Use the Summer to Redesign the Kids’ Rooms

interior of kids playing roomNow that kids are home for the summer, getting their ideas – and help – with a bedroom remodel can be a great family activity. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a few hours to make any kid’s room look completely different, and better match their ever-evolving tastes.

One of the easiest ways to make a whole bedroom feel a little different is by putting more art on the walls, according to Country Living. Designing one wall like something out of an art gallery, with one large picture or poster centering a number of smaller ones, can help keep kids inspired. This is also likely to be true of any new, brightly colored paint job – as long as parents and kids can agree on a color – or newly built furniture that helps to store and display all their toys in interesting ways.

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Something many kids enjoy is a themed room motif that caters to their tastes, according to Good Housekeeping. For instance, if a little boy or girl is obsessed with jungle animals, painting some shrubbery and trees on the wall can be a fun way to engage and deepen that interest.

When redesigning a kid’s room, it’s vital to get their input at every step of the process. After all, it’s their room and they’ll be spending the most time in it. As long as parents and kids can come up with a design scheme that works for everyone, it can be fun to go a little crazy with individual flair.

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Plenty of Ways to Start Summer DIY Jobs

Landcaping.jpgNow that summer is finally here, homeowners can put the finishing touches on their homes and yards with DIY projects. The problem some people face when they’re trying to start those efforts is that they can seem like colossal tasks to undertake. However, they don’t have to be.

One of the first things homeowners might want to do at this time is have a look at what may have changed about their properties during the winter and even spring, according to U.S. News and World Report Real Estate. A careful inspection will determine whether there are any cracks in a home’s siding, dead spots on the lawn or clogged gutters. If so, these obviously provide a good jumping-off point for where homeowners can start their work, and perhaps save some of the more aspirational “nice-to-have” changes for later in the summer.

DIY Tasks That Can Save You Money Right Away
For homeowners who are worried about the cost of electricity for keeping a home nice and cool all summer long, it might be wise to think about DIY projects that increase efficiency. For instance, resealing doors and windows or adding new insulation for older homes is something that can end up being worth the investment of both time and money. Some homeowners might be surprised to learn how much cooled air – and, in colder months, heated air – seeps out of their homes through even the smallest cracks. Some home improvement experts estimate that there are enough bad seals in a home to be equivalent to leaving a window open 24/7 all year long.

Homeowners may also want to use the early months of summer to do more physically intensive work before the sun gets too hot. Building outdoor features like decks or playgrounds, planting trees or repairing fences as soon as possible will pay off all summer long.

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Other DIY Ways to Save
In addition to outdoor jobs, there are some basic indoor tasks homeowners can undertake to keep costs down, such as installing ceiling fans that can spin in both directions, according to Laser Level Hub. These simple devices can help to raise or lower a room’s temperature by as much as 10 degrees, and use far less energy than air conditioners.

Finally, for those who want to maintain happy, healthy lawns and gardens, it can be wise to invest in anti-pest efforts. Using pesticides and deterrents – both chemical and natural – can help protect the plants owners pour so much care into fostering, saving them time, money and headaches. However, when putting these into use, it’s wise to follow all instructions as carefully as possible.

In general, the more research any owner can do about how to properly execute all the DIY jobs on their to-do list this summer, the easier and more efficiently they’ll be able to complete that work. At this time of year, it can also be a good idea to start a group in which friends or neighbors all help each other tackle these jobs, providing support and camaraderie, and getting work done more quickly.

If DIY is not your thing, remember Sibcy Cline Home Services can recommend many home-related service vendors to you.

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Cincinnati’s Homearama 2017 to be held at Rivercrest in Hamilton Township

CommunitySign6.JPGThe 2017 Cincinnati Homearama home show will be hosted at Rivercrest located in Hamilton Township in Warren County and overlooking the scenic Little Miami River. The show is scheduled for July 8-23, 2017.

Show hours:
Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Tickets are $16 at the gate. AAA members who show their card get a $2 discount. Or order discounted $14 tickets here.

There will be eight show lots with homes expected to be priced from $800,000. Five builders have committed to the show.

Rivercrest has 132 acres of land with 211 single-family lots. The community will offer many amenities including:

  • State-of-the-art clubhouse with meeting rooms
  • Community pool
  • Stocked pond
  • Sidewalks and street lamps
  • 50 acres of green space

 

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Rivercrest is conveniently located at 1295 US 22 in Maineville, Ohio 45039.

Nearby Deerfield Township Town Center offers many stores and restaurant options. Kings lsland and The Beach area popular entertainment spots during the warmer months that are located in Warren County.

Interested in building a new home? Contact your Sibcy Cline agent.

New Directions and Proximity Mapping Tool on www.sibcycline.com

Sibcy Cline’s website now has a new directions and proximity mapping tool that features directions, number of driving miles as well as estimated drive time from a listed property to a desired location.

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To use the tool, a user simply needs to create an account from a listing detail page…

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…and click on “Saved Locations”.

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A registered user can add up to five address locations (work, school, etc.)

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We think this new tool will “move” people! It’s a great way to help potential buyers make decisions about what part of town they want to live. And for those who enjoy walking or biking, the map also features walking directions with estimated time to reach a destination.

Be sure to check out this new tool on Sibcy Cline’s website!

QUIZ: How well do you know your Famous Homes?

You’ve laughed with them and you’ve cried with them. You’ve grown up watching them. We’re talking about your favorite TV and movie families. You may know Kevin McCallister’s siblings’ names or how to dance The Carolton…but how well do you know their homes? Test your skills with our famous homes quiz! Scroll through the photos below and take your best guess. Answers are reveled at the bottom—let us know on our Facebook page how you did!

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Fresh Prince

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Full House

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via Google Street View

 

Okay, time to make your final guesses!

 

Answers:

  1. The Brady Bunch
  2. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  3. Full House
  4. Home Alone
  5. Marley & Me
  6. Scarface
  7. Lake House
  8. The Notebook
  9. Top Gun
  10. Breaking Bad

Sibcy Cline is Ranked as the Largest Residential Real Estate Company by the Business Courier for the 24th Year in a Row

花火8The Business Courier published its annual ranking of the top residential real estate companies and Sibcy Cline was placed at the top at number one for 2017.  Rankings were based on 2016 sales volume. This is the 24th year in a row that Sibcy Cline has been recognized as the largest local real estate company!

Sibcy Cline has 1,200 real estate agents and over 200 employees. The company was founded in the 1930s and has been a family-run operation since that time. Sibcy Cline is a full-service company with real estate, mortgage, relocation, insurance, title and home services divisions.

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2017 Summer Fairs to Enjoy in Cincinnati Dayton, Ohio; Southeastern Indiana; and Northern Kentucky

From carnival rides to displays of blue-ribboned pies, county and state fairs are a large part of Americana. This blogger remembers attending the Hamilton County Fair each year and spending hours looking at 4-H animals. (I was always amazed to see that the kids who reared these animals would actually sleep next to them during the fair!) And who doesn’t enjoy indulging in “fair food” – a corn dog, cotton candy or another yummy treat?

Take a change of pace and be sure to attend one of these local county or state fairs throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Fairs are listed by state  and alphabetically by county:

Northern Kentucky  

Alexandria Fair and Horse Show
Alexandria, Kentucky
August 30-September 4, 2107

Boone County Fair and Horse Show
August 7-12, 2017

Carroll County Fair
Carroll County Fairgrounds in Carroll County, Kentucky
June 5-10, 2017

Gallatin County Fair
Warsaw, Kentucky
June 24-July 1, 2017

Grant County Fair and Horse Show
Grant County Fairgrounds at 115 Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown, Kentucky
July 31 – August 5, 2017

Kenton County Fair
Independence, Kentucky
July 10-15, 2017

Kentucky State Fair
Louisville, Kentucky
August 17-27, 2017

Pendleton County Youth Fair
320 Fairgrounds Road at the Pendleton County Youth Fairgrounds in Falmouth, Kentucky
July 16-22, 2017

Ohio 

Adams County Fair
836 Boyd Avenue in West Union, Ohio
July 9-15, 2017

Brown County Fair
Georgetown, Ohio
September 25-30, 2017

Butler County Fair
1715 Fairgrove Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio
July 23-29, 2017

Clark County Fair
Springfield, Ohio
July 21-28, 2017

Clermont County Fair
1000 Locust Street in Owensville, Ohio
July 23-29, 2017
See country music star Sara Evans on July 28th! (Tickets required.) And be sure to visit the Sibcy Cline Eastgate booth!

Clinton County Fair
Clinton County Fairgrounds
958 W. Main Street in Wilmington, Ohio
July 8-12, 2017

Darke County Fair
Greenville, Ohio
August 18-26, 2017

Green County Fair
120 Fairground Road at the Green County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio
July 30-August 5, 2017

Hamilton County Fair
7801 Anthony Wayne Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
August 9-13, 2017

Highland County Fair
Hillsboro, Ohio
September 2-9, 2017

Logan County Fair
301 East Lake Avenue at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Bellefontaine, Ohio
July 10-16, 2017

Miami County Fair
650 N. County Road in Troy, Ohio
August 11-17, 2017

Montgomery County Fair
1043 South Main Street at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, Ohio
July 10-15, 2017

Ohio State Fair
July 26 – August 6, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

Preble County Fair
722 South Franklin Street at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio
July 29 – August 5, 2017

Shelby County Fair
655 South Highland Avenue at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio
July 23-29, 2017

Warren County Fair
Warren County Fairgrounds at 665 N. Broadway in Lebanon, Ohio
July 17-22, 2017
Enjoy the tractor pull, Great Cowboy competition, a rodeo, fun rides and food!

Southeastern Indiana 

Dearborn County 4-H and Community Fair
Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
June 19-24, 2017

Decatur County Fair
545 S Co. Road (200 W) in Greensburg, Indiana
Decatur Fairgrounds
July 13-20, 2017

Fayette County Fair
Connersville, Indiana
July 29-August 5, 2017

Franklin County Fair
Brookville, Indiana
July 17-22, 2017

Indiana State Fair
Indiana State Fairgrounds at 1202 E 28th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.
August 4-20, 2017

Jefferson County Fair
3852 Indiana 256 in Madison, Indiana
July 7-15, 2017

Ohio County 4-H Fair
Rising Sun, Indiana
June 23-July 1, 2017

Ripley County 4-H Fair
Walhill Farm at 857 Six Pine Ranch Road in Batesville, Indiana
July 28-30, 2017

Switzerland County Fair
Switzerland County Fairgrounds in Vevay, Indiana
July 8-15, 2017

Union County Fair
Liberty, Indiana
July 22-27, 2017