DIY Home Projects for Spring
As winter comes to an end, homeowners can still accomplish some quick and easy indoor DIY jobs inside their home before turning attention to lawn care. Here are some improvement ideas to work on now:
Simple Steps to Take
There are a few simple DIY fixes homeowners can make on their own. Swapping out air filters on your heating and air system, clearing debris built up around a central air unit outdoors are easy to undertake without much trouble.
When it comes to more cosmetic features of a home, it’s a good idea to start in rooms where clutter has built up over the course of winter. Stow all coats, mittens, boots and hats out of the way. The same goes for the snow shovels and sleds.
Another DIY project would be to repaint a wall or two. Fresh paint can make a room look like new and costs very little to do. The dryer and cooler winter air is perfect for drying paint. You’ll need to keep a window open for ventilation!
Kitchen Touch Ups
If you feel more adventurous, consider installing a new backsplash in your kitchen or swap out the hardware on cabinets.
Bathroom storage can be made even better with new shelving. If your bathroom fixtures have seen better days, consider installing new ones. Re-grout the tile in your bath for a fresh look. A new bath mat is an easy way to spruce up the floor.
Adding insulation to your home not only will help lower utility bills, but will also help to make your home more comfortable. Don’t forget to seal windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping. And, if you haven’t done so already, consider installing a programmable thermostat.
Need more inspiration? This Old House has 100 DIY Upgrades for under $100!
And if DIY is not in the books for you, contact Sibcy Cline Home Services for recommendations of service vendors who can help with your spring home projects.
Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty. HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers. To learn more click www.hmsnational.com.
Sibcy Cline Wins First Place with Interactive Media at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference
Sibcy Cline Realtors earned first place in a global competition for Interactive Media at the 2018 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference. Sibcy Cline won first place for the category of firms with 501+ associates. The submission was made by Amanda Duncan, Sibcy Cline’s Social Media and PR Specialist along with Sibcy Cline User Interface Designer, Kris Rost.
Do you follow Sibcy Cline socially?
Facebook – Sibcy Cline’s Facebook page has over 9,000 followers! If you do not already follow this important social page, please do now.
Twitter – If you prefer to get your updates on Twitter, follow Sibcy Cline: @sibcyrealestate!
Instagram – Like to look at pictures? Instagram is for you! See what 710 followers are seeing.
Amanda Duncan leads a three-hour continuing education class: Media Marketing Using Social Networks. Learn more about real estate social media by signing up for the next class.
Six Tips to Help Sell Your Home
Looking to sell your home soon? Here are some tips to follow to make that home sale happen:
One – Don’t Hang Around
When it comes time for an open house or a showing, one of the worst things you can do is to linger in your home. The last thing would-be buyers want to do is interact with you when they are viewing your home. It can be awkward and uncomfortable for you and them. (That’s why you hire a real estate agent who can answer questions, get a feel for interest, and candidly address issues.)
Two – Keep It Simple and Free of Clutter
You want potential home buyers to imagine there is plenty of space throughout your home – from the cupboards, cabinets, closets and garage. Keeping your home free of clutter while it is for sale is a key step. It can be exhausting to keep a home tidy for every showing, but it’s important to do so.
Three – Be Realistic with Pricing
Real estate agents utilize comparative market analyses for a reason: this information helps set the expectations that the price of your home is in range to homes of similar age and size. Sellers sometimes feel as though they can get a hefty price for their beloved home. Setting prices realistically allows you to sell the home quickly at a market-determined price.
Four – Don’t Over-Improve
When it’s about time to put your home on the market, sellers may be tempted to scramble to make many home improvements they’ve been putting off. In many cases, discretion is the key. Some improvements may not result in the financial gains you’re hoping for and other changes may not be necessary if the buyers like things the way they are. Talk to your real estate agent first before making any updates.
Five – Make a Plan and Stick to It
Working with your real estate agent is important when developing a strategy for selling your home. What features should be highlighted? What sales price is reasonable? If the home doesn’t sell within a particular period of time, what will be the next step? While some things may need to be adjusted on the fly, it’s better to have a comprehensive selling plan that is decided well before the listing hits the market.
Six – Don’t Try To Hide It
If you think you can conceal major issues, you’re wrong. It’s likely that a home inspector will find both the underlying issue – and the cover-up. Nothing turns off a potential buyer more quickly than a sense of deception.
Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty. HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers. To learn more click www.hmsnational.com
Sibcy Cline Title Agency Received Circle of Excellence Award for the Seventh Consecutive Year
Sibcy Cline Title Agency was presented with the Circle of Excellence award for a seventh consecutive year in March 2018. This honor was given by Sibcy Cline Title’s underwriter, Fidelity National Title Group Ohio Agency.
This award was given to Ohio title insurance agencies ranking the highest in dollar volume of insurance policy remittance, least amount of claims filed and the turn around time of issuing lender and owner policies for transactions closed in 2017.
Sibcy Cline Title Agency (along with Lawyers Title of Cincinnati) ranked number one out of 123 relationships that Fidelity has statewide.
Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services joined in the celebration due to their support of providing a large portion of the transactions that Sibcy Cline Title Agency and Lawyers Title of Cincinnati closed in 2017.
Photograph: Bill Borek, CFO of Sibcy Cline; Mike Fletcher, Lawyers Title); Jim Stofko, General Manager of Sibcy Cline; Jessica Overlay, VP Production Manager for Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services;Vicki Hathorn, Operations Manager for Sibcy Cline Title; Stan Hunter, VP Fidelity Ohio Manager; Jodi Diamond, Fidelity Account Manager; Rich Lauber, VP and Legal Counsel for Fidelity National Title; and Bob Mahoney (General Sales Manager for Sibcy Cline.
Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend – March 17-18, 2018
Sibcy Cline agents are holding a Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on March 17-18, 2018. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.
Look at homes for sale.
It’s a great time to sell and buy a home! Mortgage interest rates remain low. Home values are rising. Now may be the right time for you to sell your old home and find a new one to meet your needs.
Sibcy Cline Relocation Services Earns RELO Quality Certification
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Sweet Sweats For Love Results in Over 1,200 Pieces of Clothing Donated!
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Florence, Kentucky – A Great Place to Live and Call Home!
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March 2018 Local Events and Things to Do in Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana!
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Tips to Help You Prepare Financially to Buy a Home
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