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The story of The Heritage Home Team begins several years ago with a young woman who had a passion for personal finance. Crystal wanted to learn how the average American grew their wealth. What her studies always brought her back to was that Americans that owned homes were wealthier and more ‘comfortable’ then Americans that did not own their own home.
But, it’s not just about moving into any home. It’s about finding a home of good quality in a good area that will continue to appreciate year after year. This is what Crystal and The Heritage Home Team pride themselves in: finding a good quality home, in the target price range, in the available time frame.
How does this apply to you, the seller? Whether in a seller’s OR buyer’s market the best way to sell your home is by appealing to potential buyers; to make sure they can see themselves living in your home, not wondering who currently lives there. My job is not only to help you price and market your home aggressively – it is also to view your home through the eyes of a buyer, from the very beginning.
The Heritage Home Team also prides itself in being ‘green’. You’d be amazed at how wasteful a life on the go can be. The Heritage Home Team drives hybrid cars, only prints when needed – and double sided if possible, saves files in electronic format instead of paper format, shys away from prepackaged products, and is learning how to be greener every day. The little things add up!
There is a lot of debate about the ‘right’ time to list your home for sale. Most Kansas City sellers choose to wait until spring because they think that’s when all the buyers are looking. The below infographic shows that, really, the best time to sell your home is during the winter. That’s when the serious buyers are shopping for homes. On average, your home will be on the market for a shorter period of time and you will receive more money then if you wait until spring.
I know the temperatures feel like fall, but the cold weather is just around the corner. It’s important to make sure your home is prepared to keep you and your family safe this winter. Here are a few quick measures you can take to prevent some potential problems:
*Freezing Pipes – open sink/cabinet doors to let warm air in. Wrap exposed pipes and disconnect outside hoses.
*Burst Pipes – Know where your water shut-off valve is so you can turn it off quickly
*Power Outages – Check your emergency kit for working batteries, flashlights, and a radio – Click here for a list of what should be in your emergency kit from the American Red Cross.
Since we live in the Midwest, we often experience severe weather in the winter. Whether it’s a snow storm, freezing rain or bone-chilling cold, we have it all during the winter time. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends having:
*Melting agents – such as: rock salt or calcium magnesium acetate
*Fuel for warmth and a backup – firewood or generator
*Blankets and warm clothing
*Enough food and water to last you for a few days
*Transistor radio with extra batteries
Make sure to stock up on these items, because they may be difficult to find just before a large storm.
Not only do you need to be prepared inside your home, but the outside of your home needs to be ready as well. Here is a list of a few things you can do to winterize your home.
*Check: shutters, siding and other materials to ensure they’re secure – High winds, ice and moisture from storms can strip off these materials if they’re loose
*Clean out gutters of debris and check that walkways are flat. Make sure there aren’t any tripping hazards when it snows or ices over.
*Caulk windows and apply weather stripping to doors (doing these two things could save you around $350
*Insulate your pipes – especially any exposed to the outside or any that are in unheated places in your home – this will help to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting
*Trim any tree branches that are over your roof, cars or could prevent a danger to people. Also trim branches that are broken or weak to prevent them from falling when ice or snow accumulates. (Don’t attempt this on your own unless you’re experienced – use a professional)
These small chores can help keep you, your family and your home safe during the long winter months. It’s best to do this while the weather is still nice outside, which luckily seems to be the case here.
If you have any questions about buying or selling a home, please let us know! We’d love to assist you!