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August
1

The best home improvement projects will help save money down the road. Here's where you should start.

In Ohio, we make the most of summer — entertaining, vacationing, enjoying the warm weather in general, but also doing all those projects that require our attention. Even before you bought your house from Beavercreek homes for sale, you probably were making a list of must-dos, and no doubt you've been working on them ever since. But it's wise to start with those home improvement fixes that can actually save you money. Let's have a look at some of the recommendations from our REALTORS®.

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July
18

Always wanted an organic lawn but don't know where to start? Here's the easiest way to make your lawn eco-friendly.

More homeowners are discovering the beauty of living life organically. Not only are they taking care to cook and eat foods that are not overly processed and doused with synthetic chemicals, but they're also paying attention to what they wear and bring into their homes, avoiding volatile organic compounds and other hazardous substances whenever possible. So it's only natural that they would follow up with organic gardening and lawn care.

Perhaps you're ready to dispense with harsh chemicals when it comes to caring for your lawn. After all, you fell in love with the dream home you found with Beavercreek homes for sale, and you'd like to create a healthful haven indoors and outside for you and your family.

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July
5

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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May
9

These home improvement projects are simple and will make a big impact on your home. Here's what you should finish off this spring.

Spring is the time of renewal in nature, so why not take on some renewing home improvement projects with the change of season? Maybe you've just moved into the home you chose from Beavercreek homes for sale, or you've been in your home a while, and are thinking about what to do to attract buyers when you list it. Whatever the reason, make the most of our nice spring weather and get going on some easy home improvement projects.

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March
21

Staying on top of all your projects can be a challenge. Here's how you can structure your home improvement tasks effectively.

Ready for a remodel but don't know where to start? We feel your pain. In fact, our real estate staff works with home shoppers and sellers to improve their properties among Beavercreek homes for sale, and we are often asked for advice on the topic. So read on and let our REALTORS® share some of their suggestions for getting a handle on home improvement projects.

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March
7

Smart technology is easy to use and can save you money in the long run. Here is the tech to install in your home.

Isn't technology amazing in all the ways it's becoming intertwined with our lives, our households, and our processes? Take, for instance, the dazzling array of monitoring devices that are available. A few years ago, most homeowners could easily count two or three smoke detectors in their homes. Then, we started adding carbon monoxide monitors. Now we're onto water leak monitors, and maybe you're aware of even more monitoring devices that can save you money when you use them correctly.

Here are a few that you should look into as you move into the home you bought from Beavercreek homes for sale. Or, maybe you're getting ready to list your home. Smart technology can actually boost the price of your home, so our REALTORS® suggest you check it out.

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February
14

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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January
17

It's a new year, and with it comes new goals and resolutions with your home. Here are some tasks you should definitely tackle this year.

People make New Year's resolutions about all manner of things, from losing weight to paying off credit cards to learning how to speak Mandarin (if you're not already a Mandarin speaker). There's something about that magical Jan. 1 date that invites us to resolve to do some special things differently as a new year beckons.

Well, how about home improvement resolutions? You've settled into your dream home from Beavercreek homes for sale, so could anything be more worthy of your time, attention, and hard work? The good news is the resolutions don't have to be expensive to implement. You can even do more than one. Resolve, for instance, to clean out the attic. That may be a big chore. But you might also resolve to do something simple, like changing your furnace filter every month.

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January
3

Looking for a change of pace in 2022? Shake up your design and decor with the colors of the year.

Every year, color experts and paint companies announce their top picks for the color of the year. These colors are based on trends from fashion, pop culture, technology, and design. Why should you be interested in colors of the year? These colors aren't just the same old tired shades of yesteryear. Say you want a white: colors of the year whites will astonish with nuances of white that you never dreamed possible. Same with greens, blues, browns, and more.

Get ready to paint in the house you moved into from Beavercreek homes for sale, once you check out the fabulous colors below.

  1. Very Peri
    The Pantone company, which created the Pantone Matching System for reproducing consistent colors, has released its pick for the coming year: Very Peri. Rather than picking from its current library, Pantone developed a new color, a vibrant shade of periwinkle. It has been described as blending soothing blues with exciting red shades. The company is promoting the color as "warm and joyful" and says it was designed to symbolize the world's transition out of the worst conditions of the pandemic.

    Very Peri pairs wells with lush green tones, mauve, and terra cotta in bedrooms or living rooms. Juxtapose it with pink or bright yellow for kids' rooms. You can also bring it into your color scheme through furniture, accent pieces, or painted accents.

  2. Laurel Leaf
    The dusty green of Laurel Leaf, designated color of the year from Better Homes & Gardens, calls to mind the soothing green of eucalyptus leaves. The trend to bring nature into our homes started some years ago, but it hasn't waned, and Laurel Leaf reflects that ongoing desire to surround ourselves with the natural world. 

    The warm undertones of Laurel Leaf (the first-ever paint color of the year from BH&G) go well with light wood hues, beiges, and creamy whites. Try it in a bedroom to give a calming atmosphere, or in the dining room, as a quiet backdrop of restrained color that's easy on the senses.

  3. Art and Craft 
    Dunn-Edward's' color of the year, Art and Craft, is a "soft, sophisticated brown" redolent of walnut wood, and providing a peaceful effect. Get down to earth with Art and Craft in your home and feel calmer and more stable. As Dunn-Edwards explains, this color expresses a current interior design trend that evokes back-to-nature tones for interiors.

    Described as "moody and complex," Art and Craft gives off a bohemian aesthetic of the '70s but also puts us in mind of the simpler, sustainable ethos of the cottagecore trend. Use it in dining rooms, bedrooms, and the living room. Make it come alive when set off with jewel tones such as sapphire, ruby, and emerald.

  4. October Mist
    Benjamin Moore's October Mist is another green, but this one is soft, silky, and botanical — think the pale green of flower stems. It's the foundation for BM's 2022 color trends palette, with 14 nature-inspired tones, including tinted off-whites, earth tones, and "refreshed" primary colors.

    Work with a monochromatic palette by warming up gentle October Mist with the richer, darker Gloucester Sage. Reach for a crisper look by offsetting October Mist with icy blue-green Quiet Moments or inky blue-black Mysterious.

  5. Evergreen Fog
    Sherwin-Williams has chosen a mid-tone gray-green as its 2022 color of the year, a shift away from jewel tones and neutrals that have been front and center in color trends. Evergreen Fog gives a quiet, organic look to entryways, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

Got questions about selling your home or buying in the Beavercreek neighborhood? Our REALTORS® have the answers. Contact Wright-Patt Realty today.

September
27

Winter weather can be wonderful, but it can also be frightful for your home. Here's how you can prep for harsh cold weather.

Fall weather is currently pretty mild, which means right now is the perfect time to start winter-proofing your home. Milder weather gives you the chance to get the work done before harsh winter temperatures roll in. Beavercreek homes for sale see some beautiful winters, but that doesn't mean winters are harmless. So, where should you focus your time? Here are the top winter-proofing tasks that should be on your checklist according to our REALTORS®.

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September
13

Not all advice was created equal. Here are tips you should definitely avoid.

Don't you just love the way those renovation shows on cable TV get us all revved up to knock out walls, rewire electricity, or replace our old wooden floors with something "easy to clean"? The slick stars of the home reno world sure make it look easy. Unfortunately, they also encourage fledgling DIY-ers to tackle more than they should. Sure, you may have beginner or middling skills that will get better with time, but unless you're a near pro, don't touch that wall. Or electrical wires. Or floor.

Aping the examples of the TV renovators is just one kind of home improvement pitfall to avoid. Sometimes, the worst advice issues forth from friends and family, and unless you're well-grounded in the skills you need to improve the home you'll be listing among Beavercreek homes for sale, you could damage your home, and then require someone to fix your mistakes.

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August
30

Even if you don't have a lot of room, you can find ways to store things effectively. Here's how.

Can we ever have enough storage space? Most of us somehow make do, but if you're thinking of listing your home with Beavercreek homes for sale you may want to show potential buyers that you've come up with some solutions for a shortage of storage space that will satisfy their concerns.

If there were a storage space genie, you'd likely be wishing for a basement, attic, huge walk-in closets, and deep kitchen cabinets with space that goes into another dimension. It's terrific if you've got the means to make some of these changes, particularly if you plan to stay in your home for a while. Otherwise, maybe you could use some storage advice.

Fortunately, our REALTORS® have come up with some clever fixes for maximizing storage without going through a major renovation.

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August
9

Interior design can be tricky without the right guidance. Here are some tips for exploring your own style.

As you search for your new home among Beavercreek homes for saleno doubt you imagine the possibilities with each house you tour. While touring, most of us wish we had a tad more interior design skills under our belt; it would sure help when trying to picture design changes that could make the home speak more to our own design style.

But just what is your interior design style? Fortunately, there are ways to discover it without getting a degree or hiring a professional to guide you. Our REALTORS® have some great tips for helping home shoppers discover their inner interior designer.

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July
26

If your breakfast bar hasn't changed recently, there's a lot you can do to transform it. Here are some tips to get started.

A breakfast bar is a great place to have a special moment with your family or to gather with friends for drinks or for brunch. It's a versatile space that can be used for a quick snack, a cup of coffee, dessert, or so many other occasions. You can also use it to pay bills, do homework,  read a newspaper, work the crossword puzzle, play cards, and do some remote work. So many uses — but sad to say, many homeowners overlook the possibilities when it comes to jazzing it up. Given the right kind of an overhaul, it could be a place where you'd want to spend more time.

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June
28

Your window sills are the perfect spaces for small design expressions. Here are ideas to get you started.

Window sills are not usually thought of as a space you can do much with. At most, a window sill might be where you place a potted plant so it can get sunlight, or a space for the tchotchkes you don't know what to do with. But with a little creativity, you can turn your window sills into interesting spaces that will spark up your home. Keep these tips from our REALTORS® in mind as you shop among Beavercreek homes for sale. You just might find a home with ample window sills and put some of these ideas to work.

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June
14

It can be a challenge juggling all those family photos you have. Here are some display ideas that will give them new life.

We love our family photos and are constantly looking for new, creative ways to show them off in our homes. The benefits of decorating a space with family photos are two-fold: you're constantly reminded of your loved ones and you can also add some beautiful decor to your living space. Family photo displays come in all shapes, sizes, patterns, and styles. We were so inspired by the way the owners of some of these Beavercreek homes for sale were displaying their family photos, so we decided to create a list of tips to help you create a unique display for your home. Below are some unique design patterns you can try:

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May
24

The minimalist lifestyle takes a lot of dedication, but maybe you can incorporate some practices into your home decor. Here's how.

You've heard the saying "less is more," and nowhere is that truer than in the home. Look around your house and give it an honest assessment. Do you sometimes feel a bit cluttered by all the stuff you've accumulated? You paid good money for all these goods, and you loved them at the time, so what a pity if they're not on display properly.

It may be time to free yourself of such thinking though. Whether you're picturing yourself in a new home from Beavercreek homes for sale, or you're just wanting to feel a little freer and lighter in your current home, it might be time to declutter and try going minimalist.

The goal of minimalism is to be neat, organized, and clutter-free. You can look around your home and breathe without the weight of all those things bearing down. Instead of filling every space with something, you make a friend of lighting and what artists call negative space, as if you're painting a landscape picture in your home.

Maybe you can't imagine how you can let go of your treasured but oh-so-cluttering possessions. Here are some tips that can help.

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May
10

Spring has arrived in Ohio, inspiring homeowners to roll up their sleeves and get their houses in order. For most of us, that means taking a good look at our home's exterior and deciding what needs to be done in the way of repairs or to boost curb appeal. If you're thinking of listing your home among Beavercreek homes for sale, then you for sure want to spruce up the exterior.

Projects can reach from general cleanup to repairing damage from the winter, to taking on some decorative projects that will improve curb appeal. Have a look at the suggestions below and get started on your exterior outdoor projects.

  1. Clean up the exterior.
    It might sound obvious, but you want to go beyond mowing and edging for your spring cleanup. Cut back broken or damaged shrubbery and tree limbs. Rescue paving stones that are covered with mud. Clear out weedy-looking plants or dried stalks from last year's perennial garden. Replant flower beds or go for planters and containers. Add mulch in flower beds to give a finished look. Do the rain gutters need to be cleaned and repaired? How about the windows and screens? Fine-tuning the cleanup will help your house stand out.

  2. Focus on the front porch.
    Now that your home's exterior is clean and in good repair, it's time to focus on the focal point — the front door and the porch. Start by assessing whether a new front door color is in order. If so, you might want to go for something eye-catching and bold, but make sure it complements and doesn't clash with the home's other exterior colors. You can find plenty of good advice online about choosing the right front door color. If you go for a bold new color — say a bright, light blue with a slight slant to the green spectrum — carry that color out in other accents on the front porch, including planters, furniture, or metal stools.

  3. Get creative with container gardening.
    Containers make gardening easy, but you should put some thought into what you plant in them. Certain plants will require large ones; others will be better displayed in medium or small sizes. Mix and match container styles, or carry your color theme through with metal, resin, or clay planters. Containers are a great way to display colorful annuals; when they've done their thing, you can mulch them and replace them with the latest trending annual. You may even want to grow a colorful Meyer lemon tree in a container. The nice thing about containers is you can bring them in for winter.

  4. Cozy up to a firepit.
    There's nothing like building a fire on a cool evening in your very own firepit. Turn off the TV or the computer and enjoy your backyard getaway in a cozy spot (make sure there are no overhead trees!) where you can glance up at the stars. Want to make your own firepit? You can easily do so, perhaps with large stones or cast-concrete curved block. While you may want the simplicity of a wood-burning firepit, you might also opt for gas power.

  5. Spruce up your mailbox.
    Your faded old mailbox can be a palette for your creativity. Go on, give it a whirl. Paint it blue or red, or try out your artistic skills by painting flowers, fave superheroes (the kids will love you), or just a cool design. If your mailbox needs steadying or other repairs, it's not that hard.

Our REALTORS® have tons of tips for getting your house ready to sell. Contact us today.

April
26

The foyer is one of the first things your guests see, so it's important to decorate it right. Here's how you can give it a makeover.

Are you thinking of listing your home among Beavercreek homes for sale? Or are you just looking for ways to give your house a new look here and there without investing in a major renovation? One of the best and most effective things you can do is to spruce up your foyer. An updated foyer can have a positive impact on visitors — or prospective buyers — as they enter your home.

What is a foyer? Simply put, it's the space that connects the entrance to the rest of the house. But it might also be the hallway, entryway, the vestibule, or the entrance hall. Regardless of what you call it, it's where you make that important first impression on your guests. Here are some tips from our REALTORS® for remaking your foyer and turning it into a welcoming space you'll be proud of.

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April
19

Find the perfect flowers and plants with these local Beavercreek garden centers.

Spring is finally upon us, and many of us already busy preparing ourselves for gardening season. Our REALTORS® love gardening, and we believe it's a great way to get fresh air, spend time with family, and improve your home's curb appeal. If you're struggling to get started with your planting this year, these local Beavercreek nurseries can help you jumpstart your garden:

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April
12

Spring is here, and that means it's time to clean. Use our tips for jumpstarting your spring cleaning.

Did you recently move into your dream home among Beavercreek homes for sale? If you're like other homeowners in the neighborhood, you're probably looking forward to spring. What better way to say hello to spring than with a little spring cleaning? 

Spring cleaning is a great way to feel lighter as you unburden your home of things you really don't need anymore. But getting rid of things is not the only way to launch into spring cleaning. Read on for some tips to help you enjoy your home this spring and all the seasons to come.

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March
15

Want to take some time to get creative? Here are some great craft ideas to do in your home.

March is National Craft Month, so what better time than this to take the plunge and go all artsy and crafty? It might be dabbling with paper, scissors, and glue just for fun, or you may have a genuine interest in developing your skills to the point where your crafts are good enough to sell. Maybe you'd just like to learn enough to guide your kids and their adventures into crafting.

Not really interested in dedicating the time or energy, not to mention the workspace, that crafting requires? Then at the least, take yourself to some of your local craft malls or farmer's markets and bring home some locally handmade goods to decorate your house before it's listed among Beavercreek homes for sale. Whatever you do, make the most of March in your home as National Craft Month.

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March
1

If you're planning some home improvements, don't neglect the bedroom. Give it an upgrade with these tips.

Planning a redo? Too often the bedroom is the last place in our homes to get our attention. If you're thinking about some upgrades in your house before listing it among Beavercreek homes for sale, we've got some tips on sprucing up the sleeping space. The good news is that whatever you do, it doesn't have to cost a lot to get a sensational fresh look. You'll be amazed at what a difference a few pillows, a little bit of paint, and some other touch-ups can make, without breaking your budget.

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December
29

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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December
21

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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October
5

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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June
8

Easier Kitchen Renovation - Wright-Patt Realty

It's no secret that buyers love an amazing kitchen makeover. This room really leaves an impression on buyers and updated kitchens are a feature they look for in Beavercreek homes for sale.

A full kitchen renovation can be a big, expensive job, so it's no surprise homeowners look for alternatives that can still deliver that wow factor. These tips can help get the look you want for your kitchen without all the headaches of a full tear-out and remodel.

  • Update the backsplash
    The backsplash is a focal point of your kitchen and a good place to spend your money since it can drastically change the look of the room. It's a popular project and a place buyers would expect to see an update. If you don't want a full redo, consider painting over or stenciling existing tile or going with a peel and stick option which would be less work than cutting and grouting traditional tile. Any way you do it, it's still cheaper than bigger projects like cabinets and countertops.

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June
1

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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May
11

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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April
20

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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March
30

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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March
16

Boost Curb Appeal - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

First impressions matter. Isn't that why you dress well for interviews and meetings? When you're getting ready to put your home on the market, it's important to make it as visually appealing as possible. Improving your home's facade not only makes your house easier to sell but it also influences the impression people have of you. With a weekend wide-open, you can add impressive appeal to your home's exterior and have it turning heads for the right reasons without breaking the bank. Here are five weekend projects that will make your house stand out among Beavercreek homes for sale.

  • Give Your Front Door a Facelift
    A vibrant front door can add some brightness and revive your house. It makes your home eye-catching and memorable to buyers looking at multiple properties. To transform your entry, apply a fresh coat of paint color that complements the exterior, like a pop of red or yellow for a gray or blue house.

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February
24

Decorating Tips - Sell a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

Pantone is a global authority on color, helping to standardize the use of color in fashion, digital, print, and package design. Each year, Pantone selects a color that represents prevailing design trends and announces its choice as Pantone Color of the Year. The color for the year 2020 is Classic Blue, shade just shy of royal blue. It balances boldness and stability for a shade that is timeless in its power. While being on-trend can be risky for home sellers, our REALTORS®  recommend judicious use of home decor trends. Using Classic Blue in your home can make your house stand out among the Beavercreek homes for sale

  • The Lowdown on Blue
    Social scientists have studied the psychological effect of color on mood and well-being for decades, and blue has consistently been connected with relaxation and calm. Researchers at Cyprus International University have found a connection between the color blue and increased intellectual activity. Blue also has cultural connotations of luxury and status. A touch of Classic Blue can inspire buyers to view your house as an oasis of calm or a personal palace.

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December
9

Holiday Home Sale - Wright-Patt Realty

Does conventional wisdom about slow home sales during the winter holidays make you fearful of putting your house on the market? Over the 12-month period from September 2018 through August 2019, 20 percent of home sale closings occurred between December and February.

What the winter buyer pool lacks in quantity, it makes up for in motivation. Make the holidays merry and bright with these helpful tips for marketing Beavercreek homes for sale.

  1. Post Video Tours and High-Quality Photos
    When temperatures are low, people are less likely to spend a weekend touring homes and more likely to turn to online listings. An enticing video tour and beautiful photos designed to highlight your home's best features will create a desire to see it in person. It's generally worth the investment to hire a professional. If possible, use exterior photos taken in spring or summer.

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November
25

Millennial Buyers - Selling a Home - Wright-Patt Realty

If you're thinking about selling your home soon, you'll definitely want to keep the millennial homebuyer in mind. Although this generation wasn't a major player in the real estate market in past years, research shows that there's been an uptick in millennials buying their first homes. 

Our REALTORS® have recently helped many millennials find the perfect Beavercreek homes for sale. What we've noticed is that the features that are important to these homebuyers are different than what other generations were looking for. Before you make any changes or upgrades to your home, take a look at these five desirable features, and three you really should skip. 

  1. A Nice-Sized Yard
    If you're thinking about a home addition that creeps into yard space, you might want to reconsider. Surprisingly enough, the number one feature millennials want in a home is a nice-sized yard. Having enough room to add a garden and plenty of space for future kids to play were some of the reasons cited in research surveys. Millennials in general value the lifestyle that having outdoor space affords them. They also realize that you can always update the interior of a home, but you're stuck with your yard for life.

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August
12

Factors Impacting Home Sale - Wright-Patt

Our REALTORS® know today's buyers want a move-in ready home. That means major repairs or updates can be a deal-breaker or cause your home to sell for less than it should. If your home is in need of updates to any of these things, before you sell is the time to do it.

  1. Roof. An aging or failing roof will strike fear in the hearts of buyers. Everyone knows that water damage can cause big headaches and thousands of dollars of damage. It can even mean that there is water damage, mold, or rot that can't be easily seen or detected. Replacing a roof is considered home maintenance so neglecting it can have an effect on how buyers perceive your home.

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July
8

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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May
27

Energy Efficiency-Wright-Patt Realty

Beavercreek homes for sale are consistently some of the most sought-after in Ohio. A fast-moving real estate market creates a lot of opportunities for home sellers. Still, sellers must find ways to differentiate their property if they want to get the best price during their sale. Our REALTORS® can help you use real estate trends to your advantage to make more money when you sell. Our knowledge of the area will equip you to stand out from the start.

In Beavercreek and beyond, more buyers are looking for one thing: energy efficiency. The benefits of energy efficiency are especially appealing to first-time homeowners. Many first-time buyers are especially sensitive to the costs of homeownership. They recognize that if they can save a few hundred dollars per year on energy costs, it will boost their budget.

Likewise, more people are taking an interest in reducing their carbon footprint and helping the environment. After all, the natural world is just as important here in Ohio as it is anywhere else! The big question for sellers is this: What's the best way to increase efficiency? Just like any other home renovation, you don't want to break the bank—but you do want to make a difference.

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April
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Paint to Sell-Wright-Patt Realty

When our clients ask us how they should prepare their Beavercreek homes for sale, the first thing we suggest is that they paint their homes. Dollar for dollar, nothing goes further than a fresh coat of paint inside and out. Used well, it will create compelling appeal from the street, and inside, a fresh, clean, and pleasing impression. 

Is Paint Necessary? 

Ask yourself if you have any of these conditions in your home:

  • Nails used on the wall
  • Markings that won't come off
  • Places where the drywall needs patching
  • Dingy appearance
  • Bright and bold accent wall colors
  • People smoke inside
  • A discolored ceiling
  • Peeling or chipped paint anywhere on the exterior
  • Dated color scheme on the exterior

If you do, chances are the house needs painting. 

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March
11

Spring Maintenance-Wright-Patt Realty

Spring cleaning rises to an entirely new level when you're preparing to sell your home. You will need to do more than wash the windows, clean the carpets, and sweep out the garage to attract bids from buyers perusing the listings of Beavercreek homes for sale. There's plenty of work to do and there is no time to waste. If you want your home to appeal to buyers, then the following are some things you need to take care of.

Interior Spaces

You'll want to fix any leaky faucets, repair any damaged appliances, and clean the furnace. You should also replace batteries in smoke detectors, inspect/replace fire extinguishers, and repair any damaged or malfunctioning electrical outlets. While some sellers choose to replace old appliances and upgrade dated lighting fixtures before listing, a better option is to leave these on the table as negotiating chips. Doing so allows prospective buyers to choose the appliances and fixtures that match their vision for the home.    

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January
21

Winter Curb Appeal - Wright-Patt Realty

The foliage of autumn has faded, and summer greens are long gone. That doesn't mean that you have to settle for drab and dreary this winter when it comes to your home's curb appeal, especially if you are trying to sell your house. Our REALTORS® know that a potential buyer's first impression of a home is crucial and can make a difference in their perception of the house as a whole. Investing a little time and effort with these simple tips can yield impressive results in how your home looks to the outside world 

Start With the Basics

  • Safe and Clean Walkways and Steps: Keep your walkways, steps and entryway clear of snow, ice and debris such as leaves and limbs to make guests and buyers feel welcome and safe when approaching your home.

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January
7

Getting Ready for an Open House - Wright-Patt Realty

Holding an open house can be an effective way to showcase your home, but proper marketing and staging are essential to ensure you put forth the best presentation possible. These five tips from our REALTORS® can help you attract more potential buyers and make your open house a resounding success.  

  1. Marketing, Marketing, Marketing
    A vast majority of homebuyers use the internet to search for property, so having an online listing that stands out from the crowd is vital. Work with your realtor to create an engaging online and social media profile for your home: In addition to listing it on the MLS, put an ad in the Craigslist housing section and use social media and community sites like Nextdoor to promote your home. Work with your realtor to identify the parts of your home that will most appeal to buyers. Clean and stage your home inside and out before posting any pictures, and make sure to highlight its best features and all the benefits the neighborhood has to offer. 

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