Wintertime is a season to enjoy blankets of fluffy snow, warmth by the fire and, if you’re a homeowner, avoid the damage snow, wind, sleet, and all that winter weather brings with it!
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.