- Thinking about waiting till the spring to sell your Burlington or Vermont home? Think again, the winter provides a different market which provides some great reasons for taking action now! Here are some great reasons not to wait until the spring from Neighborhood Real Estate:
- Less competition: there is less inventory in the winter because of the very people who are all waiting until the spring to list, therefore less competition. This gives your listing a wonderful advantage.
- Higher price points: less competition can often correlate with better selling price and terms! You are more likely to catch buyers in a "bidding war" when there are less homes on the market.
- Corporate Relocations: Historically in the first 2 months of the year relocations for corporations are high, which equals motivated buyers. Because they are encouraged to move quickly and start their new positions as soon as possible. Which makes these buyers focused, ready and willing, to make an offer on the spot!
- Lower Interest Rates: currently you can lock in an interest rate around the 4% range, which is historically low.
- Winter can bring out the best: Most homes show and stage better in the cold winter months. Holiday decor and cozy fireplaces add to the ambiance and cozy feeling of your home.
- Serious Buyers: Buyers who are taking the time to brave the winter weather or busy holiday time are often very serious, and are usually pre-qualified and motivated to make a decision.
- Timing your new home purchase: if you do choose to list and sell your home in the beginning of the year and are looking to buy you will then be ready and available for the first pick of the spring market inventory. Especially if you need to sell to buy.
- Quicker Transactions: Attorneys, lenders and home inspectors will be less busy and have less to process during the winter months compared to the spring. Which, for you, will mean a quicker transaction and less stress when trying to close.
- Regardless when you do decide it's time to sell your home it is important to understand the real estate market so you can make the best decision. Check out some of our other helpful Vermont real estate selling tips and resources. For more information about the Vermont real estate market or about selling your home, contact Geri or an agent today!
Blog :: 01-2015
Check out a few of our favorite and clever household gadgets that may make your life a bit easier! You may be surprised that some of these actually exist and how helpful they may be.
The Pasta Pot - ditch your old strainer and get your hands on this pasta pot with built in strainer right in the lid!
The Batter Dispenser - whether your baking or making pancakes this kitchen gadget helps avoid the mess.
The TrackR - always losing your keys, cant find the remote? The TrackR is a brilliant gadget to help you keep track of the things your always losing around the house!
The Kitchen Tablet Holder - always using recipes on your smart phone or tablet in the kitchen? Take a loot at this convenient holder to keep your electronics out of the way but still in sight!
Motion Sensor Lights - perfect for dark stairs, hallways or closets all you need are batteries! Detects motion up to 10 feet away!
The Cutlery Cleaner - this sink mounted scrubber is a fast and easy way to clean your utensils after cooking! This one is a true time saver and very versatile!
The Draining Dishwashing Rack - this self-draining dish rack provides lots of space for your dishes and simultaneously drains all that extra water back into the sink!
The Broom Groomer - this one is especially useful and smart! No more cleaning the bottom of the broom with your hands, ew!
The Dual Shower Curtain Rod - talk about saving space, this curtain rob also offers space for you towels etc.
Rubbermaid Paint Buddies - no need to drag out the old paint cans when you just need to touch up a small spot. Put your leftover paint in these "Paint Buddies" and retouch anytime you want!
The Cutting board with Storage - for the organized brain, this cutting board it one of a kind and takes your food preperation to the next level!
Now that we are into those chilly winter months it's time to make sure you are thinking and acting efficiently when it comes to keeping the heat in your home!
Follow the tips below for keeping your home warm this winter.
- Leave your faucets dripping slightly especially the ones that are served by exposed pipes, this will help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Disconnect water to hoses or lines from your outside spigots as well as any outdoor sprinkler systems!
- Lay down rugs over your wood floors during the winter, not only will it be cozy on bare feet but it will help to keep you room warmer, by trapping heat!
- Float your furniture away from walls that may have heating vents!
- Insulate unfinished rooms such as garages and sunrooms if they contain exposed pipes
- Keep your house warm – at least 60-65 degrees! Or install a programmable thermostat, which will help to keep you bill low and efficiency high! This Old House suggests the following:
- 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 68 degrees
- 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 60 degrees
- 5:30 to 11 p.m. = 68 degrees
- 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 60 degrees
- Check to see if your ceiling fan has a winter or revere setting. By moving your ceiling fan in the opposite direction, clockwise spinning will push heat back down that is rising. Try this at a low speed!
- Keep your garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
- Open your cabinet’s doors in the kitchen & bathroom under the sink so allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
- If you have radiators put tinfoil on the back of the radiator – this reflects heat back into the room – but make sure to monitor closely. This helps to trap the heat and let it spread evenly throughout the room versus up towards the ceiling.
- Stay warm this winter by trying these tips, and before your know it spring will be upon us!