6 Tips For Settling Into Your New Home Before The Holidays

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6 Tips For Settling Into Your New Home Before The Holidays – It is the most wonderful time of the year! And there is no better time than the holiday season to start making new memories in your new home. There are numerous things you can do to help get you and your family get settled in your new space. Here are six tips for settling into your new home right before the holidays.

 

Participate in Local Celebrations

Whether you are moving across the country or down the street, make sure you participate in local holiday celebrations. This will allow you to meet some new people in your area and get a good sense of the type of community around you.

 

Plan for Delays

Make sure you plan for delays before, during and after the holidays. With an increased percent of travelers on the road, your belongings could be delayed. If you plan ahead and are prepared for any type of delay, settling into your home will not be difficult.

 

Focus

You will want to focus on the most important tasks at hand. While diving into all of the fun DIY projects you’ve brainstormed sounds like a great idea, it is important to remember that the busy holiday season is almost upon us and you won’t want to start something you can’t yet finish.

 

Prioritize Unpacking

It is easy to get sucked into the fun that comes with holiday activities, but make sure to finish your unpacking before it starts! You do not necessarily have to have everything unpacked, but doing the majority of it will cut down on your stress later on.

 

Get the Word Out

When you move, you want to let people know where you have gone. Use your holiday cards to let friends and family know about your move. Hopefully, you will get some cards in return, which will definitely make you feel right at home.

 

Decorate

Last but certainly not least, do not forget to decorate your new home with the festive looks of the season. Holiday decor is some of the most beautiful decor of the year, and adding holiday candles will help your new home look and smell like home.

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Things To Do In Perrysburg, Ohio – December, 2015

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Things To Do In Perrysburg, Ohio – December, 2015 – There is something for everyone in Perrysburg, Ohio during the month of December.  Here are 5 things to do in Perrysburg, Ohio this December.

1. Horse Drawn Carriages

Date: Saturdays, November 28th-January 2nd

Location: Levis Commons

Every Saturday through the 2nd of January, take a winter ride in a magical carriage drawn by horses. Rides are just $5 per person or $10 per family.

 

2. Holiday Crafting for Charity

Date: December 4th

Location: Levis Commons

All money from this local holiday show benefits The Epilepsy Center of Northern Ohio. The show is free, and raffle prizes from local business will be up for grabs!

 

3. Visit the Glass House at TMA

Date: Class Times Vary

Location: Toledo Museum of Art

Visit one of the largest and most extensive collections of glass art at TMA this season. This renown-stunning exhibit will take your breath away.

 

4. Fort Meigs Holiday Open House

Date: December 13th

Location: Fort Meigs Battlefield

Join in the Visitor’s Center holiday celebration at Fort Meigs! Soldiers in historical dress will be present sharing historical facts. Holiday music and refreshments will available, as well as fun, hands-on activities.

 

5. Drink and Eat Local at Swig Restaurant!

Location: 219 Louisiana Ave

Serving local brews and homemade in house sausages and hot dogs, Swig gastro pub is a fun way to spend an evening. Check out their music calendar to catch some great tunes as well!

Cider And Drink Recipes For The Holidays

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Cider and Drink Recipes For The Holidays – While you’re getting together with family and friends during this holiday season, bring something new to the mix: a delicious drink that everyone will like. Whether you are looking for something for every age, or just for the 21+ crowd, you have plenty of options. Here are ten cider and drink recipes for this holiday season.

 

Spiced Apple Cider

This non-alcoholic treat is perfect on a cold winter evening. You can also prepare it and bring it to your next family gathering for everyone to enjoy.

 

Bourbon and Dark Rum Eggnog

For your next adults-only gathering, make this eggnog and everyone will be impressed with your beverage-making skills.

 

Ultra-Rich Hot Chocolate

This fresh take on classic hot chocolate will be your go-to recipe this holiday season. It is made better with as many mini marshmallows as you can fit into your mug.

 

Four Spirits

Cognac, dark rum, brandy and applejack, plus a few additional ingredients are all your going to need to make the beverage that everyone will be talking about until next year.

 

Frothy Eggnog

Treat your kids and young ones to this delicious eggnog on their first snow day of the season.

 

Candy Cane Cocktail

This festive treat is not only easy to make, but it is also incredibly delicious.

 

Brown Sugar-Caramel Latte

For a delicious pick-me-up with all of the tastes of the season, make this incredible latte.

 

Gingerbread Martini

While this may be one of the more complex drink to prepare, it is well worth it for your next holiday get together!

 

Christmas Wassail

This sweet treat will warm everyone up throughout this freezing, holiday season.

 

Holiday Mimosa

For a holiday spin on your favorite brunch treat, make this tasty Holiday Mimosa.

 

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Benefits To Buying A Home At The End Of The Year

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Benefits To Buying A Home At The End Of The Year – Buying a home at any time of year has its benefits and downsides depending on what you’re looking for. While the industry has its busier seasons in the spring and summer, there are also many homes to check out in the colder months. Here are six benefits to buying a home at the end of the year,

 

Test Drive

When you go to a viewing in the winter, it takes the guessing out of whether or not certain home features such as heating, roof, and pipes will work when it’s cold outside.

 

Tax Savings

If you purchase your home prior to the end of the year, there are a number of deductions specific to homeowners that you will be able to take advantage of.

 

Mover Availability

Due to the fact that not many people are moving during the winter season, there will many movers to help get you into your new home.

 

Realty Professionals

While many people think that there are not a ton of available professionals at this time of year, it is actually the opposite. They will likely have more time to spend on you, as they’re not working with as many clients.

 

Low Competition

Not many people are searching for a new home at the end of the year, making it a great time to be a buyer. You will have the opportunity to find what you want and negotiate the cost to satisfy your needs.

 

Motivated Sellers

Sellers are more motivated to sell away their home, especially if it has been on the market for a while. This also means that sellers will be more willing to negotiate the sale.

 

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Tax Benefits Of Buying A Home Before The New Year

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Tax Benefits Of Buying A Home Before The New Year – If you are interested or in the process of purchasing a home before the end of the year, know that there are several tax benefits you may want to take advantage of. Check out the tax benefits below of buying a home before the New Year.

Here are some ways in which the tax benefits break down:

 

1. Deductions in closing cost: A long list of deductions on your tax return is always a plus. If you close now, you may claim origination fees from your new loan.

 

2. Mortgage deductions: You may be able to deduct the interest from your mortgage, which might mean more money back to you, once taxes are filed. It works through a point system, equating one point to 1% of the principal of the loan. These fees can be fully deducted and included on the income tax deductions list you give.

 

3. Property tax deductions: Property taxes can be fully deducted too! This is one more reason to close now and take advantage of this annual deduction, so you don’t have to wait a whole year to do so. This can be done on your 1040 form.

 

4. Moving Costs: If you are going to be moving more than 50 miles away to a new home, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of your moving costs. However, there is also a commitment requirement, that makes sure you work a certain number of weeks in the new job, following your move, so talk to you tax accountant before considering this option.

 

5. Lock in Mortgage Rates: You may want to lock in 2015 mortgage rates now, in case 2016 rates go off the charts. By locking them in now, you will not be stuck forever with a higher rate. If the rates do drop, you can refinance. If you wait and rates increase, refinancing to lower your rate will not be an option. Smart financing will benefit your tax return for many reasons.

 

6. Get the Best Lending Option now: Lending rules are subject to change in a new year, which could resultant in less options for borrowing. It is up to you if you want to take the risk of waiting. These lending rules affect your financing options in addition to your tax deductions, so if there is one that meets your needs, lock in in now!

 

Owning a home before the New Year allows you to become eligible for many tax benefits. To maximize the benefits, consider talking to the experts; a finance advisor, tax accountant, or even your real estate agent. Make sure you get the most out of your purchase in order to ensure smart financial ownership of your home for the future.

Things To Do In Perrysburg, Ohio – November, 2015

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Things To Do In Perrysburg, Ohio – November, 2015 – There are many things to do in Perrysburg, Ohio during the month of November. From the Toledo zoo to botanical gardens there is something for everyone this month. Here are 5 things to do in Perrysburg, Ohio during the month of November.

 

1. Free showing of “The Soloist”

Date: November 5, 2015

Location: Way Public Library 101 E. Indiana Ave Perrysburg, OH 43551

Catch a free showing of the famed movie, The Soloist at the Way Public Library. This emotional tale is the true story of LA Times writer Steve Lopez as he created a deep and moving friendship with homeless musician, Nathaniel Ayers. Bring your family and the tissues for this movie.

2. Visit the luxurious Hollywood Casino!

Date: Sun-Sat

Location: 1968 Miami St, Toledo, OH 43605

Add winnings to your days and electrify your nights with live entertainment. Hollywood Casino is a smoke-free facility that offers valet parking, big-time games, incredible restaurants, and fabulous promotions

 

3. Walter Lewis presents “Down to the Sea in Boats: The Great Lakes and the Great War.”

Date: November 18, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Location: National Museum of the Great Lakes

Thought you knew everything about the Great Lakes? Join Historian Walter Lewis and the great Lakes Historical Society for a lecture on local nautical history!

 

4. Toledo Zoo: Lights before Christmas!

Date: November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Location: Toledo Zoo: 2700 Broadway Toledo, Ohio 43609

Experience a 30-year tradition of lights at the Toledo Zoo! Bring your whole family as the zoo lights up for a magical experience.

 

5. Toledo Botanical Garden: Weed and Wine

Date: November 18, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: 5403 Elmer Drive Toledo, Ohio

Join us for a relaxing evening of light garden work, followed by a good wine and great conversation. Bring your own gloves. Tools and wine provided.

How To Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter Weather

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How To Get Your Fireplace Ready For Winter Weather – Winter is coming very soon! The simple thought in your head of bundling up and staying cozy by a warm fire during the freezing cold months will soon become a reality. There are numerous things you will need to do to ensure that your fireplace is prepared to handle the heat. Here are five tips to help you get your fireplace ready for winter weather.

Exterior

Go outside your house and check out your chimney to ensure it is not damaged or leaning a certain way. Search for corrosion, stains, or anything that might need to be repaired before you begin using it again.

Clean It

This is not always a DIY project, but you can use your own judgment based on your knowledge of appropriate fireplace and chimney cleaning. You should consider hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your fireplace is in good, clean shape for the winter months.

Be Prepared

It is very important with the winter months approaching that you are prepared with the best wood if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Softwoods such as pine and fir often spark excessively, which creates a potential fire hazard. Choose hardwoods such as oak and cherry instead and make sure the wood is dry.

Replace Batteries

If your fireplace is a gas-burning fireplace, then make sure to replace the batteries in any optional remote transmitters.  It is never a good feeling when you want to turn on your fire, but do not have any batteries on hand for the remote.

Test Smoke Detectors

Whether you have a gas or wood burning fireplace, you will want to double check all of the smoke detectors in your home. Remember safety is more important than anything else.  And while fireplaces are wonderful in the winter months, you want to make sure all of the safety precautions are met before starting your fireplace.

For more information and tips on getting your fireplace ready for the winter weather, visit here.