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Winter Storm Tips

Even though it may seem like we’ve had a pretty easy winter so far, yesterday’s wind storm reminded us that we still have a lot of winter left whatever the Groundhog says.

The high winds and rain left many roads impassable with downed trees resulting in many power outages throughout the Southcoast.

While we can’t change the weather, here are some tips to be prepared for the next winter storm.

Keep an eye on the weather and weather alerts so you are not caught off guard when the next storm hits.

Check your home’s ability to keep out the cold, such as weatherstripping, insulation, and caulking to prevent frozen pipes and heat loss.

Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are all in working order.  Replace batteries if needed. These can be life-saving during a storm.

Loss of power is always a given.  Make sure you  stock up on essentials and flashlights with batteries. You may want to fill your tub for toilet flushing if you have a well.  Better yet, consider investing in a generator which can get you through many days without electricity.

Consider your elderly family and neighbors also.  Check on them and make sure they are ok and if they need assistance with any chores, especially snow shoveling.

Winter is still with us for a couple of months, so it’s always better to be prepared.

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Buying and Selling in the Winter

We all know the line that Spring is a great time to buy or sell a home.  While that may be true, selling or buying a home in the winter can be a great idea especially if your house is ready and you’d rather not wait.

The housing market is still low on inventory, and serious buyers are out looking during the winter months more than ever before.  New Year’s Resolutions to get serious and buy a new home may come into play in mid-January.  The holidays are over and the busy spring and summer is not here yet, so this could be a great time for buyers to get looking.  Most buyers looking at this time of year are serious.

Buyers are usually less put off by days on the market at this time of year.  They realize the holidays could stall a sale  and will still consider homes that have been on the market for a little while within reason.

Selling your house now could mean less competition for the new home you want to buy.

Choose your price carefully! Check out the comparables and be realisitic.  Now is not the time to overprice your home. Don’t despair. If it doesn’t sell quickly, the busy spring market is right around the corner.

Winter is also a great time for buyers, even though inventory may be lower, there will be less competition and sellers are usually pricing their homes to sell.

Sellers are motivated to sell and may be ready to take your offer.  There is less of a chance of getting into a multiple offer situation.

Also, this might be a slower time for your agent, so they have more time to devote to finding you a home.

Winter is a great time for buyers and sellers alike, so bundle up and get out there.

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Energy Efficient Landscaping Tips

Better Homes and Gardens has some great energy efficient tips for landscaping your yard according to your region of the country.

Sitting under a shade tree on a hot day makes you cooler, and standing by a wall on a cold, windy day makes you feel warmer.  You can landscape your yard to offer your home those same benefits. It just takes a bit of planning in the way you site trees, fences, and other elements.

Some things to consider:

A well-positioned tree can save up to 25 percent of your home’s energy for heating and cooling.

A tree-shaded yard can be up to 6 degrees cooler than a sunny yard. A shaded lawn can be up to 25 degrees cooler than sunny pavement.

Shading your home’s roof can increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by more than 10 percent.

A single shade tree equals the cooling power of 15 air conditioners — and it runs for free!

Three house-shading trees can cut your cooling bill by as much as half.

Windbreaks can cut winter heating bills by 10 to 30 percent.

The Northeast: In most of your region, you want to take advantage of the sun’s heat during the winter, so plant deciduous trees on the south- and west-facing sides of your home. This will do double duty: In summer, their leafy canopy will shade your house, helping to keep it cooler. It’s also helpful to use a windbreak of trees or large shrubs to the north or northwest side of your home. This block will prevent winter winds from stealing as much of your home’s heat.

These are some great tips when you are changing or designing your outdoor space.  Winter is almost here! Now is a great time to design a new outdoor space and implement the design in the coming spring.

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Selling Your Home in the Winter

Winter may seem like  a daunting time to sell your home but it can in fact work in your favor!  The holidays may be a tough time but homes always look cozy and warm dressed up for the holidays.

Buyers looking for homes during the holidays and winter months are serious.  There are usually circumstances which make finding a new home soon imperative.  They are ready to buy and your home may be just what they are looking for.

Another advantage of selling in the winter months, is that there may be less competition when you are looking for a house to buy.

Start your preparations right after the holidays and have your home ready to go on the market! Keep it clean and simple and you’ll have your home sold in no time.

Don’t wait until spring! Put your house on the market now!

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