We’re faced with four unique seasons here in the Northeast. With each season comes with its own set of challenges that pertain to selling a home. Today, let’s talk about prepping your home to go to market in the midst of autumn.
You may think that the first thing buyers notice about your home is its size, the layout of the floorplan, or even those shiny new appliances in your kitchen. The truth is that a buyer’s first impression is often set by things that sellers don’t think about.
Many buyers want a move-in ready home, but with the tight market and New England’s older housing stock, it’s not always possible to purchase one. If everything you can afford needs a little updating, you need a general idea if you could realistically afford to make updates over time and eventually be happy with the home. While different contractors and the size and scope of projects will affect pricing, there are some basic averages you can look to when deciding if certain projects are feasible.
When you’re looking at homes, you may encounter a few properties on the market that have completely different types of mechanical systems than the others you’ve looked at. This can include anything from how the house gets its water supply to how bathroom waste is managed. Before you buy a home, it’s helpful to understand what types of water and septic systems are in place. If you’re shopping for rural homes, you may encounter private systems, like private wells for water and septic tanks.
This past winter was a season of high winds, high water, lots of snow being plowed and sub-zero temperatures. As a result, your curb appeal might be a little worse for the wear. But, there are things you can do now that the snow has melted to give your home a visual boost and help potential buyers see all of its potential beauty. Take advantage of the warmer weather to fix these five common post-winter curb appeal issues.
When considering whether to invest in a home warranty, you need to do your homework. Not all policies or providers are created equal, and you need to consider your motivation for taking out this insurance.
Have your heart set on buying an older home, but think it will be impossible to “go green” if you do? Think again. It may require compromise and prioritizing what you want to accomplish, but there are easy ways to make an older home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
If you are new to homeownership, you may not realize that the arrival of cold weather means taking on a short to-do list of maintenance items if you wish to be well-prepared. In New England, the temperature can hover well below freezing for a sizable portion of winter, and preparation is key. Here are the top five things a homeowner should remember to do to help weather those cold snaps: