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Best Energy Efficient Upgrades to Entice Buyers

Competition is heating up in the housing market, and sellers are renovating their homes in hopes of enticing the best leads. With energy-efficiency and sustainability on trend, homeowners are anxious to upgrade their living spaces. With so many options to choose from, honing in on the most sought-after advancements will help increase your listing’s appeal to motivated buyers.

Below are a few of this season’s most popular energy-efficient upgrades:

Efficient Windows and Doors: While installing new windows and doors may not be the most exciting upgrade imaginable, it’s necessary for those wishing to create an energy-efficient home. New energy-efficient windows have multiple panes, which help with insulation, security, and soundproofing. And if you live in an older home, this upgrade is a must.

Solar Panels: Advancements within the solar panel industry have introduced fresh, innovative designs for homeowners. Older solar panels that connect via racks and wiring are being replaced by sleek panels that are integrated within the roof itself. The result is a more aesthetically-pleasing and energy-efficient solar roofing system. Some models can even be tracked via smartphone so that the owner can see exactly how much energy each panel is producing.

Smart Technology: Products like Amazon Alexa and Google Home have made smart technology a must for home automation. These products work seamlessly with other smart home devices such as lighting systems, thermostats, security systems, and appliances. If you haven’t started the process of upgrading your home’s smart technology, now is the time to start.

The smallest upgrades affect your home’s energy efficiency, and will foster a more attractive listing to buyers who prioritize sustainability. If you’re unsure of where to start, ask your realtor for advice on which upgrades trend well in your market.

Source: RISMedia.com, Top Energy-Efficient Upgrades That Buyers are Looking for in 2018

Buying a Smith Mountain Lake Home in Winter

With temperatures climbing to a balmy 20 degrees, it’s hard to imagine bundling up the family to tour available homes on Smith Mountain Lake. Besides, experts have always preached that warmer weather months are ideal for real estate. But what if you’ve outgrown your current living space, or just happen to have the free time during the colder months to dedicate to finding your new home? Should you start looking now, or wait it out until spring?

While it’s true that summer is the most active season in real estate, there are distinct advantages to house-hunting in the winter. For starters, you’re competing with fewer interested buyers, which translates into fewer bids being placed. You’re also shopping from a pool of motivated sellers, which may work to your favor in regards to offers and negotiations. That means that the listing for the lake access townhome in the development that you’ve been eyeing will have fewer applicants, and chances that the seller will accept your offer are good.

If there is a Smith Mountain Lake home for sale that you’d like to know more about, contact me today. Whether you’re upgrading to a lakefront property or downsizing to a waterfront condo, I help my clients find the exact property they’re looking for…regardless of season.

Winterize Your Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Home

Now that the holiday season is over, you may be traveling back to your primary residence until the next long weekend rolls around. But before you bid farewell to your favorite home away from home, it’s a good idea to prep it for winter weather.

Even though the climate at SML is temperate, we aren’t immune to periodic cold fronts. When the thermostat dips below freezing, the water that’s in your pipes will harden and expand into ice. Turn off the water at the main shut-off valve, open up your faucets, and drain your toilets before the weather turns frightful and reduce your chances of a flooded basement. Also, adjust your thermostat to around 55 degrees. This will keep your home warm enough so that your pipes don’t freeze.

Give your home a thorough cleaning, and don’t forget your refrigerator. Unless you’re hiring a house-sitter, it’s best to empty the contents completely and unplug it. Just remember to keep the doors open to combat against mold and mildew. Put all of your perishable food (including pet food) in airtight containers, take off the trash, and bring your house-plants with you.

Let your neighbors know when you’ll be leaving, and when you plan on returning. And if you schedule contractors, landscapers, or any other home maintenance professionals, let them know so they don’t assume you’re being robbed. Speaking of which, make sure you arm your security system, and don’t forget to lock your windows.

Making sure that your home is winterized may seem like a list of tedious chores, but when you head back to Smith Mountain Lake for the summer, you’ll spend less time doing maintenance and more time enjoying the lake life.

Source: “How Can I Winterize My Vacant Home?”, AngiesList.com.