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Cincinnati Homearama 2018 at Highlands at Heritage Hill July 21 – August 5, 2018

07/20/2018 09:16:31

Highland at Heritage Hill Homearama 2018Cincinnati’s Homearama home show is located at Highlands at Heritage Hill in Union Township and will be held from July 21 through August 5, 2018. Six local builders will be presenting 10 homes to the public. Homes are priced from $1 million to over $2 million. Two homes in this show will be multi-generational. (A “tiny” home will also be on display!)

Highlands at Heritage Hill features large, home sites with an effort on preserving already-existing trees. The community will have a pool, garden, fishing pond, playground, sports fields and hiking trail. The convenient location is near Kings Island, TPC River’s Bend Golf Course and Countryside YMCA (the world’s largest).

Show Details
July 21 – August 5, 2018
Highlands at Heritage Hill
3284 Columbia Road, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday – Sunday: 12pm-10pm

Tickets are $16 at the gate. Discount tickets are available at Kroger for $15.

Directions: I-71 N. to the Kings Mills exit; right on Kings Mills Road; left on Columbia Road; left at the bottom of the hill on Mason Morrow Millgrove Road; and immediate right back onto Columbia Road. Entrance will be on the (about one mile). Look for Homearama parking signs.

Food and drink are available at the home show. No strollers, wagons or backpacks with metal frames permitted in the homes. Children under 12 are free with an adult.

Learn more about the Homearama here.

Sibcy Cline is Going Paperless in October 2018 with an Electronic Transaction Payment System from Fifth Third Bank

07/19/2018 14:24:11

Sibcy Cline is paperlessThe future of accounting is electronic – and Sibcy Cline is doing just that! Partnering with Fifth Third Bank, Sibcy Cline is working now on eliminating the creation of paper checks and is converting to an electronic-transaction system. This is not only a “green” thing to do, but lessens the risk of fraud and speeds up payment. Says Lisa Lakeman, CFO for Sibcy Cline, “This new system will save us time and money in the processing and mailing costs associated with paying bills by paper check.” The new system is slated to be in place in October 2018.

Read more about the partnership with Fifth Third Bank.

Photo:  Sibcy Cline Accounting – Corey Asman, Controller; Lisa Lakeman, CFO; and Paula Wilton, Accounts Payable Processor

Paint Your Front Door Black? Statistics Say Yes!

07/16/2018 10:33:02

Front Door with square glass windows.I have been contemplating purchasing a new front door for over two years. My current  all-glass door will one day be replaced with a solid front door with small windows at the top. What has held me back from ordering this door for so long? Deciding what color it should be!

Initially I was drawn towards a light, mossy green color. I thought it would look fresh and a nice contrast to the all-white facade of my cottage-style home. However, the type of door I wanted to order was not available in that particular hue. My options at that time were: (one) order a door, paint it mossy green myself and then deal with paint upkeep in the future; or (two) select a standard color that promised no future touch-ups. I did not order a door. Instead, I contemplated.

Yellow was the next color up for consideration. This was a standard color per my door catalog, but I was not sure if this was the perfect color for my house. Since I was on the fence about making a color selection, I did next what 175 million other people worldwide do: I created a Pinterest board. It’s called “Front Doors” and was supposed to give me much needed inspiration. I pinned and pinned, and then pinned some more. I still did not take action on selecting a door color.

I recently read an article about front doors from Money Magazine. It suggested by painting a front door “black”, a home’s value could increase up to $6,271 when selling. (That information definitely caught my attention.) The article said a black door “…gives buyers the impression that your home is a serious, stately and safe choice…”

Hmmmm. Would my home be instantly worth $6,000 more? Probably not, but black might be a nice color to consider. Should I take the plunge and have a black front door? I am still on that fence. What do you think?

Need help in selecting a new front door or painting one? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with proven service vendors.

 

 

7 of the Best Home Improvements that Pay Off when Selling

07/12/2018 15:29:56

Seven best home improvements that pay offThinking of making updates to your home? Here is a list of projects that add value to your home from the National Association of Realtors Remodeling Impact Report:

1. Wood Floors
If you have existing hardwood floors covered by carpet, it might be a good idea to refinish them. Costs may be around $3,000 but you should recover 100% of that cost when selling.

If you are installing new hardwood flooring, the cost could be around $5,500 and you should be able to net $5,000 back.

2. Insulation
When you insulate your home, you not only benefit from lower utility bills, but you should be able to recover $1,600 of a $2,100 investment.

3. HVAC
Replacing your HVAC system is expensive ($7,500+). You should expect to recover 67% of that money back as well as enjoy the savings from a new, energy-efficient system.

4. Garage Door
A new garage door not only makes your home’s appearance look better, but you should be able to recover 87% of its cost. (The average cost is $2,300.)

5. Siding
Siding is another expensive item. It can cost $18,000 or more. When completed, your home will not only have a long-lasting exterior, but you should be able to recover 83% of its cost when you sell.

6. Deck, Porch or Patio Addition
A 16×20 wood deck costs around $11,000. You should be able to recoup $10,000 or 90%. Outdoors rooms are very popular and make living more enjoyable.

7. Replacement Windows
Ten 3×5 windows cost around $9,700. You should be able to get back 90% when selling!


Other Improvements to Consider
Although the return is not as high on these items, you may still want to consider updating a bath, the kitchen or your basement:

Bathroom
A full remodel on a bathroom is about $30,000. Your recovery on this item when selling is only 50%. However, a new bath is an important room to buyers. A minor bathroom remodel might be better for you. This cost will come in around $11,000 and the recoup rate is 102%. 

Kitchen
For a $35,000 investment expect to recover $20,000 or 57% of your cost. Again, the recoup is not as high as other projects, but home buyers do desire up-to-date kitchens.

Basement Conversion to Living Space
This project is a big one and can cost $40,000+. Expect to recover 63% when selling.

Need help with your home-improvement project? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services for recommendations of vetted vendors.

 

 

Smart-Home Technology – What Homeowners Want

07/09/2018 09:52:38

Smart Phone Smart Home TechnologyIn today’s digital world we are connected to technology like never before. The day of using “the clapper(clap on, clap off) to turn lights off is over. Devices now allow us to control so many things in our homes – from thermostats to garage doors to slow cookers.

The convenience of a smart home is appealing to many home buyers. A recent survey reveals interesting insights about smart-home technology and what homeowners want.

Desired Smart-Home-Features
A survey published by the National Association of Realtors indicated while most homeowners (82 percent) are not asking real estate agents about smart homes, they are still very interested. Buyers want smart-home functions to provide them with these top benefits:

  • Security (81% deem this “very important” or “somewhat important”)
  • Privacy (75%)
  • Energy savings (78%)
  • Cost savings (77%)
  • Comfort (71%)

While homeowners are intrigued by the possibilities that smart products can provide, fewer than 50 percent could name even the most popular products such as Nest thermostats or tools offered by well-known brands like Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Products of Interest
While there are many smart products currently available and more coming to market each day. Here are some techie conveniences that are of interest:

Smart Locks
Smart locks do far more than let you in and out of your home. Today’s smart locks allow you to monitor who entering your home while you are away. Some models let you assign access privileges to friends, family members, contractors or others.

Many smart locks include a mobile or web app that lets you lock and unlock doors remotely a from a mobile device or computer. These apps allow you to set access privileges and some provide for voice activation or geofencing, which lets you set a perimeter that, when detected, locks or unlocks automatically.

Smart Lights
Homeowners can replace a basic incandescent light bulb with a smart, LED-equipped bulb controllable by smart phone, tablet or computer. These bulbs come in a standard white light or can change colors or brightness on the fly. Light beams can be dispersed broadly like a traditional bulb or narrowed to provide a focused beam. Bulbs can be scheduled to save on energy costs and brighten up the home when you arrive.

There are also devices that control your home’s outdoor lights. This would be very convenient during the holidays if you like to decorate with lights.

Smart Thermostats
One of the most popular early technologies, the smart thermostat, offers a lot of other good options for homeowners. Like smart lights, they help conserve energy by scheduling temperature changes for when homes are occupied. While some only control heating and cooling, modern models also manage ventilation and dehumidification systems. Others can analyze the habits of house usage and recommend settings to lower energy costs further.

Given that so many home buyers are still unaware of smart-home possibilities, giving them information is one of the most valuable things a real estate agent can do to help create even more value in their homes.

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