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May 24, 2024

Moving With Children

Moving With Children: How to Prepare

While moving can be stressful for adults, it is equally important to consider the impact that a move may have on children. For many kids, their first move from one living space to another can be disorienting, confusing, and frightening. As a parent, understanding these difficulties is key to helping children with this transition. Here are several ways parents can best prepare their kids for a fun, less stressful move:

Explain the Move with Honesty: Some younger children will have a hard time grasping the reason why their family is suddenly relocating. This confusion can create a lot of anxiety for kids if they are not well-informed. Tell your child or children about your intentions to move as soon as possible. This will give them plenty of time to process this change and come to you with questions or concerns. Ultimately, being transparent with your children will help them understand the move and can lay the groundwork for you to make this an exciting new Venture.

Show Them Their New Home: After your children understand the move, showing them where they will be living next is a great opportunity to familiarize them with the area. Visiting the new home a few times gives each child the opportunity to form positive associations and memories within the house before they have even lived in it and the comfort of knowing what to expect will ease their transition. On moving day, your child will be moving into a familiar, welcoming space which can reduce feelings of uncertainty.

Introduce Them to their New School District: If your children will be changing school districts as a result of the move, a tour of their new school can certainly make their move easier to process. If possible, walk your child around the building and get them comfortable with the hallways and teachers. Older children who have been in their previous school district for several years may find this change particularly difficult, so getting them accustomed to these new faces and rooms will greatly enhance their ability to adapt to their new school.

Give Your Children Choices: It is extremely important to listen to any concerns your children may have regarding the move. Talking with them frequently about how they're feeling leading up to the move will help your children feel understood and valued. After they’ve seen their new bedroom, one fun way to get them acclimated is to help them design it. This activity can prove to be exciting for your children and may help their transition significantly. Once the move is complete, your children will have a more personal connection to their new house and more motivation to call it their home.

Moving can be exciting for adults and children alike with intentional planning and preparation! For more information, visit or call (937) 378-3800.


Posted in Home Buying, Selling
April 17, 2024

Homeowner’s Guide to Maintenance

A Homeowner’s Guide to Maintenance: When and What to Replace

Whether you’re a current homeowner or have your sights set on becoming one this year, there’s no escaping reality - homeownership comes with a maintenance schedule. We’re here to guide you through the essential replacements that will keep your home in great shape for years to come, no matter its age!

 10 years

  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Washer/dryer
  • Water heater
  • Carpet

 15 years

  • Deck – if wood
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove/oven
  • HVAC system

 20 years

  • Windows
  • Gutters
  • Fencing – if wood
  • Roof
  • Deck – if composite

 Being proactive can save you time and money down the line. If you are in the market for a new home, be sure to ask when these items were last replaced. A home inspection can also offer insights to help you plan accordingly.

Posted in Home Buying, Selling
March 20, 2024

Why Every New Build Should Have a Home Inspection

Spring Into Your New Home: Why Every New Build Should Have a Home Inspection

The official first day of spring is here! For those of you in the process of building a new home, this could mean the final touches are being made so you can move in at last. Or maybe you’ve been waiting to break ground on your new build after a long (or strange, anyway, for us Ohioans) winter.

One thing you might not have considered is getting a home inspection. You may be thinking, “It’s a brand new house, why would I need one?” Here are a few reasons to consider building it into your timeline.

1. Mother nature – Wild weather is on the rise across our nation. From rapid temperature swings to a torrential downpour, any of these can affect your new home, especially if the rain hits before your walls are up and the foundation doesn’t dry completely.

2. Deadlines – Sometimes, contractors can feel pressured to get the job done as quickly as possible and mistakes are made. Inspections should catch any major errors, but even they don’t always look at the nitty gritty details like you would.

3. Supply shortages – Unfortunately, many industries are still feeling the pressure of supply shortages. This can lead to contractors feeling behind on projects when the supplies do finally come in (see No. 2), or looking for alternative parts they can get faster.

What are common things that could go wrong that I should look for?
If you’re still on the fence about whether to have a home inspection completed for your new build, here are some common things that can go wrong to keep an eye out for.

Cracks in drywall
Humidity inside the home
Water issues
Flooring issues
Doors sticking shut
Appliances not being installed correctly

Incorrectly applied siding
Gaps and cracks in concrete (think sidewalks, driveways and patios)
Grading and drainage issues

When is the right time to schedule an inspection for new construction?
You can schedule an inspection at any point, and maybe you even want to schedule two – one before the drywall is up and one when the home is nearing completion. For the latter, we recommend as late as possible, but not so late that anything that needs rectifying could hold up the closing and you getting into your dream home as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for further advice from an expert on this topic, Ring Real Estate has your back! Call 937-378-3800.

Posted in Home Buying, Selling
Jan. 8, 2024

Dreaming of a New Home in 2024?

Dreaming of a New Home in 2024? Hidden Costs and Maintaining Your Investment

You’ve been saving – and searching – for some time. 2024 is your year to buy a new home. Don’t let hidden costs or the upkeep of your home get in the way of your dreams. Here are some tips for making sure you can maintain your new property.

  1. Check (and double-check) HOA fees and rules. For a fee, homeowners associations or HOAs take care of common spaces like parks, landscaping, and roads in your neighborhood or housing community. Ensure you know the annual dues before signing on the dotted line on your new home. HOAs usually have rules surrounding things like the type of mailbox, the color of the roof or shutters, or the type of fencing you are allowed to install as well. Some of these rules come with a heftier price tag. For example, a metal fence can cost thousands more to put up compared with a wooden fence, but they also have lower long-term maintenance fees.

  2. Consider property size and landscaping. Will mowing your yard require a push mower or a riding lawnmower? Does the home you have your sights set on have a lot of trees that will require leaf cleanup in the fall? Are there dead bushes or other landscaping that needs to be removed or replaced? Consider your lifestyle and ability to pay vendors to complete these tasks if you don’t have the proper equipment – or time.

  3. Understand your property taxes. If you have a loan on your new home, your property taxes will be rolled into your monthly payment. But it’s still important to have a general understanding of where your tax dollars are going – whether it’s to the township or city, which maintains your roads and provides fire and police services, or to your local schools, library system or senior services. This information can be found on the county auditor’s website.

  4. Prepare for utility costs. Those purchasing a new home are often upgrading from a smaller home, or maybe even an apartment where some utility costs are included in the monthly rent. This can result in sticker shock when it comes to utility bills, which include water, gas, electricity and waste removal. Your REALTOR® can request a record of utility costs from the past year from the seller so you can budget accordingly.

No matter the age of your new home, there are bound to be minor breakdowns, so it’s recommended that you set aside between three and six months of living expenses so your home stays in tip-top shape, even when something goes awry.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your homeowner journey, contact Ring Real Estate at 937-378-3800.

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