Thursday, November 17, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Ah, nothing beats a cold, crisp, and snowy winter season in Vermont! As a team of avid skiers and riders, it can be hard to pass up a day on the trail after a fresh snowfall, and we cannot be more excited for the season. When our agents aren't shredding down the mountain, they are out and about across Northwest Vermont, helping homeowners prepare their homes for sale. If you are considering selling your home this winter, here are a few proven strategies to help you succeed!
Clearing the Path to Success
Curb appeal is a key component of a successful home sale, and while things can look a little different in the winter months, a tidy property will stand out! As we close out the fall season, remove the remaining leaves from your property and your gutters before the first snowfall arrives. Once we see some snow, remember that a clean driveway and walkway can help boost your home's curb appeal. Homebuyers do not want to climb through snow to view your home and want to see what's underneat; ...
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
As we approach winter and the holiday season, you may be looking for a change of scenery and be in the market for a new home! While many others choose to buy in the spring, you may have an advantage in buying during the holiday season! Read on as we unwrap why the holidays are a great time to purchase a home!
Beat the Heat
As we mentioned before, many buyers prefer warmer weather when it comes to home shopping. Spring and summer are some of the busiest months for real estate, while fall and winters always see a slowdown. If you have been keeping up to date with the Vermont real estate market, we have seen quite a bit of bidding wars for homes. During the holiday season, there tend to be fewer buyers in the market, leaving you more opportunities to land your dream home!
Something about the holiday season brings a whole new energy into the mix. Maybe it's the lights, the decor, or more time with those close to us, but that positive mood can help smooth over deals as th; ...
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Do you love snow? Vermonters are lucky to experience four beautiful seasons, including our beloved winter! While some use the winter months to hibernate under blankets next to their fireplaces, others are giddy to catch some powder on the slopes! It does not matter how you spend your winter months, but prepping your home for the cold season is a no-brainer! Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the cold!
Check Your Heaters
It may seem obvious, but sometimes we forget to test our heating systems when the weather is warmer, and the last thing you want is a system not performing on a blistering cold day. Furnaces, boilers, and chimneys should be serviced by a technician at least once a year to ensure proper function and safety. Fire up your system early, giving you time to repair it before the cold gets here!
Clear Your Gutters
Those darn leaves never seem to fall when or where you want them to! Let's face it cleaning your gutters is not fun, so taking care of them as the ; ...
Thursday, April 7, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Owning a home is a wonderful milestone and an investment in your future! Your home purchase is likely to be one of the largest investments you will make in your life, and just like any other investment, you must protect it. If you properly maintain your home, you may find you can live in it for several decades and still sell it for more than you originally paid! When you buy a new car, it will most likely depreciate the moment you drive it off the dealer's lot. On the flip side, when you purchase a new home, it will likely retain value for years if its condition is maintained. In this article, we will outline the best ways to protect your home, so you maximize the value of your investment in the future!
Make Preventative Maintenance a Priority
Owning a home means you are the "landlord", which comes with the responsibility of upkeep and maintaining the property. The first step towards keeping your home in tip-top shape is creating a maintenance schedule. Outline all the major ; ...
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Buying your first or next home is a major step in life, and after you’ve closed on your new digs it may feel like you’ve finally won the race and can take a breather! While you may now be the proud owner of a new home, the process is not over quite yet. You still have a few more steps to go to get your home ready for living!
Put New Locks on Your Home
Changing the locks on your home may seem like an obvious step, but many new homeowners forget this stage. Since you do not know who has access to the house via the old locks, it is crucial to have your entrances re-keyed for safety and peace of mind. To exchange your locks, you can purchase DIY kits or call a locksmith to come out and replace your locks. For older homes, you may consider hiring a professional as the building standards for locks have changed, which can cause challenges during installation.
Hook Up All Utilities
When the homeowners leave the premises, they will shut off utility services. You will want m ...