10 Home Chores To Do Annually


10 Home Chores To Do Annually

Ten chores around the home that you really only need to do annually, minus special circumstances. Let’s dive in!

1. Curtains & Drapes

Unfortunately, we don’t mean the dusting part. You’ll want to dust at least once a month, but when it actually comes time to getting them cleaned, you only really need to do that once a year. You can take them in to get dry cleaned or follow the instructions on their tags if you choose to wash them at home.

2. House Gutters

Gutter guards can be a great investment, especially if you live around trees that shed all year long. These can keep your gutter cleanings minimal, generally about once per year. You’ll want to do this in the autumn when all of the leaves from the trees have already fallen. If you have alot of leaves, we recommend you do this more often.

3. Fireplace & Chimney

After the winter, you’ll want to give your fireplace a thorough cleaning. You can use a shop vacuum to clean up the embers. Make sure to wash down the fireplace tools as well. Go an extra step further and schedule an appointment with a chimney sweeper.

4. Carpets

We wish we meant vacuuming, but that’s pretty much a weekly or biweekly task for most households. In this case, we mean a deep clean. The best time to get this taken care of is right after summer.

5. Outdoor Furniture

The best time to clean outdoor furniture is when you bring them out of storage for Spring. Of course, if messes up happen while you’re using them, you want to clean the spots right away, so you avoid an accumulation of stains in a short period.

6. Mattress

Mattresses have improved through the years but they still need a little bit of attention. At least once a year, give your mattress a thorough cleaning and change the position of it.

7. Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry

Early November is a great time to clean out kitchen cabinets, drawers, and the food pantry to get them ready for the holidays. Do a section of cabinets at a time and empty them out completely. Wipe down the shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed.

8. Linen Closet

Just once a year, empty out your linen closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Take time to vacuum away dust and spiderwebs and reline any shelves.

9. Garage, Basement, & Attic

No one is expecting you to have a perfect garage, basement, or attic. However, a good cleaning at least once a year can help you keep an eye on things, such as moisture or insect problems. It can also feel good to get rid of junk that tends to accumulate in these hidden spaces.

10. Grill

To keep your grill working well it is a good idea to clean the parts. Wearing work gloves, remove the grates and the metal plates under them. Place in a bucket of hot water and regular dish soap.Clean the interior and exterior.

If you’re in the market to sell your home, we can refer you over to some of our preferred vendors that can help you knock out your cleaning tasks. Great Lakes Home Team with Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Northeast is here to help and only a phone call away! Jody Finucan and Danielle Dooley…www.greatlakeshometeam.com.

Lake County History – Average Sale Price Last 5 years by month.


Avg Sale PriceClick on the link below to pull up a PDF – Lake County History of Average Sale Price per month.  If you are into statistics or even if you are not, you will likely find the information very interesting. Sale prices in Lake County have continued to increase month after month beginning 2016. The shortage of inventory and multiple offers has certainly been a factor in increasing prices.  If you have any questions or would like to know a particular area, please let me know. I am happy to help.


Lake County Ohio Sale Price Average

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How to prevent frozen pipes and what to do if a pipe bursts

When the temperature reaches freezing, this can cause the water inside pipes to freeze. As the water freezes, it expands causing the pressure inside the pipes to increase. Frozen pipes is a minor inconvenience; a pipe that bursts is a homeowner’s nightmare.

Water lines are particularly susceptible to freezing when the temperature outside gets cold very quickly because the warmth from your heating system is unable to keep up with the demand the suddenly cold temperatures bring. Homes in more temperate climates are also susceptible when the temperature dips below freezing. Because they are typically warmer, water pipes may not be insulated as well as they should be.

Preventing frozen pipes

  • Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest.
  • Seal any air leaks near the pipes.
  • If there are water supply lines in your garage, keep the garage doors closed.
  • Always remember to drain, disconnect and store garden hoses.
  • Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.
  • Open the cabinet doors in kitchen and bathroom – this lets warmer air circulate around the plumbing.
  • Maintain thermostat at 55 degrees or higher when you are out of town.
  • If you get a cold snap, turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls allowing a small trickle of water to run during the night.
  • Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts.

If pipes freeze:

  • Thaw a frozen pipe using a good hair dryer. However, avoid using a hair dryer around standing water.
  • Heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around the pipe.
  • When thawing a pipe, start nearer to the faucet and work your way back.
  • Turn on the faucet so water can drip out as the ice melts.
  • If you have one frozen pipe, chances are that you may have more. Check all other faucets in your home.

If pipes burst:

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • Take precautions to avoid electrical shock from being in or near standing water.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a plumber.
  • Take inventory of any damaged property.
  • Contact your insurance agent to help you locate an emergency water mitigation specialist who can dry out the damaged area quickly.

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Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

Less Competition – Most people will wait until spring and summer to list their home, which means during the winter you will have far less competition than any other time of the year.  Less competition could be more money.

Fewer Showings – Yes, there may be fewer showings, but those buyers that are looking are usually very serious about making a purchase.

The Market –  Today’s interest rates are still very good.  This gives buyers more spending power.  And you as well.

More Time to Get Top Dollar – By marketing your home now you may be able to secure a higher price due to limited homes on the market.  We are seeing more multiple offers than we have in years.

Tax Benefits – By selling now you can have a closing before or after the new year for tax purposes.

Loan Commitment  – During the winter months you and the buyers may be able to obtain a loan commitment quicker.

More Time – Buyers may be looking at homes more during the holidays because of their vacation time.

Bottom line, it is all about supply and demand.  There isn’t a bad time to sell. Home sales take place every day twelve months of a year.  We don’t have a crystal ball to know what inventory levels will be in 3 months, 6 months etc.  We do know that typically many sellers will wait until spring to list their home and with that will increase competition.

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Things To Do Near Mentor, Ohio – October 2013

Everyone enjoys the weather during the fall in Ohio, so why not take advantage of it? There is a plethora of thing to do near Mentor, Ohio, that will allow you to enjoy the fall with your friends and family. Whether you’re looking for a physical activity or scary Halloween fun for the whole family, Mentor is the place to be.  Here are a five events going on near you this month.

Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon

When: October 6, 8:00 a.m.

Admission: $95

Calling all runners – the Rock’n’Roll Marathon series is coming to Cleveland! Sign up now to run an exhilarating 13.1 miles through the heart of Cleveland. The cost of registration covers an official t-shirt, goodie bag, refreshments, a finishers medal and live bands along the course.

Monster Mash – Boo Scary Dinner Theatre

When: October 11 – 13, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Admission: $50

Come on out to Old Firehouse Winery for a Monster Mash Dinner Theatre. Watch as classic movie monsters come to life – or dead life – in this music-filled comic romp of epic distortion. Miss the rush and reserve your tickets early to ensure you’ll have a seat.

Howl-o-ween Party for Dogs

When: October 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Do you ever feel bad about going out to have a good time and leaving your poor dog alone at home? Well, worry no more! Let your pet enjoy the Halloween season along with you at the Howl-o-ween Party for Dogs. Dress your K9 up in the best costume and bring them out to the Mentor Dog Park to enjoy fun with other pups.

Family Scarecrow Day

When: October 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Enjoy the Halloween season with your family and head out to Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina for the Family Scarecrow Day. Work together to make your own scarecrow, which you will be able to take home at the end of the day. Afterward, you will be able to take a hayride and enjoy some roasted marshmallows.

Boo at the Zoo

When: October 17- 20 & 24 – 27, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission: TBA

Bring the kids out to the Cleveland Zoo for some spooktacular Halloween fun. The event is designed for a younger audience, so if your children are young it won’t be scary. There will be delight on every corner from magic shows to a Monster Mash dance party, your children will leave feeling festive and happy.

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Things To Do In Mentor, Ohio – September 2013

Mentor is a moderately sized city, with more than 50,000 residents and 1,700 businesses calling it home. Mentor’s strategic location near State Route 2 and Interstate 90 means the bustling city of Cleveland, Ohio is less than 30 minutes away, offering residents of Mentor close proximity to various arts, culture and sports venues. But, residents don’t need to go as far as Cleveland to find fun and entertainment for the whole family! The northern border of Mentor lies along the shore of Lake Erie, the city boasts of an extensive Bikeway System of walking and biking trails, and residents have access to an impressive system of parks, swimming pools, skate parks, nature preserves, ice arenas, and more!

Aside from these favorite year-round options for entertainment in Mentor, the city also hosts numerous events and festivals. Here are some of the events that Mentor will be hosting this September, so mark your calendars!

Farmer’s Market

When: Friday Septmber 6, 2013,  3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Civic Center Park, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, OH

What: By popular demand, the city extends its market to every week during the growing season. Fresh produce, honey, baked goods and other food products are available for purchase.

Madness in Mentor Pickleball Tournament

When: Saturday & Sunday September 7 – 8, 2013

Where: Civic Center Park Pickleball Courts, 8600 Munson Rd., Mentor

What: Mentor Recreation Department will host it’s first pickleball tournament, attracting players from across Northeast Ohio, in support of this new and upcoming sport! Men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions will have beginner (2.5 – 3.0), intermediate (3.5 – 4.0) and advanced (4.5 – 5.0) matches. First matches will be played at 9 a.m. both days. Fee is $20 for registration in one division, $10 for each additional division. Participants should bring their own racquet. Participants will receive their match times and more information from tournament director one week in advance. Snacks and t-shirt included in registration fee. Registration deadline is Friday, August 30.

Opening Reception Dorothy McNamara Maloney Art Show

When: Friday September 13, 2013,  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Road, Mentor, OH

What: Accepted work for this annual art competition is on display through October 2.

Just Kids Stuff Garage Sale

When: Saturday September 14, 2013 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Eleanor B. Garfield, 7967 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH

Where: It’s just kids stuff for buying or selling. Reserve a 10×10 table in advance, or set-up your own the day of the event. Call 974-5720 for more details.

Visit The James A. Garfield National Historic Site

When: Any time!

Where: The James A. Garfield National Historic Site, 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, Ohio 44060

What: In 1876, Congressman James A. Garfield purchased a small farm in the charming Village of Mentor, Ohio. Too small to comfortably accommodate the General, his wife, their five children and his mother, Garfield immediately began to add large additions around the original structure. By the summer of 1880, work on the house was complete, just in time to welcome thousands of visitors to Mentor. The James A. Garfield National Historic Site is the restored home of our 20th President. The home, visitor center and grounds are owned and operated by the National Park Service.

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