Feel like celebrating? Well, July is the month to do that. It's nice out, we are vacationing, we
are swimming and camping. All is good in July. We also celebrate our great nation's
independence! The 4th of July is the day we take to celebrate our great country and all our
freedoms that others fought so hard for us to have!! The 4th of July is a federal holiday that
allows most Americans to take the day off, barbecue, hang with family and then, for the grand
finale, we gather family and friends and watch the local firework celebrations!! It is a grand
time for all!
"To be successful in real estate, you must always
and consistently put your clients' best interests
first. When you do, your personal needs will be
realized beyond your greatest expectations."
- Anthony Hitt
Perhaps you are also celebrating your decision to finally get that bigger house you so badly
need and put yours on the market to sell. You find the perfect realtors at First Choice Realtors,
and they take you by the hand to lead you through your Real Estate Journey. One of the
discussions you will have with your Realtor is to whether or not to have an open house to help
sell your house. For many homeowners, holding an open house seems like a given thing to do.
But it is important to consider the pros and cons of an open house before you make a decision
to have one.
An Open House Can:
These are just some of the factors that our realtors at First Choice Realtors will openly discuss
with you during your real estate journey with us. When you choose First Choice Realtors, we
give you individualized, personal service and we have the expertise, experience, energy and
enthusiasm to guide you through the complex and often overwhelming real state process.
Our Realtors live in the area, are active in the community and command an unsurpassed
knowledge of the local market and we can help you with selling your home! Then, once we find
a buyer for your home, we'll help you manage all phases of the purchase process.
We will not leave your side until the very end. That's why more people use First Choice
We are looking forward to selling your home.
As a homeowner, it's important to know that good landscaping can increase your home value by as much as 30%. Our real estate agents know that a well-maintained, beautiful landscape increases sales and profits, while landscaping mistakes result in fewer offers and less money in your pocket.
Home buyers looking for Wheeling homes for sale are drawn to properties with great landscaping features and curb appeal. However, not all homeowners are blessed with green thumbs and a good knowledge of plants. Before you tackle those DIY landscaping projects, take a look at 6 mistakes that you should avoid.
You've had the reservations for over a year now. You booked your hotel, you mapped out your daily agenda, you researched places to tour and the best restaurants to eat at. You purchased new clothes and travel size containers for your luggage. You scheduled your dogs at the boarders. You are so prepared and ready for vacation!!
But are you really? People are aways so wound up and excited for their vacations, that in the anticipation of it all, they forget to do the most important thing of all…prepare their home to be safe from a robbery or a break in.
Nothing can be more enticing to a robber than seeing your home being advertised that it is currently not being occupied. The newspapers are piled up on the porch, your mailbox is crammed full, your home is dark at night and the curtains are pulled shut. What message do you get from this? "Ahhh…Hello…we are not home, please rob me."
When you know you are going to be away, it is vital you take the necessary steps to deter any kind of robbery or break in. It's very easy to do, but so many people neglect to do it. Please note, that you may make all the precautions necessary and still have a break in. However, by following some of these tips, it will make it harder for a robbery to happen.
Security Systems: if possible, get a security system installed. Would-be robbers actually think twice before robbing a home where an alarm service is being used. A lot of people use the doorbell systems and cameras purchased online that one installs their self. There are so many options out there, find the one that works best for you.
Locked Doors and Windows: locking your windows and doors seems elementary right? But maybe you should "seriously lock" and secure them, leaving just one "seriously" unsecured. By this I mean using door slams, security bars, a sliding door latch, window frame fasteners and more. My dad used a heavy piece of wood in his sliding glass doors, making it impossible to open.
Stop your newspaper delivery and your daily mail deliveries. Have a neighbor on alert for any packages that delivery companies leave at your door. Also, have them keep an eye out for suspicious people or activity and instruct them to call the authorities if they do see this.
If you are planning on being away for over a week, you may want to hire someone to cut your grass (summer). High grass and weeds are a sure sign of an unoccupied place.
Put several of your interior lamps on timers. Use the kind that can be programmed to go on and off at various times and program lamps in several rooms, so they light at different times.
Leave the light on above the stove. The kitchen is the one room that tends to have lights on the most.
For the exterior, make sure your outside lights are on. Schedule motion/time sensors to come on at the appropriate time, and make sure that they are mounted high enough that they can't be reached without a ladder. Most likely, the thief won't want to draw attention to himself by using a ladder to mess with them.
Consider putting your TV on a timer so that it goes on and off in the afternoon and again in the evening. If not that, have a radio on to a talk station as opposed to music.
If you have a land line phone, turn down your volume so a long series of unanswered rings don't alert someone to the fact that you are not there. If you have an answering machine, please don't leave that happy, excited message of "We're not home right now, we are laying on a beach in Aruba, please leave a message." You get the drift. Make your message a little like "We can't make it to the phone right now." Be sure you check your messages frequently to keep your message box from becoming full.
Close or open your curtains? Closing them may be a dead giveaway, but open curtains allow someone to peek inside. Perhaps try leaving the lower-level windows closed and keep the upper levels open.
Fake Dog Barking? You know they make a motion detection machine that will signal for a dog to bark once activated right? Some believe that robbers would not be deterred by that, others not so. Why not give it a shot though, right?
Vacations are memory making times and everyone deserves to have the time of their life! At First Choice Realtors, we hope that you can put some of these tips to use when planning your next vacation. Nothing can destroy all those memories faster than returning to a home that has been broken into and robbed. Stay Safe!
Have a great vacation!
Wheeling is a great place to call home. Known as the friendly city, it's located along the Ohio River with peaceful surroundings and scenic views, but within an hour's drive to the bustling city of Pittsburg. Wheeling homes for sale offer homeowners a family-friendly lifestyle, abundant outdoor activities, and some of the best dining you'll find anywhere.
Wheeling is a foodie paradise with crowd favorites that have been served to eager diners for decades. If you want a dining experience to remember, our real estate agents have some dining recommendations that are sure to please.
How much do I really need to buy a house? If you've been thinking homeownership should be your next major goal, this is an important question to ask upfront. All too often, potential home buyers indulge in magical thinking, convincing themselves they will figure it out as they go along, and that the hidden costs that start popping up along the route to home purchase are no big deal — when in fact, they can be a deal-breaker.
Flowers, gardening, graduations, Memorial Day Weekend. All are things that identify with the month of May. In May, people are finally ready to move forward with warmer weather, leaving the cold, snow, and grey, rainy days in the dust. It's time for warmth, sunshine, and bright sunny skies.
For many, the time to either downsize or get more space has been swirling around in a lot of people's heads. They have been thinking of it and kept saying that you would "wait until spring." Well, guess what? Spring is here and now is the time to finally start your new adventure by selling your current home.
So how do you even start this whole process of preparing your house to be sold? It sounds petty tiring right, especially if you don't even know where to start! How about letting the experienced Realtors at First Choice Realtors help you out! We want to help you get the upper hand on preparing your home to be put on the market.
We know you love your current home and have likely made a lot of great memories in it. Maybe you grew up in it, raised a family in it or have spent precious time there with friends and family.
With so many memories attached to your home, it can be easy to believe that your home is worth more than it actually is. A common mistake that homeowners make when they sell their home is over-valuing it and pricing it too high. Our experienced Realtors at First Choice Realtors can help you determine how to price your home. They'll consider recent home sales and current market conditions to figure out a good price point to attract buyers and bring in offers.
Our agents at First Choice Realtors are also great listing agents who will work hard to sell your house! We would not only handle you listing agreement, but we would also help you create your agenda to promote and then show and sell your home. In addition, we will make sure your home doesn't spend too much time on the market.
The first step is to de-clutter and de-personalize your home. That flowery wallpaper in your master bedroom that you applied yourself may years ago is so pretty, right? You may adore it, but will your buyer? Perhaps removing that paper and having a fresh coat of a new neutral paint color will give that room an entirely different feel and look. You should remove distinctive personal touches in your home too, like bright painted rooms and mementos. By doing this, it will allow the potential buyer to envision themselves in your home which often will lead to a higher selling price and less time spent on the market.
Some other additional tips are to re-decorate with as much generic appeal as possible. Use neutral colors on the walls. Use modern furniture, which gives it a fresh, young look. Pack up your family photos (which may make you feel sad, but you can put them back out in your new place.) Remove clutter from counter tops in the kitchen, to create a bigger room feel. Open all your shades, blinds, or curtains to allow the natural light to shine through. Declutter all rooms as possible, especially bedrooms. Remove all Nic knacks, your kids' toys, and any clothing that may be laying around or in baskets. Keep them hidden neatly in a closet until potential buyers leave. Basic cleaning helps too: run the sweeper, have absolutely no dirty dishes in the sink, clean all the counter tops, bathroom sinks, tubs/showers and the toilet. Hang fresh towels. Clean your windows. Light a candle or have essential oil misting to make your home smell clean and fresh. Have animals? A must is to clean the kitty litter box and please tie any animals outside. Or, put in the basement during a tour of your home.
Touch up additional rooms with a fresh coat of paint. Make sure your kitchen appliances work. If your oven, stove, dishwasher, or refrigerator don't work, please try to get it repaired before your home gets shown.
Bathrooms and kitchens are some of the most important rooms in the home. Clean, updated bathrooms are an absolute must. If any of the plumbing is leaky, schedule necessary repairs immediately. Fresh towels hung add a nice touch too.
Lighting can be a powerful asset when you sell your home – because it can change how a room looks. If your light fixtures aren't updated or energy-efficient, they can make your home look older and smaller. Soft white LED light bulbs are more affordable than ever before and can make your home feel cozier than fluorescent lights. No one wants a dark depressing home.
Roofing problems? This can be expensive to repair. A roof with leaks or missing shingles is likely to scare away many buyers. If you do have the money to repair the roof, it's best to do so before you list your home. If you don't have the money, you can still list your home, but make sure you disclose your roof's condition to the buyer well before closing.
So, now that we are aware of what to do in the interior of the home, let's talk briefly about your home's exterior. After all, it is the first thing they see when they pull up and curb appeal is very important to a potential buyer. A mowed lawn is a must and please make sure you prune your bushes and pull any weeds. Clean out leafy gutters and either wash your outside with warm water and a garden hose or get it power washed in advance. If your front door is peeling with paint, is dirty, or has dirty windows, please consider cleaning it up. As a bonus, try putting flowers or a pretty planter near your front door along with a welcoming "welcome" mat.
All it takes is some effort you your part to make your home desirable to others. Call First Choice Realtors today and let's get you started!
It's high time to get going with your gardening preparations for spring. The first frost-free date is May 9, so you've got some time to get things just right in your garden while the weather is cool.
April and Spring always flood me with wonderful, happy feelings and full-blown sensory overloads. Maybe it's the smell in the air that is finally fresh or the spring flowers popping through the ground, being in their glory after being covered by ice and snow for the past three months. Maybe it's the sight of trees blossoming after looking dead and gray all winter. Maybe it's the sounds of birds chirping away and being busy preparing their nests. Maybe it's the green onions I pull from the ground and chop up in my salad to eat. Fresh & delicious! It's a new beginning and I love it.
Spring always makes me think of my childhood memories of my home and finally being able to go outside and play after being cooped up all winter. Spring was the time my grandfather tilled and planted his garden in the little space we had in our backyard. Spring was the time we did our annual spring cleaning, starting in the upstairs rooms and making our way to the basement area.
Walls and woodwork were scrubbed, windows were washed, closets were cleaned out and floors were swept (back then we had carpet in every room, unlike today where most rooms are wood or vinyl). It was exhausting, but at the same time exhilarating!!!
The best part for me was my spring bedding was washed and put on my bed and the heavy blanket and quilt from winter got washed and put away until the next winter season. It usually took us several days to finish our annual spring cleaning, but once we did, it was spectacular! The smell of Murphy's oil soap was everywhere!
After the inside was done, it was time for the outside. Porches were cleared of winters leftovers and the furniture were brought out of hibernation. Once it was all cleaned, we all then sat on the porch drinking homemade iced sweet tea and talking and laughing with each other. Such great memories I had of growing up in my home.
At First Choice Realtors, we want to help you find the perfect home to make your memories in! If you are young (or even older) and starting out, we want to help you make your first home perfect for you and we will help you with every aspect of the process. We will help you with financing ideas and explain to you the programs that are available for the first-time buyer.
So, isn't it time for you to start making memories in your own home? Call one of our experienced Realtor's today and let's meet and discuss your expectations you want in a home. Once we find out your desires, we can help match you up to homes that will meet your desired needs along in your specified budget amount. We are looking forward to hearing from you and helping you make wonderful, lifelong memories.
If you're dreaming of bringing out your inner Joanna Gaines and orchestrating your own renovation, you may be ready to launch yourself as project manager for your latest home from Wheeling homes for sale or Moundsville homes for sale. What will it take to be successful?
Our real estate agents have heard the stories and know the score, so here they are with some suggestions that can make your life a lot easier with your next project. Follow us as we work our way through the details.
First Things First
Can you afford a project manager? If so, do consider hiring someone to take over your renovation. However, it may be you want to learn how to be a project manager. Maybe you've got the renovation bug, and you're eager to see if your creativity and innate design sense are up to the mark. That's great. The only thing to remember is, it takes more than creativity and imagination to be a successful renovation project manager. Above all, you need to be organized and a stickler for details.
Planning Your Project
Make a list of all the things you want to do with your project, and then sublists where you go into detail. Share lists with your contractor and subcontractors.
You'll also need a floor plan and 3D renderings. You could hire a freelancer to do it for you, say, from a company such as Fiverr.com. However, the freelancer may charge big bucks for limited renderings, although it's certainly cheaper than the services of an architect. You'll also likely be given 1 or 2 revisions, and will maybe be charged for changes. If you need to see lots of designs and layouts, a free app like Arcsite, where you can get all your floor plans, cabinet layouts, and measurements, maybe a better deal. There's also Planner 5d, where you can make beaucoup 3D renderings for free.
A contractor should be able to get needed permits. Regardless, you should find out what your city and county requirements, and make sure your contractor doesn't renege.
Biggest Projects First
Start with the biggest projects, which involve renovations so that the house won't fall in on you, such as roof replacement or repair, repairs to the foundation, correcting water infiltration, and installing or repairing windows and siding.
Plan for Demolition
You may need to demolish parts of the house. If you're moving out of the house during demolition, demolish all that needs to be demolished; if you're staying in the house, go slower. Be sure to rent a waste container.
Call an expert if your demolition involves asbestos.
When to Get Expert Help
If you're doing structural changes, and your skills are sufficient to move load-bearing walls, move doors, frame new windows or whatever, good for you. Otherwise, hire someone with expertise.
Updating the Essentials
While the walls and ceilings are open during demolition, it's a good time to install HVAC ductwork and for plumbers and electricians to update plumbing and electrical wiring.
Open walls offer a perfect opportunity to add insulation. Add it in the attic as well.
Drywall and Fine Carpentry
Close up walls with drywall, to which you will apply compound, then let it dry. Sand it, and you're ready for painting.
Final projects that will await you or subcontractors:
Need advice on managing your home renovation? Contact us today.
On March 17, hordes of green-clad people of Irish descent — as well as a good many wannabes — will celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Although originally the day denoted in the Catholic Church to remember the monk who Christianized the Irish people, today's celebration is more the product of American marketing than a somber religious feast day. Nationwide, pubs will be transformed by the serving of iconic Guinness stout, Irish dancing and singing, and the all-pervasive "wearing of the green."
There's a national day for just about everything these days, so it should come as no surprise that there is a National Tortilla Chip Day. You might think celebrating tortilla chips, regardless of how tasty they are, is a bit over the top, but hold on. Despite the fact that tortilla chips have muscled their way in as a permanent fixture in the snack food pantheon, some of us don't really know that much about them — or all the opportunities they offer for advanced snackery.
Should I buy or build my home?
The month of March is to be celebrated simply for the fact that it brings us such goodness!! We start the season of Lent, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with delicious food, we drink green beer on St. Patrick's Day (well, some of us do), we get to enjoy the return of longer daylight hours and we celebrate the first day of spring. Even though there are some March's when we get a curve ball thrown to us, with a late snow or frost, we still love March!
March also brings a time for renewal. You are ready to move on and change things up with a new house. Or you want to completely start from scratch and build your own dream house. You want to add your personalized touches and have your house exactly the way you want it.
If that's your dream, here are some of the benefits of building your own home.
It's brand new. Nothing has been used or touched! The odds of you needing to make any repairs within the first few years are slim to none, which gives you a longer time to settle in and enjoy your home without the worry of making repairs or things breaking.
You can customize your own home. You are getting exactly what you want and have total control over the design. You get to customize the floorplan in a way that makes sense to you and your family.
You avoid the bidding war. When the market is hot, homes can sell quickly, making the home-buying competition fierce. Sometimes finding a home that has the features you want can be very difficult and frustrating. And then, when you do find it, you might end up on the losing side of a bidding war. But when you build a home, you never have to worry about outbidding other buyers or the stress that comes from home shopping.
It's really move-in ready. Even the most move-in ready house may still have a couple things you want to change, even if it's just the color of the walls. But when you build a home, it's exactly how you want it. This means you can sit back and start enjoying your home from day one.
You can build with better technology. You can add security measures to protect your family that will be built in and designed to the features you want!
You can build an energy efficient home. By building your own home and depending on your budget, you can bring top of the line energy savings into your home and customize it in a way that focuses on what means the most to you.
You can build a house that's on top of the trends. By building your own home, you get modern trends and cutting-edge styles to choose from. You get to pick the style you want, down to the smallest details. Your home is picture perfect from day one.
Current on codes. Building codes change over time. With a newly built home, you know you're up to code and nothing has been grandfathered in.
Cost efficient. While it typically costs more in the beginning to build a home, you may recoup those expenses quickly and see a bigger payoff in the long run. When you build a house, there are no costly repairs for appliances, updates or remodeling. Add to that the annual savings you'll realize with newer, more energy efficient appliances and construction techniques, and you've got some real financial benefits.
The feeling you'll have. There's nothing quite like knowing that it's all yours and no one has lived there before. You get to start fresh and feel like everything in the home has your stamp on it. And it's all been customized, just for you. This is perhaps the biggest one of all the reasons to build your house.
So, if building your home seems ideal to you, and you don't have your property purchased yet, the next step is to contact one of our local, experienced realtors. They can meet with you and discuss your building dreams. They can find the area you are interested in and provide you with properties that are available. They can help with other needed information too such as the school district you would be building in, information about the neighborhood, churches in the area, and other valuable information you may need to know. Let us help. It's what we do best. Let us be your First Choice!
There was a time when cooking with seasonal foods was all we knew. True, preserved foods from canning or drying may have been available in the 19th and early 20th century, but for the most part, prior to the modern era, if it didn't come from the local market or garden, no one ate it.
That's all changed now, of course. We can go to the produce section and find just about anything our palates yearn for. It may not be grown close to home, but airlines, trucking, and trains ensure that the most obscure ingredients for our most rarefied recipes are available.
February, just a carbon copy of January. Cold, snowy, grey, and depressing. Unless you like snow that is. The only time I would really like snow is if I was in the mountains, had plenty of food and drink on hand, had a hot tub to sit in and didn't have to drive anywhere. Then I would like snow. But back to reality. We must drive to work; we must drive our kids to practices and we have appointments and other activities that do not allow us the privilege of staying home. Snow stinks. Winter stinks.
Wait…does winter really stink in a realtor's world? Many experts say that the winter months may be the BEST time to buy a home. But WHY?
You might get a better deal. Home buyers who close in January/February pay an average of 0.51% less than those who close during other months. That doesn't sound like much, but keep in mind that 0.51 percent of the price of a home can add up to thousands of dollars. Most sellers are more motivated to offload a home on the market during the winter months, when home sales traditionally slow down. Most likely you will be able to talk the seller down more than you would in May or June when sellers can usually command higher prices for their real estate. And, a lower purchase price means lower average costs for winter buyers, which leaves you more money to spend on new furniture, any renovations you may want, and so on.
You're less likely to be outbid. Less inventory and bad weather means that fewer people are competing to buy the same house. You may have fewer homes to choose from in the winter, but you'll be more likely to have an offer accepted when there's less competition from other buyers. That means sellers are getting far fewer over-asking or all cash offers, so they may be more likely to look favorably upon your traditional financing.
You'll know what to expect from a home in bad weather. It's hard to know what to look for when buying a house — and when you buy in the summer, you're seeing homes at their best, in ideal weather conditions. One of the big drawbacks of buying a home in the summer is that you don't really get a chance to see how it holds up to snow, ice, and low temperatures. When you shop for homes in the winter, you'll get to see how drafty the windows are or how cold the bedrooms get. You'll have the chance to inspect the roof for ice dams and check the walk and driveway for icy spots. How well does the city clear the roads leading to your prospective home? Driving there in the winter will tell you.
You could close faster. Because the real estate market picks up so much in the spring and summer, mortgage brokers tend to get behind on their work. That means you'll wait longer to close if you buy in the warmer months, simply because your mortgage broker won't have as much time to focus on completing your paperwork. It can be a real bummer to have to wait for closing just because your mortgage broker is slammed, but you could end up closing a lot faster if you buy in the winter.
It will be easier to hire movers…Realtors aren't the only ones who get busy in the summer — movers are slammed too, because everyone wants to buy a new house and move during the summer when the kids are out of school. While it's true that ice and snow can make moving even more miserable than it might otherwise be, having your choice of moving companies can make up for that. It'll be much easier to book movers in the winter, and you might just be able to negotiate a better deal too, because they aren't booked solid. And because they aren't booked solid, you'll have the flexibility to reschedule if the next "snowpocalypse" decides to happen on your planned moving day.
Buying a home during the winter months may sound like a bad idea on the surface, but it can be a great way to get a better deal on your dream house. Call any one of our local, experienced realtors and let's talk. Our realtors live in the area, are active in the community, and command an unsurpassed knowledge of the local market. We can help you narrow your search to the right location, right amenities, and the right price range, based on your criteria. We'll make the appointments and preview properties with you, and help you determine the pros and cons of each one. Once you finally find the property that's right for you, we'll help you manage all phases of the purchase process.
First Choice Realtors….your only and best choice.
Have you given up on New Year's resolutions because they just seem to take more commitment than you can manage? We get that, particularly if it involves going on a diet or hitting the gym more frequently. But what if your resolution involved home improvements — you know, something that would make you feel better just by sitting back and taking it in as you relax with a cup of tea, or perhaps something that would boost the value of your home among Wheeling homes for sale?
One thing that most people do every New Year is make a resolution. These resolution range for everyone. Some plan on tackling their weight issues and dedicate their selves to the local gyms. Some plan on becoming a better person and attending church more. Others don't even make them, since they know they won't be kept. But maybe this is the year you need to make the resolution to downsize.
So, you dive right into your downsizing resolution, and you find yourself surrounded by a pile of old T-shirts, wearing that letterman jacket you forgot you had, and sifting through your dresser drawer contents like the items inside are valued relics. You are feeling a little overwhelmed already…let's face it, decluttering is difficult and can often be emotionally draining, anxiety-inducing, or even painful.
So why is letting go of stuff so darn hard? Because — thanks to a few well-worn excuses — it's insanely easy to justify why you might need to keep something. Come on, we all do this. But here's the good news: The first step to letting go of clutter is learning to understand the fear you have about parting with a particular item.
So here are six main reasons letting go of possessions is hard.
Our stuff has sentimental value - The most common reason we hold onto things is because we're sentimental creatures. The tiny bottle of white sand from your trip to Aruba. Your grandmother's desk. Your concert T-shirt from a first date. Many things we own remind us of our loved ones, great vacations, or happy times in our lives, making them difficult to part with. How about trying this. Ask yourself if you'll remember the occasion or person in question without the item attached to it. If you can say yes, you can donate that item. Someone else will love it. Worth a shot, right? And if you are tempted to keep the item for nostalgia's sake, take a photo of it instead and jot down a few words about why it is important to you.
We worry we might need something again- "I will lose the weight to fit this" Or "I may need this blouse again." This worry is one of the most dangerous excuses out there. It's why we hold onto everything from instruction manuals and broken pens to untouched juicers. But take note of this. There is a difference between needing something and possibly needing something. Storing stuff we don't use or like just because we think we might need it again someday isn't productive or healthy. We need to get real with ourselves and ask yourself when you last used the item in question. If it's been a year or longer, you need to let it go. You will sometimes get rid of something you may want again, but that's okay. You can borrow another one, rent another one or repurchase another one. Get rid of it!!
We feel guilty about getting rid of something from our loved ones - The big G word (Guilt) can play a big role in our resistance to decluttering. We often feel guilty if we're getting rid of something from someone we love. It's hard to remind ourselves that a person will still love us even if we no longer own this item they gave us. So instead of shoving the gorgeous card your friend bought for you into a closet to collect dust, let it go.
We feel guilty about the money we spent - Decluttering guilt happens when we're reluctant to let something go because we've spent a lot of money on it. The treadmill is great for collecting your clothes (yep, never use it) but takes up a significant amount of space in your bedroom. That powerful cooker is great, but you have no cabinet space to keep it stored in. Whatever the item, it's tempting to want to keep it simply because of its perceived monetary value. But just because we spent money on something at one point doesn't mean it still has that dollar value. Ask yourself if that dollar value is worth the space it takes up in your home. What is that space and calm worth to you? Let it go.
We attach our dreams and hopes to our possessions - Sometimes, when we say goodbye to an item, we're also saying goodbye to the hope that that item represents for us. We keep boxes full of quilting items because someday we are going to make a keepsake quilt. We keep recipes printed out from Pinterest in a box because someday we are going to scan and put them in an online cookbook. The list goes on and on. Letting go of these things might feel like a failure or an embarrassment. It might feel like you're giving up on a dream. But as tough as it is to let go, it's much harder to hold onto something that doesn't bring genuine joy to your life. Be honest with yourself and let the item go so you can create more space for something that better suits your habits and lifestyle. Let it go!
We don't make time - Time is precious and most of us don't have any extra. The last thing most of us want to spend any extra time on is decluttering. That's why our stuff accumulates so quickly. We don't take the time to consider the things we own and the value (or lack of) they bring to our lives. Clutter equals postponed decisions, whether it's the decision to delay your closet or pantry purge or to leave the stack of mail on your desk for tomorrow. Instead of waiting until you have an entire weekend to sort through your stuff, make small decisions as they come up. Designate one bin for trash and one for items to donate. Then toss things in right when you realize you no longer need them. Makes sense, right? Just get rid of it.
And if you're feeling overwhelmed with your current home, such as lack of closet space, or the kids have all left and you don't need as much room, that's where the realtors at First Choice Realty can help you declutter. We can find you the perfect smaller home, condominium, or a small piece of property for you to build a smaller home on. Let us help!!
"In the never-ending battle between order and chaos, clutter sides with chaos every time. Anything that you possess that does not add to your life or your happiness eventually becomes a burden."
― John Robbins
The key to creating winter coziness in your home is planning projects that help renew your living space. That may sound like an expensive renovation, as if you have to paint walls or replace floors and furniture. Not so. The relatively easy tips below can help you get a new lease on your living space, and particularly your living room.
With dazzling light shows appearing at almost every turn, one thing is certain, Christmas is here. And Wheeling is never shy about turning it on for the holidays. If you're local or just visiting Wheeling homes for sale, there are plenty of family-friendly holiday happenings in the area. Even as we booster our way into the third year of the pandemic, there's so much to be thankful for and opportunities to make new memories with your family this season. Here are some top sights our real estate agents recommend.
December. The last month of the year. The month that people celebrate Christmas. The month that people say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in 2022. It's been a long and crazy year, and most are ready to start fresh in 2022.
Maybe it's time to finally move? A fresh start. Maybe it's time to purchase that house you have always wanted. Or how about that farmhouse in the country? Country living or city living? It's funny how everyone has different wants and needs. At First Choice Realtors, our local staff can help those who are ready for that change. We can help them find the perfect house with the perfect location, the perfect yard, the prefect kitchen and more.
Let's talk a little about Christmas. If you have small children, then you know all about the excitement that shows on their little faces as they see Santa and pour out their wish list to him. If you have family, you know all about the gatherings and the meals that are shared with them. Perhaps your family is not close, but you have amazing friends or coworkers. Christmas is supposed to be a joyful time. And giving to others is part of that joy. Nothing can warm your heart more than donating money to the salvation Army. Or picking that child's name from the giving tree. Donating to Toys for tots. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or your church to help others. To me, that is the true meaning of the season. After all that we have been through these past couple of years, it's time to stop and smell the roses. Life is too short and it's time to take back your happiness. Giving to others can really help bring back that void that sometimes we all feel.
Let's talk a little about New Year's Eve. Some are all in when it comes to planning a big party celebration, drinking champagne, dancing and partying to all hours of the morning. Some are more relaxed. A family get together with games, snacks, and sauerkraut at midnight. However, you choose to spend your time on NYE, let's all try to make New Year's Resolutions that you will actually stick to.
The usual resolutions are normally all the same. Eat better, lose weight, exercise, blah blah blah. How many people can truly say they have actually stuck to their resolutions?
For some, they make resolutions to be a better person. To try to help others more. To show compassion and empathy towards others. Let's hope that whatever your resolution is, you stick to it and become a better person.
Life is too short to waste. Get that house. Get that farm. Get that kitchen you always want. Let us Help. We are First Choice Realtors. Call us for all your real estate needs.
Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
It's lovely in spring when you can sit outside on a sunny afternoon and watch birds fly in and out from your yard, enjoying your feeders. What you may not realize is that many birds stick around all fall and winter long. The beautiful home you found among Wheeling homes for sale can be the perfect spot to glimpse unique birds, even in the colder months. Here's how you can feed them.
If the upcoming holidays, are have you wanting to upgrade your home, contact the realtors at First Choice Realtors to help you with the process.
The month of November is upon us, along with colder weather, snow and HOLIDAYS! Homes are decorated beautifully in Holiday lights and colors! Christmas Trees are decorated and standing proudly in peoples living rooms, bedrooms, rec room, or wherever one desires. Delicious meals are being prepared, homemade delights and recipes are being shared with family members, and there is just a feeling of good cheer everywhere. People are looking forward to slowing down even if it is just for one day.
Thanksgiving…..Families and friends are gathering together for one of the finest feasts that one may eat all year. Is your current kitchen meeting the needs that you want? Is your kitchen too small and lacking in shelving along with counter space? Do you need a bigger dining area? When looking to purchase a new home, it's important that you find the kitchen that you specifically need! Some people want huge kitchens, with lots of cupboard space and countertops, so Thanksgiving and other meals can be prepared easily and comfortably Some want an island with specifics such as a sink, a cooking top, lots of counter space and shelves. Perhaps a wine rack, or a wine chiller. Some people want the dining area attached to the kitchen as a separate room, while others prefer an open floor plan. At First Choice Realtors, our experiences agents can help find what you want! WE do all the searching and work, while you can sit back and take the tours once we find your desired styles. Get your dream kitchen with our help and make your holidays food preparation easier.
Another issue people have is not enough space for people to gather. Like your rec room, family room or den, some people just need more space than others, especially young, growing families. The holidays are the worst….people and gifts are everywhere, and space is so limited. So when looking for a home, and you have specific needs, just tell First Choice Realtors, and we will do our very best to find you your perfect home.
One thing to remember is at First Choice Realtors, we do a lot more than find you the perfect home. We also can sell your current home for you.
Relocating to another state? No problem.
Looking for a farm? No problem.
Need property to build on? No problem.
Looking for a specific style of home? No problem.
Whatever your needs and wants are, before you try any other Realtors, try us first.
In closing, all the Realtors at First Choice Realtor want to personally wish you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Holiday! Enjoy your friends and family, great food, shopping and of course, Football!
"Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation." John Ortberg
October is pumpkin season. Just about everywhere you go, you'll see these gourds displayed out in the chilly weather. You might even spot some while touring Wheeling homes for sale. If you have kids who can't wait to take part in Halloween fun, or you just want to try out a new craft, we have you covered. Our real estate agents put together a list of different ways you can utilize your pumpkins this year. Try one or all of these fun fall activities.
At First Choice Realtors, our main and foremost goal is to help you find the perfect home and to help you sell your current home. We also believe in providing our clients with the best, trained Realtors who are all members of the National Association of Realtors. First Choice Realtors are dedicated and hard working with each individual client and stay current with their expertise through training and continuing education.
Let's talk a little today about different house styles and the history behind them. I find it fascinating when I see houses and notice how each one has its own unique beauty and personality.
Let's start with the Cape Cod Style.
This style was a very popular style for homes that were built in the 1930's. They were typically one story (sometimes 1½). This home featured a steep roofline, wood siding, multi pane windows and hardwood floors. The original Cape Cod homes were rather small. They often boasted dormer windows for added space, ventilation and light. Many people would eventually add an addition to this style of home since they realized they needed more space. Many original Cape Cod-style homes did not have a finished space upstairs, so you may find that the upstairs area is either unfinished or previously remodeled and can easily be changed to fit your needs.
The Colonial Style Home
This style dates back to 1876 and is one of the most popular home styles in the U.S. These homes usually have two or three stories, fireplaces and brick or wood facades. The house plan has the kitchen and the family room on the first floor and the bedrooms on the second. These homes are easy to add on to at the side or in the back. The brick may be difficult to match, but a designer can help you with complimentary siding materials.
Victorian Homes are the style of homes that you see a lot of in downtown Wheeling.
There are many styles of these homes that fall within the Victorian Era. These homes were distinctive, romantic and abundant with detail, from the colors and textures to the patterns and fabrics! These homes all featured a steeply pitched roof, patterned shingles, and cutaway bay windows. Fireplaces and incredibly beautiful mantels were almost always in each room. Most even had a bonus "secret room".
Tudor Style Homes.
With a name like this, you can pretty much believe that this style suggests a close connection to the architectural characteristics of early 16th century Tudor dynasty in England. Common features of this home are the steeply pitched roof, prominent cross gables, decorative half timbering and tall, narrow windows with small windowpanes.
The Craftsman Bungalow was a popular house style between the 1900's and the 1930's, and it is making a huge comeback today! Step inside a craftsman and the one distinguishing feature is the large amount of interior woodwork, such as built-in shelving and seating. The exterior has low pitched roofs with wide eave overhangs, exposed roof rafters, braces under gables and decorative beams.
Cottage Style Homes.
The medieval styles of the English countryside inspired American architects to design this cozy and charming house, which became popular in the 1920's and 1930's, and it is also making a comeback today. This house features steep roof pitches, cross gables, casement windows with small panes, arched doors and brick, stucco or stone siding.
Traditional Ranch Style Homes
Traditional Ranch Style homes usually have simple floor plans, attached garages and efficient living spaces. They date back to 1932 but are still being built today. They may appear plain or cookie cutter, but these homes offer great potential for additions.
Now that we have had a little history lesson, let's get started on finding you the perfect house for you to make your family memories in! Contact First Choice Realtors today and let's get started!
"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it." – Nora Roberts
Wheeling is a constantly evolving cultural hotspot. The wild and wonderful city attracts visitors from far and wide who relish natural beauty and crave adventure. In addition to that, Wheeling is a culinary melting pot of international cuisine from around the world. When you work up a hefty appetite during your visit, reserve a spot at one of Wheeling's International restaurants and let your taste buds be stimulated to transport you to faraway destinations. Here are a few of our real estate agents' favorite spots to get a taste of several different countries right in the Nothern Panhandle.
One of the advantages of living in the Ohio Valley is the huge variety of amazing things to do. Our Realtors at First Choice Realtors all live in the area, spread out from Marshall County to Jefferson County to Brooke/Hancock County. We can help potential out of town home buyers find the area that has the best schools, churches, tax rates and close to fun activities. All because our Realtors live here and love it.
September in the Ohio Valley is a beautiful, colorful time. Our trees are on fire with orange, yellow and red colors. Our gardens are filled with orange pumpkins, along with yellow and green gourds. Fall activities fill the air, along with the return of football, both college and high school. In addition to the beauty of September, there are so many family-filled activities to take advantage of.
Things going on in the Wheeling Area:
For history buffs, Sept. 4th & 5th brings the return of the annual Fort Henry Days held at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. History comes to life with the reenactment of the Revolutionary War. On the same days in Oglebay's Pine Room, Talented Woodcarvers show off their talents at the annual Woodcarvers Show.
If you are more into fast paced excitement, then head on down to the Wheeling Waterfront for the thrilling Wheeling Vintage Race Boat Regatta held at beautiful heritage port! So many things, so little time!
Nearby, south of Wheeling, it's Marshall County. In Moundsville on Sept 11th the annual UMAC Fall Festival is held right on Jefferson Avenue in the downtown area. Fun, vendors, entertainment, food and more.
Sept. 18th at the Palace of Gold, located outside of Moundsville, gorgeous colors will be in the air with their Festival of Colors event! Enjoy celebrations, fun and food!
Sept. 25th Grand Vue Park hosts their Fall Festival! The smell of apples and delicious food fill the air, along with vendor booths, entertainment and beautiful fall scenery. Head on down into the Moundsville downtown and experience "Hearsemania and Moundsville Fall Bizarre" at the former WV Penitentiary. A unique and fun filled experience!
Heading across the river to Belmont County, Ohio, the festivities continue:
On Sept. 3rd & 4th & 5th , go back in time with two festivities. The Village of Holloway hosts their 73rd annual event "Old Timers Festival". They celebrate the history of Holloway. The three-day event features a fish fry on Friday, a parade on Saturday and a car show on Sunday.
Sept. 3rd & 4th, Shadyside celebrates for two days with the "Loop Festival"- Kids activities, crafts and vendors, along with food and fun!
The week of Sept. 6th is the Belmont County Fair. Everyone's favorite, with livestock, kids and adult rides, entertainment, and best of all: FOOD!
Sept. 23-26 kicks off the festival of all festivals!!! The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. Entertainment, vendor booths, fun and activities and EVERYTHING pumpkin….cakes, pies, coffee, and so much more. Your taste buds will thank you when you visit here!
There are many more events happening, and thankfully the local area has amazing CVB's that have all the events of their websites.
Local, home time fun and events. Something that First Choice Realtors are proud to be a part of. Call us if you are thinking of selling your home, buying a home or becoming a Real Estate Agent. After hearing about all these activities, who wouldn't want to live locally in the area. Let us help you with all your real estate needs.
"Real Estate practice is not about selling or buying a home. It's about representing your client's greatest asset to your client's greatest benefit."
Not only is it rewarding to have a beautiful garden, but knowing the garden is thanks to your hard work makes it that much better. A well-kept garden boosts your home's curb appeal with lots of flowers, maintained shrubs, and healthy grass. What's better, though, is when you can share your hard work by attracting wildlife such as hummingbirds to your garden. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents on how to create a functional and attractive hummingbird garden.
One thing that's true about First Choice Realty is they are dedicated and loyal to the local area.
They are proud to be living and raising their families here and that is why July is exciting to them.
They love hot days and warm nights, that are perfect for activities and events, which seems to
burst at the seam in July. After spending the last summer cooped up under strict government
regulations regarding COVID safety, we are finally free of the rules. Free of the masks. Kids can
once again be kids, not having to struggle to breathe through a mask as they play sports or play
outside. Adults too share in the joy of a mask-less society! Let's get the July party started!
Coming up first is the famous Beast of the East Baseball Tournament's. This annual baseball
tournament starts on July 1 st and ends on July 4 th , just in time for the fireworks. The tournaments
are held in various local baseball fields all around the valley, including Wheeling, Weirton,
Moundsville and Wellsburg. Teams come from all over to participate in this fast and furious
tournament. Not only do the kids and their families love this event, so do the local restaurants,
hotels, grocery stores and more. The families traveling come with money to spend, so the local
economy is boosted and stimulated! A win win for all!
The 4th of July this year is for sure an event to celebrate. Last year, firework displays were
limited, but this year it is on full swing. Cities and towns having events are:
Barnesville: July 6th at Barnesville Memorial Park- Dusk
Elm Grove: July 5th at Patterson Ballfield - Dusk
The Highlands: July 6th at Bubba's Burghers - Dusk
Martins Ferry: July 5th at Martins Ferry School - Dusk
McMechen: July 13th at Riverview Park- Dusk
Moundsville: July 4th at Valley Fork Park - 9:30 PM
Oglebay: July 3rd at Schenk Lake - Dusk
St. Clairsville: June 29th at Central Park Amphitheater - 9:30 PM
Wellsburg: July 4th at Betty Carr Recreation Center - After the 7PM parade
Wheeling: July 4th at the Wheeling Waterfront - 7 PM
Nothing can bring a tear to their eyes quicker than watching beautiful fireworks shows while
listening to patriotic music! The gorgeous colors and shapes that these fireworks make can
really take your breath away. Let's celebrate America folks and let's celebrate our freedom!
On July 16th and 17th, the county music event Blame My Roots is held in Belmont, Ohio. This year's
event is hosting the famous Miranda Lambert, Neil McCoy, Jo Dee Mesina and many
more. This show allows county music lovers everywhere to come together, put on some cowboy
boots, drink some cold beer and enjoy the music and camaraderie.
July 18th through the 24th is the much-anticipated Marshall County Fair, which is held in
Moundsville. This week-long event caters to all ages and promises fun for all!! Experience the
grandstand shows and animals, snack on carnival food and get thrills when you ride the rides. In
other words, just have some plain "down to earth" fun. A $10 admission fee gets you in
and access to all the events that are offered. This event guarantees lots of family fun and
The Italians are next, and their Italian Heritage Festival starts Friday, July 23rd ends Sunday July 25th. You'll find
Activities for kids and adults alike! Your tastebuds will never be the same after you sample some of
the many different varieties of Italian foods, like the Sons of Italy Italian sausage! Guaranteed Fun
for the whole family.
The Grecian Festival is next starting July 28st through the 31st. You'll find an overload of
delicious and tasty homemade Greek delights along with music and dancing! You can even purchase
some imported Greek goods in the agora (market) area of this festival. A fun time for all no matter if
you are Greek or not!
And finally, on July 31st, come and "wine" all you want on the streets of the Wheeling Waterfront
when the Wheeling Wine Festival Kicks off! Wine sampling and food, along with entertainment,
makes for a fun and relaxing day and evening out. All while overlooking the spectacular Ohio River!
The First Choice Realty family is so proud to be able to attend these local events and enjoy the
wonderful people of the Ohio Valley. They are proud to be a part of this area and proud to be a part
of the best Realty Company in the Valley.
First Choice Realty - make us your first choice for all your real estate needs contact us today!
Yes, if you are a newly licensed real estate agent, and you are looking for a company to grow
and expand with, we want you! Or, if you have been thinking about becoming a Real Estate
Agent, don't miss the chance to speak with us! At First Choice Realtors, we take pride in the fact
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our new real estate agents. We work together as a team to provide you with the necessary
skills and knowledge to make you the ideal, successful agent that you long to be.
One of the many benefits we offer is pre-licensing help. We can point you in the need direction
and provide you the needed information that can ensure you are ready to get your license.
Once your license is secure, we then offer experienced, one-on- one guidance building your
marketing plan. You can expect to be mentored from our current team members to help your
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We also have an in-house, full time office manager that will assist you in inputting listings,
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For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and judging by the beautiful, modern kitchens featured in many Wheeling homes for sale, that's still as true now as it was decades ago. One way to enjoy your kitchen even more is to introduce some fresh elements into your cooking. If you enjoy trying out new recipes and cooking with fresh herbs, you'll appreciate having your own indoor herb garden! Our real estate agents have a few tips to help your herb garden flourish.
Everyone loves a good photo op — after all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Finding the right location can make all the difference. Whether you're a photographer, Instagram influencer, model, selfie master, or just someone who loves unique art and perfect travel photos, the beauty of Wheeling is just waiting to be captured. With a scenic riverfront view, historical structures, wildlife, bustling urban areas, and plentiful natural scenery, the Panhandle is filled with picturesque locations
Are you thinking of listing your home with other Wheeling homes for sale? Or do you just want to make an impact without diving into a major renovation project? One of the easiest and most rewarding projects you can do is to spruce up your foyer. Updated foyers make an impression on visitors — or prospective buyers — as soon as they enter your home.
What is a foyer? Simply put, it's the space that connects the entrance to the rest of the house. Some people call it a hallway, entryway, vestibule, or entrance hall. Regardless of what you call it, it's where you make that important first impression. Here are some tips from our real estate agents for turning your foyer into a welcoming space you'll be proud of.
It's that time of the year again! The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and you just can't shake that urge to give your home a thorough deep cleaning. Spring cleaning your Wheeling homes for sale might be a big job, but it doesn't have to be difficult. Everybody's cleaning to-do list usually includes dusting, cleaning the windows and floors, which is all pretty straightforward. But there are opportunities in every room to get that extra deep clean, and these tips will help you tackle those tasks with ease.
April 7th is National Beer Day, a perfect time to celebrate one of the most widely consumed drinks. National Beer Day came about after the Cullen-Harrison act was signed into law in 1933, allowing people to buy and sell beer after a period of prohibition. Whether you prefer a pint of finely crafted pale ale, IPA, stout, or lager, Wheeling breweries have a little bit of something for everyone. Our real estate agents have rounded the best spots to explore the Northern Panhandle's brewing scene and learn about all things beer.
We're always looking for new ways to get rid of clutter and make a little bit more space in our homes, but we often forget to make use of storage solutions that we already have, like the attic. The attic often gets a bad rap as a dusty, spooky, and pest-infested room. But this seldom-used space can solve your storage problems and help you keep a neater and more organized home. Our real estate agents recommend that you try the following things to optimize your attic for storage.
Antique shopping is so much fun. Weaving up and down the halls of an antique shop, you never know which vintage gem you might find. Whether you're looking to complete your collection, find a memento from your childhood days, or add to your home a fascinating piece with a unique history to it, there are many antique stores peppered throughout Wheeling, WV, each carrying beautiful vintage treasures. Here are some of our real estate agents' favorite antique shops that are worth taking a browse through.
Whether you're remodeling your home or preparing to put it on the market, the type of flooring you install can have a significant impact on the success of your efforts. Carpet and hardwood are two of the most popular types of flooring. They have been subject to much debate and opinion, but what you choose will depend on your personal taste, budget, allergy concerns, maintenance requirements, and the preferences of homebuyers in your area. Our real estate agents look at the pros and cons of both hardwood floors and carpet flooring to help you make an informed decision.
The Wheeling area has a vibrant history that dates back to the mid-18th century. From historical landmarks to rich culture, there's a lot to learn. We're proud of our hometown, and our real estate agents love sharing information about Wheeling's history with potential new home buyers! Here are a few of our favorite fun facts.
Colonel Ebenezer Zane founded the town of Wheeling back in 1769. It was officially established in 1795 and incorporated in 1836. During the Civil War, Wheeling remained loyal to the Federal Government. This led to the creation of the State of West Virginia, which was admitted to the union on June 20th, 1863.
Nothing changes our mood like a change of color, be it in our homes, on our ourselves, or with our vehicles. Changing colors in the home offers a chance for renewal and a freshening of the interior (or exterior) landscape. The foremost paint companies know this, so every year, they expend a great deal of energy analyzing public mood, and then develop a palette that marks the trends for the year. It's a bit tricky with so many companies announcing "colors of the year," so you can certainly take your pick of these many sumptuous colors for your home listed among Wheeling homes for sale.
The color trend developers understand the prevailing mood this past year was influenced by comforting colors. However, that's not to say color trend artists aren't willing to make bold predictions for livening things up.
The frigid winter months are upon us, and many of us are dreading what this means for our utility bills. Winter months can be costly when it comes to heating costs, especially if you have a gas furnace. However, as a homeowner, there are actually several things you can do to lessen the blow and shave a few dollars off of your utility costs. The trick is to do everything possible to keep warm air inside to save your furnace from working overtime. Our real estate agents are pros at reducing winter heating bills, and they've pulled together a list of strategies to help you do the same:
It's time to deck the halls! Now is when you should plan where you'll find the perfect tree to decorate your home for the holidays. Fortunately, there are plenty of great farms and garden centers around the Wheeling area where you can do just that! Whether you'd like to cut a tree from the farm or pick one up wrapped and ready to go, you can find what you need close to home. Our real estate agents are here to help with our guide to 5 local Christmas tree farms near Wheeling.
The holiday season is the perfect time to visit your favorite local florist, support local businesses, and bring home something special to display for the season. Whether you're aiming to decorate your own home, surprise your special someone, or grab the ideal gift for someone who loves to celebrate the season, holiday poinsettias are one decoration that never goes out of style. Searching for a great local florist for all of your holiday flower needs? Our real estate agents have the details on 5 florists in the Wheeling area where you can pick up a festive bouquet this year.
You may think of spring and summer as the prime seasons to work on your landscaping, but your lawn and other outdoor areas still need attention in the fall. And there's a bit of good news – as the weather turns cooler, you'll be more comfortable as you work outside to beautify your landscaping.
Our REALTORS® have prepared the following guide to help you improve your fall landscaping:
Iconic foods such as pizza, fried chicken, and ice cream get their own special day each year. Cookies are so popular that they call for a full 31 days of celebration. During National Cookie Month in October, our REALTORS® will be indulging in their favorite treat at these top bakeries around Wheeling.
You don't need a Cookie Monster in the family to appreciate life in the Northern Panhandle. Contact us at First Choice Realtors for experienced help with all your real estate needs.
Grab your favorite mug and get ready to savor the flavor of freshly roasted beans brewed to perfection. National Coffee Day is on Tuesday, September 29th, and our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate with a cup of joe. Coffee has been the preferred beverage for men and women for hundreds of years. Today, we're lucky to sample amazing blends from all over the world without going much farther than around the corner. Celebrate National Coffee Day with us by grabbing a cup at one of these Wheeling cafes.
If you've been looking at Wheeling homes for sale, you'll want to declutter before you move. This will make packing so much easier. Thinking about selling? You're not off the hook! Our real estate agents tell every seller about the importance of depersonalizing and decluttering before listing a home.
Getting the whole family involved is the best way to declutter your house once and for all. Here are 5 fun and simple ways to teach your kids how to declutter.
First-time homebuyer? It's certainly an exciting time, but also one fraught with landmines. Fortunately, you can easily avoid them by heeding the advice of those who have gone before you.
Make your home buying process less stressful by knowing what to avoid.
Before putting your home on the market, you want to optimize its visual appeal to potential buyers. Your first instinct might be to incorporate today's interior design trends. After all, they have proven popularity, right?
Actually, design trends have a specificity that can prevent buyers from seeing themselves in your home. Our REALTORS® share some trends you should avoid to keep an engaging balance of current and timeless.
Talk to anybody who has sold a home, and they'll all tell you the same thing—staging is crucial. Especially in a challenging real estate market, the right staging can make all the difference.
Our real estate agents have been involved in countless home sales in Wheeling and the surrounding areas, and we asked them to share some of the biggest mistakes they've seen when it comes to staging a home. Here's what we've learned to avoid.
Contact us today to learn more about staging your home to sell, and talk to our real estate agents about how we can help sell your Wheeling home.
Our REALTORS® are excited for the warmer summer weather and the chance to get out on the green! If you're in the mood to ditch your day-to-day and spend some time out on the golf course, be sure to check out these five amazing golf courses near Wheeling, WV.
As the weather gets warmer, more buyers are looking for a home, and more homes are on the market. If you're planning on listing your home, you'll be competing with many other sellers and will need to find ways to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following 9 ways to make your home a stand out!
Indoor air quality is a key ingredient to a healthy, happy home. Whether you've just finished shopping for Wheeling homes for sale or have been at your current residence for a long time, now is the perfect time to make sure that the air in your home is as clean as possible. There are so many little things around the home that can negatively impact air quality, but as our real estate agents can tell you there are also solutions to every air quality challenge.
Clean or Change A/C Filters
The vents in your heating and air-conditioning systems are key to air quality, so it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for keeping them clean. For central HVAC systems, that typically means replacing filters a few times a year. Window units usually don't have replaceable filters, so for those you simply remove and clean the built-in filter by hand before putting it back.
With more and more of us staying home, we're finding new ways to do some of the things we've always taken for granted. These days, many of our real estate agents are working from home, but we're playing from home too. Game night, anyone?
Game nights might look a little different as families and friends find new ways to get together virtually. Sure, you can still play board games with those in your immediate circle, but when you need a change, be sure to try some of these fun options for a virtual game night!
Starting a garden from scratch is one of the most exciting and rewarding things you can do. Whether you want to start a vegetable garden or plant fragrant florals, gardening is a great way to put fresh food on your table and boost curb appeal. But where do you start? Our REALTORS® provide tips to ease you into gardening.
As you shop for Wheeling homes for sale, you'll likely tour several properties and view countless others online. With so many options, you'll surely discover plenty of interior and exterior features that you adore. However, many potential home buyers are caught in a predicament — how do you know when you've found the one? Our REALTORS® know that there is a big difference between a nice home and your dream home. Here are seven common signs that suggest you may have found your dream home.
There are many benefits to gardening at your home, from fresh food on your table to creating a beautiful view of your property from the curb. Maintaining a garden is also a great way to reduce stress, get some fresh air, improve self-esteem, and get the benefits of outdoor exercise enjoyably. Our REALTORS® are dusting off their green thumbs for the spring season, and highlighting 5 great greenhouses around Wheeling.
Many of our real estate agents are life-long dog lovers. We know what it's like to enjoy the companionship a furry friend can provide. Many clients who are in the market for Wheeling homes for sale are looking for a home their pet will love too.
67% of American households own a pet, and within that group, there are about 63.4 million pet pooches.
With all that in mind, National Love Your Pet Day – which takes place on February 20 – is sure to be a fun time for Fido and all his human friends. On this day, we encourage you to enjoy some quality time in the best dog-approved places here in Wheeling.
Dogs love to run, jump, and play, so why not take them out on some exciting outdoor adventures in the Wheeling area?
Our top recommendations for dog-approved trails in Wheeling are:
House-flipping is at a six-year high. Shows like Flipping Out, Flip or Flop, and Masters of Flip are commanding high ratings and spawning all-new versions.
As a source of fun, profit, and personal fulfillment, there's a uniquely American mythos around the idea of house-flipping. But how can you get started?
Our real estate agents are here to give you all the facts on flipping, the art, and science of renovating a distressed or foreclosed property and selling it for a profit in under a year.
Although it's easier than ever to find real estate information online, choosing the right real estate agent to help you sell your home can be daunting. It's important to find someone you feel comfortable with and with a track record of selling Wheeling homes for sale. Our real estate agents can help you understand the process so you can make informed decisions and get the most for your money. These tips can help you pick the agent who best suits your needs.
Our real estate agents love cheese – don't you? According to top cheese experts, each American consumes an average of about 35 pounds of cheese every year.
And yes, that figure is going up!
But even if you never miss out on your 35 pounds, the odds of tasting every single cheese out there are pretty slim: There are thousands of varieties from all around the world. And believe it or not, new cheeses do appear now and then.
National Cheese Lover's Day is happening this January 20th, and our team has you covered with the best places to enjoy your favorite cheese in your favorite city, Wheeling.
When it comes to cheese, you can't go wrong with these options from Wheeling local shops:
Negotiations don't always end in agreement. Whether you're a home buyer or seller, how do you know when negotiation has become a no-win situation? Our REALTORS®, who have extensive experience conducting successful real estate negotiations, offer valuable tips on knowing when to walk.
Is your home ready to handle the challenges that come with winter weather? Focusing on home improvement is a good idea no matter the season, and the right home improvement projects can make life more pleasant.
Winter home improvement projects can help you save on heating costs while making your home more efficient. Our REALTORS® are here to help you prepare for the season, with seven tips for improving your home in the winter.
Seal Windows and Doors
Do drafts in your current house have you thinking about shopping for new Wheeling homes for sale? Keep drafts – and heating costs – to a minimum this year by sealing all of your windows and doors. Silicone caulk does a great job of sealing drafts when possible, and weatherstripping is perfect for areas where caulk is impractical. Be sure to check vents and other openings for air leaks, in addition to all windows and doors.
The holiday season is approaching, and that means it's time to shop for the perfect gifts on Small Business Saturday in Wheeling. Small Business Saturday is an annual day dedicated to shopping local and supporting the businesses that add so much to our community. Wheeling is filled with small, local businesses that have been serving the community for decades. Our brokers know the Wheeling small business scene, and we've got the inside scoop on where to shop this Small Business Saturday.
Carriage House Glass – 83 Mansion Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003
Wheeling homes for sale make it easy to visit every destination on our list including Carriage House Glass, where you can shop for truly unique treasures. Browse a fantastic collection of glassware, including hand-blown items that you won't find anywhere else. Carriage House Glass is the perfect place to pick up a gift for someone who has everything.
Our brokers know that when it comes to the best Wheeling homes for sale, there is no wrong time to list. With help from the right real estate expert, you can sell your West Virginia home any time of the year – and that includes holidays.
After all, sometimes you can't wait!
You may have heard that the holidays aren't the best time to list. After all, spring and summer tend to be busier seasons. However, buyers are on the lookout all year round. Their needs, like yours, don't end between Thanksgiving and New Years.
There are even some great advantages to doing so. For example, you'll be more likely to attract motivated buyers who'll take action on your listing.
To maximize a home's appeal during the holidays, take these steps:
A photo is worth its weight in gold when it comes to Wheeling homes for sale, and the right images help your home stand out in the buyer's mind. Investing some time into staging your home can entice prospective buyers to make an offer at the price you want. When you are ready to get started, we recommend the following strategies.
Clearing out the clutter is the cornerstone of staging your home. Clean out the old trophies, donate the clothes in the closet that are out-of-date, and clear out the cabinets of all the odds and ends that have accumulated and multiplied. If you don't use it, you don't need it in the home. Counters and dressers should be obvious, and bookshelves should be well-organized. Coffee tables should be clear, and tabletops should look as if they are ready for a relaxing meal.
Once your home is clutter-free, you will want to clean every surface in the house. You don't have to achieve a hospital-level of sterilization, but the closer you can get, the better the pictures will come out. Polish the mirrors, scrub the counters and invest in a professional steam cleaning for the carpets and floors. Cleaning the home and keeping it clean will also help when it comes time to schedule showings.
Looking for a new home is exciting, but, for many couples, it can also bring some extra stress. If you and your loved one need some time to reconnect, now is a great time to take a break from checking out Wheeling homes for sale and plan a romantic night alone.
Since Sweetest Day is coming up soon, our real estate agents have pulled together a list of some of the best places for you and your loved one to celebrate. Want to really "wow" your significant other? Try combining a few of these options to create an unforgettable date night experience.
Do you need an excuse to enjoy a cold beer on a pleasant September day? Trick question, but in case you do, there's National Drink Beer Day on September 28. Whether you frequent the local craft brewing scene or you're new to the area, there are some excellent, regional breweries in the Northern Panhandle area to try. Now is the perfect time to start planning for National Drink Beer Day, and learn more about local breweries in the process. Our real estate agents raise a toast to the dynamic local brewing scene. Read the details on breweries located in the Northern Panhandle below.
Wheeling Brewing Company – 2247 Market St., Wheeling, WV 26003
If you're looking for great beer close to Wheeling homes for sale, start your search with a trip to the popular Wheeling Brewing Company. In addition to stocking their selection of top-rated craft brews, Wheeling Brewing Company offers beer from other breweries around West Virginia. You can stop by the taproom anytime to enjoy a cold beer and great food.
Wheeling Brewing Company was established in 2014, with a focus on helping local farmers and brewers bring fresh creations to the table. That formula has worked extremely well and turned Wheeling Brewing Company into one of the city's top craft beer destinations.
The only thing better than looking at the many beautiful Wheeling homes for sale is enjoying a fabulous late summer meal with friends and family. The next time your family is craving a bite to eat, don't worry about firing up the grill for the hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Make your way to one of these local restaurants where you will find them serving up some of the best cheeseburgers in the state to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th.
Once you've found the perfect home, the fun really begins! After you receive your keys and unpack the boxes, the next thing you'll want to do is add some new decor that reflects your style. While department stores and online retailers are great options, our REALTORS® love the idea of decorating with one-of-a-kind antique pieces.
There are several excellent antique shops in our area, and you never know what you'll find! We recommend starting your shopping adventures by checking out these five local favorites.
There's no doubt that local West Virginia communities love our farmers markets, and for good reason! Farmers markets provide many benefits, allowing community members to support local, family farms, shop for the freshest ingredients, enjoy seasonal flavors, learn where your food comes from, connect with members of the community, and pick up/share cooking tips of your own. Local farmers markets are community gathering places which promote healthy lifestyles, while also allowing you to indulge in your favorite flavors or try something new. If you're a farmer, artisan, or artist yourself, farmers markets also present a perfect opportunity to sell your wares and gain visibility for your business. Our REALTORS® love shopping local, and we're happy to help you learn more about five of the best farmers markets in our area.
Are you thinking about buying your first home? While starting the process may seem overwhelming, it's not as hard as you think. In fact, helping first-time buyers achieve their goals is what our REALTORS® do.
Start by practicing these seven habits for home-buying success and you'll be moving into your Wheeling home before you know it.
Once you start exploring Wheeling homes for sale, you'll quickly realize there are many different types of neighborhoods to choose from. Your personality and preferences will determine the type of neighborhood that's right for you.
There are plenty of different options available. So how do you decide which area is right for your family? Start with these five tips.
Are you looking for a fun way to spend some quality time with the special Dads in your life this Father's day? Our REALTORS® have got you covered! Check out this list of five things to do with Dads in Wheeling on Father's Day.
It's hard to believe that Memorial Day is right around the corner! If you're ready to take a short break from looking at Wheeling homes for sale, it's a great time to enjoy some of the local community events. What better way to get to know your potential new neighbors and learn more about what living here is like?
Not sure where to do? No worries! Our REALTORS® have created a run-down of the most popular events happening in Wheeling this Memorial Day weekend. Here's what you need to know.
From hiking majestic mountains to hunting and fishing, enjoying the great outdoors is a major pastime in the panhandle of northern West Virginia. When you're searching for Wheeling homes for sale, know some of the most bountiful fishing spots in West Virginia are at your backdoor.
In addition to the warm water species that live in local streams, lakes and the Ohio River, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocks multiple areas with trout species in the late winter and early spring. So grab your fishing gear and check out these hand-picked hotspots our REALTORS® have gathered for you.
For long-time residents and newcomers alike, the gorgeous landscapes, rich traditions, unique culture, and a long history of West Virginia symbolize one thing – home. But did you know that there is a date on the calendar dedicated to celebrating everything that makes life in West Virginia so special? National West Virginia Day, observed on March 22nd each year, is an opportunity to both look back on the long history of West Virginia, and celebrate a bright future. Locals already know why West Virginia is a fantastic place to call home, and National West Virginia Day is a chance to share our state's charms with the world. Our REALTORS® have the details on National West Virginia Day, and on why the state is such a great place to live.
The Holiday: National West Virginia Day
Date: Every March 22, 2019
While National West Virginia Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many things that make life in West Virginia so unique and treasured to residents, it's also a commemoration of a specific time in state history. West Virginia was founded during the Civil War, and gained admission to the Union in 1863, making it one of only two states formed during the war. It is the last state to be formed from one of the thirteen original colonies, and National West Virginia Day celebrates that unique distinction.
Our REALTORS® are making it easier than ever for you to find the best Wheeling homes for sale. Wheeling is a major city and the county seat of Ohio County. Located right in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it offers both natural appeal and wonderful amenities.
If you're thinking about putting your home on the market, one kind of appeal beats them all: That's curb appeal!
Curb appeal is one of the most essential elements of getting a home sold. The view of a home from the curb will be prospective buyers' very first look at it. That first impression can frame everything else they see around the property.
Luckily, your home doesn't have to be brand new or have all the latest gadgets to have head-turning curb appeal. If you're selling in the spring months, you have an advantage: Gorgeous foliage, light, and weather in the spring can make homes look more charming.
You've heard plenty about curb appeal, now let's see how your home can have even more of it!
Often called the "Friendly City," Wheeling is as welcoming as it is beautiful, and with a great selection of Wheeling homes for sale, the area may be the perfect place for you and your family. There's never a shortage of things to do and see in the city, and one of Wheeling's most treasured venues is the historic Capitol Theatre. Although the elegant atmosphere at the Capitol is an attraction in itself, you won't want to miss out on the exciting lineup of entertainment offerings presented by the theatre.
Our REALTORS® could go on and on about Wheeling's storied past and vast array of historic landmarks, but one landmark stands above them all – the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. A spectacular feat of engineering, the bridge spans the Ohio River between the city of Wheeling and Wheeling Island and offers visitors an unforgettable view to welcome them into West Virginia.
It's rare for a historic structure dating back nearly 200 years to be every bit as useful today as it was the day it was built, but the Wheeling Suspension Bridge is no ordinary landmark. It was the world's longest suspension bridge when it was built in 1849. Its designer, Charles Ellet Jr., had visited Paris years earlier and returned to America deeply inspired by France's remarkable suspension bridges. His first major project, Philadelphia's Fairmont Bridge, which was completed in 1842, was a huge success. But his work on the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was destined to surpass it.
Upon completion, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge provided a crucial transportation route for a nation that was rapidly expanding westward. Stretching more than 1,000 feet across the Ohio River, the bridge is famous for its distinctive main and stay cables, vertical suspenders, massive stone towers, and stone anchorages. It's a remarkable and ruggedly beautiful piece of engineering today, and one can only imagine how impressive it must have appeared when it was brand new.
Although the Wheeling Suspension Bridge has stood the test of time, its life has not been without turmoil. It was destroyed by a tornado just five years after completion and replaced by a near-exact replica in 1859. The bridge has withstood countless floods and storms over the ensuing decades, not to mention the turmoil of the Civil War. The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was eventually decommissioned in the mid-20th century, only to be restored in the 1980s and reopened, making it the oldest vehicular suspension bridge in the United States still in use.
Today, you can drive across the bridge on your way between West Virginia and Ohio. You can marvel at its architecture from the Wheeling waterfront. You can even pass beneath it by boat, just as barges have done every day for over a century as they work their way up and down the mighty Ohio. The bridge has been on the Register of Historic Places since 1975, but its day-to-day importance has scarcely diminished over the years.
The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is part of Wheeling National Heritage Area, a vast historic district that is overseen by the National Parks Service and preserves some of Wheeling's most treasured landmarks. The National Heritage Area also includes the Riverfront Amphitheater, Heritage Port, Wheeling's Artisan Center, and Mt. Wood Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in West Virginia. If you're looking to explore more of our city's past and present, check out the Wheeling Heritage Trails, which meander throughout the city and include historic markers all over the Wheeling. From the scenic riverfront to the historic streets of Downtown Wheeling, there's always something new to discover right around the corner.
Contact First Choice Realtors to find out more about Wheeling's rich history and storied landmarks, and to learn how our team can help you find perfect Wheeling homes for sale. We've helped countless new homeowners put down their roots in Wheeling, WV, and we're dedicated to making sure you never have to settle for anything else than your dream home.
You've put a lot of time and effort into getting your home ready to go on the market and listed it for sale. A few showings later, that hard work has paid off – you have an offer. But what if that offer isn't quite what you expected? Perhaps the proposed price is significantly lower than your asking price, or there are too many contingencies – enough to make you feel that the offer is way too shaky for comfort.
The good news is that you are not obligated to accept an offer you are not happy with, nor do you have to reject it outright and risk cutting your potential buyer loose to consider other Wheeling homes for sale. In most cases, that first offer is not a "take it or leave it" sort of deal, but merely a starting point in negotiations between a potential buyer and you, the seller. So what's your next step in those negotiations? Making changes to the buyer's proposed terms, which is called making a counteroffer.
Are you planning to sell your home? If so, there are a few things you should know about getting it ready to go on the market. There are things you can do to make your house stand out from the crowd of Wheeling homes for sale, making it easier to sell and maybe even getting over your asking price. Our real estate agents know the ins and outs of selling your home. Here are ten ways to prep your home for sale:
Are you thinking about buying one of the Wheeling homes for sale on the real estate market today? Purchasing your first home is a milestone, and likely the most significant financial commitment you'll make.
We understand one of the most important things about buying a home is deciding how much you can afford in the first place. We offer these five tips to help you buy a house without breaking the bank.
Most people start the home-buying process by browsing online and thinking about the style, size, and location of their dream property. While this is a great way to start your home search, the most important thing you can do is to get your finances in order. Our REALTORS® recommend contacting a lender for loan pre-approval before starting your home search. Here's why.