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According to the National Association of Realtors®, active home-buying prospects are turning to the Internet in overwhelming numbers. If you have been a Harbenson house-hunter yourself anytime recently, this will not surprise you. Even after you’ve had to wrestle with an ever-expanding number of new computer apps, you know that when your computer (or notebook or smartphone) is working well, it’s unmatched for speed and breadth of access to what you’re trying to find.
In fact, 62% of those who search for their next home online wind up touring a real-life property after first viewing it online. For homeowners who have listed their Harbenson properties, that’s a healthy incentive to be certain that what they put online is as effective as possible. The more information you can provide these potential buyers, the better your odds of getting them in the door.
One great way to accomplish this is to include a virtual tour with your Harbenson listing. Showing individual photos has always been important, yet single photos alone can’t insure that potential buyers get an in-depth feel for a property. Too often they underplay details that could make a home a standout.
Most virtual tours include multiple angles of each room in the home, giving viewers a better sense of the size of each room and emphasizing more features than would otherwise be possible. You can also include carefully chosen shots picturing important exterior features like the scope of the backyard, the roominess of the garage, plantings in full bloom, etc.
The most well-structured virtual tours in Harbenson take buyers on an emotional journey — a progression through the property similar to what happens during a successful showing. If you want to spark interest, captivate potential buyers, and increase the chances of selling your property in less time, including a virtual tour is all but a necessity in today’s market.
Looking for a powerful marketing approach to sell your home this spring? A Harbenson virtual tour is just one small part of the marketing plan I can offer. Contact me today to see more of my marketing approach: it sells homes!
Lewes home owners don’t have to live in the kind of January landscape that features blizzards and snowdrifts to want to winterize their home before the onslaught of the chilliest temperatures. In even the mellowest of climates, winterization is a way to shrink energy bills. And even if the recent shocking downward spirals in world oil prices have sent your home heating costs to the bottom of your budget-tightening "to do" list, remember that if and when you eventually put your Sussex County home on the market, low utility expenses can be a strong selling point. Regardless of how you set your internal thermostat, theBig Three of energy cost reduction always include the following:
Raise the Air Temp; Lower the Water Temp
Two tips that could seem counterproductive will cut energy costs in many an Sussex County home. You’d think you should just switch ceiling fans off until spring, but not so. For cooling, the blades are set to spin counterclockwise so that cool air won’t be wasted down near the floor. The tip is to reverse the fan’s rotation to clockwise. That will act to push warmer air down from the ceiling. Wait until the blades come to a stop, then slide the small direction switch (it’s usually next to the pull cord). The second tip is actually one you can do any time of the year since hot water heaters are usually set to heat to 140 degrees. In truth, most of us don’t need it that hot. Try resetting the temperature to 120 degrees, and see if it’s sufficient. If so, in the course of a year you’ll save more than a few dollars!
Block Air Creep
For a few dollars, a tube of caulk can be a final defense against the creep of cold outside air. Use caulk to seal cracks in the walls and gaps around your windows and doors. In extremes, there are inexpensive extra measures, such as see-through plastic sheets to cover windows with a second seal (doing both would keep the most remote Siberian cabin as buttoned-up as a baby kangaroo). If a drafty door will have to wait until spring for full renewal, an interim trick is to roll up a bath towel and place it against the threshold. This temporary fix keeps out the worst drafts and doesn’t cost a dime.
Take Care of Your Air Conditioner
If you have water-served central air, during the colder months when it’s out of service, good maintenance requires draining the water hoses. Split air conditioners don’t have that issue, but some of them need an exterior cover for preventing drafts (if you haven’t felt any on chilly evenings, it’s not necessary). If you haven’t already removed any window units, better go to the hardware store to buy exterior covers: a lot of chilly air can make its way in through uncovered vents.
The Big Three tips alone comprise a Sussex County home winterization program that costs less than a burger and fries—yet can result in measurable energy savings. If you have found any other simple energy savers, I hope you’ll share: drop me an email, or give me a call at the office!