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How to Make Your New Home Feel Like It's Yours

Thank you to our Guest Blogger, Michael Brennan from Bellhops Moving in Indianapolis. Read on for some great tips on 'How to Make Your New Home Feel Like It's Yours.'

Congratulations! With the help of Team McClintock, you've found your perfect home in Indiana, and you're ready to move in. Of course, as wonderful as your home might be, it's worth noting that there are a few things you'll need to do before you can fully settle in and start enjoying the space. After all, enjoying a new home is all about making the property your own.

This means removing certain reminders that let you know that someone else lived there before you. Anything from leftover paint, to lingering smells, need to be gone before you transfer your belongings into your home with the help of our friends at Bellhops Moving Indianapolis so you can have your well-deserved fresh start.

1.     Start Before you Move In

Moving etiquette generally suggests that most previous owners will do some work on your home for you before you're scheduled to move in. This might mean that they scrub the surfaces, clean the floors, and make sure that everything smells fresh. However, you'll still need to do a little extra work to rid of everything they may have left behind. Wipe away all the excess dust you can see, and scrub everything before you start using it. If it helps, you can even contact a maid service to do the hard work for you.

Cleaning before you move into the new home will ensure that you have a fresh canvas when you start moving your belongings into their new spaces.

2.     Paint...

Ask The Expert Segment - September 13, 2018

Southwest Indiana's #1 Realtor Carol McClintock joins Mike Blake with Midday with Mike during the Ask The Expert Real Estate segment. Carol offers ideas for Cheap Weekend Projects to Boost Home Value. 

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7 Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer



Use humidity, a car product, and more wow ideas to save cleaning time. When cleaning your home, why not do it in such a way that’ll keep your home cleaner with less effort?

Here are 7 ways to keep your spring-clean fresh all year long:

#1 Use Humidity to Defy Dust

Low humidity levels cause static electricity. Not only does static attract dust, it makes it stick, so it’s difficult to remove. High humidity causes problems, too — it’s an ideal environment for dust mites. These microscopic critters are a double threat: They’re a common allergen, and they contribute to dust production. There are as many as 19,000 dust mites in half a teaspoon of house dust, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Yuck!

What to do: Keep your home’s humidity level between 40% and 50%. That’ll eliminate static while decreasing dust mite growth. 

Tip: About 80% of dirt in homes walks in from the outside. Stop dirt with a bristly doormat before it’s tracked inside.

#2 Apply a Car Product to Keep Shower Doors Scum-Free

You can eliminate soap scum build-up by coating your glass shower doors with a rain-repellent product made for car windshields. When applied to glass, products like these create an invisible barrier that causes water, oils, and debris (like soap suds) to bead and roll off.

What to do: Find this product anywhere that sells basic auto supplies. You’ll know it’s time to reapply when water stops beading on shower doors. Keep in mind,...

July Open House Visa Gift Card Winner

Congrats to Alexis Jackson, July's Team McClintock Open House drawing winner is pictured here with agents Carol McClintock and Kelsey Simmons. Alexis registered at a Team McClintock Open House and was awarded a $100 Visa gift card! Thanks for visiting one of our listings! 

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Ask The Expert - August 14, 2018

Southwestern Indiana's #1 Real Estate Agent Carol McClintock stops by WFIE Channel 14 News Show, Midday with Mike to discuss the current trends in the local real estate market and how to prepare your home to sell it this fall. 

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Market Watch - August 2018

Pricing a home correctly makes all the difference when selling your home. Take a look at the stats below from our local summer real estate market and don't hesitate to give our team a call if we can help you with any of your real estate needs!

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Team McClintock Back to School Party at GattiTown 2018

Our Team McClintock Back to School Party at Gattitown was a complete success! Thank you to our wonderful clients for attending. We love seeing all of your school aged kiddos, playing games and enjoying pizz.! We hope each and everyone of you have the best school year yet.

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Back to School 2018

We hope everyone has a great day back to school! 

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Ask The Expert - July 24, 2018

Southwest Indiana's #1 Real Estate Agent Carol McClintock joins WFIE Midday with Mike host, Mike Blake to discuss ways to eliminate pet odor in your home. Carol is featured during the Ask the Expert segment on Midday with Mike and is the real estate expert for WFIE.

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8 Ways to Get Rid of Awful Pet Smells That Turn Off Buyers

You probably only think you’ve eliminated pet odors. If your agent holds her nose, here’s how to get rid of the smell:

#1 Air Out Your House

While you’re cleaning, throw open all the windows in your home to allow fresh air to circulate and sweep out unpleasant scents.

Once your house is free of pet odors, do what you can to keep the smells from returning. Crate your dog when you’re out or keep it outdoors. Limit the cat to one floor or room, if possible. Remove or replace pet bedding.

#2 Scrub Thoroughly

Scrub bare floors and walls soiled by pets with vinegar, wood floor cleaner, or an odor-neutralizing product, which you can purchase at a pet supply store for $10 to $25. 

Try a 1:9 bleach-to-water solution on surfaces it won’t damage, like cement floors or walls. 

Got a stubborn pet odors covering a large area? You may have to spend...

Ask The Expert - July 6, 2018 - Summer Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

Southwest Indiana's #1 Real Estate Agent, Carol McClintock joins WFIE Channel 14 News' Midday with Mike host, Mike Blake to discuss home energy saving tips to try during the hot summer months on the Real Estate Ask The Expert segment. 

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Summer Energy Saving Tips

Conserving energy and saving money on utility bills during summer months may be easier than you think. In fact, some of these tips are so simple that you may be tempted to use them all year long. Here are some summer energy saving tips for you and your clients:

  • Serve refreshing no-cook suppers several nights a week instead of hot meals. In addition to conserving energy use, your kitchen will stay cooler without added heat from cooking appliances. Some menu ideas that don’t require a stove, oven or microwave include salads, fruit plates, sandwiches and cold summer soups such as gazpacho.
  • Take advantage of warm, dry weather and save electricity by line drying your clothes outside. Your dryer will get a break and your clothes and linens will smell fresh and wonderful.
  • Install solar powered exterior lighting. These lights harness their power from sunlight and don’t require electricity.   
  • Do some research and find out how much water your grass type and landscape plants actually need to avoid overwatering. You’ll conserve water, save money and avoid harming your turf and landscaping with too much moisture. To see how much water your grass and plants are actually getting from rain or from an automatic irrigation system, set small, shallow dishes around your lawn. During hot weather, it’s best to water early in the morning when evaporation rates are lowest. It’s also a good idea to mulch around plants to help minimize evaporation and lock moisture in.
  • Plant trees that provide shade to your home. Talk to your local nursery for advice on fast-growing trees that will thrive in your area.
  • Ceiling fans can help you stay cool and reduce air conditioning expenses.  You can also use them to help...

10 Tips to Transform Your New House into a Home

Check out the article below from a guest blog writer - Natalie Jones. Natalie Jones is the creator of http://homeownerbliss.info/. She is passionate about making the process of home buying less stressful and scary for first-timers, as well as inspiring homeowners of all stages enjoy the benefits and perks of home ownership!

Moving into a new house is like relocating to a different world, even if you’re just down the street. But it doesn’t have to be. These 10 quick tips can help make your house a home within the first few days.

1. Tackle home security. Even if you’re moving into a safe neighborhood, you’ll sleep better if you take the time to handle home security before your first night. Schedule your alarm hook up and ensure outdoor floodlights, fencing and other security features are operational.

2. Get to know the neighborhood. By closing, you should already have a good idea of the general layout of your subdivision. If not, take a few hours to scout the location of the nearest grocery store, gas station, school, playground and hospital. A walk around the block will also give you the chance to meet the neighbors.

3. Personalize your living space. Nothing says home quite like family photos and treasured belongings. Unpack these items first, along with everything you need to cook a good meal. Dining together is especially important if you have children as time around the dinner table will let you reconnect and...

7 Bits & Parts of a House Most New Homeowners Can’t Identify

If only homes were as user-friendly as a smart phone when you’ve got a problem. Need a ride? There’s an app for that. Food? That, too.

Need to stop your toilet from overflowing? Oops, there’s no app for that.

When it comes to your home, you’re your own best app. And if you want be a top-rated app, uh, homeowner, you’ll need to be able to identify these not-so-pretty (gross in some cases) bits and parts of your home.

(Truth: Even seasoned homeowners don’t have a clue about some of these.)

#1 Sewer Cleanout Vent

Sewer cleanout in a home yardImage: Lara Edge for HouseLogic 

OK, this doesn’t look so bad.

Well, gird your loins. This is the thing you need to find and open if your sewage pipe is clogged (often the case if you’ve got toilets and sinks overflowing or refusing to drain).

Use a pipe wrench to get the lid off, but prepare yourself because buildup can cause the sewage to spew out at you.

The sewer cleanout valve is typically outside the house, usually a few feet away from the foundation. It can be either above ground like in the picture above, or in a box below ground.

You’ll need this next item to undo the clog (or a plumber if the ick factor is too much...

Team McClintock Gives Back to Saint Benedict Cathedral

Team McClintock gives back with $1,000 donation to St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Thanks Pat Hart for nominating St. Ben's. Pictured with check is Pat Hart, back row l to r, Cindy Howard, Maury Hart, Mindy Guthrie Word, Carol McClintock and David Haire.

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The Heat Is On: 5 Sizzling Reasons to Buy a Home During Housing's Hottest Season

The days are getting longer. Ice cream truck jingles echo up and down the block. But the surest sign that summer is here? It just might be those "For Sale" signs popping up like dandelions in your neighborhood.

Yep, we're smack dab in the middle of the most popular time of the year to buy and sell a home. If you're thinking of starting your home search, your first instinct as a savvy shopper might be to stay away and wait for the weather—and the market—to cool down. Why battle the crowds and bidding wars if you're in no rush to move?

But there's no reason to sweat the idea of buying in the summer. In fact, there are some distinct advantages to making your way into the marketplace during housing's hottest season—as long as you can stand the heat of a little competition.

1. Prices aren't necessarily higher

"A huge myth about the real estate market is that homes sell for more in the summer and less in the winter. This is simply not true," says Dippy Chhina of Dippy Real Estate.

Let's be clear: Home prices do usually peak in June–August. And it's a seller's market in most areas. But other forces beyond the summer sun play a major role in a home's asking price, Chhina notes. They include the number of similar homes also for sale in a given...