If you are considering selling your house and aren't sure when to do it consider this…..Buyers are looking to live in your neighborhood NOW, Today! Currently buyers that are looking to live in many of the great neighborhoods in Greater Seattle and Eastside and can’t find much to buy.
I’ve had conversations with clients who are going to sell in 2015. Several commented that they thought summer would be the best time. It’s a common misconception that can cost Seller’s thousands of dollars.
The chart shows how many home receive offers each month in our area. Things actually peak in May and trend down after that. Selling in early Spring will give you access to more buyers than waiting until Summer. Interestingly, most of the price appreciation also happens in the first 6 months of the year. Want to maxizmize your sale price — consider selling sooner than later!
Yes, home ownership is still the American Dream. And while it may appear to still be difficult to purhcase a home, many of our goals still point to homeownership. See more…
Keep Current on Regular Home Maintenance
One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is to make sure routine maintenance is part of your plan. Catching problems early can often help you avoid larger issues down the road. What is now a minor plumbing or roof leak can cause major problems if not detected and fixed immediately. Check around your home for cracked or peeling paint, have chimneys and fireplaces inspected and cleaned, and make sure the driveway and walkways are not cracked or lifting.
Update your home inventory for insurance purposes:
If you're like many homeowners, it's probably been a while since you've reviewed your home insurance policy and reassessed the value of your home's contents. An updated home inventory of your possessions can help you determine if you have the proper type and amount of insurance. Your insurance company may make forms available to help you organize and record your inventory, and there are several home inventory software programs available. You also can download a free program from www.knowyourstuff.org. Should you have an insurance claim for property loss or damage, your inventory can help make the process and accurate valuation easier.
Audit Home for Energy Savings:
There are simple things that every homeowner can do to improved energy efficiency and save on utility bills. Switching from conventional light bulbs to compact fluorescent versions wherever possible saves money and makes things easier for you, too. For example, you will need to replace bulbs in awkward places less often. Make sure windows and doors are caulked and in good repair; this will save energy in both winter and summer. If you're planning to replace any appliances this year, shop for and compare efficient, energy-saving models.
Create a Fire Safety Plan for your Family
Everyone knows the importance of having a plan in place should a fire occur in your home. But each year, tragedy strikes homes and families who didn't think about it or who promised to make a plan "one of these days". The basics include working and properly installed smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and an escape plan for every room. Your local fire department is an excellent resource for directions on creating a plan designed to keep you and your loved ones safe. Give yourself some peace of mind by making this the year to put that plan in place.
Information provided by
Randy Kneram, Pillar to Post