Which way does the Housing wind blow?

It sometimes seems like housing markets move whichever way the wind blows. When the weather’s cold, home sales tend to freeze. Prices fall and supplies of homes for sale increase. Buyers have been known to become more demanding.

It may be cold outside here in the Northeast, but that doesn’t mean your home won’t sell, you may just have to work a bit harder to make it happen.

There’s a lot about winter that’s fun. We have snow, sometimes lots of it, so why not turn it into an attraction. Do you have a fireplace or woodstove?  Make sure it’s lit and warm for showings.  Make your home smell inviting with hot cider spiced with cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove.

snowy house

Always Always keep your driveway and walkways snow and ice free. If it’s a dark day or evening ~ and at this time of year that’s pretty much a given by 4:00pm ~ put the exterior lights on as well as your interior lights…you want to make having a home in the winter warm and cozy, not cold and dark!

Snow also brings wet and mud. If you don’t have a dedicated “mud room” try creating a mud nook by the front or back door. Put out an attractive mat for shoes and boots as well as baskets for mittens and gloves and a few hooks for coats.  But don’t overload it, as always, keep clutter to a minimum!

These are the first impressions the buyer will have of your home….so make it count! And let the wind blow you into a sail! (get it? sale!)

 

Is your home ready for winter in Midcoast Maine?

Now that summer is behind us, and fall (and don’t forget daylight savings tonight) is upon us, our thoughts should turn to turn to preparing for snowfall and winter, and there are a few things we should do to our home to get ready.

Is your home drafty? Air leaks around doors and windows are one of the primary sources for energy loss in a home ~ and energy loss means money loss. But there are things you can do to check for and eliminate those leaks. Begin with a visual inspection, both inside and out.  Outside, look for areas where the old caulking has deteriorated, showing a gap between the window or door frame and your home’s siding. Most of the time, caulking will easily seal the gaps. Look for daylight under and around each exterior door, and add weather stripping where you see light!

How are your furnace filters? Check the filters throughout the house to make sure they are clean so air can flow through them smoothly. According to Energystar.gov, the filters on your furnace likely need to be changed either once a month or once every three months, depending on the type you’re using.

How about your smoke detectors? Everyone knows that daylight savings time also means time to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors. While you’re at it, check and clean out your dryer vent at the same time, clearing any buildup of lint since this can cause a fire.

Woodstove

 

 

Do you have a fireplace or wood stove? The place where you actually want a fire in the winter, but also want to keep it safe,so inspect this area as well. Woodburning stoves and fireplaces need to be cleaned because of the potential for buildup of soot and creosote. Gas fireplaces should also be checked for debris and to make sure the chimney structure is secure with no cracks or crumbling mortar joints.

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve checked off this list, your home should be in good shape to get you through another fall and winter.

Hibernation and marketing your home!

Maine’s animals winter habits…what do they really do all winter?? 

I had an interesting conversation with my 4yr old grandson a couple of weeks ago….well let’s face it, any “conversation” with a 4yr old is interesting, but this one had me searching for answers.

Okay, a lot of those conversations do, that kid is brilliant, BUT this one was about which animals hibernate in the winter and which ones, other than us humans, tough it out through the cold and snow in the northeast!

I was pretty confident about bears, after all, I grew up with Yogi and Boo Boo,

The Yogi Bear Show

Photo credit:Wikipedia

but some of the others left me scratching my head, in that “I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear” kind of way.  I started with the bears (turns out I was sort of right) but while I had some right answers, Ben had more right answers than I did!

I guess not as many animals are smarter than us humans when it comes to winter living, but there are a few “true hibernators”, some “part-time sleepers” but most are “wide awakers” looking forward to the arrival of spring just like us!

If you want to test your knowledge or just be ready to talk to a 4yr old, check out this Bangor Daily News article for more hibernating animal info!      http://bit.ly/VVpeLr

Next question: how to market for sale a bear’s den during the winter months? First a reminder to all to keep the paths to the front door shoveled and sanded for easy access to your cave….keep the lights bright and move to stone in front of the door to let as much natural light as possible in……and in the case of bears….“Showings by appointment only” would have to be a must!