The first utility bill in a new home can mean an unpleasant surprise for the unsuspecting homeowner. Not only is the cost higher in a house than in an apartment, but energy costs are soaring across the globe. Fortunately, you can take measures to lower your utility bills, and our real estate agents would like to share them with you.
While it's true that the housing market has cooled somewhat, there is still time to take advantage of the increased value of your home if you plan to sell. But before you set an asking price, our real estate agents want to help you maximize your profits by considering the hidden costs associated with the sale. Here are a few expenses they consider to be some of the most critical:
As the leaves begin to turn and the days get colder, it's time to get your home ready for the harsh winter months. If you've recently bought a house, you may be surprised by the amount and intensity of home maintenance activities. Homeownership is a huge investment that requires regular maintenance and care. That said, it can feel like a daunting chore, especially if you're a first-time homebuyer.
Fall brings cooler temperatures with a crisp feel to the air, and with the hustle and bustle of school starting back, it's the perfect time to have some family fun on the weekends. Several farms and orchards around Stark county offer loads of activities for the whole family, making them a great place to visit for the day or afternoon.
Our real estate agents recommend checking out the following popular destinations for fall family fun in the area.
How big should your down payment be?
When home prices rise, so do the down payments required to purchase those homes. This has long posed a roadblock for many would-be first-time homebuyers. But it doesn't have to be the case.
While the hot seller's market of the last few months has begun to cool down, there are still many people out there looking for North Canton homes for sale or Akron homes for sale. Today's Ohio homeowners easily benefit from the great interest in the local area and meet qualified buyers.
Our real estate agents know you want to get the most value for your home and finish the sales process as quickly as possible. In fact, it's usually for the best when the sale is complete within 30 days. After the 60-day mark, buyers may wonder if something is wrong with the home.
The Akron Zoo has been a staple of family fun near Akron homes for sale for decades, with significant expansion since the early 2000s leading to new exhibits, rides for kids, special events, and amenities for visitors to enjoy. Summer is the perfect time to experience a fun, educational family outing to the Akron Zoo, with a busy schedule of special events, summer camps for kids, and many animals to see. Our real estate agents have the key information to help you plan your next family day at the Akron Zoo.
Can you believe that the Fourth of July is already around the corner? As always, Ohio communities will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate this special day with community events that the whole family can enjoy. Both Akron and North Canton have some holiday events that you won't want to miss. Our real estate agents have all of the details on where to celebrate the Fourth of July in your favorite Ohio communities.
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is June 7th, and for those of us with a sweet tooth, we can't wait! There are so many wonderful places to grab a delicious cone, sundae, or milkshake in Stark and Summit counties that it's impossible to choose just one. Instead, our real estate agents have put together a list of six favorites.
Color is the easiest way to inject your personality into any North Canton home for sale. Interior painting can be a messy project, but there are some tricks get the job done quicker and cleaner. Explore the top interior painting tips from our real estate agents below.
As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to head out on a family bike ride. Stark County has plenty of excellent parks with trails that cover forested areas, urban locations, and suburban sites.
Our real estate agents recommend the following trails in Stark County when you're ready to spend part of your day taking a family bike ride in area parks.
Spring is here and spending time outdoors tops the list of things to do. Some people look forward to hiking their favorite trails or picnics in the park, while others enjoy relaxing in their backyard. If you prefer the comforts of home, our real estate agents recommend sprucing up your backyard with some beautiful patio plants.
Backyard patios and decks are ideal for potted plants. In Akron homes for sale, you can change out flowering plants to extend spring blooms well into the fall season. When temperatures start to drop, replace blooms with hardy greenery that will survive winter weather. To create a beautiful patio year-round, all you need is the right plants and decorative containers.
It's always lovely when schedules line up perfectly. But, the reality is that when it comes to real estate transactions, there's likely to be a slight lag between the day you buy the home and the day you can move in. You may sell your home before you find a new home, may need to wait until the seller can move into their new home, or wait while the renovation company completes any necessary repairs or upgrades. Or, you may want to wait until you find the best deal on a house that fits within your budget. Our real estate agents know there are plenty of reasons you may need to rent a home, and we advise all clients to carefully think over the possibility of living in a short-term rental before moving into their new home.
You've just purchased a new home from among North Canton homes for sale, and you're undoubtedly eager to pick out curtains, paint colors, and new furniture. But first, you should be aware of potential problems and how to avoid or at least prepare for them. Our real estate agents share how you can be ready for the following issues.
Clogged pipes, burst pipes, and leaky pipes can cause significant damage to your home and property. This is why we strongly recommend a comprehensive plumbing inspection and maintenance visit with a certified plumber before you move in. This creates a thorough assessment of the plumbing and establishes a relationship with a plumber you can call should a plumbing problem emerge down the road.
Planning a wedding is both exciting and a big undertaking. If you're waiting for the perfect time to get started, then we have some good news. March 1 is National Wedding Planning Day! This is a great opportunity to start wedding dress shopping if you're newly engaged. Our real estate agents have some awesome bridal shops to recommend around Stark and Summit counties.
Since ancient times, wine has been a significant element in religious and social traditions for cultures around the world. Join our real estate agents in celebrating National Drink Wine Day on Friday, February 18 with a toast at one of these popular wine bars near North Canton homes for sale.
Are you into music? Whether your child is learning to play a musical instrument, you're a dedicated musician yourself, or you simply love to listen, North Canton has a nice variety of music shops you'll want to visit.
Our real estate agents recommend the following music shops around North Canton.
Our real estate agents know it's never too early to get your home ready for market. If your plans for 2022 include moving to a new home in the spring, now is the right time to put a plan together so that your home is ready to go when you're ready to make your move. You can take the following steps now to ensure the process isn't overwhelming later.
Go Easy On the Cosmetic Upgrades
It's a seller's market, so you don't have to spend a lot of money to attract an offer. While you can still paint the walls of the main living areas and bedrooms a neutral color, you can skip the installation of pricey appliances, new windows, etc.
Pumpkin pie may be a Thanksgiving staple, but there's no reason you can't enjoy this treat in December as well. In fact, December 25th (yes, you read that right) is National Pumpkin Pie Day. Why not celebrate it with a slice? There are many bakeries and restaurants serving delicious pumpkin pies in the area around North Canton and Akron. Our real estate agents have tracked down the best places to get one of these pies during December.
Whether you're fixing a light snack, preparing dinner for a group of friends, or simply grabbing a drink out of the fridge, your home's kitchen gets used multiple times every single day. This is why homeowners put such a heavy focus on creating the perfect balance between appearance and functionality — and that's exactly why kitchen islands are all the rage. Let's look at a few kitchen island basics and which type of island our real estate agents believe could be right for you.
If you've ever seen a kitchen island in the home of a friend or while checking out North Canton homes for sale or Akron homes for sale, then you already know that they take up a good amount of room. Even a small island will be at least 2 by 4 feet, but you also need enough room for people to walk around them comfortably. As a general rule, your kitchen should be a minimum of 8 feet deep and 12 feet long, with 40 inches by 40 inches of open space.
As a homeowner, there are many things you can do to protect your home from the unexpected, like installing a home security system or performing regular maintenance. But one thing you can't control is what Mother Nature throws your way. From hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes and floods, extreme weather events are becoming more regular, with some disastrous results. That's why having the right insurance coverage is so important. It can lessen the burden of getting your house back together after it's been hit by wild weather. Here, our real estate agents will walk you through the basics of homeowners insurance to help you better prepare for unexpected damage before it's too late.
A custom-decorated cake can make any occasion more special since it lets you tailor the design to its recipients' interests, a party's theme, or anything else you'd like. Choose your favorite fillings, icings, colors, and more, and work with a local baker around Summit County to get just the look and taste you're looking for.
Our real estate agents recommend trying one of the following bakeries when you need a custom-decorated cake.
Our real estate agents never need an excuse to enjoy a delicious bowl of pasta — but just in case you do, you'll be glad to know that World Pasta Day is coming soon. That's right — there's an entire day dedicated to this amazing comfort food!
One of the best things about pasta is that there are so many different ways to prepare it. This means you could order a pasta dish every time you go out to eat and never get bored. Whether you've just moved into one of the beautiful North Canton homes for sale or you're a long-time resident, now is a great time to visit one (or more!) of the area's best Italian restaurants. Here are a few we recommend.
Colder weather is right around the corner, and that means it's almost fireplace season! Our real estate agents love seeing the glimmer in homebuyers' eyes when they start thinking about relaxing by their new fireplace on chilly evenings. But, before you light that first fall fire, you'll want to check your chimney.
Now is the perfect time to review some important fireplace safety tips. These simple steps will help keep you and your family safe from the potential dangers that come with fireplace use.
Before you peruse real estate listings or pick out curtains, there's one thing you need to check that's more important than anything on your list. That one thing is your credit score because it will determine your ability to qualify for a mortgage and the amount of money you'll pay over the life of that loan. What you find may surprise you, but our real estate agents know there are some things you can do to get those numbers up to where you can qualify for the most favorable loan terms and the best interest rates.
The average credit score in the United States is 711. That's considered "good" credit. Those with "very good" credit have scores between 740-799, and those with "exceptional" credit fall between 800-850. These three ranges will allow you to qualify for most loans, but the higher the score, the better the loan terms and the lower the lender's interest rates.
Since Stark and Summit counties in Northeast Ohio have many beautiful rivers, lakes, and other waterways, kayaking is a popular pastime in the area. Whether you prefer calm or swifter waters, you'll have your choice of many locations where you can get your kayak in the water or rent one to use. Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following locations to get started on your kayaking adventure.
If you're looking for a way to boost your home's value, our real estate agents will advise you that you'll get the best return on investment from a fresh paint job. You can take years off the face of a kitchen by painting the cabinets. Our North Canton homes for sale are selling quickly, as are our Akron homes for sale, and fetching good prices, but with these five steps to a gorgeous kitchen, you can demand even more.
The new homeowner's to-do list should be divided into two basic categories. Let's take a look at the top things that need to go on the list.
Is your house soon going to be added to North Canton homes for sale listings? Our real estate agents can tell you that two of the most important rooms in your house are the kitchen and master bathroom. These are areas where you spend a great deal of time at the start and end of your day. They're also the areas where buyers often look for bells and whistles. So, upgrading your kitchen and bathroom(s) to contemporary tastes and styles is a sure-fire way to add value to your home and charm house hunters.
A major kitchen remodel can lead the way in commanding higher prices by some margin. In fact, you could recoup between 62 and 70 percent of your total renovation costs when you sell your home. Kitchens, however, are the most expensive rooms to renovate. You need to plan your reno and choose the upgrades that make the most sense for your wallet and goals.
There's so much to do in spring. Inside you've got spring cleaning, but outside needs major attention as well. However, it's not that hard to make your property's front yard stand out from other North Canton homes for sale or Akron homes for sale. Let's take a look at some of the ways you can makeover your front yard.
The decision to buy a home is among the most important decisions you'll ever make. As with all big decisions, it isn't one you want to walk into blindly. Our real estate agents understand that it's perfectly normal to want to focus on finding your dream home. However, the largest and most important detail to take care of is the mortgage, and you should get the preapproval process out of the way before ever starting your search.
Preapproval is your ticket to comfortable homeownership. Unlike pre-qualification, the preapproval process is more in-depth and detailed. Your lender will thoroughly review your W2 statements, bank records, credit reports, tax records, employment records, etc. This is often referred to as the "4 C's" since the lender will look at your capacity to pay the mortgage, your credit, the capital/cash reserves you have access to, and the collateral you're putting down for the loan.
From the outside, it's easy for home valuation to feel like one big mystery. Even though you might be familiar with many of the ingredients that go into a home valuation, you might be wondering how your real estate agent mixes them all together to identify the right listing price for the home. Our real estate agents are here to provide an industry perspective and help you unravel the mystery of home valuation.
Understanding What Goes Into a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)
Let's say you're trying to price a home to compete with other Akron homes for sale. A CMA is one of the most important tools that your agent will use to help determine the value of the home. By comparing the home with similar properties that were part of recent real estate transactions in the same market, you can find an asking price that fits that market. A CMA takes into account homes that are currently for sale, homes that have recently sold, and homes that were listed but didn't sell. The process works best when there are more homes in your market with a similar size, amenities, and features.
Our real estate agents know just what it's like when the day comes to an end and you don't feel like cooking. When you want a treat that's easy to eat and that the whole family can sink their teeth into. That's especially true on February 9, when the whole country will celebrate National Pizza Day! If that sounds good to you, you'll be thrilled to learn that some of the best pizzas in Ohio are only a phone call and a few short minutes down the road.
Adding storage to your home isn't limited to grabbing plastic bins and stacking them in the attic or garage. Innovative storage solutions enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home while cleaning out the junk drawer. Our real estate agents are familiar with some fun and nifty ways to add innovative storage options to your home.
If 2020 taught us anything, it's that modern technology is a more flexible tool than we ever realized. In the past year, more than just shopping moved online. Businesses big and small realized how productive office workers could be from home. We figured out how to offer even the most location-based services online, and the internet even enabled us to keep some semblance of our social lives, with things like watch parties and Zoom happy hours.
We may be itching to get back to "normal," but we've discovered how some things can be better, too. Buying a home, for instance, will be easier than ever now that we've discovered how much of the traditional process can be done virtually. Here are just a few things that, with the help of one of our real estate agents, are more convenient than ever.