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September
19

Clearing Clutter - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

Selling your home while you're still living in it is difficult for many sellers because it requires keeping the house show-ready, or not far from it, at all times. You never know when someone might schedule a showing, so you may have fairly short notice to clean and spruce up your home. Fortunately, decluttering and staging your home before listing it for sale will help prepare you for anything. Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® on decluttering when selling your home.

  • Make use of a storage unit.
    Most of us have way more belongings than your real estate agent would like to be in your home when it's being shown. Clutter tends to make homes look smaller and ruins buyers' ability to imagine themselves living there. It will help you declutter if you get a storage unit to hold everything you don't need right now, such as off-season clothes, holiday decorations, and other seldom-used items.

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August
15

Avoid Staging Mistakes - Home Sellers - Haring Realty

Staging a home is one of the most effective ways to attract potential buyers. Like all things, it's easy to make a mistake when you haven't done it before. To help you out, our REALTORS® have put together a quick list of potential mistakes that you should avoid. 

  • Not Keeping It Clean
    Homeowners often make the most obvious staging mistake of not keeping everything clean enough. Once you decide to sell your house, you should act almost as if a potential buyer who's looking for Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale could walk through your doors at any moment. You should be cleaning up every evening or morning, intending to be able to present your home within a half hour or less.

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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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December
20

Things to Leave Behind - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

When selling a home, you often have a lot of decisions to make. One of those decisions has to do with what you leave behind and what you take with you to your new home. Many things, you can either take or leave depending on your own needs. However, there are a few things you cannot legally take with you when selling a home. Our REALTORS® would like to present you with a list of these items below.

  • The Landscaping
    You may be tempted to dig up a prized rose bush or a specific hosta you really love, but if a plant was there when you listed the home, you have to leave it behind. The same goes for any hardscaping elements, such as built-in stairs, fountains, and handrails.

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November
15

Appliance Upgrades - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

Modern appliances offer many features and options that can enhance your comfort and reduce your monthly utility bills. While appliances require a significant investment, many will pay for themselves in terms of comfort and resale value. When you're considering which appliances to add to your home, the following are some that our REALTORS® recommend because they will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

The Best Investments

  • Refrigerators
    French doors and built-in water/ice dispensers will woo prospective buyers who step into your kitchen. These aren't just trendy options within Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale; they are necessities for modern comfort. You will want to choose a refrigerator that is easy to organize and features plenty of storage space. And, while pricier, high-efficiency refrigerators that offer WiFi connectivity are the perfect addition to the 21st century Smart Home. These will not only reduce your monthly utility bills, but they will also make it easier to shop, store, and prevent spoilage of your groceries.

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August
23

Hosting a Garage Sale - Sellers - Haring Realty

Moving presents the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted or less-used items. And while you could easily donate, trash, or recycle those items, hosting a garage sale is an excellent way to pare down your possessions and earn some extra cash at the same time. Plus, you'll spend a lot less time packing and save money by not having to pay for transporting things that are going to add clutter to your new life. Now you just need to figure out how to make a profitable and hassle-free garage sale. Our REALTORS® are here to help you with the following tips.

  • Decide What to Sell
    Your first task when planning a pre-move garage sale is to sort and organize your unused items. Go through all the items in your closets, cabinets, attic, garage, basement, shed, and other dark corners. Assess their financial, practical, and sentimental value and set aside for sale things that are in good conditions but don't serve a purpose in your life. If an item is broken, dirty, or not in working order, then toss it.

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June
21

Selling Your Home in Retirement - Haring Realty

Are you tired of mowing lawns and cleaning gutters? If you're approaching retirement, you may be one of the millions of Americans that are looking for ways to simplify their lives by selling the family home and moving to a townhouse or condominium. But is this the right time to make a move? Our REALTORS® will be happy to help you assess your personal situation to help you make that decision. 

  • Seller's Market
    Property values have skyrocketed, and many homeowners are amazed at the prices commanded by homes similar to theirs. But change is hard, especially if you have lived in the same home for many years. Surely the trend will remain for quite some time, won't it? Experts would say "no." While houses may not lose a lot of value in the near future, optimal conditions for sale will decrease. At this time, inventories are low, generating bidding wars, which elevate selling prices. In the near future, approximately $13.5 trillion in additional properties will also come to market, altering the current trends.

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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
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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February
22

Clever Storage Solutions - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

One of the first things any home seller does is declutter and reorganize. Of course, you want buyers to know that your home has the storage space they need. But it can be a challenge to store those everyday items you still need at your Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale in a way that is both useful and appealing. Adding one or more of these storage solutions to your home might be just what you need.

  1. Outdoor storage shed. If you have space in the yard, this can be a great idea. Becoming a new homeowner often means you need a few new things like a lawnmower or tools. A storage shed can let you stash those away neatly so buyers can see that your garage is actually big enough to put their car in.
     
  2. Storage hanging from the garage ceiling. Again, it can make the space useable for its intended purpose. You can use a rack for storage bins or ladders, and there are even storage solutions for hoisting bikes up and out of the way. That can be a nice touch if you are in an area where there are trails and recreation areas that appeal to buyers.

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February
8

Home Projects for Sellers - Haring Realty 

Are you getting your house ready to sell? Making it look its best doesn't have to mean expensive, time-consuming updates and renovations. Here are five easy projects our real estate agents recommend. All of them are things you can do yourself, and that will make a substantial difference in how well your house shows.

  1. Showcase the front door. First impressions are important. Curb appeal is great, but it's when a potential buyer walks up to the front door that they start paying attention. Make your front door shine by power washing to get rid of dust, dirt, and cobwebs. Add some finishing touches by laying out a new welcome mat, replacing old, unsightly house numbers with something more attractive and modern, and adding a strategically placed planter or two.

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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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August
17

Tips for Improving Walls - Sell a Home - Haring Realty

"You have beautiful walls!" It's not something most homeowners ever hear, if for no other reason that most homeowners don't try to make their walls stand out as part of the room's decor. For those who do put forth a little bit of effort, the results can be stunning. With these seven tips that our REALTORS® recommend, you can create some genuinely wonderful walls in your home that are sure to get noticed.

  1. Patch the Holes
    Whether you have taken down a picture or plunged a hammer through the drywall, it's important to patch and repair holes in the wall properly. Small holes can be filled with spackle and painted over with some paint. For larger holes, use a patch kit, allow it to dry, and then repaint the wall.

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July
8

7 Home-selling Tips to Ignore
Doesn't it seem like everyone you know becomes a real estate expert when they hear that you're trying to sell your home? While friends, family, and colleagues have good intentions when offering real estate advice, they're often relying on outdated info or common misconceptions about the real estate industry. It's so much easier to sell a home when you tune out the noise, ignore advice that doesn't work, and focus on tips from pros with their finger on the pulse of the industry. Our REALTORS® are here to help, with seven home-selling tips you should ignore.

  1. "Spring is the only time to sell your home."
    Yes, real estate shoppers often hit the market in force during the spring months, but that hardly means that spring is the only time to sell. When you list during the busiest months, you also have to deal with increased competition. Selling your home during the winter or other "slower" months can be a great option because there are still people looking for homes and you'll have less competition for their attention.

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June
24

Sell Your Vacant Home

You've already made the move to your new home, but your old one hasn't sold yet. That leaves you with the task of selling a vacant home. So what do you need to know about putting that home on the market? Perhaps the most important thing to know is that selling a vacant home can be a lot more challenging than attracting buyers for an occupied one. However, there are steps you can take to help ensure that your home holds its own among the other Mansfield homes for sale. Our REALTORS® have a lot of experience helping homeowners get vacant homes sold, and here are 6 tips that can help:

  1. Keep it sparkling clean – Making a vacant home appealing to buyers means keeping it clean and inviting. A deep cleaning, from top to bottom is the way to go. Once that is done, you'll need to see to it that it stays spotless until it sells, which means cleaning it regularly. Dust will collect, air will get stale, and dirt will get tracked in every time the home is shown to a potential buyer, so it will need a once-over at least once a month to make it shine. If distance prevents you from taking care of it, hire a cleaning service to do it for you.

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September
27

List Your Home Fall

Mansfield homes for sale are some of the best to look into for anyone interested in settling down in the Mid-Ohio area. The "Fun Center of Ohio" has become a key part of the heart of Ohio, building an economy from its origins as a manufacturing center into a city with a thriving economy in retail, education, healthcare, and more.

If you're interested in selling your home, then the upcoming fall months are one of the best times to get started! Here are our five reasons why you should consider listing your home this fall:

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August
16

Sell a House in Mansfield Ohio
Selling your home is an important decision and can be complicated without the right real estate agent by your side.  Our REALTORS® have assisted residents in the Mansfield real estate area sell their homes since 1983.  And, we have the marketing know-how to sell your home too.  However, not all real estate agents are created equal, and it is a good idea to do the necessary research beforehand to ensure that you make the best decision. Here are just a few things to keep in mind when you are hiring a real estate agent to list your house.

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June
12

Staging Your Home for Sale8 Staging Secrets for Selling Your Home

An open house is an excellent way to get your home seen be many potential buyers, but it's more than just opening your door. Our REALTORS® often get asked for advice on how to get a home ready for sale or for an open house. Staging is essential! You'll want to make sure it looks appealing and inviting to as many buyers as possible. That ensures your home sells as quickly and at the best price. These tips will have your home looking amazing and ready to sell.

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May
21

Selling Your Mansfield Home
Have you ever wondered what rules govern what should be left behind when you turn your home over to new buyers? The truth is, there isn't much by way of law to dictate what goes with the house, but common practice can help guide your decisions. There are certain things buyers tend to expect will come with the Mansfield homes they view. When it comes down to it, though, your contract spells out everything for both buyer and seller, so you can specify anything you want to take in your list of exclusions.

Here are some guidelines for what to leave, what you can take, and when to negotiate.

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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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April
2

Make Sure Your Home's Sales Price is Competitive

Sell Your Home CMA

When you decide to sell your home, determining the price is an important step. Our REALTORS® have the expertise and insight to help price your home right, but the process isn't as subjective as you might think. Coming up with a listing price for a property isn't as easy as pulling one out of the air. A lot of information gets considered and the CMA provided by your agent will help make sure the listing price on your home makes both you and your potential buyers happy.

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March
27

Sell Your Home Ask These Questions

Selling your home can be overwhelming. Success depends on a combination of the right situation, the right market, and the right real estate agent. There are questions you'll want to ask prospective real estate agents when you're getting ready to sell your home. Here are ten questions our REALTORS® have been asked when potential clients are preparing to sell their Ashland, Ohio homes for sale

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November
7

Selling your home during the holidays

Selling your home during the holidays gets a bad rap. While spring and summer are traditionally thought of as being the best times to sell your house, the holiday season actually offers some serious advantages. So don't be afraid of a little Ohio snow—here's why the colder months offer a great opportunity to sell your house this season.

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October
23

Home Selling Features
Understanding what buyers want is key to selling a house because offering the right features makes it easier to find the right buyer. While it may seem counter-intuitive to consider remodeling projects when you're getting ready to move out, making the right upgrades can actually make a big difference in selling your home faster.

The cost will often be more than worth it in the long run as long as you keep the focus on adding the features that buyers want most. Our REALTORS® always keep an eye on the latest real estate trends, and we've narrowed the list to five features that will help sell your home faster.

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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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June
7

Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Showings

Keep Your Home Showing Ready with Kids
Ready to list your home in Mansfield? Your personal spaces are about to go public in a big way, and it's important to make sure they look ready for guests--and then stay that way until it's sold. If you have kids, it might seem impossible to keep the space picture-perfect as you plan a move, but it could be the most important thing you do as a seller. Before the "for sale" sign goes up, enlist help from every member of your household to keep your home clean and desirable in the weeks ahead. After all, there's no time to waste in real estate, and interested buyers should be able to see your house promptly before they lose interest and move on.

So, how do you make sure your home continues to stand out among other Mansfield and Ashland homes? Start by adopting some of these strategies as a family.

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