Now that winter is here, it brings a new set of challenges for sellers. In order to keep your home in showing condition, here are a few common sense tips to follow.
- Keep your driveway plowed and entryways clear.
- Keep walkways and stairs clear of snow and ice.
- Don’t let snow pile up on the roof and decks. At some point, too much snow on the roof can cause ice dams, leaks, and even structural failure. The same goes with decks.
- Keep a vacant house heated to at least 50 degrees. A warm house holds more appeal and will allow buyers to take their time looking. Buyers will rush through cold homes and it leaves a negative impression. If you are an absentee seller, set up fuel for automatic delivery.
- Have a good map to show where your septic system is. If your house goes under contract and a septic inspection is scheduled, it will speed along the process.
- Have a backup plan for extended power outages. This holds especially true for absentee sellers. Having the power out for even a day can cause pipes to freeze.
If you are looking for an experienced REALTOR® with the common sense to help sell your house in any season, then give me a call! 603-526-4116, email@example.com, www.donnaforest.com
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Spring Ledge is still open and harvesting their root vegetables – great for soups. Their hours for November are:
Friday Nov. 7th 12-5:30; Saturday Nov. 8th 10-1; Friday Nov. 14th 12-5:30; Saturday Nov. 15th 10-1; and starting Monday, Nov. 17th, they will be back to full time, seven-days-a-week of farm fresh goods and natural holiday decorations through Christmas! Stop by in the morning for their homemade cider donuts (beyond yummy!).
This year, Spring Ledge is also offering free range turkeys from Misty Knoll in Vermont. Place your order and you can pick up your turkey on the 24th or 25th of November. Price is $5/pound.
Spring Ledge Farm is located at 37 Main Street, New London, NH.
Halloween is just around the corner and following are the times for trick or treating in your town. All towns will be celebrating on Halloween night, Friday, October 31.
New London 4-8pm
Watch the cars and keep your little ones safe. Happy Halloween!
Getting a home under contract can sometimes be challenging enough. However, it’s still not time to break out the champagne once it happens. According to a survey of over 4000 REALTORS® by the National Association of REALTORS® in September 2014, about 15% of pending sales didn’t close as the buyers couldn’t obtain financing, about 3% did not close due to appraisal issues, and another 3-4% didn’t close due to home inspection issues.
So what can you do? Be mentally prepared that most likely there will be hurdles to overcome and the closing date may not be concrete. Have a home inspection prior to putting your house on the market and make needed repairs so you can avoid post-contract negotiations or worse, giving the buyers reason to walk from the contract. Be aware that tighter lending regulations can slow the process – anything from the house not appraising to last minute negotiations that create delays due to new lending rules. It’s a complex process and that’s why you need a knowledgeable REALTOR® to help navigate your way to a successful closing. Contact me and put my 20 years of experience to work for you! 603-526-4116, www.donnaforest.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The New Hampshire Association of REALTORS® has published September 2014 sales and third quarter figures for residential and condominium sales. Click on the following links for the information – NHAR_September 2014; NHAR_2014-Q3.
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