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Your outdoor living spaces are some of the most important during the summer. Here's how you can upgrade them and so you can relax all summer long.

Have you thought about transforming your outdoor space into a living space? No need to add on another room; extend where you live and enjoy eating, drinking, and just being in the outdoor area of your property.

If you've already done so, maybe it's time for an upgrade, as our long Ohio winters can take a toll on our home's exterior areas. It may be high time for a redo of your patio or outdoor dining area/kitchen. What's more, if you're thinking of listing your home among Beavercreek homes for sale, an upgrade will help boost your home's value.

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Installing new flooring can be one of your biggest design projects. Here's how you can choose the right floor for your home.

Choosing the right flooring for your home will set the tone for each room. Our REALTORS® understand that when you buy a home, you may want to make a few changes that will make your new home your own. Changing or upgrading the flooring is sometimes the first step a new homeowner will take simply because it is easier to install while the home is still empty. If you want to transform your home you found among Beavercreek homes for sale, the following are the top five flooring trends for 2022.

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Homemade crafts are more meaningful and often higher quality than what you can find in the store. Here are some to make this holiday season.

You don't have to blow the budget to decorate your home for the holidays. If you've been out cruising Beavercreek homes for sale, maybe you've noticed some of the delightful holiday ornaments and wreaths on display. And guess what? Some of these are actually made by hand. This also goes for decorations inside the home, such as pine cone baskets, paper projects, a Christmas gingerbread house, and so much more. Our REALTORS® have compiled some groovy projects to get you in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Crafts to Make at Home

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Planning for holiday festivities with friends and family?  Brush up on your hosting skills by avoiding these mistakes.

So many of us are tentatively thinking about hosting holiday parties and get-togethers again. Trouble is, we've been cooped up for a while and forgotten the protocol. Never fear. Our REALTORS® are right on target for holiday etiquette and present these tips to help you get back in the swing.

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Many birds actually stick around all year long. Here's how you can give them a helping hand during the colder months.

One positive outgrowth of our efforts to quash the pandemic by staying at home has been the explosion of beneficial pastimes such as birdwatching and feeding wild birds. Our avian friends have a tough time these days, with pressures on their survival from development and other environmental factors, so it's a great thing to help them along by feeding them, especially in fall and winter. Learn how you can make the new home you acquired from Beavercreek homes for sale command central in your neighborhood for wild bird care and feeding.

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Best Pet for Your Home - Wright-Patt Realty

Pets bring unconditional love and joy into any household and are wonderful additions to any family. Choosing the right pet for your home is dependent on several factors: work-life balance, household, and preferred leisure activities. Our REALTORS® can help you decide which pets are best for these Beavercreek homes for sale.

  • The Young Professional
    The Young Professional is in her 20s or 30s. Her work hours are unpredictable; sometimes she comes home at five, and other times she works late. Her free time is active, but also flexible. She goes on runs and hikes and frequents cafes and bars.

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Fireplace Tips for First-Time Owners - Wright-Patt Realty

A fireplace can bring comfort and warmth into your home. It can also bring tragedy and devastation if you are not careful with this fabulous feature. Our REALTORS® wish you and your family many memorable gatherings and happy holidays around the hearth which is why we strongly recommend adhering to these six fireplace safety tips.

  1. Professionally Clean & Service the Fireplace
    Chimney fires are a leading cause of home loss. Professional chimney sweeps will remove the creosote that causes chimney fires. This byproduct of combustion sticks to the chimney walls and requires special tools and training to remove effectively. Further, make sure that the fireplace is well-maintained. Promptly repair any damaged flues, doors, or other components that could pose a hazard to the home.

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Lower Your Heating Bill - Homeownership - Wright-Patt Realty

Wouldn't it be nice to keep the temperature of your home more comfortable this winter and save money on your heating bill in the process? Whether through home improvement projects or simple, smart tips for saving energy around the house, there are plenty of ways to save money on heating during the coldest months. As a bonus, some of the best tips for reducing your heating bill will also help you eliminate drafts and make it easier to keep your home at just the right temperature. Our REALTORS® are here to help you get started with five tips for reducing your heating bill.

  1. Have Your Furnace Serviced Every Year
    Besides the fact that you definitely want your furnace to be working at its best when the cold weather comes, having your furnace serviced annually helps save on heating bills. An experienced pro can check for any issues with your heating system, make sure it's working at maximum efficiency, and help ensure that you have a cozy, comfortable winter. After your furnace is serviced, don't forget to replace the filter every month or as often as is recommended by the manufacturer.

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Under Cabinet Lighting Selection - Wright-Patt Realty

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of any kitchen design, which is why our REALTORS® are always quick to recommend good under cabinet lighting. Installing under cabinet lighting fixtures are a great way to add a touch of elegance to your kitchen. Not only does it make for a great decorative element, but it also helps to make food prep safer and more efficient. Best of all, it's affordable and easy to install. 

Different types of lighting provide various degrees of aesthetics and energy efficiency, so it's important to learn about the different varieties available on the market before choosing the option best for your home. These are the four most popular types of under cabinet lighting:

  • LED Lighting
    LED lighting is the most popular form of under cabinet lighting, but it's also the most expensive. On the plus side, it's also the most energy-efficient, produces less heat, and lasts two to three times longer than other lighting options. LED bulbs produce millions of colors, which creates a pleasing ambiance. They also have dimming capabilities that provide homeowners control over the appropriate level of brightness. We love how some of these Beavercreek homes for sale have incorporated dimmable LED lighting underneath the kitchen cabinets.

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Home in Retirement - Wright-Patt Realty

No matter your age, it's never too early to begin thinking about retirement. Retiring from the workforce is a high priority for many men and women, but there's no single way to achieve this milestone. Some individuals pay into an IRA or 401k, while others invest in diverse assets with the hopes of cashing out when they're ready to retire. Our REALTORS® understand how important your retirement plans are and want to help you consider every possible option that will help you achieve this goal. As you think about retirement, we encourage you to consider where your home factors into your retirement plans.

Your Home in Retirement

Whether you're considering buying your first home, purchasing a new home for your growing family, or downsizing as your needs change, it's wise to consider all of the potential benefits or drawbacks of owning a piece of real estate. In most cases, owning a home has substantially more benefits than drawbacks, especially when you're housing a family with evolving lifestyle needs. Although a 30-year mortgage may be easily affordable as a working professional, some homeowners have concerns about keeping up with these payments when they move into retirement.

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RV Home Away From Home - Wright-Patt Realty

Many people are avoiding air travel these days and are accessing vacation destinations by driving. Camping in parks has ramped up in popularity, and for a growing segment of vacationers, that has meant buying or renting a recreational vehicle. But before you go out and plop your money down, there are some things to think about:

  • What type of RV? There are four basic types to choose from, and they vary widely in price.
  • Should you buy used or new?
  • Will you feel comfortable operating the RV?
  • Are you prepared for the cost outlay with RVing? It may be cheaper than owning a house, but it will still cost you.

Our REALTORS® have some advice for would-be RVers. Read on.

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DIY or Pro - Home Remodeling - Wright-Patt Realty

Doing home improvements yourself can help you save a lot of money and increase your home's value. Homeowners with Beavercreek homes for sale often ask our REALTORS® which types of jobs they should do to help them get more for their property. The answer? It depends. Unless you're a contractor, plumber, or electrician, some improvements should be performed by professionals.

Things to Take into Consideration Before Going DIY or Professional

Significant improvements can be costly. One of the main reasons homeowners consider doing projects themselves is budget. Putting your own time and energy into them can be well worth it, but it can also decrease the value of your home or even be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Sure, YouTube videos and DIY articles can help, but some things should be left to professionals, such as electrical work, HVAC, and major plumbing projects.

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Staycation - Homeowners - Wright-Patt Realty

Summer vacations are looking a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy them! Instead of making travel plans, many of our REALTORS® are getting creative and planning fun staycations. 

Since so many Beavercreek homes have beautiful backyards, a few simple updates can make your outdoor space feel like a relaxing getaway. Need some inspiration? Take a look at these tips! 

  • Light it Up
    The right illumination can make a huge difference. You'll immediately elevate your backyard space by hanging string lights, adding solar lanterns, or installing landscape lighting. Give the area extra ambiance by adding a fire pit or placing some candles around your seating area.

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AC Maintenance - Homeowners - Wright-Patt Realty

When you've made the decision to sell your home, our REALTORS® can help you get it ready for the market and will no doubt provide suggestions on any repairs, improvements, etc. that need to be made. One of the most important tasks will be ensuring your appliances are in great working condition. An old or faulty HVAC system can grind the sales process to a screeching halt, so you want to make sure that it is in optimal condition and ready for your home's sale.

Here are signs that your home's air conditioning system needs maintenance, repair, or replacement.

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Pool Installation - Wright-Patt Realty

Pools are a great way to keep kids entertained during the summer, and hot weather has already made an initial appearance in the area. You may be tempted to either have a pool installed, or to purchase a home with a pool. While our REALTORS® know a pool can provide hours of fun for the whole family, it's not a decision you want to dive into without considering all the costs, responsibilities, and liabilities that a pool creates.

  • The first consideration is cost.
    If you plan to install a pool, you can expect to spend an average of $35,000 for a decent pool. That's a lot of tickets to the local pool, and if you plan on paying with cash, it means less money for other things. If you plan on financing the cost through a HELOC or other loan product, your overall cost could be as high as twice the installation cost.

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Summer Home Maintenance - Wright-Patt Realty

With longer days on the horizon and more time at home lately, it's time to get your home in shape and ready for the onslaught of summer heat. Summer is a time for relaxing, which can make it difficult to motivate yourself to complete those projects you've been putting off for months. That's why our REALTORS® have created this list of tasks you can complete in the spring.

  • Prep Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
    As the new season approaches, it's time to give your kitchen and bathroom a fresh start. Keeping an eye on tile surrounds and sinks can help prevent costly water damage and repairs. Clean appliances, unclog your drains and replace any leaky faucets.

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Create a Relaxing Home - Wright-Patt Realty

If there's one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it's that our home really is our sanctuary. Over the past several weeks, many of us have spent our time cleaning, decluttering, and working on small projects around the house. 

As things start to open up and we return to a "new normal," being able to come back to the safety of our homes at the end of each day will likely become even more important. In fact, several of our REALTORS® have started working on projects to help turn their homes into relaxing havens that they can retreat to after a long day of helping buyers find the best Beavercreek homes for sale.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few of their favorite tips.

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Roof Replacement - Wright-Patt Realty

As you're preparing your home for sale, you'll need to make sure it's in good condition for potential buyers. Your roof will be inspected before the sale, so if it has problems, it's easier to detect them in advance and decide what to do about them. In some cases, repairs won't be effective enough and your roof might need replacing this summer. This could make your home much more attractive to potential home buyers, since they're unlikely to want to buy a home with roofing issues compared to other Beavercreek homes for sale.
Our REALTORS® suggest looking for these five signs your roof might need replacing this summer before you put your home on the market:

  1. Your roof is near the end of its lifespan.
    With proper installation, care, and maintenance, a roof can last for decades. However, even under the best of circumstances, it can't last forever. Your roof's longevity depends partially on the material that it's made from. Asphalt shingles, for example, last about 20 to 25 years if it's the only layer of roofing material. If it was installed over an existing layer of shingles, it should be replaced at least every 20 years.

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Deep Cleaning Tips - Wright-Patt Realty

Some homeowners relish house cleaning. It can be invigorating and a good way to clear your head. Other homeowners prefer to ignore the dust bunnies and pretend the oven is self-cleaning. But every homeowner could use a system to determine what areas need cleaning and how often they need care. Washing dishes or vacuuming seem fairly easy, but there are some cleaning chores that should be done regularly, if not as often. If your home is to stand out among the Beavercreek homes for sale, open your calendar and find a spot for the following chores on your schedule soon. 

  1. Launder your living room. If your throw pillows have removable covers, remove and clean them according to the directions on the label. Remove the couch cushions and vacuum up any dust or crumbs that may have fallen between the cushions. Inspect all upholstery for stains. The University of Missouri Extension office has a guide to stain removal for all washable fabrics. Spot clean rugs and carpets. You may also wish to rent a carpet cleaner.

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Home Office Space - Wright-Patt Realty

Not only does a home office help you separate your work life from your home life, but it creates an environment that encourages creativity and productivity. A fantastic home office doesn't have to be an entire room or even the main area of a room.

Follow these tips to create a home office space anywhere in your home. Our REALTORS® share what to consider when carving out home office space. 

  1. Invest in a Great Office Chair
    If you only purchase one item for your home office space, make it a high-quality office chair. You want an office chair that you're comfortable sitting and working in for hours at a time. A superb office chair provides ample support to your back and core and encourages an ergonomically correct sitting position. It should also roll with ease so that you can quickly access your supplies and work materials. When you're not working, roll the office chair away and use it for additional seating.

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Add On or Move On - Wright-Patt Realty

It's not always easy to know when it's time for a change. It could be one single "aha moment," or it could creep up on you over the course of months, or even years. Either way, when the realization hits you that your house no longer suits your needs, our REALTORS® are here to help. 

For many homeowners, the issue is simple, but also not-so-simple: You've outgrown your home. Maybe your kids have gotten too big for their shared bedrooms, or maybe your home office is slowly taking over the whole house. When that time comes, you can either add on or move on. Before you decide to put up your Beavercreek home for sale, it's best to weigh that choice carefully. 

Move or Improve

In many cases, it's sound advice to be as unemotional as possible when making big real estate decisions. But when it comes to deciding whether to move on to a new home or add onto your current one, it's hard to take feelings out of the equation. Sure, there are financial considerations too—we'll get to those in a second—but it's also important to listen to what your gut tells you. 

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Downsizing Considerations - Wright-Patt Realty

People change, lifestyles change, and needs change. And when that happens, you may need to change your home too. Our REALTORS® have helped people find all kinds of homes, no matter what their needs are. For some people, those changes mean they start looking for a bigger home. For others, downsizing is the answer. If you've been wondering if downsizing is right for you, here are some things to consider to help make your decision.

  • You need to decrease your monthly expenses.
    If you're thinking about downsizing because of retirement or changes in your financial situation, you need to consider the monthly cost to continue living in your home. When your monthly income goes down, your current housing costs will take up a larger percentage of your budget. If you don't have a house payment, there are still taxes, insurance, condo or HOA fees, and maintenance to consider. With a smaller space, you can often lower maintenance costs, property taxes, and utility bills. For people in markets where housing and the cost of living are very high, downsizing can be a necessity. 

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