Location, Location, Location

We’ve all heard realtors go on and on about how important a home’s location is. But why is it such a huge factor in a home’s value? And why should buyers care so much? The answer may seem obvious to some, but not everyone.

One thing realtors will always bring up is that this is the only unchangeable factor of a home. Style, landscaping, finishes, and even the number of bed and bath rooms can all be changed over time, but you cannot pick a house up and put it someplace else. Choose the location first, then think creatively about the existing homes in the area.

So, what’s the big deal about location? Well, here are a few ways it affects home values.

Display Your Books

There are lots of reasons not to have thousands of books. First, they are HEAVY. If you’ve moved as much as I have, you know that books are a pain in the neck (and back) to transport. Also, they collect dust like crazy. If you’re not frequently pulling them off the shelves, they are just gathering filth. Plus, they just take up a lot of space, and for those of us choosing location over square footage (raises hand!), there’s not much room to spare. Plus, with e-readers and libraries, there’s just much need to keep lots of extra physical books around.

All that being said, we all have some special books that can (and should!) be displayed. Your first copy of Jane Eyre or Romeo and Juliet, a book with a special inscription, or a collection handed down to you from your grandmother can all have a special place in your heart and home. But there is no need to just stack books on a shelf all willy nilly. Here are some cool ways to display your treasured volumes.

Easy DIY Wall Art

The internet is brimming with easy projects to fill your home and your time with, so if you don’t see any crafts that strike your fancy here, don’t be afraid to explore sites like Pinterest and HGTV.com and make a day of it.  Click HERE to read about these great ideas:

  • Washi Tape Art
  • Shower Curtain Tapestry
  • Shoebox Shelves
  • Projector Paintings

What is the Deal with Tiny Houses?

While tiny houses may seem strange and uncomfortable to the average person, their rise in popularity didn’t come without reason. For example, during the housing crisis of 2008, tiny houses became an affordable, ecological, and adorable alternative to standard residential living. In fact, the origin story of the tiny house is actually a pretty interesting one. Tiny houses go waaay back to 1854, where famed poet and author Henry David Thoreau took a two-year sojourn in his teeny-tiny 150 square-foot cabin, which he profiled in his novel “Walden”. According to him, living in his tiny house catalyzed a deep spiritual experience, as it gave him a better sense of self and a greater appreciation for experiencing life at large by cutting out the pomp. There’s a great Washington Post article profiling the lessons and experiences he’d gained, and you can read it here.

Creative Ways to Childproof Your Home

It’s no secret that toddlers and babies alike love to roam and play, but letting your child wander even while you’re keeping a close eye on them can honestly be worrisome. It’s hard to predict which coffee table corner, which electrical socket, or which staircase they’re going to gun it towards at any given moment, so it’s best to think one step ahead and babyproof your home!

Read more HERE.

How to Mulch Like a Pro

Some of the sweet, sweet benefits of mulching are its ability to conserve water, improve the health of your soil and keep it at a comfortable temperature, shield plant roots, and prevent weed growth. Be sure you know which mulch is right for your lawn; decorative and inorganic mulches (gravel, rocks, etc.) don’t do as great a job at staving away weed growth or shielding roots, but they do still add a pop to your yard and run a little cheaper than organic mulches if that’s all that you’re looking for. However, all and all, we highly recommend using organic mulch.

Read more HERE.

Simple Ways to Conserve Energy

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how energy-guzzling simple things like leaving lights on, letting air into your home and cranking the thermostat can be- especially now that the seasons have changed, the temperature is dropping and the days are shortening. Don’t worry, we at Century 21 Excellence have your back with a few simple tips and tricks that’ll help save the planet… and your checking account.

Read more HERE.

City Spotlight: Granville

According to Niche.com, Granville is #1 in the best places to raise a family in Licking County, and for good reason. There are countless amenities to explore; plenty of unique places to chow down from Steamroller Bagel Sandwiches to Weathervane Kettle Corn, head to Three Oaks Vineyard to wet your whistle and refine your palate, then take a stroll around one of their 87 acres of parks. Don’t forget to check out the infamous Alligator Mound while you’re at it. They also host an Art Walk the first Saturday of each month to help promote creative local artists and businesses. The list goes on!

Read more HERE.

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