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Selling Your Home Around the Holidays

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 | No Comments

Selling your home around the holidays can be a challenge.Selling your home around the holiday season isn’t always the easiest task. Colder weather is rapidly approaching, but that doesn’t mean that house hunters are in hibernation. With these 7 tips, you could be closing the deal sooner than later. Let’s take a look.

  • Go easy on decorations. Holidays are festive and come with an array of home decorations. When it comes to selling your home around the holidays, it’s important to keep your decor in check. A few festive decorations are totally acceptable, but avoid going over-the-top. Excess decorations can give the home a cluttered look and turn away potential buyers.
  • Price to sell. People generally don’t prefer to move in the winter, which means there tend to be fewer buyers. Attract buyers by pricing your listing to sell. Pricing slightly below market value can even help start a bidding war!
  • Increase curb appeal. Selling your home starts at the curb before anyone even steps foot into the home. Around the holidays, there tends to be less greenery. Increase the curb appeal by keeping the driveway and walkways clear of snow and keep the lawn free of any debris or leaves.
  • Show high-quality photos online. Seeing is believing. Hire a professional photographer to take high-quality photos and videos of the property. Also, if you have good photos of the outside of the home when the weather is prime, post those as well. Quality photos and videos make the process of selling your home much easier and faster.
  • Create the right atmosphere. Give the home buyers a warm and inviting atmosphere by keeping the heat at a comfortable temperature, turning all the lights on, and even leaving on some soft music. Doing so will instantly please the house hunter who has just come inside from the cold outdoors.
  • Hire a reliable agent. Schedules get crazy around the holidays, even for real estate agents. Hire a local agent with a good reputation to ensure that your listing will get the attention that it deserves.
  • Be flexible. Perhaps one of the most difficult task when selling your home around the holidays is to be flexible for showings and open houses. Most showings happen in the evening and on weekends. Keep your house in top shape, and be ready to vacate the house at any moment. You never know when the right buyer will want to see your property!

No matter what time of year, selling your home can be a bit of a challenge. Use these 7 tips to help increase your chances of attracting the right buyer and closing the deal! When it comes time to buy or sell, make sure you Inspect-It 1st®. Our qualified property inspection experts can give you an honest assessment of the property so that you’re in the know before signing the final papers.

3 Tips to Save Money on Heating Prices

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 | No Comments

Homeowner saving money on heating prices.As the temperatures drop this winter, your heating prices are bound to rise. The good news is that they don’t have to! Check out these 3 tips for saving money on heating costs this winter.

 

Seal Off Areas of Your Home

 

A great way to lower heating costs this winter is to eliminate using certain areas of your home and seal the windows in those rooms. If you have spare bedrooms, a basement, storage units, extra bathrooms, or other spaces that go unused for an extended period of time, simply close the vent in the room and shut the door. Paying to heat those unused spaces is the same as throwing money away. Also, seal off large windows or windows that have air leaks. Use window insulation film to create a barrier between the cold window and your heat. Adding heavy curtains over the window can also help to keep warm air in and cold air out, plus this will help you keep your heating costs nice and low!

 

Keep Insulation Up-to-Date

 

Poor insulation is another example of throwing away both heat and money. You wouldn’t wear a thin, non-insulated windbreaker in the middle of winter, so why would you suffer through the winter with poor insulation in your home? Updating the insulation in your walls or attic can make a huge difference in staying warm through a long, cold winter!

 

Turn Down the Thermostat

 

We get it. When the outdoor temps drop, it’s easy to get carried away and crank up the thermostat. Generally, most of us feel comfortable with an indoor temperature between 68–74 degrees, so most people tend to set their thermostat around 70 degrees year round. By dropping your thermostat just 2 degrees to 68 degrees, you will notice substantial savings on your heating bill. The exact savings will depend on the efficiency of your heating system coupled with the two energy saving tips we listed above.

 

Don’t let heating prices put a major dent in your bank account this winter. With these 3 tips, you can stay warm while keeping your checkbook happy. Another step you can take is to get an infrared inspection from Inspect-It 1st®. Our screenings will give you an idea of where heat may be escaping from your home. Remember, heat loss results in higher heating bills. Get in touch with Inspect-It 1st® today!

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