Inventory of homes for sale remains low. It may be a great time for you to sell now and take advantage high home values. Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout February 2023:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
February 2023 vs February 2022
-24.8% Decrease in homes sold (896 homes) 6% Increase in median sale price ($252,250 vs $233,000) -17.4 Decrease in sales volume ($286,336,042) 26.3% Increase in active homes for sale (1,041 units) -16.1% Decrease in new listings (1,132 units) Median days on market: 4
January–February 2023 vs January –February 2022
-27.7% Decrease in homes sold (1,710 vs 2,364 homes) 4.2% Increase in median sale price ($242,750 vs $233,000) -22.4 Decrease in sales volume ($519,829,377 vs $669,538,048)
-8.17% Decrease in homes sold (899 homes vs 979 homes) 6.36% Increase in average sale price ($230,470 vs $216,696) 8.46% Increase in median sale price ($196,101 vs $180,800) -2.33% Decrease in sales volume ($207,192,968 vs $212,145,097)
January–February 2023 vs January–February 2022
-18.97% Decrease in homes sold (1,636 homes vs 2,019 homes) 6.71% Increase in average sale price ($228,610 vs $214,235) 9.80% Increase in median sale price ($193,250 vs $176,000) -13.53% Decrease in sales volume ($374,005,481 vs $432,541,127)
-10% Decrease in homes sold (395 homes vs 437 homes) 4% Increase in median sale price ($245,000 vs $235,000) -10% Decrease in sales volume ($108,600,000 vs $120,300,000) Average days on market: 39 (vs 20 in 2022)
Statistics courtesy of N Kentucky Association of Realtors®
When is it time for ice cream? Anytime! Spring, however, is known as the start of “soft-serve ice cream season”. Many small-business ice cream shops are re-opening their doors at this time to sell their tasty treats. Most call them “creamy whip”, “whippy dip” or “dairy whip” and that just means it’s soft-serve style ice cream swirled into a cone or cup.
Be sure to try a local creamy whip or two this spring and summer. Add a chocolate dip top, sprinkles, flavored syrup, flavor bursts – or enjoy a simple cone.
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Mike Wagner has been named president of Sibcy Cline Relocation Services. As the former owner of RAL Inspection Services, (a provider of relocation and trust inspections throughout North America) for over 20 years, he has long-standing relationships in the industry and broad experience in every aspect of the corporate relocation process.
With over two decades of relocation experience, Mike holds the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation. He has been honored with a “Meritorious Service” award from Worldwide ERC, an organization focused upon global corporate relocation needs.
In 2020, Mike was tapped to serve as the national president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, an association with over 5,000 members. He was also a trustee for the ASHI Foundation and received the President’s Award for outstanding service to his profession.
Throughout his career, Mike has appreciated opportunities to learn from and work with outstanding leaders while serving on various relocation advisory boards and committees. He has authored several articles and is a frequent speaker for the relocation and inspection professions.
Your home – not only does it provide shelter for you and your belongings – but is also an investment of your money. Here are nine tips to increase your home’s value with updates, repairs and cosmetic changes:
1. Create More Space in your Home Buyers look for open spaces in homes. You may be able to take down a non-structural wall to open up space and create a better flow in your home. Or, you might be able to have an addition. to increase square footage.
The number of bedrooms has a large impact on a home’s value. If your neighboring homes have four bedrooms, your home should have the same number.
If you live in an area where many homes lack a garage, consider adding one. The most valuable garages are attached to the home, but you may need to opt for a free-standing one.
2. Landscaping Neat and tidy landscaping looks appealing. If you have weeds and bushes that have grown too tall, you need to pull and prune. By planting attractive trees, bushes or flowers, you can add value to your home. HomeGain.com cites that an investment of $400 into landscaping can bring a return of four times that amount.
3. Light the Way Lighting is important to home buyers and can add even more appeal to your home. Make sure your lighting features are up-to-date. Read more about lighting here.
4. Maintain Have your “to do” list of repairs for your home and check those items off as you keep your home in good repair. (Repair plumbing leaks, inspect the furnace, weed the flower beds, etc.)
If you live in an older home, make sure the plumbing and electrical is up-to-date. Maintaining basement and foundation issues is important. Leaks and cracks need to be investigated.
5. Think Green “Green” energy efficiencies are desirable by home buyers and can save you money.
6. Front Door and Curb Appeal A home’s first impression starts with the front door. Make your front yard and porch look fabulous.
7. Flooring An upgrade in flooring will add more value when it is time to sell.
8. Upgrade the Bath Some easy bathroom improvements include cleaning or replacing the grout, updating doorknobs and cabinet pulls, replacing faucets, and installing a new toilet.
9. Paint Painting is one of the most economic ways to update your home. Be sure to use a neutral color if you planning to sell your home. It will appeal to more home buyers.
Need help with your home maintenance or renovations? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with many service vendors!
When preparing your home to sell, you need to spend time and effort to get your home staged and updated to appeal to buyers. You want your home to stand out and shine among all other homes for sale.
Here are 13 mistakes to avoid when listing your home ready to sell:
1. Clinging to Clutter We know you love your stuff. It has meaning to you. Buyers, however, will not appreciate your things. Clutter makes it difficult for buyers to imagine their things in your home. You need to either throw things away, sell them or store items away offsite while your home is on the market.
2. Not Upping Your Homes Value with Updates We are not talking about tackling major home projects, but updates such as a new backsplash in the kitchen, replacing faucets or light fixtures or simply repainting a room or two can add more appeal to your home.
3. You Have Blocked Light and Views If a piece of furniture is blocking a window in a room, you need to move it – especially if the outside view is attractive. Make rooms sunny and light filled by opening curtains and blinds.
4. Painting Only To Your Taste You loves the deep purple accent wall in your family room – but will others adore it like you do? Probably not. Walls should be painted in neutral colors with beige, grey or pale green tones.
5. Staying Emotionally Attached Selling your home can be an emotional time, especially if you have spent many years enjoying it. When your home is for sale, you need to have a thick skin as others may not feel the same as you do about its features. Do not take criticism about your home personally.
6. Staying Home When Your Home Is Shown When buyers tour your home it is awkward if you are in the home. They may not want to stay and see what your home has to offer. You need to leave for all showings.
7. Pets in the House Take your pets with you when your home is shown. The buyer touring may have a fear or allergy of your pet and be turned off or even refuse to enter the home with the pet inside. (And remember, all pet food bowls and toys should be hidden away. Pet stains and odors also need to be addressed.)
8. Overdoing It With Decor Staging a home to sell is different from decorating it. Accessories need to be kept to a minimum.
9. Not Neutralizing Your Personal Style Your home needs to show in a neutral style to appeal to the masses. If you have a special collection or a room that was converted for a special hobby, you need to remove the objects and bring that room back to its original purpose. Think luxury hotel room or new home model.
10. You Do Not Have a Green Thumb The front yard is the first thing people will see when entering the home. You need to make the landscaping look fresh and neat. Flowers and outdoor furniture add to the ambiance of an outdoor space.
11. Your Closets are Stuffed Yes, buyers are going to check out your closets. They need to be de-cluttered and organized. The same goes for the bathroom and kitchen cupboards and pantry.
12. Putting Off Cleaning If cleaning is not at the top of your list of things to do, it needs to be when you home is on the market. All things need to be put away. Dishes are to be washed. Beds should be nicely made. The kitchen and bathrooms are to be spotless.
13. Neglecting the Garage and Basement The garage needs to be clean and tidy. So does the basement.
Looking for something fun to do in March? Check out our list of local events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. You are sure to find something to peak your interest. Events are in order by region and then by date.
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All-American Food Tour in Pendleton (CENTRAL) March 3 and 24, 2023 (+Apr 14/28, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 14/29, Aug 11/26, Sept 8/22, Oct 6/20, Nov 3, Dec 8) Ziegler Park ar 1322 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, Ohio 3-hour walking tour to historic buildings, public art and food/cocktail
Bockfest (CENTRAL) March 3–5, 2023 Over-the-Rhine’s Brewery District and Bockfest Hall at Findlay Playground at 1811 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Race on 3/4. Bock beer, music and entertainment
Company (NORTH) March 3–19, 2023 111 South 2nd Street, Loveland, Ohio Community theatre at Loveland Stage Company
First Friday (NORTH) March 3, 2023 Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio Art, music and food!
Slay the Runway (CENTRAL) March 3–4, 2023 Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio Fashion show for teens
The Taming of the Shrew (CENTRAL) March 3–25, 2023 Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Overbearing parents and happily ever after
Air Supply Concert (CENTRAL) March 4, 2023 Hard Rock Casino at 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Death & Transfiguration (CENTRAL) March 4–5, 2023 Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnasti, Ohio Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Fortune Feimster (CENTRAL) March 4, 2023 Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Comedian
Maple Syrup Festival (NORTH) March 4–5 and 11–12, 2023 (12pm–4pm) Hueston Woods State Park at 6031 Park Office Rd., College Corner, Ohio Hayride from the beach. Guided hike. Learn all about maple syrup production
Original Findlay Market Tour (CENTRAL) March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2023 Findlay Market at 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 90-minute tour includes meeting merchants. and samples from 5 shops
Owl Prowl (WEST) March 4, 2023 Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Learn about raptors that inhabit Spring Grove
The Root Beer Stand Opens (NORTH) March 4, 2023 11566 Reading Rd., Sharonville, Ohio Old-fashioned root beer and footlong cheese coneys – a local tradition!
Run the Parks 5k Series March 4, 2023 (+Apr 1 and May 6) Voice of America MetroPark at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio
Tiger Ball (NORTH) March 4, 2023 119 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio Relive Loveland High school days
Cincinnati Guitar Show (EAST) March 5, 2023 Fireside Pizza at 536 Clemray Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio Buy, sell or trade! 7,500 sf of vendors and dealers
Starry Night Workshop (CENTRAL) March 11, 2023 Clifton Cultural Arts Center at 2827 Short Vine St, Clifton (Cincinnati), Ohio Ages 8–12; create your own Van Gogh art piece
Beyond Market Tasting Tour (CENTRAL) March 12, 2023 Findlay Market at 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 3-hour experience with beer and wine tastings, appetizers and a dessert
Kite Flying at VOA Museum (NORTH) March 12, 2023 (+April 9, May 14, Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12) National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting at 8070 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, Ohio
Cincinnati Auto Expo (CENTRAL) March 30 – April 2, 2023 Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati’s only annual automotive industry event showcases the latest new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids available on the market today
Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market March 18–19, 2023 (+Apr 15–16, May 19–21, Jun 17–19, Aug 19–20, Sep 15–17, Oct 14–16, Nov 18–19) Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio Find a treasure
Inventory of homes for sale remains low. It may be a great time for you to sell now and take advantage high home values. Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout January 2023:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
January 2023 vs January 2022
-31.5% Decrease in homes sold (803 homes vs 1,172 homes) .9% Increase in median sale price ($230,000 vs $228,000) -28.6% Decrease in sales volume ($230,490,000 vs $322,700,000) 32% Increase in active homes for sale (1,134 units) -22.9% Decrease in new listings (1,023 units) Median days on market: 7
-29.50 Decrease in homes sold (724 homes vs 1,022 homes) 7.27% Increase in average sale price ($227,182 vs $211,790) 11.11% Increase in median sale price ($190,000 vs $171,000) -24.38% Decrease in sales volume ($164,479,613 vs $217,508,530)
-27.56% Decrease in homes sold (339 homes vs 468 homes) 7.88% Increase in average sale price ($299,264 vs $277,395) 6.38% Increase in median sale price ($250,000 vs $235,000) -21.85% Decrease in sales volume ($101,450,653 vs $129,801,921)
Statistics courtesy of N Kentucky Association of Realtors®
It’s time to try a Friday-night fish fry. It’s an annual ritual to enjoy a fish feast during the Lenten season throughout Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. There’s nothing like freshly fried fish along with cole slaw and other side dishes. Be sure to support a local fish fry soon!
Fish fry locations are listed regionally and then in alphabetical order.
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Golden Rule Catering February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 11am–2pm; 5pm–7:30pm) 38 E. Main St., Amelia, Ohio Fried fish meals, shrimp basket and sides
Good Shepherd February 24 – March 17, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7:30pm) 8815 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio Drive thru times are 5pm–7pm
The Governor February 24 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays) 231 Main St., Milford, Ohio Friday fish specials
Guardian Angels Fish Fry Dinners February 26 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 5pm-7pm) 6531 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230 Fish sandwich, shrimp, crab cakes, sides and more Drive through and dine in
Harrison Kiwanis Club February 24 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays 11:30am–1pm; 4pm–7pm) 10490 New Haven Rd., Harrison, Ohio Lunch times based upon the number of volunteers
Harrison VFW Duwell Post 7570 February 24 – April 7, 2023 (4:30pm until gone!) 9160 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio Cod dinners and sandwiches, sides and desserts Place an order: 513-367-6633 or 513-628-5254
Holy Family Knights of Columbus February 24 – April 8, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–8pm)) 1300 First Ave., Middletown, Ohio Drive thru or dine in Immaculate Heart of Mary February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm) 7829 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Carry out is available; Lots of food options
Jeanetta’s Fish Bar Fridays all year (4pm–7:30pm) 607 Shepherd Dr., Suite 12, Lockland, Cincinnati, Ohio Beer battered or southern style fish dinners or sandwiches
Newtown Civic League February 24 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) Newtown Fire Station at 7036 Main Street, Newtown Dine in or carry out
Northside Knights of Columbus #1683 February 24 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7:30pm) 3144 Blue Rock Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio Dine in or carry out; fish dinners and sandwiches; grilled cheese and pizza; sides
Old St. Mary’s Church March 3, 2023 (4:30pm–9pm) 123 E. 13th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Sandwiches, sides and drinks near the Bockfest Parade (parking restrictions on Clay Street)
St. Aloysius Gonzaga February 24 – April 8, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm) 4366 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio (Bridgetown) Drive thru only St. Aloysius Shandon February 24 – March 24, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm) 3350 Chapel Rd., Shandon, Ohio Dine in or carry out
St. Ann Groesbeck February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4pm–6:30pm) 2900 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio Fried fish or shrimp meal; fish sandwich, pizza
St. Ann Hamilton March 31, 2023 (5pm–9pm) 3064 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton, Ohio Fish, pizza and sides
St. Antoninus February 22, 2023 + February 24–April 7, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) 1500 Linneman Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
St. Bernadette February 24 – March 24, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) 1479 Locust Lake Rd., Amelia, Ohio Fried.baked fish, shrimp and more!
St. Boniface School February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) 4305 Pitts St., Northside (Cincinnati), Ohio Baked and fried fish, shrimp and more St. Catharine of Siena February 24 – March 10, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) St. Catharine School: 3324 Wunder Ave., (Westwood) Cincinnati, Ohio Drive thru
March 17, 2023 (12pm–9pm) Westside Brewery: 3044 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio
Cod sliders with sides; cod dinners and side; fish tacos
St. Cecilia March 17, 2023 (4pm–7:30pm) 3105 Madison Rd., Oakley, Cincinnati, Ohio
St. Clare February 24 – March 31, 2023 (6pm–8pm) 1443 Cedar Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio (College Hill)
St. Columban February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7:30pm) 894 Oakland Road, Loveland, Ohio Drive thru and online orders
St. Francis de Sales Lebanon February 24 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) 20 DeSales Ave., Lebanon, Ohio Fried or grilled fish, shrimp and more
St. Francis Seraph No notification of event for 2023 1615 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio (Over-the-Rhine)
St. Gertrude March 3, 17 and 31, 2023 (5pm–7:30pm) 6543 Miami Ave., Madeira, Ohio
St. Ignatius of Loyola February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–8pm) 5222 North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio (Montfort Heights)
St. James the Greater Fish Fry February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm) 3565 Hubble Road, (White Oak) Cincinnati, Ohio 45247 Dine in, order carry out or drive-thru pick up when using the app (mymenuhelper)
St. Saviour February 24, 2023 (5pm–7:30pm) 4136 Myrtle Ave., (Sycamore Township) Cincinnati, Ohio Fried or baked fish, pizza
St. Susanna February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm) 500 Reading Road, Mason, Ohio (St. Susanna Meyer Center) Grilled salmon, fried fish and shrimp; sides; pizza; dessert table Drive thru and dine in
St. Thomas More February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7:30pm) 800 Ohio Pike in Withamsville, Ohio Boy Scout Troup 452 Dine in, carryout, curbside ordering Fried or baked fish, shrimp, pizza and sides
St. Veronica February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7:30pm) 4473 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio Dine in or carry out
St. Vincent Ferrer March 10–31, 2023 (Fridays 5:30pm– 7:30pm) 7754 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio Baked fish, fish sandwiches and more Dine in our take out
St. William Price Hill March 3–31, 2023 (Fridays 4pm–7:30pm) 4108 W. 8th St., Cincinnati Ohio, 45205 Drive thru only
Syrian Shrine February 24 – March 24, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) 9730 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio
VFW Post 6562 Fridays 6pm–7:30pm – weather permitting (all year long) 1596 Ohio 131, Miami Township, Ohio Carry out available – 513-575-2102; call to confirm! VFW Duwel Post 7570 9160 Lawrenceburg Rd., Harrison, Ohio
Wayne Township Fire Department February 24 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays 5:30pm–8pm) 797 Wright Street, Newtonsville, Ohio (Clermont County) Fish fillets, bread shrimp, pork PPQ, sides, desserts
St. Catherine of Siena February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm) 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, Kentucky Dine in or drive thru Fried, baked and blackened fish
St. Cecilia February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–8pm) 5313 Madison Pike, Independence, Kentucky
St. Edward February 24 – March 31 2023 (Fridays 11am–1pm; 5pm–7pm) 107 N. Walnut St., Cynthiana, Kentucky Carryout for lunch only; Dine in or carry out dinner
St. Francis Xavier February 24 –April 7, 2023 (Fridays 4pm–7:30pm) 202 Second St., Falmouth, Kentucky
St. Joseph Academy February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–8pm) 62 Needmore Street, Walton, Kentucky Dine in and drive thru
St. Joseph Camp Springs February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4pm–7:30pm) 6833 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, Kentucky Baked and fried fish, shrimp, crab cakes, salmon
St. Mary of the Assumption February 24 – March 17, 2023 (Fridays 4pm–7:30pm) 8246 E. Main Street, Alexandria, Kentucky Eat in, drive thru and carry out Fried fish, bake tilapia and shrimp dinners; sides and dessert
St. Patrick February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7pm) 3285 Mills Rd.,Taylor Mill, Kentucky Spicy fish dinner, regular fish, shrimp baskets, sides
St. Paul February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm) 7301 Dixie Highway, Florence, Kentucky Drive thru or drive through; order online or call ahead 859-647-4072
St. Thomas School February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm) 428 Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, Kentucky Fried fish and shrimp
St.Timothy February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays) 10272 US 42, Union, Kentucky Dine in: 5pm–7:30pm Drive thru: 4:30pm–7pm Facebook Fish platter and sandwiches. Shrimp dinner and platters. sides
St. William February 24 – March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4:30pm–7:30pm) 6 Church St., Williamstown, Kentucky Fish and shrimp dinners Call to order: 859-428-7535
Wilder Fire Department February 24–March 31, 2023 (Fridays 4pm–7pm) 522 Liking Pike, Wilder, Kentucky Dine in our carry out Fish, shrimp or chicken strips with sides and dessert
DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO
Church of the Ascension February 24, 2023 (5pm–6pm carryout; 6pm–8:30pm eat in the PAC) 2025 Woodman Dr., Kettering, Ohio All-you-can-eat fish plus lots of sides
Church of the Incarnation – The Fry March 10, 2023 (7pm–10pm) 55 Williamsburg Lane, Centerville, Ohio Fish dinners and fish tacos; Games and music Carry out available from 5pm–6:30pm
Church of the Transfiguration February 24 and March 31, 2023 (6pm–9pm) 972 S. Miami St., West Milton, Ohio Carry out available Fried cod, many sides and desserts; doors open at 5:45pm
Eintracht Fish Fry Friday February 3, March 3 and April 14, 2023 (6pm–8pm) 2707 Troy St., Dayton, Ohio Fried and baked cod, Sides. Carry out containers available.
FTG Fish Fry March 4, 2023 (6pm) IUE Hall Woodman at 1675 Woodman Dr., Dayton, Ohio
Holy Angels (Knights of Columbus Hall) February 10, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) Sidney Knights of Columbus Hall at 1300 4th Ave., Sidney, Ohio Fried fish cheesy potatoes, and lots of sides Dine in or drive thru
Holy Name of Jesus February 24 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7pm) 222 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, Ohio Baked or fried fish; Dine in or carry out
St. Vincent DePaul January 28, 2023 (6pm–8pm) Bainbridge Hall at Holy Trinity Church at 267 Bainbridge St., Dayton, Ohio Fish, sausage, sides
Yankee Trace Golf Club Fish Fry January 6 – April 7, 2023 (Fridays 5pm–7:30pm. Seatings on the half hour) 10000 Yankee St., Centerville, Ohio All-you-can-eat cod filets and chips served with cole slaw Carry out and drive-up service available: 937-438-4653 ext 2
Getting your home “market ready” is an important step to make it stand out among other available homes for sale. Here are painting tips to make your home look its best:
Touch Ups Take a tour of your home and make note of the walls and trim areas that need to be touched up inside and out. A few neglected spots might be a signal to potential buyers that the home is not well maintained.
Are Your Colors Neutral? If your painted walls are in good condition, you will also need to access whether the color is appealing to the masses. Although you may have enjoyed an expressive color, the person moving into your home may not. It is best to neutralize those “avant-garde” colors. A DIY repainted room usually costs under $100.
Exterior Paint Go conservative with color. White and neutral colors are the safest choices as these colors will appeal to the largest number of buyers. Make a buyer’s first impression positive!
Select Your Paint Carefully A high-quality acrylic latex paint can last for 10+ years and offers prospective buyers a “no maintenance” situation when moving into your home. Less work for them might mean a faster sale for you.
Prepare and Know Your Surface Taking the time to properly preparing your surface before painting will result in a quality finish and thus impress buyers. Make sure you understand what type of paint your surface requires before you paint!
Planning on updating your home? Before you make changes, consider if the updates will bring value to your home when it’s time to sell. Here are some tips to consider:
Kitchen If you have a kitchen that has seen better days an update may be the right thing to do. A total renovation can be expensive so consider cosmetic changes before committing to any major updating.
Budget Friendly Changes: 1. If cabinets are in good condition, paint them and add new hardware. (If the cabinet face needs updating, have them replaced and then painted.) 2. Update the hardware and/or sink. 3. Missing a backsplash? This is an easy update to make. See how to here. 4. New appliances can make a big change in a kitchen. Just do not go overboard with the brand.
Bathrooms Bathrooms are one of the most popular home-improvement projects for home owners. And, it’s a project that can pay off! Keep your renovation simple with paint, new lighting and fresh caulk. If you keep your update under $5,000, you might turn a profit when selling.
If you need more extensive work in the bathroom, do not go overboard with the tub, shower and floor.
Lighting Avoid fancy “to taste” lights and chandeliers. Trendy lighting can be “in” one day and “out” the next. New lights can be relatively inexpensive and make a large impact. Consider replacing light bulbs with brighter, more efficient ones. While you are at it, purchase new light switch covers.
Wallpaper Although you may love your wallpaper selection, the next home buyer may not. Stick to paint – it’s safer.
Tiling Over-personalized tile may be a mistake for a home renovation depending upon the taste of the next homeowner. Keep your tile installation neutral. Then add a colorful or quirky rug to place on top.
Bedrooms The number of bedrooms is important when selling a home. If you have been considering converting a bedroom or widening a bedroom into another, think again. It might be better to put renovation dollars into another project.
Windows If the windows are efficient and in good shape, consider adding trim to give that wow factor. Molding works wonders.
Interior Doors Have your doors and their hardware seen better days? Think about replacing doors them. Having matching doors will make your interior spaces feel more cohesive and appealing. (Consider fire resistant materials for bedroom doors.) Watch this video and follow instructions from the Family Handyman if you enjoy DIY projects.
Carpet Before installing wall-to-wall carpet, think about using hardwood or laminate flooring instead. People prefer these type of materials over carpeting. A new carpet will only remain “new” for a short period of time.
Front Door New doors can be expensive. If your front door is in good condition, consider updating the hardware. Add a new welcome mat and you will be set.
Landscaping Curb appeal is very important when selling your home, but there is a fine line of overdoing landscaping projects. High-maintenance gardens could be daunting to prospective buyers. Keep it simple: add new flowers and plants and be sure to pull weeds. Add walkway lights.
Sun Room Addition This type of home addition can be expensive and you usually only recoup half of what you spend.
Hobby Rooms Rooms converted for hobbies (ie: sewing rooms, man caves, home gyms, themed bedrooms, etc…) take a generic room and change its focus on that single hobby or interest. What you spend for your enjoyment may leave few interested buyers in the future.
If you do want to pursue having a hobby room, consider changes that are easy to remove when you sell.
Built-In High-Tech Installations Customized electronics and built-in technology can quickly become outdated and bring down the value of your home. A home theater is a safe bet, but avoid adding a custom fish tank or expensive techie items.
New Deck A new deck costs an average for $17,000 (per Remodeling’s Cost vs Value Report.) If your deck is in good condition, consider staining or painting it to freshen it up. Add lighting to your deck to create ambiance. This can be a DIY project.
Garage Garage conversions will not work in your favor. People want garages for their cars and storage. If you make it into a bedroom, study, gym or other type of room, home buyers will want it converted back. Simply paint the garage floor to freshen it up and add storage shelves if needed.
Pool/Hot Tub A luxury item such as a pool or hot tub are great to enjoy during hot summer days, but when selling your home, they might not pay off. In-ground pools are expensive, require maintenance and treatment. The same goes for a hot tub. Remember, not everyone wants to take care of a pool or hot tub.
Ultimately when making changes to your home, you need to ask: “Am I remodeling for my quality of life or to increase my home’s value or resale price?”