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One of the best parts of the holidays is staying cozy in your home. Here are some crafting projects you make indoors.

The holidays are the perfect time to make some DIY holiday crafts to decorate your home or give as gifts. If you have kids, let them help and you'll be making nice family memories at the same time.

Our REALTORS® suggest making the following DIY holiday crafts this season:

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Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore, especially when you have local crafters that can make it easy! Here are some craft shows and businesses you should stop by.

Before you know it, you and your family will be waking up on a chilly December morning opening presents and appreciating the time you get to spend together. But before you do that, you actually have to figure out what gifts to get everyone, which can be a challenge. Finding the perfect gift for someone can take careful consideration and planning on your part, and that's just one gift! Not to mention the gifts you need to work out for all your family members and friends that will be stopping over this holiday season.

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Holiday Shop Local in Midland - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Holiday shopping can be one of the best parts of the season. Finding that perfect gift is so satisfying! Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to find your favorite local shops. Shopping local can provide an opportunity to find truly unique items with local flair. The kinds of gifts everyone on your list will appreciate. You'll also be supporting the community and local economy. Try one of these shops right around the corner from Midland homes for sale to find the perfect gift, décor item, or whatever you need for those special people on your list.  

  1. Little Forks Outfitters, 43 E. Main St., Midland, MI 48640
    For outdoor enthusiasts, Little Forks Outfitters is the place to go. Outdoor activities abound here in Michigan, and the right clothing and gear are essential. Whether your activities include fishing, hiking, or just exploring, a gift from here will surely be appreciated.

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Fireplace Safety Tips for the Holidays
Festive decorations, family gatherings and sipping hot chocolate by a crackling fire all make the holidays bright, but it's essential to practice fireplace safety precautions.

The holiday season is the most dangerous time of year for house fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more open-flame fires occur on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year. These five fireplace safety tips from our REALTORS® can help prevent fires, keep your home and family safe and give you peace of mind so you can relax and be of good cheer during the holidays.

  1. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually.
    Failing to have your chimney professionally checked and cleaned regularly can have damaging and even deadly consequences. Each time you burn a fire in your fireplace, creosote and soot collect in your chimney flue. Creosote buildup restricts the airflow of your chimney, which can cause it to catch on fire. In its initial stages, creosote is a flaky deposit that can be easily brushed away by proper cleaning. If creosote is not removed, it can turn into a tarry substance that is tougher to remove. Eventually, it will harden and may begin to drip when it reaches a high temperature. It's important to make sure that creosote and soot don't build up more than 1/4 inch.

    A professional chimney sweep will also inspect your chimney and the flue lining to make sure it hasn't become cracked.  A cracked flue lining can lead to dangerous fires and should be fixed before you use the fireplace. If you use your fireplace frequently, you may need to have your chimney cleaned more than once a year.

  2. Keep your decorations and Christmas tree away from the fireplace.
    Place your tree and other decorations (including stockings) a reasonable distance away from your fireplace. If you decorate your mantle, make sure that garland and other decorations do not hang down near the fire.

  3. Don't put wrapped gifts or packages near the fireplace.
    Keep all flammable materials at least three feet away from fireplaces, wood stoves, candles, and space heaters.

  4. Don't put trash in the fireplace.
    Attempting to burn your Christmas tree, gift boxes, or wrapping paper in the fireplace is extremely dangerous. All of these materials are highly flammable and can create deadly fires and toxic fumes.

  5. Be proactive.
    Keep all children and pets a safe distance from fireplaces, and use fireplace screens to keep sparks and debris inside your fireplace. Keep a fire extinguisher handy near your fireplace (and stove!).  If flames do flare up, you'll be able to combat them immediately. Allow any ashes in your fireplace to cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container outside. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly to make sure they're in good working order. Carbon monoxide alarms are also a must to keep your family safe.

These tips are also appropriate for wood-burning stoves, grills, and outdoor fire pits. From all of us at Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®, have a wonderful holiday season! If you're considering buying a house in Midland in 2019, contact us to get your home search started.


Midland Santa House
Are you ready for your annual visit to the Santa House in Midland? Every year, the Midland Area Community Foundation raises more than $2 million to support a wide variety of programs and initiatives in the Midland area. The Santa House is one of the foundation's most important events, and one of the area's most popular holiday traditions for families. Visiting is a great way to support a local cause, and create holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Our REALTORS® have the details on what you can expect at the Santa House, and on the work that the Midland Area Community Foundation does in the area.

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Midland Home Buying During the Holidays
Could there be a better time to buy a home than the holiday season? Even though conventional wisdom says that the real estate market peaks in summer, there are a wealth of benefits to buying during the off-season, and our REALTORS® want to make sure you don't miss out on this great opportunity. These are the top five reasons to buy your house during the holidays.

  1. Less Competition From Other Buyers
    Most people who are looking to buy a home do so in spring and summer, which is great news for anyone who wants to find their home during the fall and winter months. Less competition means that your offer is more likely to get the attention that it deserves, and you're less likely to lose out to another buyer swooping in with a higher offer.

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