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Cincinnati’s Citirama 2017 in Woodlawn!

12/09/2016 12:59:36



The location for the Cincinnati Citirama 2017 has been selected and will be located in Woodland Meadows in Woodlawn. Forty three home sites are being planned for the area.

The home show is scheduled for September 23 – October 1, 2017. Homes are expected to be priced from $190,000 – $300,000. A 15-year property tax abatement is available to all home buyers. (Lots will have a special yearly assessment for 15 years.)

Read more about Citirama here and here.

Read more about Woodlawn here.

Holiday Fire and Safety Tips for Your Home

12/08/2016 09:25:27

Christmastree_Firepl_LR.jpegThe holidays are a time of cheer and your home will reflect that with all of its festive decor. Here are some tips to keep your home safe from fire during the holiday season:

Since 40% of home fires reported start in the kitchen, ensure smoke alarms are working and can be heard everywhere in the house. If you do not have one, now is a good time to install carbon monoxide detectors since peak CO2 season is November through February.

Holiday Lights
Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for your holiday light sets. Do not overload outlets and connectors either indoors and outside. Electrical fires often start in the walls of your home, without visible signs. Be mindful and use preventative measures.

Christmas Tree
One in every four December home fires start because the Christmas tree is too close to a heat source. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) suggests having three feet between the tree and any heat source – fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles and furnace vents.

Burning candles should be at least 12 inches from anything else that burns. Always keep candles within your sight. The top three days for candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve  – when distractions are plentiful.

Fireplace safety is critical during these cozy times as well. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually – contact Sibcy Cline Home Services for recommendations. Never leave the fire unattended for even the shortest amount of time. And although popular, fire salts and color packets contain heavy metals that can cause intense irritation and illness if swallowed or inhaled.

Fire Extinguishers
Check and replace your household fire extinguishers. Suggested placement for extinguishers are: kitchen, each room with a fireplace and garages/sheds. Practice PASS (Pull the Pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze and Sweep) and emergency evacuation plans with your family.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Article courtesy of Sibcy Cline Insurance Services

Sources: United States Fire Administration (USFA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Putting Together a Home Repair Checklist for Selling

12/07/2016 15:31:31

Painter_Woman.jpgBefore entering the real estate sales process, many homeowners choose to make a few minor upgrades to their houses as a means of boosting value. However, some experts caution that consumers sometimes get a bit overzealous in these efforts and don’t get the return on investment they might have expected or hoped for. As a consequence, it’s important to know what you should and shouldn’t fix to make your properties more attractive to would-be buyers.


With this in mind, here’s a simple checklist to focus on when you’re trying to make your home sparkle without breaking the bank ahead of a sale:

  • Look down: Instead of putting thousands of dollars into renovating a kitchen or bathroom, it might be wiser to simply spend a lot less to make all the flooring as nice as possible, according to The Balance. Tearing up carpet – especially if it’s a bit old and worn – and replacing it with hardwood flooring is one great way to make a property stand out in the market.
  • Don’t try to be Picasso: A fresh layer of paint on walls and a new ceiling surface can make any room feel a lot more welcoming. In general, experts recommend painting the walls a neutral color rather than something bold. They also note “popcorn ceilings” can be a turnoff to modern buyers, so owners of older homes might need to consider a change.
  • Working in the kitchen: While a kitchen remodel isn’t entirely recommended, and sellers shouldn’t spring for new appliances, something as simple as resurfacing cabinets or installing new faucets can make a kitchen really sparkle again.
  • Evaluate the bathroom too: It’s not typically necessary to gut a bathroom, but even taking basic steps such as new lighting fixtures can help bring a new feel.
  • Be aware of ongoing issues: No one knows a house better than the people who live in it, so going through a home and figuring out which doors are creaky, which light switches don’t always work and which faucets drip can help reduce minor quirks that might turn off open house attendees, according to HouseLogic. Often it’s possible to fix these issues for relatively small amounts of money each.
  • Go outside: Some of the problems with a home aren’t on the inside at all; making sure to clean out gutters and fix misaligned pipes or obvious problems with a roof are also vital ahead of the sales process.
  • Don’t forget the simple stuff: It’s also important to go through a home and look for cracked tiles, nicks in walls or banisters, and other superficial markings that come with living in a home for years. Fixing these issues last might also help give homeowners a sense of accomplishment because these problems are typically the easiest to deal with.

After looking over all these issues carefully, homeowners should be ready to host an open house. However, it’s often wise to walk through the property with their real estate professionals to make sure they haven’t missed anything that might otherwise stand out to a new visitor.

Need help with your home’s repairs? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services!

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Additional Summaries

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12/05/2016 09:07:14
Some experts say there are actually benefits to putting a property up for sale over the course of the winter. Continue reading

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12/02/2016 11:10:39
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12/01/2016 13:21:33
In Southeastern Indiana, the average sale price of homes increased 16.8% in October (as compared to October 2015). Continue reading

Northern Kentucky Home Sales Increase Six Percent in October 2016

11/30/2016 14:56:09
October home sales were strong in Northern Kentucky with a 6.34% increase in sales as compared to October 2015. Year to date, home sales have increased over 9%. Continue reading

Highest Ever Average and Median Sale Prices in October for Cincinnati Home Sales

11/29/2016 11:33:56
Cincinnati home sales in October 2016 saw a 5.51% increase in sales (as compared to October 2015) as well as the highest ever average and median sale prices. Continue reading

Designs Tips for a Warmer Bathroom This Winter

11/15/2016 09:40:51
From simple inexpensive changes and additions to more luxurious options, here are a few ideas to warm up the tiles and get winter mornings off to a better start. Continue reading

Add Color To Your Home – No Painting the Walls

11/15/2016 08:16:00
Thinking of adding color to the rooms of your home, but do not want to paint? No problem! Just add color to your home’s accessories. Continue reading