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