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Going the Extra Mile…Ohio to Illinois

If you see me wondering around face timing I could be shopping for a client from afar.  Clintonville is so HOT right now.  I have been traveling over to tour houses with my client on her breaks from surgery so she can then make the trip to OHIO before properties are SOLD.

I love driving through Clintonville…reminds me of the streets where I grew up in Waverly, Ohio.

And of course my car turned off High Street to Iron and Elm…much more quaint and interesting than the larger store at Easton.

Love walking through this store when the garage door is up on a 70 plus day in Clintonville. Makes my day…and I just looked for great ideas!

WANTED…….Listings in Clintonville…I have the buyer…maybe 2 buyers…and they both have a MD Loan with no home sale contingency!

 

 

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A Quick Trip to Lowe’s Ended in a Three Month Relationship, Bath Renovation

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George and I (41 years of marriage, and 2 custom homes during that time) decided…well I decided and then sold the idea to George that we needed to update our master bath.  I interviewed 2 popular contractors and got the same results.  No LID on the expense, no dates for completion, contractors highly recommended I select materials from their preferred vendors….even though I might not have the time or like the selection for this process and the conditions or really no conditions….well the list could go on.  So on a whim, I decided to take a look at Lowe’s on Polaris Parkway.  I was curious but I knew…….not Lowe’s in my Custom Chateau???  The magic began when I met Theresa Bartok, Project Specialist Interior.

 

After visiting our home, Theresa drew up several plans, and together we selected products.  This book was created with every detail and a detailed timeline for each stage of the renovation.  All warranties, product information, and more.  As many of you know, I am a former educator…I love notebooks!.   This helped prepare me for my Sales Job to George.

Ok…it started right here. Goodbye green tile and this lovely bathtub only our grandchildren use!  Another GEM in this process was Anthony Pollina, General Contractor from Stouter Construction.  So why was Anthony such a GEM?  He texted or called almost every day to share who was coming and what they would be doing.  He called to remind me if no one was coming and shared why.  Stouter is a family business and many of the craftsman had worked for Anthony’s father for years.   They were experienced and pleasant to have in your home.

Can’t say we miss the HUGE TUB.  I was concerned as I show many homes that have removed tubs and there is just an awkward space. And to George’s JOY, I only purchased a rug…all was in our lower level.   Well, I did purchase what I call the Jewelry of the Master…the Chandelier.  BUT a Bargain at ARHAUS Warehouse, The LOFT  at 3791 Parkmill Run Drive…just a mix of some old Stencil paint in the lower level and Ta Da!

From a Lowe’s Representative checking the delivery of all product at the beginning to Theresa’s guidance and communication to Anthony and his daily texts and excellent crew to phone calls from Mark Moeller, Lowe’s quality control…and the list could go on.  So everyone asks me was it inexpensive…NO but at least we knew exactly the cost…not a range with no LID.  The job was completed in the estimated time.  “The right hand knew what the left hand was doing.”   One other perk…we bought Lowe’s gift cards at Giant Eagle for the project….Free gas for three months!!!  This came in handy when we had 3 additional drivers during the Holidays.

Words from this REALTOR…Where should a home owner put the $$$ if updating……BATHROOMS and KITCHENS!

 

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Why YOU need an Experienced Realtor representing you when building a NEW HOME…

When you buy new construction, the home’s builder is the seller, and the agent representing the builder is called the builder’s agent.  The builder uses his own purchase contract and of course his team is interested in making the most profit possible for the work.  You, the buyer, need representation for the following reasons:

  1.  An experienced agent will help you include what questions to ask from day one and provide objective professional advice.
  2. Negotiating sales price
  3.  Reviewing plans to eliminate numerous change charges
  4.  Recommending financing
  5.  Negotiating extras
  6.  Visiting the construction site
  7.  Help buyers select their upgrades and keep them within the pricing for the neighborhood.
  8. Realtors can provide information on best upgrades that will give buyers  best return of their dollars.
  9.  Accompany you through inspections, punch outs, and walkthroughs
  10.  Builders are aware.  They know experienced and respected Realtors talk to other colleagues about the experiences of their clients.
  11.  Happy and satisfied buyers = Happy and satisfied Realtors = More Business for the Builder

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Pickins are Slim…Central Ohio Real Estate

Don’t get SCARED!  There is still a perfect property for you.

Start your Search Today!  I can set you up on an automated search from the Columbus Multiple Listing Service which is up to date with correct information!

We can take a look…

Call in a Home Inspector…

No reason you can’t be this happy too!

Customize for your family and Celebrate!

Unpaid photo credits…thank you Andi Linely, photographer, Eli and Evie for modeling.

 

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Adventures as a Central Ohio Realtor

Previewing properties for an out-of-town buyer…and where do you get a view like this in Columbus, Ohio?

With Amenities like these: 24/7 security in lobby, Key Fob operated elevators, Starbucks, The Keep Bar and Restaurant with room service, Fitness center, Out of unit storage, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Valet Parking, Full Day Spa, Discounted Hotel Rooms for guests at discounted rates???

So much fun to check out the condos on the top floors…built in the 20’s with 47 floors!  Red, White, and Boom, just maybe for 2018!

And then one more very different adventure…

Coming soon to Columbus, Ohio….Container Homes.

Another great day of being a REMAX Realtor in Central Ohio.

 

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Could Have Been EVEN a BIGGER Change at the Yanok House this Christmas!

As most of our friends and family know, we ALWAYS have a real Christmas Tree in our house during the holidays.  George has promised the girls if they come home for Christmas, we will always have a real Christmas Tree.  We have called on friends for many years to get this monster in the house…high school friends, neighbors, and good friends, Bill Irwin, are on call for the delivery.  When the girls were still home, they would help select the tree.  The bigger the better!  Watching George get in the holiday spirit??? while he struggled with the tree, was always  their favorite part of the process.

Because of allergies and sniffles, the day of going to MR. TREE and bringing home our tree is over.

This year George and I traveled to COSTCO to purchase, reluctantly a beautiful artificial tree with LIGHTS already on the tree…they even turn to color for Eli and Evie.  Knowing we needed to get a large tree, we purchased the tallest tree they had.  The box didn’t even fit in our car as a complete stranger overheard us talking about living in Westerville and offered to follow us home in his truck.  What relief we felt!  The tree is pretty, lights already on, it will pay for itself in 2 years as Mr. Tree is getting very pricey, carpet will not have water stains, no watering the tree, the family should be well and the list went on. 

Time passes and we get a call from COSTCO.

The Box the Good Samaritan Helped us Bring Home!

The Second Box that we forgot?????

Thank you to COSTCO for calling…

We can only imagine the family’s reaction if we were missing half of our new tree on December 23?  WAY TOO MUCH Change for the Yanok family.

Speaking of Change…Looking for a new home in 2018?  Get your home on the market now that the holidays are coming.  Less Competition, Only Serious Buyers are Looking During this Busy Season, and Emotion plays a HUGE ROLE in home buying…set the stage with tasteful decorations, no clutter, and help buyers imagine their next Christmas in their new COZY, HOLIDAY HOME.  Let me know if you would like the link to 5 short videos that explain how to list your house with no cost improvements. 

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Big Decision…Update Master Bathroom, Tub or No TUB?

To keep our oversized bathtub??? Eli, our grandson, is the only one that uses this tub when he visits.  And yes we do have another bathtub, but not one with jets to help the ducks swim in a circle.

Decision is made…too late to change my mind now…..First of all we are not renovating our home to list on the market….if you have been following my blog, you will know I advise against such a big expense if you are ready to sell.    George has shared this is our Pine Box House, a new term I learned from a contractor…not PB, Pottery Barn…but until death do us part.  So this renovation is for us to enjoy for a few ..hoping many years.  We designed our home with everything we need on the first floor and  on a lot with an amazing view so downsizing is not our first  choice at this time.

Remember the dark green tile…and yes we did have dark green carpet in bedroom.  Green is my favorite color but enough is enough. I see it in so many properties that were built-in the early 90’s.   Interesting to me is we are replacing the brass fixtures with a brushed brass color.  Gold/brass is back.  I prefer a mix of metals in décor so I am glad to see this return.  Wait long enough and all comes back…platform shoes, minis, and the list could go on.

Hoping to keep more info. on my  blog as the project goes on…and hoping not on and on and on.

Just sold another property in less than 36 hours. Sellers completed all the advice in my  NO COST TIPS for Getting YOUR Home READY to LIST!

Beautiful 2 story, on cul-de-sac, with large lot, in Westerville will soon be coming to market.   (43081, Spring Grove area)

 

 

 

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