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More Ohio homes sell in September PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:21
The number of homes sold across Ohio increased 18.9 percent in September, as the market posted year-over-year gains in activity for the 27th consecutive month, according to the Ohio Association of Realtors.
"The Ohio housing market has taken another step forward in its continuing effort to overcome the economic challenges that shook the very foundation of the American Dream a few years ago," said OAR President Thomas J. Williams.
"The fact that we now posted 27 straight months of year-over-year sales gains - our longest stretch of uninterrupted in 16 years of tracking Ohio's sales activity - is a good indication that we're making progress in building a sustainable, growing marketplace. Equally important, there seems to be an appreciation among current and would-be home owners that, long-term, housing is a solid investment."
Sales through the first nine months of 2013 reached 99,585, a 17.7 percent increase from the 84,614 sales posted during the same period a year ago.
Winterize wiper blades, pipes, garden tools and the grill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:19
It's getting darker earlier and boots and jackets are being busted out, which means winter is coming.
To prepare for the cold and snow, the Family Handyman editors have assembled these winterizing tips.
• Wiper blades: When you're driving and it's dumping snow, you want to be able to see through the windshield. Traditional blades can get packed with snow and cause limited visibility. Winter wiper blades are wrapped in a rubber boot that prevents ice and snow from sticking or packing, which makes for better visibility.
• Plumbing pipes: If you have a cabin or summer home not in use in the winter, it is important to shut off the water supply and drain all of the water from the pipes. In order to ensure that water actually drains fully, it is critical that faucets, tubs, sinks or any plumbing fixture are turned on. Pour nontoxic anti-freeze into any sink drain, shower drain or toilet to make sure there is no chance of water freezing.
Safety first, when the heat is on PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 08:47
An employee of United Home Comfort drains pipes while installing a geothermal heating and cooling unit at a home along Hull Prairie Road. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Getting a home ready for winter should always include a visit from a licensed expert to give the furnace a tuneup, said Steve Fouts, president of United Home Comfort.
"It's a good way to detect gas leaks, carbon monoxide and dirt that can be a safety hazard," Fouts said. "Dirt can lead to delayed ignition and cause a fire,' he said.
Also important is for a resident to keep the area around a furnace free of combustible materials and make sure not to use a room where the furnace is located as a broom closet.
"Safety also extends to making sure there is a working carbon monoxide detector in the home," Fouts said.
United Home Comfort in Bowling Green is a sponsor in the Sentinel-Tribune's first-ever Outdoor Fun/Indoor Living Show to be held Oct. 26 at Bowling Green State University's Stroh Center.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:44
Forget the flashy products - cleaning tools can be simple PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:53
You don't need fancy gadgets or lots of different products to thoroughly clean your home. Experts at The Maids, the franchised residential cleaning company that stands out from competitors because of its exclusive 22-Step Healthy Touch Deep Cleaning System, suggest these tools to tackle household chores:
Microfiber cloths: These specially made nylon cloths grab and hold more dirt and germs than regular cotton cloths due to  "hooks and loops" and can be used wet or dry. Wash and reuse them over and over, but launder them separately and don't use any fabric softener.
Vacuum: Do you live with pets? Allergies? Flights of stairs? Check weight, maneuverability, filtering system and accessories before you buy a vacuum to ensure it meets your requirements. Those equipped with HEPA filters remove up to 99 percent of particulates, which is especially helpful for people with allergies.
Many options to leaf pickup: mow, mulch and vacuum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:46
It's an annual autumn burden: cleaning up the blanket of leaves that have suddenly taken over the backyard.
With these time-saving fall leaf cleanup tips from the Family Handyman, get the yard work in the bag and rake in more time to enjoy the season.

The advice:
• Go for Your Mower - Instead of the same old rake, bag the leaves with your mower.
It does a nice job of shredding the leaves so they're ready to become compost or mulch.
• First-Rate Rakes - A big rake makes the job smaller.
Most home centers carry rakes up to 30 inches wide.
"No-clog" rakes, on the other hand, are also great - the tines don't skewer leaves so you don't have to stop and unclog the rake.
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