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5 Tips to Keep Your Home Water Free This Winter!

5 Tips to Keep Your Home Water Free This Winter!

Dry Patrol of Central Ohio, a Delaware Ohio water-damage contractor, shares five key tips to reduce the chance of a water problem this winter.

The company offers flood damage cleanup throughout Columbus and outlying cities, among other remediation services. To assist homeowners in preventing this sort of damage, Dry Patrol of Central Ohio, offers timely, emergency water restoration services to home and business owners. In addition, the company provides ongoing alerts and releases containing practical information that can be implemented immediately.logo

President Bryan Daughtry comments, “Our aim is to be there for home and businesses owners should disaster strike, but as someone who has suffered from personal loss due to severe floods (before founding Dry Patrol of Central Ohio), I like to think that we can play some role in helping people prevent these disasters.”

The Delaware Ohio emergency water services company offers the following tips:

  1. Know where the water shut off is. Knowing where the water shut off is located can save time and aggravation should a household appliance go on the fritz. Surprisingly, many homeowners do not know where the water shut off resides.
  2. Disconnect any hoses outside of the home. Leaving hoses on the spigot can cause water to freeze and back up the water source.
  3. Clear gutters of all debris. Any debris in the gutters can freeze up and cause a backup, which can divert the flow and damage the structure of the roof and foundation. Ultimately, if left long enough, this could be cause for a flood inside the home.
  4. Homeowners should always have the roof inspected before winter hits. As snow piles and ice forms, any loose shingles or other damage can be an invitation for further deterioration.
  5. Caulk all doors and windows. Any leaks within the home offer an opportunity for the outside to enter in. Simple tasks such as caulking can save headaches down the road.

Daughtry adds, “While these tips are ideal for wintertime, one tip that truly resonates throughout the year is to check for corrosion or wear and tear on water supply lines for major appliances. If the water supply line for the washing machine looks sketchy, replace it now. Homeowners are shocked at just how much damage a faulty appliance within the home can cause.”

For more information on winterizing the home to prevent flood damage or emergency water damage remediation, contact Dry Patrol of Central Columbus at 740-417-9006 or visit

Is It Time to Send Your Agent Packing?

Is It Time to Send Your Agent Packing?

At What Point Does Your Agent Need to Change?

It’s been a long summer with your agent. Signs of possibility but nothing comes to fruition. Is time to give your agent the Todd Richard’s treatment?

Richards was the respected and good coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets until the teams 0-7 start cost him his job this week. It wasn’t Richards fault, but in a result oriented world the buck stopped with him.

Columbus Blue Jackets fired coach Todd Richards after the team's 0-7 start. []
Columbus Blue Jackets fired coach Todd Richards after the team’s 0-7 start. []
And the buck should stop with your real estate agent. Sure she’s a nice woman but nice doesn’t pay your mortgage at the new home.

Four Reasons to Deep-Six Your Agent

  1. She can’t / won’t answer questions. Every property is going to require a slightly different marketing touch to get it sold. But when you ask “what are we doing to get the house sold?” And you get more ums and stalling it’s time to make the call to your second line.
  2. He is not featuring your property in ads as much. You pay attention to your agent’s marketing, right? You need to. Not just to see where but that he’s doing more than just throwing a sign up. Of course when the signatures are wet and listing is new everyone’s excited and pushing that listing out. But by day 30 the listing has become stale – time to refresh and get a new look. Or some agents will just let the listing slide off the radar.
  3. She won’t take your calls. Amazing how agents get so many clients when a stale listing’s owner calls and the “ums” and “got to go” show the concern she has. Now we all know how great agents reply to calls anyhow, so this is the change in routine you are measuring and evaluating.
  4. When was the last time they were at the house? One of the fun pieces of real estate is being “belly-to-belly” with your clients. But on stale listings they will stop. Simple reason – conflict avoidance. I once had an out-of-town client that would have friends take down my sign on occasion and then figure out how long it would take for me to notice. A little extreme and had we been using the sign and prayer marketing method would of been a big deal. I don’t recommend at all, but the point is made.

Sometimes it is hard to let an agent go. However professional agents know it is business and nothing personal.

Real Estate Radio Launches Sunday!

Real Estate Radio Launches Sunday!

On Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. tune your radio dial to Local 1550 WDLR to catch the initial episode of Real Estate. Real Easy. hosted by yours truly.

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Can’t hear 1550 AM in your area? Click on image to listen online!

WDLR is Delaware, Ohio’s local radio station with Fred Shafer hosting the morning show and even includes Delaware City’s Lee Youkum on Fridays with city news and updates. This Weeks Real Estate. Real Easy. show will include a projection on December 2014 and answer to three of real estate’s key questions.

  1. How is Delaware’s commercial market? (including the secret on why it is so hard to get a national restaurant.)
  2. Should I list my home now or wait until spring?
  3. Do Open Houses Work?

Can’t get 1550 WDLR in your area? Then tune-in at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday to catch it online.

Boyce is a licensed real estate agent with Howard Hanna RealCom Realty in Delaware, Ohio and has been since 2006. His experience has ranged from investment to residential to commercial transactions. Boyce serves on the Board of Directors for the Women’s City Club of Delaware Foundation and assists with numerous other charities.

Inequality in Buying a Home vs. Mobile Home

Inequality in Buying a Home vs. Mobile Home

“You can’t do it here. It wouldn’t make sense.”

whenever the topic of entry-level homes being built in Central Ohio – and Delaware, Ohio, in particular – the response has been the same. you can’t do that here.Facebookinstagramsocialtile-300x300

But, Why Not?

And that’s when the brave try to explain while the majority simply replies ’cause. It won’t work.


we can send a man to the moon, make celebrities out of pawn brokers, and build a driverless car. but, we can’t build an entry-level home that allows first-time home buyers to buy a home in respect to their income and not be forced to rent.

So, when Blog Action Day 2014 topic of inequality was announced, we at Ohio Home Team felt it very close to our heart and beliefs to take on the challenges of the inequality in housing but focus on a single aspect of the housing population — mobile homes.

What’s Wrong With Mobile Home Sales in Delaware, Ohio?

In the good-old days buying a mobile home wasn’t much different than that buying a home. However, when the Savings & Loan collapse was in large-part blamed on being too heavily invested in these mobile forms of transportation.

The Broken System

The system itself has become stigmatized towards the plight of the poor and impoverished in a way that has even crept into the financial and legal process.

  • Lack of Required Residential Property Disclosures. If you buy virtually any single-family to four-family real estate in the state of Ohio, you are required to have a residential property disclosure provided and signed for by the buyer. There are a few exceptions but one that isn’t even on the form is for a mobile home.
  • Limited Options for Purchase Finance. Did you know that if you are buying a single-wide or a double-wide not on a permanent foundation there is only one option for financing the property. And they will require at least 25% down and about a 700 credit score to even get considered.

So let me get this right. It is harder to buy a home or a car than it is to buy a mobile home?

The problem with that is simple — at least to me — in that the people buying mobile homes in Central Ohio are doing it because its the only option they have.

But Aren’t Mobile Homes Considered Cars?

Ahh, my favorite part of this argument … Well they are titled as a car so we should treat it as a car…

Seriously? You go and buy a new sofa. Which vehicle are you going to use to take it home, your Camaro or F-150?

Duh, Toby that’s pretty stupid.

Yeah, but they are titled the same. So based on your assumption they should both be able to do the exact same thing. Of course they don’t but in the mind of the state they all look exactly the same. Single and double-wide homes are not moved as often or in the same manner as travel trailers. So we should be able to take this situation and make a change.

How Do We Fix the Inequality in Mobile Home Housing?

Well it’s a challenge. I am suggesting a two-prong approach – one that can be done by the private sector and the other would require an act of the Ohio legislature to make this happen.

  1. Create More Opportunities for Mobile Home Financing. This is a private initiative that works through the program to develop competition in the mobile home market. 15% interest rates and irrational credit score requirements is not good, but the way to solve it is by having an alternative for Ohio’s mobile home population.
  2. Require the Residential Property Disclosure on All Mobile Home Sales. This will require the population to put stress on its elected officials to make a change. A former client purchased a mobile home where the previous owners had very obviously just painted over several water and fungal-growth issues in the home. But because there was no formal documentation process on the property the buyer has no recourse.

I don’t want – nor do I believe – every person to own a home. However, the mobile home sector is a good way for some people to make the move from renting to owning especially in Delaware County where the average home sells for $225,000.

Something can change. And we – as a people – can do it through programs like Blog Action Day.

Do Sex Offenders Live Near You?

Do Sex Offenders Live Near You?

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The Delaware County Sheriff Office’s Web site to track sexual offenders in the County. (Delaware County Sheriff)

Received an alert tonight that a new sex-offender has moved in within two miles of our home in Western Delaware, Ohio.

Do you know how to register for the list?

It’s pretty easy, just click on the link and fill out the form. Then Sheriff Martin’s staff will keep you abreast of adjustments to offenders in your area.

Great Way to Keep Maintenance on Track In Delaware

Great Way to Keep Maintenance on Track In Delaware

“We try to keep up on the house but sometimes it just gets away from us. What can we do?”

– Susan, Delaware

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One of those amazing things isn’t. How no matter how much we try, time just seems to shrink away from us? We’ve been guilty of this exact thing as well. But I’ve found a couple of “tricks” that I use to keep a couple of the key items on task.

Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries. This has been one of the biggest pushes most recently with the campaigns to check your batteries when also changing the clocks in your home. However, not checking the smoke alarm won’t make you late for service at Terra Nova Community Church on Sunday. But that one time you need it … being diligent could very much save your life.

Regular Inspection of Your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System. When it comes to our homes the “heart” is the furnace pumping air throughout the house — cooling on hot summer days and heating on those frigid cold winter days. And just like our heart, regular maintenance and check-ups will not only keep your system working longer but also reduce the likely hood that it will break down during extreme weather situations. We’ve recently signed an agreement with Aire Serv of Greater Columbus, owned by Delaware-resident Dale Matheny, to visit the house two times per year and inspect our furnace and air conditioning system. For about $160 a year Aire Serv will visit our home two times per year, in spring and fall, to inspect our furnace and air conditioning units. As part of the plan, if any service is required we receive a 15% discount on Aire Serv’s services.

Changing Your Furnace Filter. Probably the most basic thing you can do to keep your home systems running right is changing the filters on your appliances. Yet, in the daily grind it is one of the easiest to forget to do. Have water dispenser in your refrigerator? When was the last time you changed the filter? Yeah, I thought so. That’s where comes very-very handy. The North Carolina-based retailer not only has better prices on filters than I found at the local Big Box stores but you can create a scheduled delivery. So for our refrigerator we need to change the filter every six months – so automatically will send out the refrigerator filter. They also handle the filters for your furnace. Schedule your order and they’ll keep filters in your possession.

Schedule Reminders on Your Phone. So you’ve got a box of furnace filters but need another trigger? Me too. So I’ve gone to setting an alarm on iPhone for every 90 days — adjust for the recommended repair time of your furnace — that I need to change the filter in the furnace. I do the same for putting fertilizer on the lawn, when to Miracle Grow the garden, and lots of other household chores that I need a little reminder to complete.

Toby Boyce and Ohio Home Team, ltd. received no financial or other incentive for any of the companies mentioned in this post.

Where Will Your House Appear? Open House & Dream Homes

Where Will Your House Appear? Open House & Dream Homes

When its time to sell your home the one of the primary reasons to hire a real estate agent is to remove the stress from your shoulders.

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Toby advertises in Open House and Dream Homes magazine monthly. It is on display racks around central Ohio, including the Corner Cafe in Delaware, Ohio, as shown here with a monthly distribution of more than 20,000 issues.

And a big portion of that stress is … getting bodies into the house.

We understand that and have spent hours — maybe even days — studying buyer demographics and determining where it would be best to showcase your home for sale. We are proud to announce that we are in the January issue of Open House & Dream Homes which publishes more than 20,000 copies each month for free distribution around central Ohio.

Why print/magazine?

Basically put, because people still pick them up and skim through them to get to know what they like and where they are beginning their search for a home. Our goal is to get you on their mind from the very beginning and make that decision quick and easy and get your home sold.

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