Blog :: 12-2016

Ready Your Home for Winter

Even though we're already halfway through December, winter really doesn't being until January in New England! Thus, you still have plenty of time to winterize your home! Here is our beloved winter to-do list:

  1. Put away or cover your outdoor furniture.
  2. Get rid of drafts. (Caulk around winters and doors.)
  3. Tune up your heating system.
  4. Prevent ice dams (a weatherization contractor can identify and fix air leaks and inadequate insulation in your home's attic that can lead to ice dams.)
  5. Clean the gutters.
  6. Turn off exterior faucets.
  7. Repair demaged sidewalks, driveways and steps.
  8. Prune trees and/or shrubs.
  9. Call a chimney sweep.
  10. Stock up on winter essentials. (Salt/ice melt.)

 

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Why Selling Your Home in Winter is GREAT Idea!

With the harsh New England winter on it's way, most people who are considering selling typically decide to wait until Spring market. But the truth is that there are many great reasons to list your home for sale during these colder months. And below you'll find our top 3!

1. Home buyers are much more serious shoppers - they have intent to buy. There's the potential to find people who are relocating for a job (think first quarter relos), sure, but on a whole, people who are looking in the winter months are motivated buyers, unwilling to stop their search just because of a little snow.

2. There are less properties on the market, thus sellers have a better chance of getting at or above listing price. We've been in a pretty hot real estate market for a while now, but truthfully, it could be hotter especially if you're one of the only homes on the market in the winter! Less inventory means more attention for those listed! 

3. No landscaping? No problem! One of the best pieces of selling during the winter is not having to deal with maintenance (other than shoveling, of course) of the exterior. In some case, this can save you BIG time in seller preparations.

Did we convince you? :) Either way, we highly encourage you to check out our agent profiles here!