

Most potential buyers looking into Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale want large outdoor spaces to undertake different projects. Composting has especially become popular among homeowners who want a sustainable way of reducing trash. Our REALTORS® are also great fans of composting, and they share their top tips below in honor of Learn About Composting Day on May 29.

  1. Get a Bin
    Compost bins are available in different materials, shapes, and sizes. The ideal type primarily depends on the amount of space you have. For instance, a plastic bin suits a small space, and it retains heat and moisture to facilitate rapid decomposition.

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May
16

Creating a Music Room - Homeowners - Haring Realty

May 22nd is Buy a Musical Instrument Day. A good quality instrument is important for a music lover, but having the right place to play it is just as important. There are plenty of Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, and our REALTORS® can help you find one with an extra room that you can use as a music room. Here are some tips for setting up the ideal space.

  • Location. Which room should be your music room? There are several considerations. First, pick a room that doesn't get a lot of outside noise. If you live in a busy area, that may mean the room furthest from the street. Also, if possible, choose a large room, as they have better acoustics.

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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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April
11

Easter Family Fun - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Waking up to see what the Easter Bunny left is almost as exciting as looking for Santa's gifts. But Easter festivities don't need to be limited to eating the ears off a chocolate rabbit. Our REALTORS® have some great suggestions for family time before the big day. 

  • Dyeing Boiled Eggs
    While this option seems intuitive, we certainly couldn't bypass it. You'll find any number of kits at every grocery store, filled with the tools to complete the task as well as decorative augmentations. If you prefer to do the job the old-fashioned way, just line up a cup for each color and add ten or more drops of food coloring to each. Add one teaspoon of vinegar and 1/2 cup of boiling water. Place the eggs in the cups for about ten minutes before removing them with tongs or a slotted spoon.

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April
4

Unconventional Pets - Homeowners - Haring Realty

While many homeowners keep dogs and cats, other people desire non-traditional animals that are just as loving as dogs and cats. Our REALTORS®, who are also pet-lovers, highlight some unconventional pets to consider below.

  1. Guinea Pigs
    Guinea pigs make excellent pets as they're social and easy to tame. However, they require constant attention and commitment to thrive in captivity.

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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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March
21

New Puppy - Homeowners - Haring Realty

As you search through Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, you may notice they're the perfect place to start a family and that includes a furry family, too! If you've been thinking of heading down to a local shelter and giving a puppy its "forever home," you'll need to prepare your property for its arrival. In honor of National Puppy Day on March 23rd, our REALTORS® have put together some quick tips to get it ready.

  • Secure the Trash
    As everyone knows, dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Add to that a puppy's curiosity, and it's a recipe for disaster—or the very least, a recipe for a big mess for you to clean up. Not only that, but a puppy may eat something toxic or a discarded item that can get lodged in its throat or cause internal damage. Always be sure that your trash cans are properly sealed and secured.

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March
14

Butterfly Garden - Homeowners - Haring Realty

A butterfly garden is a perfect investment if you dream of a colorful and lively yard as you browse through Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale. Beyond adding color to your garden, butterflies are active pollinators and will enhance the health of your plants. A little planning is necessary to grow a successful butterfly garden, and you can start with the tips below.

  1. Research the Common Species in Your Area
    You'll find it easier to create the ideal butterfly habitat if you know what attracts the common species in your location. Researchers have recorded over 130 species in Ohio, although the state has no official butterfly.

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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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February
14

Family Baking on Valentine's Day - Haring Realty

Remember when Valentine's Day meant a class party with lots of homemade cookies and a carton of milk? Times have changed and most schools don't allow such activities anymore, but that doesn't mean kids of today need to miss out. Our own kitchens are great party venues. Our REALTORS® would like to share a few tips with you to help bring those parties home! For easier clean-up after the fact, line the counters with waxed paper before you begin. 

  • Classic Sugar Cookies
    Hands down the most popular valentine's cookie of all time, sugar cookies are simple to make, inexpensive, and versatile enough for the youngest children to participate in the process.  Traditionally decorated with a buttercream frosting tinted pink, you don't need to feel tied to that.  There are plenty of options for toppings or add-ins. Toddlers are delighted to spread colored sugar sprinkles on top to bring them to life. Bonus: to let children decorate cookies without making them from scratch, you can always purchase pre-made dough and count on perfect results every time. Add a can of pre-made frosting and some writing icing in a tube and inexperienced bakers can look like pros.

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February
7

Renovation Costs - Home Improvement - Haring Realty

Whether you're buying a home or fixing up a home you've lived in for many years, our REALTORS® know just how quickly the cost of renovations can rise through the roof. If you aren't careful, the simple, cost-effective renovation can end up taking a hefty bite out of your savings. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ensure your renovation gets done without breaking the bank.

  • Create a Plan
    Determine what renovations you need, which you want, and which will add the greatest value to your home. Always put the "need" renovations first, as these typically include plumbing systems, electrical systems, roofing, and other critical renovations for safety and comfort.

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January
24

2022 Home Improvement Trends - Haring Realty

If you've been searching through the long list of amazing Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, you've probably already noticed that each one is chock-full of unique designs and amenities. It may not take long, however, before you're ready to add something extra to your new or existing home.

Let's take a look at a handful of home improvement trends for 2022 and beyond. 

  1. Multi-Functional Room
    A big trend that's been happening over the past few years and will continue into 2022 is creating a multi-function room. This is where you basically take a single room, and instead of using it solely as an office, guest room, or other such function, you combine two or more aspects. This means you can create a sweet movie and gaming room but also stick a desk in the corner so that it doubles as a home office.

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December
27

Celebrate New Year's at Home - Haring Realty

Congratulations! You've found the perfect Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale, and you're about to ring in the New Year in your new home. Spending New Year's Eve at home is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your loved ones while counting down to midnight.

Here's are some fun ideas to try out this NYE.

  • Host a Holiday Movie Marathon
    Are you a great fan of movies? There's something about long, high-fantasy adventure films that make them perfect for the holidays. The best part is you get to make some hobbit-inspired meals.

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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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December
6

Choosing a Christmas Tree - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Is it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? Whether you're still looking at Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale or you've already closed the deal, spending Christmas in a new home has to be very exciting. Our REALTORS® want to remind those who celebrate the holiday that they have one more decision to make very soon: What kind of Christmas tree should grace your home?

  • What are your options?
    At first blush, you might think you must choose between real and artificial. But some folks find that with a little bit of imagination, they can create an alternative to traditional trees that can fill the house with the spirit of the season with minimal cost in either money or time. That could be very helpful if your budget was stretched to the limit to buy the house. If that's the case, don't hesitate to wrap the front door like the perfect present that it is!

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November
1

Hosting Thanksgiving - New Homeowners - Haring Realty

Congratulations on your new home! You looked at the Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale and made one of them your own. What better way to show it to your friends and family than to host your first Thanksgiving dinner? That may seem rather daunting at first, but our REALTORS® want to encourage you to give it a try by sharing this helpful guide. 

  • Plan ahead
    Create a plan well in advance of the holiday for several different reasons. First, you want to make sure the guests you invite don't already have other plans. Next, think about how you want your gathering to look. Will you have a few people over for a small, intimate gathering, or will you have an enormous guest list? Think about whether you will be able to accommodate everyone at the dining room table or if you'll need to get creative with seating. This is also the best time to consider your resources, including the comfort of your guests, the cost of the meal, and your kitchen skill set.

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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
11

Choosing a Bathtub - Home Remodeling - Haring Realty

Different people have different priorities when purchasing a home. From the kitchen layout to the number of bathrooms, it's important to mull over every aspect of a house before making a decision. You don't want to experience buyer's remorse, especially after a purchase as big as a home. That's why our REALTORS® make a point of guiding you through every step of the home-buying process.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, there are several factors you must consider. The size and style of the bathroom are essential. For instance, do you need a handicap-accessible bathroom? Do you want a bathtub or shower or both? On the subject of bathtubs, there's a dizzying array of sizes, styles, and materials available in the market today.

Let's remove some of the stress that comes with shopping for a tub by going through some of the essential factors you need to consider. Here's a rough guide on how to choose the perfect bathtub.

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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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August
9

Backyard Chickens - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know raising chickens is a fun way to improve your diet and enjoy animal companionship.

Whether looking at Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale, there's plenty of potential to use your yard as a place for feathered friends. Just be aware of the zoning ordinances that may apply to you. Richland County has its own zoning requirements. Mansfield requires at least three acres of land and a permit.

Let's look at some of the most important things to know about raising chickens.

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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
12

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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May
24

Trees That Increase Property Value - Haring Realty

Our community has been blessed with many exquisite mature trees, some of which have gracefully shaded our towns for more than a hundred years. Many of the most beautiful Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale boast the majestic beauty of giant white ash trees or red oaks. As you seek to add value to your property, investing in trees is a wise option. But before you buy, there are some important options to consider, from what you plant to where you plant it. This handy guide may help you begin:

  • Northern Red Oak
    These magnificent beauties will grow at least 2 feet each year for at least 10 years. At their full maturity, they will reach a height of at least 60 feet offering a canopy of shade about 45 feet in diameter. It should reach a height of about 20 feet in 10 years. It loves direct sunlight and tolerates drought, although it thrives in moist, well-drained soil. Since its roots will readily tolerate compacted earth, it is often the choice for newly constructed homes. Blue jays and squirrels may put up a fight over the tastiest acorns.

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May
17

Create Office Space - Homeowners - Haring Realty

Since the COVID lockdowns began last year, almost half of U.S. employees shifted to remote work. The dining table was fine for some time. But as weeks turned into months and months into a year, we started looking for working spaces out on the patio, in the kitchen nook, or behind closed bedroom doors. Now more than ever before, people are saying goodbye to open floor spaces and seeking to find designated home office spaces from which they can be as efficient and productive as possible. And so the "cloffice" trend re-emerged. According to the 2021 Pinterest trend report, there has been a two-fold increase in the volume of searches for "cloffice ideas" on the platform over the past year.

If you're unfamiliar, a cloffice is a closet that has been converted into a functioning office space. It offers a functional yet design-savvy way to create a feasible workspace at home when square footage is tight. Here are tips for creating a stylish, affordable cloffice as recommended by our REALTORS®.

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April
12

Front Yard Makeover - Haring Real Estate

Spring brings warm sunshine that motivates people to get outdoors. It's the perfect time to buy or sell a home and make that move you've been dreaming about. If you're considering a change this spring, our REALTORS® at Haring Realty can help you with selling your existing home, as well as searching for Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale that fit your lifestyle and financial goals.

Whether you're a buyer or a seller, one thing that's important to any home is great curb appeal. That means having a front yard that's picture-perfect with a well-maintained landscape. With spring just around the corner, it's time to give your front yard a makeover that deserves attention.

  • Lush Green Grass
    Winter can leave your lawn with patches of missing grass, weeds, and pests. With a little effort, you can fix a lackluster landscape and give your front yard a whole new look. Building a lush, green lawn starts with getting rid of weeds, then adding new turf or grass seed and good fertilizer. Water lightly each day until the grass is about 2-3 inches high, then mow the lawn weekly or bi-weekly on a regular schedule.

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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
25

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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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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January
4

Home Gym Set-Up | Haring Realty

COVID-19 has presented us with many challenges this year, and one of them is figuring out the best way to workout safely. Even as gyms have reopened, millions of people are still reluctant to take the chance as social distancing protocols remain in place. To further complicate matters, getting out for a quick jog in the middle of winter isn't always the most comfortable way to burn calories. 

It's no wonder the home fitness industry has exploded this year, as several innovative products have hit the market. While a lot of these products come with a big price tag, there are simple ways to set up a gym on any budget. As more and more people look for ways to workout from home, our REALTORS® thought it'd be helpful to pull together some tips for setting up your own home gym.

  1. Determine your fitness goals
    Before you can decide what equipment you need, it's a good idea to identify your fitness goals. Think about what you're trying to accomplish: weight loss, muscle gain, strength, or endurance? Once you've identified your training style, you can figure out what weights and machines are best suited for your home gym.

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December
29

5 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill | Haring Realty

It's the season to keep an eagle-eye on the weather forecast and wonder if you can wear more than one sweater at a time. As fall turns to winter, the environmentally-conscious and budget-minded alike start thinking about energy efficiency. And our REALTORS® regularly encounter homebuyers concerned about heating efficiency in the homes they view during the colder months. Whether you're looking to sell your home or stay comfortable in the one you have, a few hints on smart heating use will save you money and make those chilly winter nights a little cozier.

  • Keep Those Home (Furnace) Fires Burning 
    Furnaces don't require much in the way of upkeep and are built to last 15 years or more. But neglecting basic maintenance can make your furnace less efficient and possibly shorten its life. Change the air filters on your furnace before you begin using heat in the fall and at least once during the winter. Having your furnace professionally inspected before you turn on the heat in autumn can help you spot problems before they literally leave you in the cold.

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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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November
9

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas - Haring Realty

Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with pie. Pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie, it may be traditional to have a slice after Thanksgiving dinner. But pie isn't the only way to end your meal. Sometimes change is good and our REALTORS® encourage you to think outside the pie pan and try something new. We've rounded up six Thanksgiving desserts that are well worth saving some extra room for.

  • Pumpkin Layer Cake
    A fluffy Pumpkin Layer Cake would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread. The pumpkin flavor comes from pureed pumpkin and a blend of beautiful spices: ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Adding lots of eggs to the batter gives it the custardy flavor and texture of pumpkin pie. It's classic to pair this layer cake with tangy cream cheese buttercream frosting. Making this soft, moist, and delicious pumpkin layer cake is relatively straightforward and takes about 1 hour to bake and frost.

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November
2

Add Bird Feeder - Homeowners - Haring Realty

As you've spent most of the summer at home, have you been looking for extra projects to keep the family busy? Maybe you've listed your house among Mansfield homes for sale and have been getting your home shipshape for potential buyers, but you've still got time on your hands. Has the urge to feed your backyard birds flitted across your mind? Helping them out — especially as the weather gets colder — is a fine thing to do.

But it's not enough to toss out pieces of dried bread. Bread has no nutritional value for birds and can be harmful by filling them up so they don't eat the foods they need. If you're going to feed the birds, invest in good quality seed.

Here are some additional tips for helping your local feathered friends get the nutritional boost they need.

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October
26

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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October
12

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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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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September
8

Safe Science Experiments - Homeowners - Haring Realty

School has started once again. Whether they're attending online or in person, most children are excited to connect with their teachers and friends and begin learning new things. Since schools are facing unprecedented challenges right now, it's more important than ever to extend learning beyond the classroom. 

Looking for some inspiration? You're in luck! 

When they're not busy helping buyers find their dream homes, many of our REALTORS® spend their time looking for creative ways to engage their kids. They recently shared some of the fun (and safe!) science experiments they're trying at home.

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July
27

New Homeowners: Countdown to Moving Day

You've scouted Mansfield homes for sale, found the perfect match, and closed the deal. Now it's time to plan for moving day! There are so many details to cover when preparing for a move, so having a detailed plan will help you reduce stress while making sure that you cover every key step. Our REALTORS® have you covered, with our countdown of the final 30 days before moving day.

One Month Before Moving

  • Create a Supply List and Gather Moving Supplies
    Packing is so much easier when you have all the necessary supplies. You'll need shipping tape, scissors, plenty of labels, permanent markers, packing materials, and of course a ton of cardboard boxes.

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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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May
11

Garden Supply Stores - Haring Realty

Does our recent warming trend inspire you to start a garden? Spring is advancing, but it's not too late to raise vegetables or flowers on your Mansfield area property if you start right away. 

Whether you're embarking on your first vegetable garden on your new property, or you're landscaping with flowers to make your home stand out from other Mansfield homes for sale, a garden pro can help. So can our agents with other valuable tips for improving your home and landscape.

Tips for Starting a Garden 

  1. Plan your garden
    If you're a garden novice, consult a pro at the local garden store or a horticulturist at your local extension service for advice. You can also go online and find garden planning kits to help you design your garden, or consult websites and books to develop a plan.

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May
4

Low-Cost Home Projects - Haring Realty

Everyone has had more time at home, and one of the things our REALTORS® have discovered in recent weeks is that working from home provides an opportunity to work on your home as well. 

There's never been a better time to tackle DIY projects. These simple home upgrades will revitalize your space—something we can all use right now—at little or no cost to you.

  • Eliminate Clutter
    It's spring, and we all have some cleaning to do. Getting rid of clutter is a great way to revive your space and make your home feel more open and spacious. Go through every room and gather up items that you don't need, never use, and are tired of looking at. Some can be tucked away in storage or given away, while others can be donated. If all goes well, you might even be able to have a big yard sale soon!

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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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April
20

New Landscaping - Homeownership - Haring Realty

If winter has left your landscaping looking a little worse for wear, then you're far from alone. On the bright side, we've all found ourselves with more time than ever to focus on getting our lawns and gardens back in shape this spring, and our REALTORS® are happy to offer some ideas on how to get your landscape back in shape.

  • Do Some Spring Cleaning
    Spring cleaning isn't just for the inside of your home. Your yard needs it too. After a hard winter, your property is likely littered with leaves, sticks, pine cones and other debris. Before doing anything else it's a good idea to go around with a rake and clean up a bit. This step alone will probably be a major improvement!

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April
6

Home Office - Haring Realty

When you need to have a home office, you may have to think creatively to transform your space. A functional, attractive home office is easy enough to achieve if you have a spare bedroom, but if you don't, you'll need to be a bit more resourceful.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following 5 ways to add a home office space to your house:

  1. A spare corner
    If you don't have a separate room to dedicate to a home office space, a spare corner can be used. Fortunately, this is a very economical option, since all you need are some basics such as a desk, shelves, and storage cabinets. Some artwork and/or paint can help spruce up the space, and if you don't like the idea of facing the wall, simply turn your desk around so it's facing the room. And if you have your choice of which room to put your corner office in, choose one that isn't constantly filled with chatter and other distractions.

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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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June
10

Determine Property Lines
When you look at your property, it's easy to imagine where the property lines might fall, based on the location of fences or the line where you stop mowing your lawn and your neighbor starts. However, the actual property lines may differ from appearances, and in some situations, property lines can become a point of contention between neighbors.

Whether you're looking to start an outdoor project, buy/sell a home, avoid conflict with neighbors, or simply know exactly where the property line lies for potential future projects, taking the time to determine your property lines is a must-do for any responsible homeowner. But how do you do it? Our REALTORS® are here to help, with a guide to determining the property lines for your home.

  • Why It's Important to Know Your Property Lines
    For most homeowners, backyard projects and good relationships with neighbors are both important parts of owning a home... so you wouldn't want one to get in the way of the other. Determining property lines makes it easier to work on projects on the edge of your property, without worrying whether you're encroaching on your neighbor's land, or worse having to start a project all over because you started building without knowing the boundaries. Building a pool, fence, or other projects in the wrong place can be costly, and cause conflict in the neighborhood, so it's better to learn exactly where property lines lie.

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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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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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November
19

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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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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July
3

Cooling Cost Budget

As the mercury soars in Ohio this summer, many of us will be tempted to crank up the AC. Unfortunately, our energy bills will skyrocket with it. So how do you stay comfortable and cool down those air conditioning costs? Use these ideas from our REALTORS® to cool your home more efficiently, cutting down on utility costs.

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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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