What’s the Best time to Sell My Home?

What’s the Best Time to Sell My Home?
When’s the best time to sell? The best time to sell your home is any time that’s right for you!

Peak season varies from year to year and market to market. Early spring and early fall are thought to be prime listing seasons. That’s when homeowners prefer to spend their time preparing their homes for sale; when the kids are getting out of school (or just going back). Homes tend to look their best outside of the heat of summer or the cold of winter. If you decide to sell during a peak season in your area, there will be many more houses on the market competing with yours. You might have a tougher time making a sale, but it’s also likely many more buyers will see your home and make an offer.

Only you can decide when the best time to sell your home is. Keep in mind that your selling situation is unique. Let a qualified Sales Professional work with you through the steps to selling your home. In the interim, here are some do’s and don’ts for deciding when to sell:

DO give serious thought to when would be ideal for you. Consider your family, your lifestyle and all the other happenings in your life.
DON’T base your decision to sell strictly on the season. Or your mother’s advice or your neighbor’s, for that matter.
DO spend time to prepare your home for sale.
DO consider whether your area is in a buyer’s market (with more houses for sale) or a seller’s market (with more buyers than houses). You’ll probably sell a bit faster in a seller’s market.
DON’T forget to consider the buyer. Remember what attracted you to your home and figure out when’s the best time to showcase that.
DO talk with your agent about his/her thoughts on the timing of your home sale. He or she has an immense amount of experience and can provide wise and thoughtful insight.
And, if you find that you want and need some hard facts and figures to help you make your decision, ask for a Comparative Market Analysis. Using the data from the report (which includes attributes and selling prices of comparable houses that have been listed for sale, recently sold, or expired from the market), we can identify buying trends in your area. Together we can look at the data, talk about your choices and narrow your options until you’ve made a decision that’s right for you.

9 Beautiful Early Spring Container Ideas

There’s nothing quite like the first sight of snowdrops, narcissus or brightly colored violas outside nurseries to confirm that spring finally is right around the corner. As the weather warms, bring some of the magic home and perhaps put an extra spring in your step — sorry, we couldn’t resist — with an early-spring container for your porch or windowsill.

Soon, many nurseries and flower shops will be well-stocked with plenty of options for bulbs as well as annuals like pansies and more. For gardeners in colder climates, where the chance to get outside and garden may still be weeks or months away, now is the time to gather inspiration for your spring containers. When planting time comes, it’s best to buy the bulbs already potted, as they had to be planted in fall.

Christensen Landscape Services
1. Spot of Sunshine

This petite potted arrangement captures all of the charm of early spring, with sunshine yellow tulips emerging from a bed of pastel pansies. The container, designed by Christensen Landscape Services, sits as a welcoming beacon on a porch in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Water requirement: 
Moderate to high
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
2. Spring Ephemerals

Snowdrops (Galanthus spp.) are some of the first bulbs to emerge in early spring — often from drifts of snow — earning them their common name. They can make charming, fairy-like container plants. Enjoy them in a cluster of small pots on a sill or lining a pathway, where you can appreciate their charm up close.

Water requirement: Moderate
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

KMS Gardens and Design
3. Window Box Beauty

A zinc window box outside a Chicago home offers the residents a prime floral view of the best of the season. Garden designer Kathy Molnar Simpson of KMS Gardens and Design used a pastel combination, including pink tulips, curly willow branches, two types of hyacinths, fragrant stock, blue-purple bedding hydrangea and trailing ivy.

Window boxes can dry out quickly, particularly when packed to the brim with plants. Water by hand frequently, or plan on setting up a drip line to keep soil moist.

Water requirement: Moderate to high
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

4. Moss Garden

Sunshine and warmer days prompt moss to grow exuberantly in early spring. To create the look of a natural forest floor, try covering the soil at the base of a potted tree, as was done here by New Eco Landscapes for a New York garden, or tucking mounds of moss among emerging shoots of potted bulbs. Live moss can be purchased in flats from some nurseries; preserved moss is a decent substitute.

Water requirement: High; moss looks most luxurious with consistent moisture
Light requirement: Full sun to bright filtered light

Le jardinet
5. Double “Roses”

A combination of golden primrose (Primula vulgaris) and dusty pink hellebore (Hellebore sp.), also called lenten rose, come together with burgundy coral bells (Heuchera sp.) and miniature daffodils in this spring container design by Le Jardinet. While primroses are some of the first herbaceous perennials to bloom in early spring, lenten rose bloom even earlier, often throughout winter in relatively mild climates, making this a particularly long-lasting combination.

Water requirement: Moderate to high
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

Greenhaven Landscapes Inc
6. Gold and Purple

Velvety purple pansies and buttery yellow ranunculus play with cheerful miniature daffodils (Narcissus ‘Tete-a-Tete’), fuzzy pussy willow branches and white sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) in this deliciously rich spring container designed by Greenhaven Landscapes. To create a similar look, pair bright hues with deep purple for contrast, and stagger plant heights within a container.

Water requirement: Moderate to high
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

Your Space By Design
7. Doorstep Duo

A pair of glossy black ceramic pots shows off pale-hued pansies, primroses and tulips in this entryway arrangement by Your Space By Design for a client in Calgary, Alberta. Large sprays of pussy willow branches loaded with fuzzy catkins boost the height of the display to match the porch’s scale.

Water requirement: Moderate to high
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

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Little Miracles Designs
8. Snow Dusting

Keep it simple and elegant with a low bowl potted with a mass of a single variety of grape hyacinth. Try all white, as was done here by Little Miracles Designs for a New York City client, for the look of a dusting of snow on your garden.

Water requirement: Moderate to high
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

KMS Gardens and Design
9. Modern Beauty

This dramatic entry display, designed by Kathy Molnar Simpson for a Chicago client, feels more contemporary than your typical spring container arrangement, thanks to a structural swirl of willow branches and ember-like orange-streaked tulips.

Water requirement: Moderate to high
Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

Maher & Greenwald Fine Gardens
Spring containers with ‘Angelique’ Tulips

PC Fire Fighters Annual Feather Party

Port Clinton Fire Fighters Association is hosting the Annual Feather Party on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the first spin is 6:30 pm.

There will be FREE admission, ample parking, door prizes and raffles, snakes and refreshments. In addition to college football on TV.

Location: Port Clinton Fire Department, 1755 E. State Street, Port Clinton