Blog :: 10-2013

Keep Your Home on the Market this Winter

Many sellers think that once the snow starts to fly, they should take their home off the market for a few months so it will appear new and refreshed for the spring. Any Realtor will tell you, "If you want to sell your house, you need keep it active". You can't sell a home that isn't available for buyers to see. If you are still a doubter, here are some good reasons why keeping your home on the market even in Vermontwill help you sell it. snow 2 snow 3 snow pictures 1) Homes look lovely all decked out for the holidays. What a wonderful time to showcase the warmth that your home can provide to new owners! 2) Less inventory to compete with! Come April, your home may have 25 competitors, but in the middle of the winter, you could have less than 10. 3) Even with the parties and family visits, you can still allow access to your home. It's OK to ask for additional notice or make some limitations on evenings when you're entertaining. 4) Buyers that look in the winter are serious. If a buyer is looking for a new home in the winter, they aren't just window shopping. 5) And lastly, with all the technology available to buyers today, the winter weather does not have to be a huge deterrent. Much of the searching and pre-qualifying for a new home is done on-line before the actual viewing takes place. Soshovel those walk-ways, put out the twinkle lights and keep your house on the market. You'll be so happy when the listing rush happens in March andApril that you're not a part of it!

Country Living vs. City Living in Vermont

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Downtown Burlington Vermont

We work with clients often who are contemplating a change and where to purchase a home can be a big one! In many cases, buyers are looking to move from an urban area of our state and buy something with a little land in the country. In other instances, we have clients who want the convenience and efficiency of living in a more urban area and also like that many of their home's amenities, like sewer and water service, are provided by the municipality, so they look to move from the country into the city!

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Country Living in Vermont

If you are considering a change of where to hang your hat, here's some things to think about: 1) Do the drive - if you are use to a 5 minute commute, or the option of public transportation, do the drive from your newly sought after location into where you work. And don't do it on a Sunday afternoon! Drive in either morning or evening traffic to really understand what that commute will be like. Also, many rural homes will be accessed by only dirt roads which can take a toll on your vehicle, or require that you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle in the winter! Understand your daily commute and the impact on your vehicle is an important factor with definite costs.

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Dirt Roads in Vermont

2) Amenities - When you live out in country, especially here in Vermont, there can be some tradeoffs. Most homes will have a private septic system and water supply that you would be responsible for maintaining. You also may have fewer options for phone, cable and internet service, so be sure to check on that. Lastly...take out. Not all rural communities have food delivery! So if you work from home and need a certain internet speed, be sure to ask before you buy!

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Church Street Marketplace, Burlington Vermont

3) Square footage -If you do move out into the country a bit, you'll see that the homes you may be able to afford get a little bigger, or come with more land. Would you rather pay for amenities or more space? Having more land can mean some additional freedoms, such as larger gardens, more pets/animals and more star gazing! You won't find many street lamps outside the city centers!

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Downtown Middlebury Vermont

Regardless of where you decide to call home, Vermont is such a lovely place with a uniqueness all to it's own. Have fun thinking through your optionsand let us know how we can help!

Pellet Stoves are Everywhere!

pellet stove If you're a buyer currently looking for a newhome,I'm sure you've come across apellet stove...they are becoming more and more popular, especially here in Vermont. Many home owners are considering these alternatives to wood stoves to provide a secondary heat source for their home. Here's a few important facts about pellet stoves:

  1. A pellet stove has come a long way aesthetically. They used to resemble giant boxesbut now it's sometimes hard to tell them from a wood stove when you enter a home and they come available with or without a viewing window.
  2. Pellet stoves burn pellets, either made of wood or special fuel composites. The pellets come in 40 lb. bags and must be stored in a dry place.
  3. The stove produces dry radiant heat and can be controlled by thermostat when the hopper is full of pellets. In many cases a pellet stove is more efficient than a fireplace insert.
  4. When selecting a size for a pellet stove, the higher the BTU the better, andmake sure tobuy one appropriate forthe square footage you are looking to heat.
  5. Installation guides andsafety codes are similar to wood stoves, althoughsome pellet stoves can be direct ventedoutside and not need a lined chimney, or only needa shorter chimney to do the job. Pellet stoves also must haveelectricity to operate.
  6. Pellet stoves do require cleaning and removal of ash, but the volume is less than with traditional wood stoves.

If you are considering a pellet stove for you home, definitelytalk to an industry professional about the quantity needed in order to heat your home to obtain fuel cost estimates. It's also good to visualize where you will keep thestored pellets and how you feel about lugging 40lb. bags.As a local Realtor in homes constantly, we are seeing many more pellet stoves around the state andhomeowners are raving about the ease of use and very clean, almost smokeless, heatthe unitsprovide. Contact any of these local companies for more information on pellet stoves: Vermont Pellet Stoves in Colchester, Vermont Wood Pellet Company in Clarendon, Stove and Flagworks in Williston: