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February
10

Organize Your Life at These 8 Places Around Northeast Ohio

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What's our number one New Year's Resolution? Getting organized! 2020 was quite a chaotic year, and we'll admit that we let our orderly habits fall to the wayside. If your home, office, or life could use a little organizing, too, you should definitely look for a helping hand from these Cleveland small businesses specializing in professional organization.

Organizing 4 U

2272 Woodmere Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106

Making life simple shouldn't be difficult, which is why Organizing 4 U makes home and business organization effortless. Their team works with you to accomplish your organizational goals three times faster than attempting to complete them on your own. Organizing 4 U has been featured in newspapers and magazines, as well as radio programs and TV shows around the nation. They'll help with overwhelming home projects like room optimizations, managing paper flow, and storing your photos and memorabilia. Moving soon? Let them help you find a "home" for everything in your new space.

NEO Custom Closets

5400 State Rd., Cleveland, OH 44134

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Raise your hand if your method of "organizing" involves stowing away your clutter in the closet. Don't worry, you're not alone. NEO Custom Closets doesn't want you to find a new storage space; on the contrary, they want to redesign your closet for maximum streamlined storage. They offer a free in-home design consultation to help you determine which type of closet storage solution will match not only your lifestyle needs, but your individual taste as well. A customized closet is also an investment, as it may even increase your home's value if you choose to sell.

FAB Simple Spaces

854 Wye Rd., Akron, OH 44333

Simplify your everyday living with a helping hand from FAB Simple Spaces. This Akron home organization company simplifies, organizes, and restores order to your home, one space at a time. One reason we think FAB is absolutely fabulous is that they take care of some of the most chaotic rooms in the house: kids' spaces. Playrooms, bedrooms, closets, and craft rooms for growing children, tweens, and teens will all be decluttered and organized so they can have fun without you having a mess on your hands.

Master My Space

3626 Berkeley Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Getting organized is one thing; staying organized is a different beast altogether — especially when others in your home may make it seem impossible. Master My Space knows all too well that your home deserves an effective yet unique organizational method that works for your whole family. They take an individualized approach to organizing, which takes into account your family's specific needs. When they've finished mastering your space, you'll have more time for what matters most: enjoying a calm, stress-free space with the ones you love.

Lakeview Professional Organizing

6 Lakeview Ct., Norwalk, OH 44857

Sort. Edit. Contain. Label. Sound easy? That's the joy of working with Lakeview Professional Organizing. Bathrooms, bedrooms, basements, and more; no space is off-limits. Lakeview Professional Organizing will declutter your space and destress your mind, leaving you with a home or office that you can be proud of. Are you someone who likes to complete these projects on your own? They offer a DIY Organize365 100-day home organization program that is effective yet affordable. You'll receive virtual help from professionals, printable labels for your space, a planner, and other exclusive perks that help you live a more organized lifestyle.

Organization With Style

701 Patriots Way, Medina, OH 44256

It's never too late to redesign your home, especially with a little assistance from Organization With Style. With so many families working and learning from home, now more than ever it's important to have a functional space where everyone can live without clutter. Bring peace and harmony into your space with their affordable organization packages. From the 12-hour Calm package to the 48-hour Bliss package, Organization With Style can tackle everything from kitchens and pantries to bedrooms and closets.

In Its Place Organization

40 W. 4th St. #8, Mansfield, OH 44902

Everything has its place, but when you've got places to be, it can be difficult finding the time or energy to get and stay organized. In Its Place Organization doesn't just straighten up your home, they make sure you're comfortable with the entire process and results. Trade the moaning and groaning for smooth moving and great results. No subcontractors or substitutes; just one professional organizer dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Sartori Solutions

1700 W. Market St. #124, Akron, OH 44313

Working from home? Being a small business owner working remotely can be a tough task. Sartori Solutions specializes in business development, including professional organization services for small businesses. The best part is you won't need to leave your home; you can schedule virtual consultations to bring their expertise to your home on your schedule.

Everything In Its Place

What some of your favorite tips and tricks for keeping your home and life organized?

July
17

Cincinnati: Refresh Your Interiors at These 9 Furniture Stores

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Do you feel like your home could use a refresh? Whether you're just moving into a new home or you've been in the same place for years, the right pieces of furniture can completely change the look and feel of your space. 

Luckily, there are plenty of great furniture stores in the Cincinnati area where you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Design Lab Cincinnati

1401 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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For modern and contemporary furniture and lighting, you can't go wrong with Design Lab. This store features a vast collection of curated pieces by designers from around the globe. The items you'll find here are primarily European, although the store also works in collaboration with local galleries and other community organizations.

Here you'll find incredibly unique home decor items to give your space a finishing touch that truly reflects your personality. They also feature artwork and decor by local and national artists. More than just a retail space, Design Lab is also a showroom and full-service interior design studio. 

Algin Retro Furniture

800 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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If retro is more your style, you'll love Algin Retro Furniture in downtown Cincinnati. This seven-story furniture store has been family-owned-and-operated for over 50 years. They carry a wide variety of furniture and home items including upcycled items, mid-century modern reproductions, and artwork. Many of the brands they carry come with a lifetime warranty. 

Locals and visitors both love their custom Live Edge Wood line of furniture, called Urban Timber. These tables, shelves, and countertops are made by local artisans from salvaged logs found both in Cincinnati and in Upstate New York. The store also carries paintings, sculptures, and photography by local artists.

Mainly Art Vintage Furnishings

3711 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

 
 
 
 
 
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One of Cincinnati's top vintage furniture stores, Mainly Art Vintage Furnishings has been in business since 1988. This 10,000 square-foot retail space carries a huge selection of vintage mid-century furniture and lighting that has been acquired from locations all across the United States. They buy, sell, and rent items ranging from the 1930s Art Deco era to pieces from the 40s, 50s, and all the way into the 1970s. 

You won't find any reproductions here. They guarantee that they only carry original items from each time period. 

Voltage

3209 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

 
 
 
 
 
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Voltage is one of the only furniture stores in the area that specializes almost exclusively in modern, high-end pieces. Here you'll find classic contemporary decor and the latest trends in European furniture.

The two-story, loft-style showroom displays an impressive collection of indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, accessories, and kitchen design. Need some help figuring out exactly what you need? No problem! Voltage's designers will help you with brainstorming your design project, planning out your space, and installation. 

Astute Furnishings

3052 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

 
 
 
 
 
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Do you have a passion for antique and vintage designer furniture? Astute Furnishings carries a wide selection of items in this category as well as newer designer furniture, collectibles, art, and other decorative objects. Established in 1993, Astute Furnishings is Cincinnati's oldest furniture design business. It's conveniently located in the heart of Oakley Square and offers competitive pricing that you're sure to love. 

Every Now & Then Antique Furniture Mall

430 W. Benson St., Reading, OH 45215

You never know what you're going to find when you pay a visit to Every Now & Then Antique Furniture Mall. This family-owned-and-operated business has been located in the area since 1976. Here you'll find three stories of antique pieces, including mirrors, chests, bedroom sets, china cabinets, tables and chairs, armoires, and more. All of the pieces are extremely high quality and are priced at a fraction of what you would pay for brand-new furniture. 

If you're planning to replace some of your current furniture pieces, you may also want to ask if they're interested in purchasing them or making a trade. You could walk in with your old couch and walk out with some amazing new decor! 

Cincinnati Open Box Outlet

6252 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211

 
 
 
 
 
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If you're interested in acquiring new furniture at deeply discounted prices, then you'll want to head over to Cincinnati Open Box Outlet. The owners of this store acquire furniture from overstock and liquidation from online retailers. They carry many pieces from nationally known brands, including Ashley Furniture. 

This family-owned-and-operated company has been open since 2017. They personally assemble almost every item they purchase to make sure it's exactly as it's supposed to be, then place it on their showroom floor at a super-steep discount. This sales model makes new, comfortable furniture accessible to just about everyone. 

YesterYears Used Furniture

1841 Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239

YesterYears Used Furniture carries an ever-changing stock of previously-owned furniture and decor. When you shop here, you'll want to come ready to buy because once an item is gone, it's gone forever. 

You can expect to find all kinds of furniture from sofas to tables and every style from antique to contemporary. In addition to furniture, this shop carries collectibles, pottery, stained glass, mirrors, wall art, lamps, bar signs, neon lights, and more.

They're also always buying used items. This is the perfect opportunity for you to sell the collectibles, decor, or gently used furniture that no longer suits you and get some fast cash to help pay for your new things. 

Leftcoast Modern

1202 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Another great option for mid-century modern furniture and decor, Leftcoast Modern carries both furniture and artwork. All of the pieces are carefully curated and constantly rotating. Here you'll find a wide assortment of brand-name items like Eames and Broyhill Brasilia furniture, Kaj Franck and Cathrineholm dishes, and Aldo Londi pottery.

This is one of the largest modern furniture stores in the Cincinnati area, making it a "must" on your furniture shopping list. They also buy, sell, and trade, so you're sure to find something unique and interesting every time you visit! 

Shop Like a Pro!

Which of these great local furniture stores will you visit first? 

July
25

How to Keep a Sustainable Home

It's important to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle and be friendlier to the environment. This doesn't have to be complicated––maintaining a sustainable lifestyle can easily start right at home. When you're outside of your own space, you're not completely in control of your environmental impact, but ensuring that your home is as eco-friendly as possible gives you a big head start in the sustainability game. 

Of course, it takes more than a commitment to recycling to create a truly sustainable home. Here are a variety of tips for reducing your home's eco-impact.  

Save Energy

Sustainable Living

How many items in your house are plugged in right now? The answer is (probably) more than you would initially guess. Any average home contains around 40 electronic items that are continually drawing power, even after they've been turned off. While separately these items seem like they're using a minimal amount of energy, altogether the items that you leave plugged-in can add up to 10% of your home's total energy usage. Of course, you won't want to get in the habit of unplugging your refrigerator every time you leave the house, but devices like TVs, phone chargers, coffeemakers, and gaming consoles can easily be left unplugged overnight, or while you're out of the house during the day. Not only will this help you conserve energy, but it could also save you over $100 a year on your electric bill.

You can also cut down on energy consumption by developing simple habits like turning off lights when you leave a room and wearing sweaters in the winter instead of cranking up the heat. These practices might feel like small contributions, but when it comes to sustainability, every little bit counts. 

 

Reduce Water

Sustainable Living

Reducing water usage is often seen as a low priority in developed countries where access to water is taken for granted. Right now, there are over 2 billion people in the world facing some form of water scarcity, and with population, numbers increasing the issue will only get bigger. So what can you do? Besides simple things like turning the faucet off while you're brushing your teeth, washing your face, and shaving, there are several changes you can make to your home that will help you use less water. 

Utilize a rain barrel to collect rainwater that you can later use to water your indoor plants, lawn, or your garden. Rain barrels provide you with a natural supply of water that doesn't have to come from your tap! 

Install low-flow fixtures in your home that will automatically limit the amount of water you're using. You can find low-flow shower-heads, faucets, and even toilets. When these items are used in conjunction with one another, you can be saving thousands of gallons of water per year. If you're not able to purchase a new low-flow toilet, there is a pretty simple way to convert your existing toilet to use less water on every flush. 

Speaking of your plumbing, when you're saving water, it's crucial to fix any leaking faucet or appliance as soon as possible. Letting a leaky faucet drip can add up over time––in fact, the EPA notes, household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually across the United States. So just make sure there's a reputable plumber near you that can help you out when you need them.

 

Wear Natural

Sustainable Living

This may not be quite as obvious, but even your choice of clothing has a massive impact on the environment. When you consider everything from the pesticides used to grow the plants, to the amount of water used in production, and the chemicals used to dye the fabric, the conventional cotton industry starts looking rather unsustainable. 

You can do your part to counteract these practices by buying clothing made from organic cotton for you and your family. Organic cotton production uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton, while also using none of the chemicals or pesticides that are harmful to farmers, consumers, and the environment. 

Even if your wardrobe is already made from sustainable materials, you still have to find a way to keep them clean. We've already talked about water conservation, and while waiting to run your washer until you have a full load of clothes is certainly a big help, what about the detergent you're using? Many of the most popular laundry detergents are made with harmful chemicals, which over time can be damaging to both your clothes and your skin. At the very least, you should be using a plant-based, eco-friendly detergent. If you're really looking for an all-natural solution, try using soap nuts in your wash for a 100% zero waste solution. 

 

Eat Organic

Sustainable Living

Stocking your house with all-natural organic food is crucial for maintaining a fully sustainable home. Although these days it feels somewhat trendy for brands to put the word "organic" on every single product, you can actually rest assured they mean it. Any food that's marked as "organic" on their packaging, by law must be made with 95% organic ingredients. Companies who do not obey this law can face up to $10,000 in fines! 

If you're still not convinced by the supermarket labels, you can opt for the even more eco-friendly route of shopping local! Community farmer's markets are an excellent source of locally-grown produce, organic eggs, and homemade baked goods. By buying local, and skipping the middleman you're not only guaranteeing freshness, but also supporting local farmers and producers, by giving your money directly to them. 

 

What About You?

Making these sustainable changes to your home is important, but don't let yourself become overwhelmed. Old habits are hard to break, but if you stay dedicated to the cause, you will be able to implement these changes over time, creating a more sustainable, eco-friendly home for you and your family. What changes will you be making to mitigate your impact on our environment? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
March
24

Benefits of Maintenance Free Living

Home ownership has numerous benefits, from financial (building equity) to social (creating strong community ties). The responsibility and burden of routine home maintenance and yard work, however, are not at the top of that list. For those craving the benefits of owning property without the downside of full responsibility, a condo or townhome may be the perfect solution. Buying a condo or townhome eliminates much of the responsibility and expense of routine home maintenance, such as yard work and home repairs, as well as the larger costs that accompany home renovations. That means residents don't have to shell out the money to repair leaky faucets or broken hot water tanks, they can just place a call to management and put in a maintenance work order. And they don't have to spend weekends planting flowers, laying mulch or mowing the lawn, either—with a condo, landscaping is typically maintained by the homeowners association. First-time home owners can often become overwhelmed by the prospect of furnishing and decorating the inside of a home, so it can be a relief to not have to worry about landscaping, yard maintenance and physical activities such as shoveling snow or repairing the roof. Maintenance-free housing appeals not only to older buyers who may want to avoid icy sidewalks and climbing on ladders for safety reasons, but also to young professionals who don't relish the idea of spending all week working just to come home to a long to-do list for the weekend. The free weekends provided by a maintenance-free lifestyle are especially valuable in urban areas such as Downtown Columbus and the inner city neighborhoods, where residents can take full advantage of being close to the action. Many of the city's best bars and restaurants are within walking distance of urban condos and townhomes, as are art galleries, museums and parks. As another bonus, living in a walkable neighborhood can mean relying less on cars and all the expenses associated with them (think gasoline and routine auto repairs). Want to start exploring the benefits of maintenance-free living? We'd love to help you find the condo or townhome that's perfect for your needs!
March
17

8 Tools Every Homeowner Needs

Buying a house offers many perks to homeowners—upgrading, furnishing and decorating being some of the most exciting ones. However, splurging on the look of your home without considering necessary investments such as a well-equipped toolkit can result in future struggles and major headaches. The following are essential tools that every homeowner needs 1. Flashlight Tackling home repairs that occur in dark spaces is nearly impossible without the use of a flashlight. It's also good to have a headlamp for those repairs needing two hands in a darker area.   2. Screwdrivers A well-stocked toolkit must have, at the very least, multiple sizes of Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers to match every need. Be warned you may still encounter a need for a size you don't own.  3. Utility Knife There are many things scissors can't take care of, which is why a high-quality utility knife is a must-have in your home. From precision cutting to removing grout to trimming carpet edges to cutting wires—it's surprising the amount of uses this one small tool can have. 4. Hammer A toolkit is never complete without a hammer but it needs to be a good one. Invest in a hammer with a comfortable grip, a smooth head and a claw for pulling nails or plying. 5. Pliers While these aren't always in the list of top tools to have at home, they can always come in handy. From handling small objects to turning bolts to bending metal, a set of pliers with different shapes and sizes will cover every need. 6. Allen Wrench For all the Ikea/assemble-it-yourself furniture shoppers out there, an Allen wrench is a necessary buy. Driving bolts and screws with hexagonal sockets will be much easier with this literal all-in-one tool. 7. Power Drill Surprisingly, a power drill is one of the most used household tools—especially a cordless power drill. From making big holes to mixing paint to driving screws and bolts, this tool is essentially a jack-of-all-trades. 8. Electrical Cord Many projects require corded tools and devices but a lot of these don't have long enough cables to reach an electrical outlet. When choosing an electrical cord, consider safety, energy efficiency and overall performance. Enjoy your new home and have fun with all the projects you can complete with your completed toolbox. 
March
1

Must-Do Spring Cleaning Projects

Spring Cleaning Spring-cleaning often means deep, thorough cleaning from top to bottom – including everything in-between. As you prepare your home to sell, regardless of the season, think spring-cleaning on caffeine.  Before you get started, go room-to-room and make a list of everything needed for the space. Getting organized first may minimize the stress of the project and keep you focused. Here are five areas to get you started on your deep cleaning, sparkle project: Start with the outer shell Wipe down the walls, dust the woodwork and blinds, make the windows sparkle and wash the draperies.   Let there be light Clean the light fixtures and change the bulbs. A well-lit space is important for open houses and showings. Sweep, mop and shine the floors This step will be needed almost daily throughout the listing process. Taking the time to do a thorough cleaning before the listing will make the daily task routine once your home is listed for sale. Purge and remove the clutter Out with the old!  If you haven't worn it in the last year, donate it. If you haven't cooked with it in the last year, box it up and give it to a soup kitchen. Work on one room at a time Complete one area before tackling the next one. Seeing progress and feeling accomplishment one room at a time will provide the motivation to keep going. For more ideas and recommendations about selling your home, visit the Cutler Homes blog.
February
17

Home Warranty vs. Home Insurance, What is the Difference?

Home Warranty vs. Home Insurance Home insurance and home warranties are similar, but they are not the same. Both provide some sort of coverage for an unexpected event, but coverage and claims are different between the two. For first-time homebuyers the process of buying your first home can be overwhelming and confusing. It is important to educate yourself and communicate your questions or concerns with your real estate professional. One key factor in owning your first home is to understand the difference between a home warranty and home insurance. According to HSA Home Warranty, "a home warranty is a one-year contractual guarantee that should certain appliances or mechanical systems fail due to normal wear and tear during the coverage period, those items will be repaired or replaced, subject to a small deductible."  A home warranty is in place for the first twelve months after closing. On the other hand, home insurance provides coverage due to unexpected catastrophes, such as earthquakes, windstorms, fires and more. It also provides protection for loss of property from theft, including everything from jewelry to electronics. There is no question as to the need for home insurance as your mortgage lender will require you to purchase a policy and have it in place on the day of closing.  It will be required as long as you have a mortgage on the property.  Further, if you were to purchase a home with cash, home insurance is strongly recommended to protect your investment. A home warranty isn't required to close or purchase a new home. However, it can provide peace of mind should the dishwasher or hot water heater break two months after closing. A new home comes with lots of opportunities and a lot of unknowns, so this type of coverage will provide breathing room should the unexpected happen and be a costly fix. In either case, for home warranties and home insurance, ask questions, understand the coverage you will have, and store the paperwork with your closing documents and house information so you have it handy if you need it. For more articles about purchasing your first home, visit our Cutler Real Estate blog.
January
20

Attention Homeowners, Protect Your Home from Ice Dams

Dangers of Ice Dams
Ever heard of an ice dam? If you've experienced the home damage that can be caused by these wintertime hazards, you won't soon forget the term!

An ice dam is a hump of ice that forms at the edges of a roof, caused by snow and ice. Ice dams may be caused when the attic gets warm enough to melt the underside of a layer of snow on the roof. What happens next is water drips down the roof until it reaches the colder eaves, where it refreezes. Gradually, all that water grows into a mound of ice. Dams can also be caused by gutters that trap snow and ice, which can build up high enough to provide the foundation for an ice dam.

Icicles hanging from the edge of the roof are a good indication that an ice dam may be forming. Ice dams are more commonly found in older homes that lack proper insulation and ventilation.

Once they've formed, ice dams can cause plenty of property damage. As an ice dam grows bigger, melted water can back up behind it and seep underneath shingles, penetrating the roof. That water can drip down into the home, causing peeling paint, warped floors and sagging ceilings. If the ice jam becomes heavy enough it can fall, tearing down gutters and shingles along with it.

The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is preventing the roof from warming in the first place. To do so, add extra insulation in the attic and seal off any air leaks from the main living space. Cover unsealed attic hatches or whole-house fans with weather-stripped caps, and seal and insulate HVAC and exhaust ducts. Gutters should be cleaned in the fall so water, rain and melted snow can flow off properly. And after snowfalls of 6 inches or more, use a roof rake or shovel to remove snow that has accumulated on top of your home.

Download our home maintenance checklist to protect your investment all throughout the year. 

January
18

Sellers Act Now! Get a Jump on the Spring Market!

Sellers Act Now! Conventional wisdom says spring is the best time to list a home. However, there are plenty of reasons why it's advantageous to put your home on the market in late January or February.  Here are eight reasons to list today. 1. Early bird gets the worm Listing in spring means lots more competition! Capitalize on the largest pool of buyers in winter, when supply is low. 2. No playing around Buyers who are braving snow, ice and freezing temperatures to look at houses are serious buyers. This means homes listed in the winter months will tend to have fewer showings and quicker offers. 3. Houses tend to sell more quickly That doesn't mean trudging through ice and snow is enjoyable, however! Winter buyers are more likely to make quick decisions in an effort to avoid endless house hunting.  4. Buyers are antsy The threat of rising interest rates in the spring pushes some buyers into the market earlier than usual—buyers may start making more offers as early as February figuring that higher interest rates will make homes less affordable when spring does arrive. 5. Avoid market saturation If your house is the only comparable one on the market, you'll have a lot more interest than when two or three similar houses in your price range are for sale in your neighborhood. 6. Exterior projects can wait Listing photos certainly look nicer with green grass and leafy trees, but putting your home on the market in the dreary months does have advantages. You'll get to skip the constant mowing and upkeep, and buyers won't pay as much attention to landscaping. 7. Influx of transfers Many large corporations often transfer or hire employees at the beginning of the year, which makes for lots of motivated winter buyers. 8. Buyers are trained to look 24-7 Whereas in the past buyers waited until spring to start house hunting, today's buyers look at listings all day, every day from their smartphone and email. There's no reason not to act now! Connect with a Cutler Realtor to list your property. Our real estate professionals can put together a marketing package with beautiful photography, video tours, social media promotion and more.

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