Plan To Sell Your Home? Then Don’t Make These Mistakes

Plan To Sell Your Home? Then Don’t Make These Mistakes

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Do you plan on selling your home? If so, then the last thing that you want to do is put buyers off.

Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to prevent buyers from turning away from your home. If you are planning on placing your home on the market this fall, don’t make these mistakes.

Neglecting Curb Appeal

Don’t underestimate the importance of curb appeal when it comes to selling your home. An attractive exterior isn’t just memorable; it can make or break a home sale. A poorly maintained exterior can turn away buyers before they even set foot in your home. If the exterior of your home is poorly maintained, it says to buyers that you have likely neglected the interior, as well. Therefore, make sure that your siding is in good shape. Look for holes, dents or cracks. If your siding is in poor shape, consider replacing it with new vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is both cost-effective, easy to maintain and energy efficient — things most home buyers value.

Not Making Needed Repairs

If you don’t make repairs before listing your house, you will end up losing money in the long run. Most home buyers don’t want to bother with making repairs to a home they have just purchased. With down payments, closing costs and home inspections, there is often little money left over for repairs. Even small problems can be a problem as buyers might assume that the house has not been adequately maintained. Fixing obvious issues will go a long way towards getting offers on your home. Start by inspecting the windows and doors for leaks and other problems. Prioritize items that are easy to fix, like a broken front door or leaky windows.

Ignoring The Importance Of Lighting

No one wants to buy a home that looks like a dungeon. Ample lighting is a critical part of a home’s design. If your interior is naturally dark, shed a little light on your interior by adding transom or architectural windows high up on the wall. These add natural light and allow you to ventilate the room. You might also consider installing a skylight as well. A bathroom skylight adds light without sacrificing privacy.

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Springtime Maintenance Checklist

Springtime Maintenance Checklist

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The warm weather is on its way! Are you prepared? Springtime is a great time to perform yearly maintenance on your home. Here is your Springtime Maintenance Checklist:

Maintenance Checklist for the Exterior of your Home

  • Reseal old or cracked caulking around windows and doors
  • Replace damaged screens
  • Seal off chimney vents
  • Replace weather stripping around windows and doors
  • Inspect roof for broken or missing shingles
  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts.
  • Seal off any exterior accesses that animals could nest in
  • Replace cracked garden hoses
  • Power wash concrete, pavers, or siding if needed

 

Maintenance Checklist for the Interior of your Home

  • Review & repair your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems before the heat of summer
  • Clean or replace your air filters
  • Clean windows, ceiling fans, dryer vents and fireplaces
  • Check your windows for drafts and air leaks
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan
  • Make sure your home alarm, smoke/fire alarm, fire extinguisher, and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly
  • Check for leaky faucets, clogged drains or sweaty pipes

Will you be doing any other maintenance on your home this Spring? Let us know!

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5 Ways to Lower Your Utilities in an Old Home

5 Ways to Lower Your Utilities in an Old Home

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If you own an older home, there is a good chance you are spending too much on utilities. This is especially true if your home is more than 30 years old and was built before energy efficient codes were in effect. Drafty windows, air leaks, and inefficient HVAC systems can all increase your electric bill. Luckily, there are many small ways that you can improve your energy usage in your home.

Seal Air Leaks

Whether it is hot or cold outside, the air that seeps through the cracks and gaps around your windows, door, and plumbing can account for up to 25 percent of your electric bill! Fill in these cracks using caulking or weatherstripping.

To learn how to check your home for air leakage click here.

Check Your HVAC

Sealing your ductwork can reduce air leakage by 15 percent and make a big difference on your heating bill! In fact, the cost of an HVAC tune-up and sealed ductwork will only take one heating season to pay for itself.

Natural gas-powered systems should be serviced every 2-3 years. Oil-fired furnaces should have a tune-up every year

If your home is still too cold and inefficient you may need to replace your furnace. The average life span for a gas or oil-fired unit is between 15 and 20 years.

Last but not least, program your thermostat for even more energy savings.

Add Insulation

Adding insulation is extremely important if your home is more than 25 years old. Adding insulation to your attic, crawl spaces, ceilings, and basement can lead to major savings on your utilities.

Check Your Fireplace

A damaged fireplace damper can account to a shocking amount of air leakage. Hire a chimney sweep to give your chimney a good cleaning and to lubricate and check the damper. When your fireplace isn’t being used you can seal the flue completely using a balloonlike plug called a Draftstopper.

Switch To Energy Star Certified

A whopping 20 percent of your electric bill is spent powering up your appliances. Switching to an energy efficient refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washing system, and windows can really help you save on your electric bill.

Learn more about the importance of energy efficient windows here.

Check Energy Star’s website for any available rebates here.

Browse our selection of energy star certified windows here.

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