How to Keep Your Cleveland Area Home Energy Costs Low This Winter

December 5th, 2014

When temperatures start to drop, your home energy costs can start to rise. But before the cold weather officially sets in, there are steps you can take to prepare your Medina and Cuyahoga County home and keep costs low. Consider the following tips to keep your Ohio home comfortable and your energy bill manageable this winter.

    • To start off on the right foot, homeowners in the Brunswick, Medina, Hinckley and Valley City area can hire a professional energy rater to evaluate their spaces. This expert will check your home for energy loss, air leaks and safety problems, in addition to creating a report of where the issues lie in the property. With this report, you can choose which repairs to make and which you can afford before winter arrives.
    • You can also conduct an energy audit yourself. Walk around your home, searching for sources of energy loss, missing insulation or places where cold air may be coming in and heat going out.
    • Once you’ve identified the problem areas, add caulk and weatherstripping around drafty doors and window. Seal gaps around chimneys, piping, recessed lights, even the unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
    • Schedule a routine check-up for your heating system and find out what is necessary to maintain its efficiency. Looking into your heating system now can save you quite the headache as we move further into the winter season. As your local real estate experts, BOLD Real Estate Consultants can provide recommendations for Cleveland area experts.
    • When at home, keep your thermostat at the lowest setting that is comfortable for you. When you’re asleep or out of the house, turn back your thermostat 10 or 15 degrees to save as much as 10 percent on your heating bills per year.

BOLD Real Estate Consultants can help with everything from buying and selling a home in Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley or Strongsville to providing recommendations for area experts. Contact us today for more details about this season’s real estate market!

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The In’s and Out’s of Staging Your Cleveland Ohio Home

December 3rd, 2014

When selling your home in the Cleveland area, there are many items to check off of your to-do list. Now is the time to clean from top to bottom, work with your real estate agent to price the property well, do a furniture edit to avoid clutter and stage the property to allow homebuyers to visualize themselves living inside.

Staging your home is meant to prepare the Ohio property to appeal to the largest number of homebuyers— however, there is a chance buyers will react badly to your staging job. Take these do’s and don’ts into consideration when preparing your home for sale and remember, when in doubt ask BOLD Real Estate Consultants!

Don’t use old or damaged furniture
Imagine entering a home in Medina or Cuyahoga County and finding beat-up furniture inside. Your perception of the property would probably be compromised simply due to the old, ragged furniture. Put yourself in the homebuyer’s shoes and choose furniture that shows your space in the best possible light.

Don’t use distracting themes
One of the principles of staging your home is to stick to a neutral palette. Neutral colors allow a homebuyer to visualize their belongings and themselves living there. Do not use distracting themes, colors or decor— instead, put the emphasis on your home and your spaces, not your things.

Focus on your home
Keep this in mind as your walk through your home in Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley or Strongsville. You want the homebuyer to focus on the home itself, not get distracted by the wallpaper, the knick knacks on the shelves or the bright red color on the walls. Always edit before a buyer comes to view the home, meaning you remove anything that might feel overwhelming or take away from a space.

Keep it consistent
Think of your Cleveland area home as a story and every space in the home should be a part of the same story. If one space is out of date or in need of repair, that can reflect badly on the rest of the property. Keep it consistent, neutral and comfortable for the potential homebuyers.

BOLD Real Estate Consultants knows the local market and can help you put yourself in the homebuyer’s shoes. We will work to ensure your home is not only showing well to potential buyers, but priced to sell! Ready to get started? Give us a call!

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Cleveland Ohio Area Events: Celebrate the Holidays

November 28th, 2014

The Cleveland Ohio area is a wealth of attractions and opportunities to explore, especially during the holiday season. At BOLD Real Estate Consultants, we’re happy to provide suggestions to both residents and guests alike in Medina and Cuyahoga County. Beginning this week, it seems the holiday season will be well underway and the following events are set to take place in Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley and Strongsville

Medina Holiday Spectacular
November 28 through December 27, 2014
Public Square

Medina, OH

The Medina Holiday Spectacular is ready to kick off the holiday season in the Public Square. Now through the end of December, there will be activities every weekend, ranging from past events like a holiday music concert, various specials and displays in local shops and the lighting around the district.

Christmas Around the World
November 28-29, 2014
Medina Fairgrounds

Medina, OH

This is the 35th year for this Christmas event in Medina and an excellent chance to purchase gifts from local vendors. In addition to local wares, there will be musical performances throughout, demonstrations to help with holiday decorating and entertaining, craft making and visiting hours with Santa.

Light up the Lake
December 7, 2014; 6 to 8 PM
Brunswick Lake
Brunswick, OH

If you’re a Brunswick resident or live in one of the surrounding communities of Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley and Strongsville, this is a great time to browse all of the fun, festive lighting around Brunswick Lake. With hot cocoa to warm you up, there’s no reason not to attend and watch as the lake is lit up with dozens of lighting displays, carols sing, and Santa even stops by.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the upcoming season in the Cleveland Ohio area real estate market! We’re happy to speak with you!

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The Cost of Moving During the Holidays in Medina, Cuyahoga County Ohio

November 26th, 2014

While on the surface the holiday season may seem like a great window of opportunity to settle into your new home in Medina or Cuyahoga County with time off from work and school— that just isn’t the case. Fall is an ideal time for selling your Ohio home given the motivated buyers in the market and the higher costs of moving during the holidays. Over the next few months, movers, storage facilities and repair technicians will begin to charge higher fees and homeowners ready to sell would do well to list before the holidays arrive.

The business of moving your belongings from your current home in Ohio to your next can be stressful during the winter, especially when it becomes harder to find a mover to help. According to relocation experts, the moving business basically shuts down during the holiday season and if you can find someone to assist, you will pay much more than you would during a regular moving time.

If hiring a moving company is an absolute necessity for your move to a new home in Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley or Strongsville, make your reservation ahead of time and be sure to check back often to confirm the availability.

Another tricky aspect of moving during the holiday season is storing your belongings. If you don’t have the option of moving your furniture and personal items, little by little, to your new home, putting them in storage could be the only solution. Snow and ice can do serious damage to furniture if left in the open on a moving truck— not to mention the difficulty of simply trying to transport them in winter driving conditions.

Once you’ve arrived at your new home in Medina or Cuyahoga County, getting to know the place is in order. You may have visitors during the holiday season— whether they be those helping you move or family in from out of town— and that can mean your appliances and plumbing will see more use. So what happens when one of them goes out? Finding a repair technician during this time is difficult enough, but the busy season fees some of them charge can be even harder to stomach.

BOLD Real Estate Consultants can help you find your dream home and settle in before the thick of the winter weather arrives. Contact us today to get started and avoid moving during this busy time.

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Brighten Your Brunswick, Medina Ohio Home This Winter

November 22nd, 2014

Winter is almost here and the sun has started to set much earlier in Medina and Cuyahoga County. Many homeowners will soon be transitioning their homes into the new season, including checking the heating system, adding insulation and cleaning the gutters. One other home project that can help welcome the winter is brightening your home.

So take down those dark drapes and paint over those dreary walls. The sun going down earlier doesn’t have to mean your mood goes with it. Your home should remain your happy place— just try these easy tasks to brighten your spaces:

Remove the shades
Especially if you have solar shades to block out the sun and keep your electric bills down in the summer, it’s time to remove them. Swap out the shades for something lighter or remove them altogether to allow more sun into your home. As a result, more sun can also mean lower heating bills!

Remove the dark drapes
Eliminating those heavy shades and drapes is just one way to brighten your home in Hinckley, Valley City, Media, Brunswick, and Strongsville. Sheer fabrics and lighter colors can bring more energy into the spaces and also allow for more light. Opt for window coverings that don’t keep light out, but allow you to alter the amount you let in or simply filter through a sheer fabric.

Increase wattage
Spot a dark corner or area in a room? Bringing in more lamps can be one solution, the other is increasing the wattage of your light bulbs. Check the lamp for the maximum wattage and then increase light accordingly.

Bring in mirrors
Mirrors actually allow you to create the illusion of a larger space by reflecting light. Hanging a mirror on the wall opposite a window can double the amount of a light in a space. If you don’t have the option of bringing in more mirrors, simply clean the ones you have. You might be surprised by how much brighter your Ohio home looks all due to a cleaner mirror.

No matter what season it is, BOLD Real Estate Consultants is here to help you find a house to call home. Whether you’re looking in Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley or Strongsville, contact us today!

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Buying a Home in Medina, Cuyahoga County: Common Misconceptions

November 20th, 2014

Buying a home in Medina or Cuyahoga County comes with a to-do list and network of professionals to make the purchase happen. And while mortgage rates are low enough to allow Ohio homebuyers to land a great deal, there are a few misconceptions that are holding some buyers back.

Misconception: It’s not a good time to buy
Many homebuyers in Hinckley, Valley City, Strongsville, Medina, Brunswick, Columbia Station and North Royalton are constantly searching for the best time to make a purchase and more often than not, they believe it’s just not the right time. Two factors should go into your decision: the cost of the home and the mortgage rate. Right now, mortgage rates are still hovering around yearly lows and home values are slowly rising. Now is an ideal time to buy!

Misconception: Your credit isn’t good enough
In a new survey, participants were found to believe they need a “very good” credit score to purchase a home. The average credit score for closed loans has dropped over the past two years and you could already be prepared to begin the process.

Misconception: Homeownership is more expensive than renting
Nationally, homeownership is 38 percent less expensive than renting, in comparison to 35 percent just last year. Rates would need to rise to 10.6 percent for renting to become less expensive than owning a home.

Working with BOLD Real Estate Consultants can help calm your fears about the homebuying process. We are here to answer any questions you might have about finding and purchasing your dream home in the Cleveland Ohio area. Contact us today!

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Hosting for the Holidays? Avoid These Common Brunswick, Medina Ohio Problems

November 14th, 2014

It’s that time of year again! We’re getting closer to the holidays and Ohio homeowners have started to organize their plans for hosting friends and family. If you’ve just purchased a new home in the Cleveland area, the holidays are a great time to show it off! However, with hosting guests at your Medina or Cuyahoga County home comes the potential for a dozen problems to pop up.

From the oven going out to the refrigerator refusing to cool, these homeowner headaches can put a damper on your party. Be sure to take preventative measures now to ensure that when your guests arrive, you can focus on your beautiful Ohio home and not a holiday disaster.

Problem: The Oven Stops Working
As the holidays in your Medina, Strongsville, Brunswick, Hinckley, Valley City, Columbia Station, or North Royalton home tend to focus around food, the oven is an important element in the scheme of things. One common cause for the oven to go out is the self-cleaning process. Don’t self-clean your oven until after the holidays— you could blow a fuse or the thermostat. Not to mention, trying to find a repair technician during the busy season can be a hassle in itself.

Problem: The Refrigerator Won’t Cool
Another crucial element in hosting your holiday guests is the refrigerator. Should this appliance shut down, this homeowner headache can jump to the top of your list. To be proactive, install a thermometer inside to keep an eye on the temperature at all times. Also make sure the coils on the back or underneath are free for air to circulate. When these are blocked, it can be difficult for the fridge to keep cool.

Problem: The Kitchen Sink is Clogged
According to HouseLogic, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers— one reason is for clogs in the kitchen sink. Keep yours clear by disposing of fats and oils in another way and never forcing starchy or fibrous things like potato skins down the garbage disposal.

BOLD Real Estate Consultants can help you find a new home just in time for the holidays, whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or ready to sell your current property in Medina, Strongsville, Brunswick, Hinckley, Valley City, Columbia Station, or North Royalton and move on. Contact us today!

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Home Improvements to Avoid When Selling Your Ohio Home

November 12th, 2014

If you are selling your home in Medina or Cuyahoga County this year, you’ve likely started a to-do list of home improvements to ensure your home looks its best. Ohio homebuyers are attracted to properties in great shape, those with updates in the kitchen and bathrooms— however, there are also home updates that can turn homebuyers away if not done properly.

No matter what you think your home needs, keep in mind that not all improvement projects are welcome by buyers in Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley or Strongsville.

Outdated finishes
Even if your home is newer, outdated finishes like “popcorn ceilings” and wobbly light fixtures can keep your home from selling. Updating a room should be done from top to bottom, changing everything from the paint color to the ceiling fan and light fixtures. Two features to be wary of are wallpaper and carpeting as these can be personal to the homeowner in Medina and Cuyahoga County. Many homebuyers today are also looking for wood floors over carpet.

Changing spaces
Improving your home in Ohio is helpful, but not when it comes at the expense of other spaces. For instance, knocking down walls to open up a kitchen can do wonders for the layout and flow of the home, but not if you’re taking away space from a spare bedroom.

Also avoid turning designated spaces, like a dining room, into “special function” rooms, like a media room. The media room may make sense for your family, but what about the homebuyer? If you’re going to change these spaces, be sure to change them back before you sell.

Expensive features
Transforming your backyard into an oasis with water features may seem like a great idea, but not to a prospective homebuyer. These features are personal to the current homeowner and in fact, can be expensive to maintain. If you feel the need to add luxuries like a fish pond or putting green, ensure they are not permanent and you can take them with you when you leave.

It’s wise to observe the less is more mentality when updating your home in Medina, Valley City, Columbia Station, North Royalton, Brunswick, Hinckley or StrongsvilleBOLD Real Estate Consultants can detail what homebuyers are looking for in your area, so do not hesitate to give us a call!

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New Poll Names Real Estate Best Long-Term Investment

November 7th, 2014

Many homebuyers have sat on the fence, waiting out the local real estate market and wondering when the right time to purchase a new home may be. The question is no longer when to purchase a home—with mortgage rates low, NOW is the time— or even if Cleveland area homebuyers should buy a property in Medina or Cuyahoga County. According to a new Gallup poll, real estate is the best long-term investment!

When compared to other investment options like gold, savings accounts, CDs, bond, stocks and mutual funds, real estate emerged as the winner. Just 3 years ago, Americans named gold as the best investment, but the real estate market has since changed. With improving conditions, low mortgage rates, and rising home prices all across the country, real estate is now your best bet when weighing investment opportunities.

The poll ranked views on real estate as an investment by age, with demographics ranging from the 18-29 category to 30-49 to 50-64 and finally 65+ years of age. All four age groups in the poll named real estate as the best long-term investment and even ranking by income, two out of three also agreed.

So, as a homebuyer in Medina, Strongsville, Brunswick, Hinckley, Valley City, Columbia Station, or North Royalton, why should you invest in real estate this year? Consider the following:

  • Less expensive than renting: Buying a home is 38% less expensive than renting. In fact, rates would need to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying.
  • You know the pros: If you’re reading our blog, you’re one step ahead! BOLD Real Estate Consultants is here to help you find the best investment in the Cleveland OH area based on your wants and needs.
  • Prices will only continue to rise: There will never be a better time to invest than right now! With mortgage rates low and prices continuing to rise, now is the time to find the best deal.

Contact BOLD Real Estate Consultants today for a list of available homes in the communities of Medina, Strongsville, Brunswick, Hinckley, Valley City, Columbia Station, or North Royalton.

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Have a Great Relationship with Your Ohio Real Estate Agent

November 5th, 2014

The team at BOLD Real Estate Consultants is here to help make your real estate journey simpler, easier, and more enjoyable. Whether you have just started searching for your dream home in Hinckley, Valley City, Strongsville, Medina, Brunswick, Columbia Station or North Royalton or are ready to sell your property now, your relationship with your Realtor can make all the difference.

It’s important to help your real estate agent help you— be honest, do your research and be prepared. The following tips are great rules of thumb to following when working with your real estate agent this year.

Be Honest
Real estate agents can better assist you when they know exactly where you are in the process. Be honest about your credit score, your price range, what you are looking for in a home in Medina or Cuyahoga CountyBOLD Real Estate Consultants is understanding and we are happy to show you homes that meet your criteria, no matter what.

Do Your Research
Even as a homebuyer or home seller, there is work required on your end ahead of time. Homebuyers should take the time to get pre approved and home sellers should research home staging and editing to ensure the property doesn’t feel cluttered or poorly-navigated. After doing the real estate research, you can then bounce questions off of your agent.

Be Prepared
Do not move along with the real estate process of buying a home or selling a home in the Cleveland area if you do not feel completely ready. If you are indeed ready to proceed, make sure you have all of the necessary financial documents for your lender and have done your best to improve your credit score. The last thing you want is a delay because you forgot to gather your tax returns.

BOLD Real Estate Consultants is your go-to resource for buying and selling real estate in Hinckley, Valley City, Strongsville, Medina, Brunswick, Columbia Station and North Royalton. Contact us today with any questions you might have about the real estate process!

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