The winter season is often known as a difficult time to sell a home. While the weather might be colder and it might not be as convenient to move during the colder winter months, selling your home during this time isn’t impossible. Here are some helpful tips for putting your home on the market during the winter.
#1: Capitalize on curb appeal.
Trees have lost their leaves and things aren’t blooming as much during the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain some great curb appeal on your home. Touch up the paint on the exterior of your home, make sure gutters are cleaned out, and remove leaves or fallen branches. Purchase some pots that you can pot some plants in that could be set near your door and withstand the wet and cold weather. Make sure everything is swept off walkways and lights are on outside during dark house showings so people can see the exterior of the house well.
#2: Work with an experienced Realtor®.
Real estate agents work hard all year long and will work to get your house sold during the winter. We have more than two decades of expertise helping clients of all kinds finding a home that fits their unique home-buying requirements. We are glad to talk to you about your budget, the size and style of house you are looking for, and then find some great homes that are on the market. This will help make your home search process more efficient.
#3: Make your home warm and inviting.
Searching for houses in the cold weather is hard work! Make your home feel warm, cozy and inviting during each showing, by making sure the heat and lights are on, as well as having some relaxing music and comforting, mild scents around the house. By encouraging prospective buyers to spend more time in the home, you are giving them more opportunity to picture themselves living there!
As Realtors®, we can help you start the process of getting your home listed for sale, then help get it listed so you can sell it as quickly as possible and move on to your next place in a new home. We are glad to help you with the information you need to start your adventure, so contact us today!
Winter weather has arrived and we’re likely to have more snow and ice in the coming months. When the frozen weather hits, we want to stay warm and cozy, but not break the bank on heating bills. Here are some simple winter energy savings tips that can help you save energy and keep your heating bill under control.
Tip #1: Don’t let air leaks go unattended.
If your home is leaking cold air in and warm air out, you’re likely wasting hundreds of dollars every year. Be sure to caulk and seal around any small openings around windows or doors. Door frames should have weather stripping secured around door frames, especially if they are showing signs of deteriorating. If you have old ductwork in your home, call a professional heating and cooling company and ask about duct sealing. This can be an affordable and effective way to seal air duct leaks and will help keep harmful particles out of the air you breathe inside the home.
Tip #2: Service your furnace.
Plan on having your HVAC system serviced once a year. These regular check-ups are helpful because technicians can take a close look at the furnace or heat pump and be sure that everything is working at its peak. They’ll replace air filters, offer solutions on how to make the system more efficient during the winter, and will point out any problems that may need repair.
Tip #3: Turn your thermostat down.
When you keep your thermostat in the 60 to 70 degree range without changing it all the time, you can save up to 5% on heating costs. If you keep your thermostat down to 68 degrees at night and instead use extra blankets while you sleep, you could be saving a lot of money every year. In addition, if you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time, set the thermostat to 55 or 60 degrees. There’s no need to keep the heat on in an empty house.
Tip #4: Replace old appliances.
Has it been a while since you’ve replaced your appliances? Did you know that old appliances (especially old refrigerators) are huge energy drains! Replacing your old gas or electric appliances with those that have Energy Star® labels can be a great way to save energy and decrease your monthly utility bills.
These tips aren’t just helpful in the winter, either. They’re helpful all year long! Stay warm this winter!
Decorating your home for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but decorating with children can make it even more magical. If you’re looking for some fun ways to get your home looking festive this year, put your creativity and your kids or grandkids to work. There are a variety of kid-friendly Christmas décor projects and here are some of my favorites.
#1: Do-it-yourself Picture Snow Globes
Memories captured in photos are such treasures, especially when the children get older. Creating a photo snow globe with your them can be a special keepsake item that you can use year after year. Grab a glass jar with a lid, scrapbook paper, a photograph that you want to use, some spray paint, Popsicle sticks, hot glue, and any other jar decorations that you want. Paint the lids whatever color you want and cut a piece of scrap paper to fit the inside of your jar to serve as a background. Fold the bottom part of the photo to serve as the base on which the photo stands. Then, use the popsicle stick to glue to the bottom back of the photo, then apply more glue to the bottom to stick it into place. Add white pompoms or spray paint white around the glass jar to make it look like snow. Decorate the outside of the jar however you want and soon you have a special snow globe.
#2: Personalized Gift Tags
Let you’re the children in your life do all the decorating for gifts this year and let them create personalized gift tags for each person on your list. You could print photos of the gift recipient on the tags, then let them decorate them however you want. You could also have them decorate tags with loved ones’ names on them and use them as Christmas tree décor.
#3: Gummy Snowflakes
Grab a box of toothpicks and your favorite colored gumdrops and create bright snowflakes! You could string them up and put them in a window, put them on the Christmas tree, or eat them as an after-school snack.
Head to the craft store or the dollar store and look for inexpensive porcelain houses. Then, pick your favorite colors and let your kids paint them for a little village of brightly-colored homes. Make them even more fancy with decorative touches like glitter or feathers.
The magic of Christmas is in the air and spending quality time with family and friends at home during the season doing crafts can be a special memory-making time. I wish you much joy during the holiday season!
Brrrr….it’s cold outside! The cold winter months are now upon us! During the summer months, it’s easier to keep your yard and garden looking great, but in the winter, the idea of getting outside to do yard work is not an inviting one. If your home is on the market, it’s important to remember that if you neglect the exterior, then you may be at risk for deterring prospective buyers. Instead, keep it looking warm and inviting! Be sure that the leaves are raked on a regular basis and mow and edge the lawn regularly so it doesn’t get unkempt and overgrown. If the house is vacant, keep newspapers and other flyers off the porch and be sure to keep the heat at 65 degrees so the house isn’t cold when it is being shown to potential buyers.
Looking for some other ways to create curb appeal in the winter? It doesn’t require a lot of money or complex changes. It just requires a little bit of effort.
Add color: In the dead of winter, color is often lacking. So, add some plants that will survive the winter, such as evergreens or hearty plants that can add a splash of color to the winter landscape. Add some planters filled with evergreen plants and put them by the door. Or add a nice wreath to the door.
Keep paths clear: If your pathways to the home are icy or snowy, be sure to make it as non-slippery and clear of snow/ice as possible. Pour salt on the area and be sure to keep things clear so it is safe. In addition, if the area is cleared, it also gives buyers a good idea of the true size of the area.
Sparkle and lights: Some of most inviting homes have a special seasonal sparkle. Add some simple sparkling lights to the exterior of the home, either with Christmas lights, or some nice lights that line the walkway or driveway to the home. Or, if you have a bird bath, fountain, or other area that goes unused in the winter, consider transforming that area into something else for a few months – maybe add a planter or an outdoor sculpture with some lights to that area instead. In addition, because it gets dark early during the cold winter months, be sure that there is plenty of lights around the home. Be sure that your flood lights or porch lights are in good working order and keep some lights on in the exterior of the home as well.
A drab and dreary winter doesn’t have to wreck the curb appeal on your home. With quality landscaping and a little bit of creativity and effort, your yard can shine even during the coldest part of the year!