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Sellers! 25 Easy fix ups before you list!

by Sherrie Toth

The condition of your home will have a huge impact on how fast it sells, and its eventual selling price. Preparing your home for sale can pay you huge dividends. Many fix ups cost very little and consist mostly of time and some elbow grease. Here are some simple tips to help your home show its best.

Indoors:

  1. Clean the entire home thoroughly. Shampoo carpets, wash walls, clean sills, window screens and blinds. Clean out light fixtures and dust shelving. Get detailed here.

  2. Clean the clutter from all closets, cupboards and cabinets.

  3. Make your rooms look as spacious as possible. Store unnecessary furnishing items that make your home look crowded.

  4. Arrange furnishing so that it is easy to walk through your home.

  5. Scale down the number of photos, pictures, portraits and posters hanging on walls. Make sure you patch all nail and screw holes.

  6. Keep your curtains and draperies open as a rule. You will want your home to show very light and bright. Find ways to screen any unappealing views.

  7. Make your kitchen shine. Remove clutter from counter tops and cabinets and store it. Keep your sink clean and clear of any dirty dishes.

  8. Clean your refrigerator, inside and out. Make sure that you do the simple things like putting an open box of baking soda in your fridge. Also, remove unnecessary clutter from the door.

  9. Clean your oven. Degrease it and keep it looking as good as possible.

  10. Keep scented candles burning in the kitchen and bathrooms. Pleasant fragrances will entice buyers to stay longer in your home.

  11. Keep bathrooms scrubbed and tidy with fresh soap and neatly hung towels. Try to color coordinate your bathrooms.

  12. Keep all sinks in the home clean and repair leaks or slow drains.

  13. Go through your entire home and touch up paint. Pay close attention to corners where there is traffic wear. Touch up baseboards, trim and cabinets and cupboards.

  14. Place plants or flower arrangements in strategic parts of the home. A splash of color from plants, flowers, pillows or small rugs can give your home some real flair.

  15. Make sure that your home is well lit. Put higher wattage bulbs in dark areas or corners. Keep all lights on during showings, even in mid day.

  16. Use mirrors on walls if necessary to reflect light and make rooms look larger.

  17. Make sure that all door knobs and keyed entries are working. Replace any worn knobs or handles.

Outdoors:

  1. Clean up all around the house. Remove any debris piles such as wood, firewood and landscape trimmings. Trim all hedges, bushes and shrubbery away from the house. Keep all garden beds weeded and mulched.

  2. Put some color by your home's entrance with potted flowers. Keep them watered and looking attractive.

  3. Keep all walkways clear, clean and in good repair. This includes your driveways and any parking areas.

  4. Keep all outdoor furniture clean and in good repair.

  5. Clean your gutters and roof. Keep moss or algae from growing on, in or around them.

  6. Keep your yard and lawn areas clean and in good health. A green lawn makes a home look great. Keep your lawn edged and free from weeds.

  7. Repair any broken windows, screens, shutter or awnings.

  8. Clean your garage area. Remove clutter and make it look organized and as spacious as possible. Try to have nothing in your garage but cars.

By following these 25 fix up tips, you can do a lot to increase the perceived value of your home and make it stand out above the competition! Call, text or email us for further tips. CONTACT US

5 Steps To Outshine Your Competition!

by Sherrie Toth
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Serious About Selling? 5 Steps to Make Your Home the Best on the Block

We all want to be good neighbors. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s not just about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s about outshining them at every opportunity!

If you’re looking to sell your home fast and for the most money possible, you’ll need a strategy to set it apart from all the other listings competing for buyers in Apple Valley. That’s why I’ve outlined our proven, five-step plan for serious sellers.

Use these five tactics to help your home get noticed, win over buyers in Apple Valley, and net a higher sales price than your neighbors!

 

1. Stage Your Home to Show Its Full Potential 

According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are professionally staged sell 73% faster. When staging a home, you might rearrange the furniture to make a room feel larger or remove heavy curtains to make it brighter. The goal is to highlight a home’s strengths, minimize deficiencies, and help buyers envision themselves living in the space. 

Some sellers choose to hire a professional stager. Others opt to do it themselves, using guidance from their agent. We can help you determine the appropriate path to push your home ahead of the competition. The good news is, an investment in staging pays off. A 2018 survey found that 85% of staged homes sold for 6-25% more than their unstaged neighbor’s homes. 

2. Draw Buyers in with High-Quality Photos 

Many buyers use listing photos to determine whether or not to visit a property in person. Therefore, poor-quality or amateur-looking pictures could keep buyers from ever stepping through your door. That’s why we only work with the top local professionals to photograph our listings. 

Additionally, we’re always on site during the photo shoot to let the photographer know about unique or compelling selling features that they should capture. The extra effort pays off in the end. In fact, listings with high-quality photography sell 32% faster than the competition… and often for more money! 

3. Price It Properly From the Start 

Most buyers view homes within a set price range. If yours is overpriced, it can’t properly compete with other similarly priced listings. But if you price your home aggressively, it can be among the nicest homes that buyers have seen within their budget. This can lead to a fast sale with fewer seller concessions. And in some cases, it can create a bidding war. The result? More money in your pocket. 

4. Put on a Good Show(ing) 

Once buyers are interested enough to schedule a showing, it’s crucial that you make your home available—even on short notice. That means keeping it show-ready as long as it’s on the market. For most of us, our homes reflect the day-to-day reality of our busy (and sometimes messy) families. But keeping your home clean, fresh-smelling, and ready for buyers will help it sell faster … which means you can get back to your regular routine as quickly as possible! 

5. Use a Proven Promotion Plan 

We know that 93% of buyers search for homes online. That’s why we invest in the latest training and technology—to ensure our listings appear in the places where buyers are most likely to look. By utilizing online and social marketing platforms to connect with consumers and offline channels to connect with local real estate agents, your property gets maximum exposure to prospective buyers. 

 

Let's Get Moving

Are you thinking about listing your home? Get a jump start on your competition! Contact us to schedule a no-commitment consultation. If you do list with us, we will put together a custom plan to maximize the sales potential of your property! 

Joe and Sherrie Toth

RE/MAX Consultant Group | Apple Valley Lake 

330-388-6293 or email us HERE

 

Thinking Of Remodeling? Read This First!

by Sherrie Toth
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Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend Your Budget

Whether you’re planning a minor update or a major remodel, it’s wise to consider how the money you invest will impact your home’s value.

We’ve taken a look at six popular home renovations and identified those that—on average—offer the best and worst returns on investment. So before you lift a hammer or hire a contractor, take a look at this list and see if your remodeling efforts will reward you when it comes time to sell.

 

 

RENOVATIONS THAT PAY OFF

These three common home improvement projects not only add function and style to your home, but they also offer a strong return on investment.

Minor Kitchen Remodel 

A minor kitchen remodel is one of the top investments you can make in your home. The key is to keep it modest in scale. Make an effort to keep your existing layout and paint or reface cabinets instead of replacing them. Update countertops with low-maintenance quartz and swap out old appliances for energy-efficient models. The average cost for a minor kitchen remodel is $22,500, and it’s likely to recoup more than 80% at resale. 

Wood Deck Addition 

A deck addition is a popular way to extend and enhance the use of your outdoor space. It’s the perfect spot for grilling, dining alfresco, and entertaining. In fact, 81% of surveyed homeowners said they have a greater desire to be home since completing a deck addition.For a 16 x 20-foot wood deck, you can expect to spend around $13,000. Fortunately, the money you invest offers an average return of 76%. 

Siding Replacement 

Everyone knows good curb appeal is important when selling your home. And while it may not be the most exciting way to spend your remodeling budget, new siding can make a big impression on buyers … and your selling price. Replacing 1,250 square feet of siding costs around $16,000 and will net you an average of 76% at resale. For an even greater impact, consider replacing a portion of your siding with manufactured stone veneer. A 300 square foot area will run you around $8,900, but you can expect to see a nearly 95% return when it comes time to sell. 

RENOVATIONS WITH WEAK RETURNS

These three popular remodeling projects are homeowner favorites. But don’t expect to see a high rate of return when it comes time to sell. Instead, consider them an investment in your current quality of life.

Major Kitchen Remodel 

For a major kitchen remodel, expect to spend between $66,000 (mid-range) and $130,000 (upscale). Unfortunately, you’ll only get back around 60% at resale. Of course, an outdated or non-functional kitchen could turn buyers off from your home completely … and keep you from enjoying it yourself! So if your kitchen needs a major remodel, choose carefully where to splurge and where to save.

In-ground Pool 

The average expense to install a standard 18 x 36-foot in-ground pool is $57,500, but the estimated return is only 43%. In addition to the installation cost, plan to spend money each year on maintenance, repairs, and insurance. However, 92% of surveyed homeowners said they “have a greater desire to be home” since installing a pool, and 83% have “an increased sense of enjoyment when they are at home.” For you and your family, the perks of a pool may be worth the price.

Master Suite Addition 

Master suite additions have become increasingly popular—both in homes that lack one as well as those with aging owners who can no longer accommodate stairs to an upper-level bedroom. But what’s the typical return at resale? With a median cost of $125,000, most sellers will only recoup around 52% of their investment. Nevertheless, in a survey of homeowners, the majority were satisfied with their decision to add a master suite, giving it a “Joy Score” of 10 out of 10.4

 

Analysis of Your Project

We’ve been talking averages. But the truth is, the actual return you can expect will vary depending on your particular home. If you have plans to remodel, call us or send us the details. We’d be happy to conduct a free analysis to determine how the renovations will impact the value of your home!

Joe & Sherrie Toth

740-390-0735

Email us: [email protected]

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934 Kingsway Circle - 3D WALK THROUGH

by Sherrie Toth

Virtually walk though this beautiful custom Farm house type home!

934 Kingsway Circle

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Video tour of 934 Kingsway Circle - Apple Valley Lake Ohio!

by Sherrie Toth

 Introducing 934 Kingsway Circle at Apple Valley Lake

3D TOUR HERE - Video tour below. 

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Our Favorite Plant And Flower Nurseries In The Area

by Sherrie Toth
Some of Our VERY Favorite Nurseries !! 
Groovy Plants Ranch
Address: 4140 County Rd 15, Marengo, OH 43334, USA
Phone number: +1 740-675-2681
Website: https://www.groovyplantsranch.com/ 
 
What people are saying: 
“The staff was friendly and helpful whenever I asked them questions. I loved my visit here!” – Lorie
“I live three hours away but I would gladly keep driving to Groovy Plants Ranch because it is so amazing. I love the collection of hard-to-find cacti, succulents, and herbs.” – Heather
“The Groovy Plants Ranch is a must-visit for anyone who loves houseplants, succulents, and annuals. The owners of the greenhouse clearly put time and effort into the nursery.” - Kathy

 
Description: This family-owned nursery is located north of Columbus. The owners, along with the staff, show how passionate they are about the plants. Jared and Liz strive to grow plants that are difficult to find in many parts of Ohio and the rest of the nation. This retail location aims to provide an immersive experience, with intriguing botanicals from across the globe.


Country Colors Greenhouse,
Address: 18625 Butler Rd, Fredericktown, OH, USA
Phone number: +1 740-392-2144
Website: https://countrycolorsgh.com/ 
 

What people are saying:
“The greenhouse is really nice with a great selection of plants.” - Eleonora
“Visit Country Colors. You will not regret it.” - James
“I love the collection of perennials. The plants are not overpriced as well.” - AJ

 

Description: For more than two decades, Country Colors Greenhouse has been serving Knox County with quality products. The nursery is in an ideal location right on the border of Fredericktown. It has everything a garden enthusiast will ever need, including herbs, vegetables, tropical, perennials, and annuals. Country Colors Greenhouse also sells pottery, garden supplies, and chemicals.


Miller’s Farm Market
Address: 5 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Phone number: 740-392 FARM (3276)
Website: https://millers-farm-market.business.site/ 
 
What people are saying:
“Amazing flowers, veggies, and more - you can only find them here at Miller’s Farm.” – Theresa
“I went shopping here the other day and I had a great time. There are so many items from plants to fresh food to cheese.” – LC
“Great plants with a friendly staff, I will surely visit again.” Brenda

 
Description: Located in Mount Vernon, this farm market has its own nursery and garden center. It opens at 9:30 AM and offers plant selections. There are also fruits and vegetables to buy straight from the family-owned farm.


Wade and Gatton Nursery 
Address: 1288 Gatton Rocks Road Bellville OH 44813
Phone number: (419) 883-3191
Website: http://wadeandgattonnurseries.com/ 
 
What people are saying:
“I used to work here and I still visit because of the gardens.” – Rowena
“The staff is friendly and accommodating. I needed some help about the plants I bought and I got all the assistance I wanted.” – Felicia
“The gardens and the sales area are quite unique. It was indeed a great experience.” - Martin

 
Description: Wade and Gatton Nursery has faced some challenges after the unforeseen death of its owner in 2017
. Despite the announcement that the nursery would close on March 2019, it still welcomes visitors by appointment.


Albyn’s Landscape and Nursery
Address: 11512 Marne Rd, Newark, OH 43055, USA
Phone number: (740) 763-3359
Website: https://www.albynslandscape.com/ 
 
What people are saying:
I was looking for tropical that I can buy in bulk and this is the best place I could find.” – Rene 
“They have a nice collection of greenhouse annuals. I bought some with perennials because of the great price.” – Michael
“The garden shop is really great. I had a wonderful time browsing the nursery.” – Jen 

 
Description: From succulents to herbs to vegetables, Albyn’s Landscape and Nursery has a lot of options. Annuals are in the greenhouse and planted in basket fillers, patio planters, and hanging baskets. Outside the greenhouse are shrubs, trees, and perennials.


Cedar’s Lawn and Garden Center
Address: 1655 Mt Vernon Rd, Newark, OH 43055, USA
Phone number: +1 740-366-5004
Website: N/A
 
What people are saying:
This family-owned nursery has been in the area for years. It lets you know they are dependable.” - Erika
“The service and quality are both fantastic. I will surely be back.” - Benjie
“Good prices and nice operators, too – you can never go wrong here.” - Eleanor

 
Description: Cedar’s Lawn and Garden Center has been around for several years. With excellent stocks of plants, there are plenty of options for everyone, including perennials and annuals. The company also offers landscaping services and sells gardening tools.


Carson Nurseries
Address: 11622 Blue Jay Rd, Newark, OH 43056, USA
Phone number: +1 740-763-1001
Website: N/A
 
What people are saying:
“One of the most trusted and helpful staff around – which is why I keep going back here.” TJ“This owned by a family. When you get here, you will also feel you are a part of it.” - Olive
“It is always a pleasure to do business with them.” - Chandler

 
Description: Located in Newark, OH, this family-operated business has served the locals in the city as well as the surrounding areas. The nursery features cacti, succulents, and herbs. There are also annuals and perennials of many kinds from different parts of the US and other countries.


Hobby Nursery
Address: 2152 Township Road #570, Loudonville, OH 44842, USA
Phone number: +1 419-368-3314
Website: https://hobbynursery.com/ 
 
What People are saying:
"For a wide range of plant selection, I recommend this place. It has a great location as well.” – Louise
“The nursery has a unique design. Their wholesale prices are also attractive.” – Ellie
“Gardening has always been my passion. Thanks to this nursery, I have found really great additions to my own mini nursery.” - Hayley
 
Description: Hobby Nursery focuses on service and variety in North Central Ohio. With a 17-acre container nursery stock and 65-acre field stock, there are plenty of plants that gardening enthusiasts will find here. The company has been around since 1978, offering wholesale options for everyone. 


Shaffer Landscape Nursery
Address: 3052 Mabee Rd, Ontario, OH 44903, USA
Phone number: +1 419-529-2681
Website: https://shafferlandscapes.com/ 
 
What people are saying:
The company has pros that guided me to buy the best plants for my garden. I highly recommend them for those in Ontario.” – Barbara
“I was looking for professional designers but I also checked out their nursery. It was an exciting experience that I would like to have again.” – Cruz
“I visited the nursery by appointment and I did not regret it. I will surely go there again.” Lindsay
 
Description: Shafer Landscape Nursery has been in Mansfield since 1950. For several years, loyal customers flock to the nursery to check the collection of products. With a stable history, the company has earned an excellent reputation across the area. Shaffer also offers landscaping services.


Willo’dell Nursery Garden
Address: 1398 US-42, Ashland, OH 44805, USA
Phone number: +1 419-289-0606
Website: http://willodell-nursery.com/ 
 
What people are saying;
“Unlike the other nurseries that I went to, Willo’dell offers the plants within my budget.” – Katherine
“The selection was nice. Plus, the staff was very friendly. I'll be back.” – Cathy
“I absolutely loved this place. It is a must visit in Ashland.” – Loraine
 
Description: With several years providing business, Willo’dell Nursery has become one of the favorites in Ashland and nearby areas. The company offers creative solutions for landscaping and gardening concepts. All products and services are within the customers’ budgets.
 
 Mowango Nursery
Address: 18177 Coshocton Ave, Mt Vernon, OH 43050, USA
Phone number: +1 740-507-8368
Website: https://mowango-nursery.business.site/ 
 
What people are saying:
I absolutely adore their perennial shrubs. I really like that they keep their prices to the minimum, easily fitting my budget.” – Rose
“I bought some trees at this nursery and I was stunned because the prices were truly affordable. I will certainly buy here again.” – Felicity
“Mowango is my favorite and I love the lavender twist redbuds that I bought from them.” - Lee
 
Description: Different varieties are available at Mowango Nursery. The owner cares for these plants personally, along with the members of the staff. This nursery is where people can find flowers, succulents, fruits, and vegetables among others.
 
 Wilson’s Garden Center
Address: 10923 Lambs Ln, Newark, OH 43055, USA
Phone number: +1 740-763-2873
Website: http://gardencenterohio.com/ 
 
What people are saying:
“Wilson’s has a good variety. I keep coming back here to see if they have a new addition to the collection.” – Colbie
“I bought some pepper, tomato, and others from their nursery. Thanks to their super friendly staff.” – Jason
“A real treat for every plant enthusiast, this is a great place to visit if you are looking for trees and shrubs.” – Matthew
 
Description: Since 1958, Wilson’s Garden Center has been a popular choice for those in Newark and neighboring cities. This family-owned business provides different selections of plants, shrubs, and trees. There are a few display gardens, as well, so visitors can be inspired.
 

 

311 Crabapple Drive 3D Walk Through

by Sherrie Toth

Virtually walk though this beautiful executive type lakefront home

311 CRABAPPLE DRIVE

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Buyer Video Testimonial - At Apple Valley Lake

by Sherrie Toth

Are you looking to sell or purchase at Apple Valley Lake? You too, can become the next happy client! 

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