What is this hygge thing about?
Homes are totally sellable in winter. In fact, if someone is looking to buy your home in the winter months, they’re probably in a hurry. But here are some key factors, according to Zillow Porchlight’s Brendon Desimone, to selling in the winter-time.
We take a lot of pride in our porches. From fall through winter, festive porch design is a must. But don’t wear yourself out arranging pumpkins and gourds, just to swap them for wreaths and garlands a few weeks later.
While we’re not quite there yet, winter is on its way, and the holiday season is upon us. It’s definitely not the most popular time to buy a new home, but you could be missing out if you don’t.
As a new homeowner, you may not be abreast of all you need to know about maintaining your home – least of all how to budget for it.
The worst of winter is right around the corner and there are a lot of things that most people already do to prepare; things like purchasing a new ice scraper, coat or anti-freeze are common, but what about your home?
There are things you can (and should) do to prepare your home for winter.
1. Chimney – If you have an active chimney, have it cleaned once a year (before winter). This will prevent build up and keep your chimney in safe, working order.
2. Water heater – It may seem contradictory, but heating your water heater can actually save you about 9% in heating costs. Purchase a proper sized insulation blanket and wrap it around the water heater.
3. Foundation – Inspect the foundation of your home and seal any cracks where heat could escape.
4. Roof – Prevent ice dams by installing ice shields on your roof.
5. Thermostat – If you haven’t yet, check out smart thermostats. These nifty devices control the temperature in your home automatically – adjusting it as you come and go.