My Real Estate, Life Around Columbus and Updating My Early 1900's Home

Friday, February 27, 2015

Client Testimonial - Lauren & Eli

"Bill is honestly the best Realtor my husband and I have ever dealt with. Bill sold our home in Bexley in December 2014 - not exactly an ideal time to put a home on the market. Nevertheless, Bill priced our home competitively and strategically negotiated with potential buyers, selling our home over asking price without our even having to hold an open house! As I mentioned, this was all in December, right around Christmas - when homes typically do not look great or sell quickly. In addition to obtaining a great result, which we attribute to his professional photos, knowledge of the neighborhood and market, and aggressive sales approach, he is also a pleasure to work with. He is responsive, trustworthy and conscientious. My family was moving from our home in Bexley out of state - Bill assisted us in a multitude of ways that were well beyond his realtor job description. He met with repair people to ensure remedies were completed. He checked our pipes to ensure nothing froze. He even sent us items that we forgot in the dishwasher. Bill is a professional and he is very good at what he does. I would not for one second hesitate to recommend Bill to sell or buy a home in the Columbus area."

  - Lauren & Eli, 2015 Bexley Sellers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

HER Realtors Chairman Award

Yesterday we attended an HER Awards Ceremony where we were presented the Chairman’s Award, which is the highest honor for those achieving sales in excess of $30,000,000! Congrats to each and every single member of our team!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Getting 3 Fireplaces Up and Running

One of the now working fireplaces, this one with the new ventless gas logs
Last December, one of the things we wanted to have done is getting the fireplaces working. The 2 fireplaces on the first floor had not been used by the previous owner and both had pretty large vented gas logs in them.  We called 2 different companies for estimates, the first company did not even want to touch the third floor fireplace and recommended that it be removed/ replaced and then never followed up with our estimate for the first floor fireplaces. The second company, Specialty Gas House, came out to look at the third floor fireplace for a second opinion, cleaned and serviced the direct vent fireplace for $102.13 and we were able to use it right away.

3rd floor direct vent fireplace
We wanted to actually use the living room fireplace for heat, so we were advised to use ventless gas logs.  Since the firebox is smaller, we were limited to gas logs that were available to us and there was a possibility a new gas line would nee to be run.  The estimate for the front room fireplace was $1119.08 ($186.30 for the gas logs, $479.70 for the burner, $$375 for the full gas line up to 25').  A few weeks later they arrived to install the gas log set, it was determined that we did not need a new gas line which brought the new total to just around $900. During the install of the front fireplace logs, they checked the gas line to the dining room fireplace, which was fine and we are able to use it as is.

From the listing photos, two of the home fireplaces that had vented gas logs that had not been used for years

In the showroom of Specialty Gas House, I was able to see the exact gas log set we would have installed.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Testimonial

"Bill was very easy to work with. We are out of the country, so different time zones made communication a challenge. He listed the house and brought us an offer almost immediately. He went over and above to assist since we were not available to do a number of things. He is immediately responsive via email, which was the best way for us to communicate. I recommend Bill without hesitation for any of your real estate needs."

- Joanie, 2014 German Village Seller

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Ikea is Coming to Columbus! Why that is a good thing...

So, why is it a big that Ikea is coming to Columbus? Could it be the Swedish meatballs100 pack of taillights for $3.99, or one of my favorites, the 17- piece tool kit for $7.99 (see the whole Fixa series of kits, I buy one every time I am there)?  The reason I find it so exciting, is that will be more opportunites for Columbus homeowners to more affordably redesign and update kitchens and baths and add value to their homes.  While the look might not be every ones taste or style (although their cabinetry comes in traditional - modern styles), there is no denying we've recently listed and sold some homes featuring some stand out Ikea kitchens and baths that had been a large selling point to Buyers...here are just a few:

A beautiful German Village Condo with Ikea kitchen cabinetry mixed with Quartz countertops.
A beautiful German Village Condo with Ikea kitchen cabinetry mixed with Quartz countertops.
A Home in Upper Arlington with Ikea cabinets, with granite countertops and high end appliances.
A Home in Upper Arlington with Ikea cabinets, with granite countertops and high end appliances.
A stylish Merion Village Townhouse with kitchen that stands out!  Ikea cabinets mixed with Quartz countertops.
A stylish Merion Village Townhouse with kitchen that stands out!  Ikea cabinets mixed with Quartz countertops.
A buckeye lake retreat with cabinets, butcher block countertops and shelving all are Ikea.
A buckeye lake retreat with cabinets, butcher block countertops and shelving all are Ikea.
A Buckeye Lake retreat with cabinets, butcher block countertops and shelving all are Ikea.
A Merion Village townhouse bath with Ikea cabinetry mixed with marble countertops.
A beautiful Schumacher Place Home with Ikea cabinetry mixed with granite countertops.
A beautiful Schumacher Place Home with Ikea cabinetry mixed with granite countertops.
A stylish Mid Century Ranch in Upper Arlington with an Ikea double vanity.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Refinishing my hardwood floors

the floors after refinishing and all ready to move back in
One of the big projects in our new home is to have the carpet removed on the 2nd & 3rd floor and the wood floors refinished.  We started with the 3rd floor which was the guest room (and will become the owners bedroom) because it was manageable to remove all of the furniture. Luckily, the wood was in fairly good condition so there were not a lot of repairs that needed to be done.  The whole process took 3 days and moved a lot faster on the 1st day than we had expected (and because they were careful when siding the floors, there was hardly any dust). The following 2 days were just applying coats of the water based finish to protect the floor.  The cost to refinish the 3rd floor and stairs was $1390 (which included removing the carpet and new shoe molding).  We hired Vic's Floors (www.vicsfloors.com) to do the work and they will be doing the second floor later this year.  I found Vic through a client a few years ago after listing a home and asking the owners who refinished their floors, He has since been hired by many of my clients from my recommendation and they have all be extremely happy.

Before with carpet
Day 1: Carpet removed
Day 1: Wood sanded
Day 1: Picking a stain
Steps after carpet removed
Steps sanded
Steps after stain
Day 3: Floors After
Day 3: Floors after
Day 4



William Robbins
Gledhill Robbins & Talis Group
of HER Realtors
614.208.8785
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