Things You Need to Do for Your Home in September!

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September. The month where summer ends and fall begins…unless you live in San Diego. Then it’s just summer all year. But for most of us as the seasons change so do the things we need to do around our house.

While you may think that it’s a bit early to be considering the coming autumn temperatures, September is actually the perfect month to get a lot of home related items in order as you prepare for a coming change in temperature.

Here is a home checklist of items for you to consider doing this September:

1. Get your chimney and furnace inspected.

This is key for homes that need their heat running efficiently in the winter months. Getting your furnace and chimney checked in September gives you time to have any issues fixed in enough time before the weather turns. I actually learned this lesson personally. I have a chimney, but I don’t have a fireplace so why would I need my chimney inspected? A random chimney company was in the area and gave me a discount to have my chimney inspected and it was a good thing they did. I had damage at the top of my chimney and it hadn’t been cleaned in years which was costing me money as my furnace was having to work twice as hard to heat my home. Take it from me. Get your chimney inspected and cleaned as well as your furnace. Your home (and wallet) will thank you come winter.

2. Plan a weekend to take care of the outdoor furniture.

Whether you have a deck, a patio or just some stuff in the yard, plan out a weekend where you’ll officially put everything away. If you don’t plan on it, you’ll find it’s Thanksgiving and you still have a picnic table in your backyard.

3. Swap out those screen windows for storm windows.

It’s easy just to leave the screen windows up and just forget about it. But if you have storm windows, your home will stay warmer and heat more efficiently with that extra layer of protection from storm windows. Also if you’re in an area that gets snow, you need those storm windows to prevent that winter precipitation from getting inside your window sills and causing rot. It’s a pain in the neck, but worth it in the long run.

4. Check your windows and doors for drafts.

You probably should have done this before summer began, but if you forgot now’s the time to do a check of all your windows and doors to see if there’s air escaping. You’ll want to seal these up before you burn your money away with heat escaping your home. They can be simple to fix in some instances by just adding some weatherstripping around them. If you’ve got a door that leads maybe to an uninsulated room like a garage or mud room that has a draft underneath it, I highly recommend the Twin Draft Guard. Possibly the best $10 I’ve spent at Target.

5. Head over to YankeeCandle.com and order a pumpkin spice candle.

This is a requirement for all homes once October begins.

And there you have it. A few simple things to get your home ready for the cooler months ahead. Now that you’re done, you can head on over to Starbucks for an early fall treat as they have their Pumpkin Spice Latte available early this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

For those looking for more to do around the house, head on over to Houzz who has a pretty exhaustive checklist for your home in September.

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Chances of Selling Your Home!

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Selling a home requires you to pay attention to how a property appears to buyers. Improving curb appeal, keeping the home tidy and making it look fresh and modern can attract more potential buyers and may result in a quick and easy home sale.  There are several tasks homeowners may undertake to prepare their homes for a sale that require them to spend money. For example, making repairs or home improvements, hiring a home inspector to assuage buyer concerns and improving a property’s curb appeal are common among sellers.

However, there are several other low-cost but equally important tasks sellers should take that carry a great deal of importance.

Rid the home of unsightly features or scents

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Walking into a home that smells odd or foul can quickly turn a buyer the other way.  In some cases, homeowners may be accustomed to the smell of their home and not even realize that it may smell off to outsiders. For example, individuals who have cats may grow used to the odor of their cat’s litter box, and smokers may be oblivious to the scent of cigarettes. Other smells may be less subtle, such as the scent of a dusty basement. It’s important to purge a home of these odors by doing a thorough cleaning. To avoid the overpowering smell of cleaning supplies, use non-odorous products and light soft-scented candles.

In addition, it’s also important to remove unsightly objects or features from view. For example, many homeowners with pets overlook litter boxes, dog beds and chew toys during the showing. On the same topic, pet hair all over the house is also a turnoff.

Owners with chipped paint, old wallpaper or holes and scratches in the walls should also update these features before a showing. The same goes for thoroughly cleaning carpets and countertops to remove stains.

Out with the old, in with the new

Making small purchases to freshen up a home is another cost-effective way to entice more buyers. For example, toss out old bed comforters, place mats, kitchen rugs and hand towels. Replace them with new and brighter additions to spruce up the room. In addition, simple tasks, such as replacing older light bulbs and washing windows, can add more brightness and shine to a room.

The key is to make the home appear as neat and fresh as possible, and adding a few new items can give the property an entirely fresh appearance. For more advice, tweet to us at @Coldwellbanker.

Sales of Homes in Wenatchee is on the rise!!

We are seeing a fantastic rise of sales of homes in the past few months!  Even experiencing homes being listed and pending within just a few short days!  How exciting is that?!

Utilizing internet technology has become one of our greatest accomplishments in listing homes.

Here is a few ways that we bring your home into light using the internet:           

 
 
   

Choosing your real estate professional is perhaps, the most important decision you will make when selling property. The more you look around the more we think you will see why it makes sense to list with us. We don’t sit back and wait for buyers to come to us. We aggressively put your list your property in the places people are looking!

We Aggressively Market Your Property through Mega Listing Sites and Social Media! All brokers are able to post your property in the MLS which is a good start – but only one piece of the pie. The Internet allows potential buyers to look in many places. We not only put your listing in the local MLS, but we also push our listings to the KEY popular real estate mega sites that have show good results for driving traffic and interest to our listings and our site.

We harness the power of the major Mega Listing sites such as Zillow, Trulia, YouTube, Google Videos, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, AOL Videos, and more. The bottom line is that we post your listings to the most popular websites on the planet!

 

We look forward to selling your home!