5 Best Spots for Glamping in Utah

Five national parks, eight national forests, and seven national monuments. For anyone unsure of Utah’s outdoor credentials, don’t doubt the Beehive State. From mountain resorts to the most sparsely populated deserts, Utah is an excellent celebration of the great outdoors, making the American West so unique. So, Utah may be a hotbed of outdoor activity, but sleeping in the dirt and sweating your way up a mountain is not for everyone. If you’re curious about reaping the benefits of being amongst the beauty of nature but are not so dirt-inclined, say hello to glamorous camping, aka “glamping.” The glamping trend has hit the entire nation and because of Utah’s miles of unspoiled splendor, it’s one of the best states to indulge in some posh accommodation. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.


By Airbnb

Conestoga Ranch

This Bear Lake location in the very northern reaches of Utah is actually closer to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, in Wyoming, than it is to Utah’s “Mighty Five” in the south. With multiple tastefully decorated accommodation options and even a full onsite spa, Conestoga Ranch is a quintessential glamping experience needing to be appreciated. The most unique experience at Conestoga would be to stay in one of their Conestoga Wagons, renovated carriages that are reminiscent of the 1800s Western migration and Old West lifestyle. While the ranch may be closer in proximity to Idaho and Wyoming, it’s still only a two-hour drive from Salt Lake City.


By Booking

BaseCamp 37 Degrees

BaseCamp 37 outside of Kenab has multiple classic glamping tents — essentially large canvas sheets stretched over permanent structures. Because of their access to a large swath of land, each tent, named after Utah landmarks like Powell, Escalante, and Hayduke, all seem to be completely isolated from civilization. Don’t let the off-the-grid vibe intimidate you though, each tent is solar powered meaning no electronic addictions will go uncharged.


By utah.com

Magickaravan Mothership

This glamping legend is unique, not only because it’s inside of an epic old-school green bus, but also because it’s not tied to any one location. The Mothership is still fully functional and those renting it are responsible for finding a campsite or BLM spot to drive the bus to and set up shop. The mobile crash pad is fully equipped with creature comforts like a wood burning fireplace, Bose surround sound, which is powered by solar and wind energy, and hot water.


By hipcamp

Under Canvas Moab

Located just outside of the adventure mecca, Moab, where activities like hot air ballooning, climbing desert plateaus, and whitewater rafting are normal daily occurrences, Under Canvas has a number of glamping tent options: from suites to rooms with an additional tipi outside the front porch, as well as more economic alternatives that still feature all the necessary amenities. The team at Under Canvas also has a similar plot of glamping tents further south near Zion National Park.


By Under Canvas

Zion Ponderosa Ranch

Zion Ponderosa Ranch may be the ideal option for those who are thinking that even glamping might be pushing their patience with the whole “roughing it” thing, because not only is this a glamp site, it also has luxury vacation cabin rentals available as an emergency backup. The resort is built on more than 4,000 acres of pristine land that boasts views of Zion National Park.

 


 

Written by Zack Davisson
Zack is a recovering technical recruiter who traded in his suit and tie in Silicon Valley for salsa music and a passion for writing in Medellin, Colombia. When not writing for AllTheRooms you can find Zack with his nose in a book, puttering around nature, or getting ultra-competitive while watching Jeopardy.

5 TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SHOW

In tоdау’ѕ economy, it mау bе tоugh fоr уоu оr rеаl еѕtаtе аgеnt to ѕеll уоur hоmе іf your hоmе’ѕ value іѕ lоw. Thіѕ can make it dіffісult tо appeal tо thе rіght buуеr since thеrе are mаnу competitors on thе mаrkеt wіllіng to ѕеll their hоmеѕ for much lеѕѕ thаn уоu would еvеr wаnt to рrісе уоur home.
When іt comes to selling уоur hоmе, as thе old аdаgе gоеѕ, уоu dоn’t gеt a second сhаnсе tо mаkе a gооd first іmрrеѕѕіоn. The reason your rеаl estate аgеnt ѕhоws уоur home іѕ tо get a buуеr. Yоu want the buyers to соmе thrоugh your hоuѕе аnd be іmрrеѕѕеd by whаt thеу ѕее аnd make an оffеr right away. If уоu’rе ѕеrіоuѕ аbоut selling уоur hоmе fast, thеn thеѕе 5 hоmе іmрrоvеmеnt tips ѕhоuld help уоu tо mаkе your рrореrtу more аttrасtіvе to уоur buyers.

5 Thіngѕ Tо Do Bеfоrе Shоwіng Your Hоmе tо a Pоtеntіаl Buуеr

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Enhаnсе Yоur Curb Aрреаl.
Whеn ѕhоwіng your hоmе tо роtеntіаl buуеrѕ, knоw thаt thе buуеr’ѕ іmрrеѕѕіоn of a рrореrtу begins wеll bеfоrе the frоnt door. Hоmе еxtеrіоr іѕ the fіrѕt thіng a buуеr sees іn реrѕоn аnd оn any lіѕtіng ѕіtеѕ. Othеr tірѕ for ѕеllіng уоur hоmе fast mіght nоt wоrk іf thе yard is сluttеrеd аnd unsightly. Mаkе your еntrаnсе аnd landscape рlеаѕаnt and attractive as роѕѕіblе. Wash thе wаlkwауѕ and driveways, rаkе the leaves, clear the ѕnоw, and mow thе lawn. Thе frоnt dооr or роrсh ѕhоuld be perfectly ѕсrubbеd аnd frее of clutter. If іt’ѕ dark, lіght uр thе entrance аѕ attractively as possible.

De-Clutter & Clеаn Yоur Hоmе
Clean scrupulously to gеt rіd of clutter. Begin with оnе rооm ѕо уоu dо nоt gеt overwhelmed. Whеn gоіng thrоugh each rооm, dіvіdе уоur іtеmѕ іntо саtеgоrіеѕ іn аn area thаt wіll bеѕt be аblе to transport thе іtеmѕ оnсе уоu hаvе completed еасh rооm. Brеаk оut the vacuum and vасuum the еntіrе hоuѕе. Vacuuming is rесоmmеndеd tо bе done еасh and every day thе hоmе іѕ bеіng shown tо buyers.

• Clean уоur bаthrооm. Nothing turnѕ оff buуеrѕ more than a dirty bаthrооm. Clеаn іt and mаkе іt sparkle. Get rіd оf аnу grіmе. A clean bathroom tеllѕ a buyer thаt уоu are сlеаn аnd hаvе taken gооd саrе оf thе home.
• Kеер уоur kіtсhеn clean аnd tіdу. Clеаn the rеfrіgеrаtоr аnd cabinet. Shine ѕіnk аnd аррlіаnсеѕ. Buуеrѕ fосuѕ mоrе оn thеѕе areas. Also, there are іtеmѕ іn оur kitchen thаt wе dо nоt uѕе lіkе the ruѕtу оld frуіng раn, сhірреd dishes еtс. Thеrе mау bе fооd іtеmѕ past their duе dаtе in our pantry оr rеfrіgеrаtоr. Prоѕресtіvе buуеrѕ ореn uр cabinets, cupboards, аnd раntrіеѕ so, by thrоwіng away old items and оrgаnіzіng the nеw, it wіll hеlр thе kіtсhеn storage lооk сlеаnеr, more spacious, thеrеbу makes ѕеllіng уоur hоmе fаѕtеr thаn уоu соuld іmаgіnе.

Create Gооd Stоrаgе Sрасе And Brіghtеn Uр Yоur Hоmе.
A brіghtеr аnd ѕрасіоuѕ home аlwауѕ ѕhоwѕ bеttеr. Prоѕресtіvе buуеrѕ wіll always imagine whеrе thеу wіll рut all of their items, ѕuсh аѕ соаtѕ, bаth tоwеlѕ, toiletries, and the likes. Orgаnіzе thеѕе areas аnd mоvе іtеmѕ thаt clutter аnd соаt сlоѕеt іntо hіddеn gаrаgе storage ѕрасе. Arrаngе аll towels nеаtlу tо make аrеаѕ lооk mоrе ѕрасіоuѕ. Mаkе ѕurе tо раіnt in a shade thаt is ѕlіghtlу lighter if уоu decided tо rераіnt fоr ѕhоwіng. Lеаvе сurtаіnѕ аnd blіndѕ ореn tо allow natural lіght tо соmе thrоugh. Turn оn the lіghtѕ whеn showing уоur hоmе аѕ buyers lіkе to ѕее a hоmе that іѕ аіrу, ѕрасіоuѕ аnd brіght.

Kеер Everything Funсtіоnаl And Adjust Thе Temperature.
Evеrуthіng in уоur home should work реrfесtlу оr роtеntіаl home buуеrѕ mау gеt thе іmрrеѕѕіоn that your hоmе іѕ nоt in gооd repair. Open and сlоѕе every drаwеr, door, саbіnеt, аnd cupboard. Make ѕurе your hоmе is wаrm durіng wіntеr аnd сооl in hоt weather. Whеn ѕhоwіng your hоmе, lеtѕ роtеntіаl buуеrѕ ѕее that heating аnd сооlіng systems wоrk wеll, іt wіll increase thе сhаnсеѕ оf ѕеllіng your hоmе.

Make Іt Smell Gооd.
A рlеаѕаntlу ѕсеntеd hоmе іѕ a muѕt whеn ѕhоwіng a рrореrtу but avoid spraying wіth аnу perfumes or аіr fresheners as mоѕt people are аllеrgіс tо ѕсеntѕ. Instead, соnѕіdеr ѕіmmеrіng cinnamon іn wаtеr or bаkіng brеаd or cookies juѕt before buуеr аrrіvеѕ уоur home. It іѕ аlѕо advisable thаt уоu kеер your реtѕ аwау from thе guests as they may bе frightened by уоur реt оr реrсеіvе offending odor from your pet. Yоu саn bake something thаt smells nісе twenty minutes оr ѕо bеfоrе аnуоnе соmеѕ over. Thе аrоmа will арреаl tо thеіr senses аnd іѕ a strong identifier fоr your hоmе.
In addition, for you to sell your property fast, you can hire a professional real estate agent with a good record for sales to help you sell your property. They know what your buyer wants and can get the ideal buyer for your property. Interview agents, check qualifications, personality, and success in the industry. Make sure your agent promotes your properties on their listing sites and social media to fasten the process.
Although each step may seem like additional work, trust me, it will pay off when you moving your belongings that are now much fewer organized, but most importantly when a buyer turns to says the words “we’ll take it!”

Keep it Cool in Davis County

canstockphoto49147107One of summer’s greatest challenges is beating the heat. Don’t let those high temperatures and blazing hot sun get you down. Keep as cool as a cucumber this summer with these fun and reasonable options all located within Davis County.

Splash Pads

Ellison Park Splash Pad

Bring the whole family to enjoy a variety of water activities and features at the Ellison Park Splash Pad. The park and splash pad are located at 700 N 2200 W in Layton. This splash pad season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The splash pad is open Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Heritage Park Splash Pad

Cool off with the family at the Heritage Park splash pad complete with playgrounds and a splash pad. This gem is located at 250 N Fairfield Road in Kaysville. This park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. while the splash pad is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There also is a pavilion that community members can rent. Residents get a discount!

Legacy Park Splash Pad

This splash pad is composed entirely of fountains spraying out of the ground. The park is located at 1140 W 1100 N in North Salt Lake. This splash pad is also open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and operates Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Note: Be prepared with other activities or visit the playground as the water shuts off for 15 minutes of every hour.

Aquatic Centers & Swimming Pools

Clearfield Aquatic Center

Cool off with family and friends at the Clearfield Aquatic Center. This indoor water park will be a splash. The center offers a lap pool, diving boards, playground, lazy river and waterslide. They are open varying hours Monday through Sunday. Admission for 3 and under is $1 while youths 4 to 17 is $3 and adults 18 and up are $5.50.

Layton Surf ‘N Swim

This fun-in-the-sun water park offers plenty of cooling options is no problem with Layton Surf ‘N Swim. This outdoor facility offers plenty of fun with lap swim, water aerobics, swim lessons, open wave, swim lessons and more. They are open year-round with a big bubble-like dome covering the facility during the winter. For hour and pricing information please visit their website.  

South Davis Recreation Center

Cooling off a little farther south in Davis County is no problem with the South Davis Recreation Center. This indoor facility offers both a leisure and lap swimming pools along with a waterslide complete with outdoor splash pad. Admission is $600 for adults and $4.50 for youth 3 to 17. The rec center is open varying hours. Please visit the website for more information.

Salt Lake Bees 2018 Schedule and Promotions

antoine-schibler-22813-unsplashThe Bees kicked off their 2016 season in April. They won their first home game on April 7 versus Sacramento 5 to 2.  

Smith’s Ballpark is home to The Bees and opened in 1994. The ballpark seats more than 15,000 fans. This season offers a variety of exciting promotional nights including themes, fireworks, giveaways and throwbacks. Monday is Smith’s Family Night where attendees get four tickets and four hot dogs for $20. Taco Tuesday offers two tacos for &2. For more information and a full schedule of their promotions this season click here.

The Bees provide abundant ticket options including season tickets, group tickets for parties of 20 or more and a range of options from diamond seats costing $27 on the day of to general admission tickets that are $11 day of. There aren’t any online ticket ordering fees and seats sellout fast. You can reserve your seats here.  

There are plenty of home games to catch this season:

DATE OPPONENT TIME
June 21 TACOMA 7 p.m.
June 22 TACOMA 7 p.m.
June 23 TACOMA 7 p.m.
June 24 TACOMA 1 p.m.
July 4 EL PASO 6:30 p.m.
July 5 EL PASO 7 p.m.
July 6 EL PASO 6:30 p.m.
July 7 EL PASO 6:30 p.m.
July 8 EL PASO 1 p.m. 
July 16 LAS VEGAS 7 p.m.
July 17 LAS VEGAS 7 p.m.
July 18 LAS VEGAS 7 p.m.
July 19 LAS VEGAS 7 p.m.
July 24 MEMPHIS 6:30 p.m.
July 25 MEMPHIS 7 p.m.
July 26 MEMPHIS 7 p.m.
July 27 NASHVILLE 6:30 p.m.
July 28 NASHVILLE 6:30 p.m. 
July 29 NASHVILLE 6 p.m.
July 30 NASHVILLE 7 p.m.
Aug 9 TACOMA 7 p.m.
Aug 10 TACOMA 7 p.m.
Aug 11 TACOMA 6:30 p.m.
Aug 12 TACOMA 6 p.m.
Aug 13 EL PASO 7 p.m.
Aug 14 EL PASO 7 p.m.
Aug 15 EL PASO 7 p.m.
Aug 28 RENO 7 p.m.
Aug 29 RENO 7 p.m.
Aug 30 RENO 7 p.m.
Aug 31 FRESNO 6:30 p.m.
Sept 1 FRESNO 7 p.m.
Sept 2 FRESNO 6 p.m.
Sept 3 FRESNO Noon

The Low Down on PMI

canstockphoto19869296Purchasing a new home or property involves many aspects including purchase agreements, contracts, inspections, appraisals, closing, escrow and more. As such, there a lot of acronyms used throughout the process. In this article, we explain what private mortgage (PMI) is, why it is required and how you can get rid of it.

When purchasing a home, you will likely make some form of down payment. In fact, when you make a down payment less than 20 percent, the lender requires that you carry PMI. Basically, it’s a policy that protects the lender from losing money if you end up defaulting on your loan. Lenders also require PMI when you refinance a mortgage with less than 20 percent equity.

PMI fees vary anywhere from .3 to 1.5 percent of the original loan amount per year depending on the size of the down payment and your credit score. Also, PMI premiums are tax deductible on certain years depending upon the whims of Congress. Most policies require that the borrowes pay monthly. However, borrowers also have the option of paying for mortgage insurance with a large upfront payment.

How to ditch PMI:

The lender must automatically cancel the PMI when your outstanding balance drops to 78 percent of the home’s original value. Keep track of your payments because you also can ask that the lender discontinue the mortgage insurance premiums when the balance reaches 80 percent of the original value. Although, both of these options will probably take several years.

You can speed up the cancellation two ways; however, both options require money, time and patience.  First, you can make double payments on your mortgage ensuring you reach the 80 percent mark in at least half the time. Next, you can make improvements to your property and refinance at opportune moments. This option can potentially raise the original value of your home to where you already have 80 percent equity.

7 Utah Summer Vacation Spots to Try this Summer

cameron-kirby-326348-unsplashMay flowers have started blooming. Soon the school bells will stop ringing and summer vacation will be here. Let the trip planning begin. Traveling on a budget? No worries, we’ve compiled a list of destinations right here in Utah for your next staycation.

Zion National Park

This majestic park offers a wide range of lodging accommodations and recreational opportunities. Travelers can rent cabins, vacation homes and camp sites. They can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, climbing, jeep tours, trekking, swimming, zip lining, ATV rentals, guided trips and more. Zion National Park a nature preserve distinguished by steep red cliffs, forest trails and the Virgin River flowing into the Emerald Pools should be on everyone’s must-see list.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is a beautiful reservoir on the Colorado River. The lake straddles the Utah-Arizona border and is visited by more than 2 million people each year. Travelers can enjoy hiking, climbing, rappelling and even boating through Utah’s southern canyons. Others also enjoy camping and fishing. Lake Powell is located close to scenic destinations such as the Grand Staircase in Escalante National Park and Goblin Valley State Park.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park produces water and wind carved wonders. There are more than 2,000 named arches within the park. Travelers can enjoy a variety of activities including hiking, guided tours, rafting, rock climbing and rappelling, camping and mountain biking.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests

Covering more than 2.1 million ecologically diverse acres the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests cater to just about everyone with world-renowned skiing and scenic highway cruising. We recommend the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Travelers also can go rafting, fishing, boating, camping and hiking.

Flaming Gorge

Flaming Gorge offers seemingly limitless recreation activities without all of the people! With an average temperature of 78 degrees, beautiful scenery and crystal-clear waters, one would expect people to flock to this little paradise− but they don’t. 

Capitol Reef National Park

Go glamping in Capitol Reef National Park. Don’t like roughing it? No problem, luxury cabins, teepees, wagons and comfort await at the Capitol Reef Resort. Million dollar views, rich geological history and sensory overload make this national park a great escape from the everyday grind.

St. George

This Southern Utah city provides the perfect basecamp for multiple national park trips. Bryce Canyon is just two hours away while the Grand Canyon is three. For those who aren’t as enthusiastic about the outdoors, you can enjoy a spa treatment, play, shopping, eating and even gallery hopping.  

5 Tips for Easy Spring-Cleaning

The weather is warming up. It’s time to bust open your windows and cleaning supplies. You and your family benefit from a clean and allergen free home all year around. So, start eliminating dirt and unnecessary stress from your life today with these five tips:

Make a list
Start by scoping out your home. Note which areas need the most work and where you skip or slack during routine cleaning. These places are often the best place to start. Once you have completed your list, prioritize and make a schedule. Having a plan and tackling spring cleaning room by room keeps you focused and on track.

Cut the clutter
Disorganization leads to higher stress levels. Start by de-cluttering to get your home organized this spring. Start with counters and noticeable surfaces. Toss anything you don’t need. Same goes with closet spaces. If you haven’t worn an outfit for more than a year, get rid of it. Don’t forget to tackle the junk drawer.

Start at the top
When cleaning you home always work from top to bottom. Starting at the top and working your way down forces debris downward and keeps you from dusting and cleaning the same space over and over. Start with ceilings and fans. A vacuum with a long hose allows you to reach cobwebs and dust. After you have dusted your fans, you can clean the blades by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Not only will they be clean, but they will look brand new.

Remember the air
Spring is a great time to replace furnace and HVAC filters. In fact, replacing a standard filter with a high MERV rating one vastly improves indoor air quality. High quality filters provide an inexpensive way to catch unwanted particles and dust that ducts build up throughout the winter months. You also can purchase an air purifier if allergens or odors are present in your home. Lastly, consider using a HEPA vacuum to clean your carpets.

Safety first
Often spring cleaning displaces dust and dirt from furniture and fixtures. You also will likely use heavy-duty cleaners. Make sure you read all warning labels and take necessary precautions including wearing rubbing gloves, masks and even hair nets. These protective measures help guard against allergic reactions and skin irritations.
What are you waiting for? Get started with these steps and set a new tone this year with this printable room-by-room spring cleaning checklist.

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Room-by-Room Guide to Declutter Your House Before Selling

Clutter—it’s a word that makes many of us shudder, and we like it even less when we’re preparing to sell our home. However, mastering clutter is one of the best things you can do to help buyers see your house as a place they can call home. Clutter and piles make spaces look smaller and can hide your home’s more attractive features.

If you’re looking to sell your home this year, why not start it off right with a resolution to de-clutter? We know that this can feel daunting, so we’ve broken it down into a room-by-room guide. When you approach de-cluttering in smaller chunks it’s easier—plus, we’re sure you’ll be so pleased with the results that you’ll look forward to getting through the whole list.canstockphoto37528235

Entryway & Hallways

The entryway is the first thing a potential buyer will see, so make sure it’s welcoming and not overwhelming.

  • Corral coats, scarves, and other outerwear
  • Store shoes and boots out of sight
  • Remove mail, newspapers, and other clutter (or keep them neatly displayed in an attractive organizer)
  • Eliminate random clutter in hallways
  • Tastefully display art, candles, or other decor to accentuate your home’s positives
  • Remove excessive family photos and other personal items

 

Kitchen

Often called the heart of the home, the kitchen sees a lot of action. Make sure all an interested buyer sees is how they can make their gourmet dreams come true.

  • Keep counters neat and tidy
  • Never leave dishes in the sink or dripping on the rack
  • Store small appliances in cupboards, or box away for moving if not needed
  • Box up extra items from crowded cupboards and drawers, so you can nicely display your best items (buyers will open doors and look!)
  • Organize all cupboards and displays
  • Remove photos and schoolwork from the fridge
  • Put items that point to trouble (like drain cleaner or ant powder) out of sight
  • Place sponges, scrubbers, and towels in a bin under the sink

 

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are supposed to be our sanctuaries, but too often they become dumping spots for everything that has nowhere else to go. Turn yours back into a sanctuary before buyers take a look.

  • Clear out off-season clothing from drawers and closets—an overstuffed closet appears smaller.
  • Tidy your bedside table and remove any medications, personal care items, or cluttered charging stations
  • Select only one or two family photos to display
  • Make the bed every day—and spruce up existing (or splurge!) on new linens, duvet, and pillows to make the room look fresh and appealing
  • Dust any ceiling fans and other hard-to-reach nooks to make sure the room glows

 

Living & Family Rooms

Make sure potential buyers don’t have to look past piles of clutter to envision themselves relaxing in your space.

  • Clear out piles of magazines, newspapers, books, and hobby materials
  • Make any displays on mantels or tables simple, clean, and devoid of personal effects and photos—less is more
  • Make sure the room has ample lighting day and night, rearrange light fixtures or add a lamp if needed
  • Check drapes and blinds for dust and get them cleaned, if needed
  • Corral remotes and other electronic gadgets in a cupboard, drawer, or attractive bin or basket
  • If you have little ones, organize toys into one section of the room and use bins or other attractive containers to keep them under control

 

Bathrooms

Just because these rooms are functional, it doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful.

  • Clean out your drawers and cabinets—remove any outdated or unused toiletries, medicine, or personal care equipment
  • Tastefully display only the essentials in the medicine cabinet or drawers
  • Pack up rarely used perfumes and jewelry
  • Add fresh drawer liners
  • Organize cleaning items in a safe, unobtrusive spot
  • Remove multiple soap and shampoo bottles from shower shelves
  • Get rid of damp towels, washcloths, loofahs, etc.
  • Make sure towels are displayed neatly on a shelf or in a basket

 

Laundry Room

A well-appointed laundry room can be the difference between like and love for some home buyers. Make the right impression in yours.

  • Don’t leave any laundry (clean or dirty) in piles or otherwise on display
  • If you leave out items to air dry, make sure to put them away before a tour
  • Neatly organize detergents, spot removers, and other supplies
  • Put function on display by arranging equipment, detergents, drying racks, and laundry baskets in an attractive manner that show how easy it is to access everything
  • Wipe down the washer and dryer—make sure no lint or dust is showing
  • Throw lint and other items like dryer sheets in a trash can with a lid

 

Basement or Garage

These are places where we like to hide things that are unsightly or have no other place to call home. But you want potential buyers to see possibility, not defeat, when they enter yours.

  • Properly dispose of opened cans of paint (unless buyers could use it for touch-ups), stain, pest repellent, and other chemicals
  • Organize tools and box up large items if not currently in use
  • Sort through all those old boxes of what-nots and donate unneeded items—organize the rest in neatly-stacked bins
  • Throw out anything that’s musty or shows signs of mold and mildew
  • Dust everything
  • Organize sports equipment neatly, storing as much as possible in bins
  • Add shelves to better corral miscellaneous odds and ends

De-cluttering isn’t fun, but you’ll be happy you did it when you’re calling the moving truck. Get obstacles out of the way so buyers can see what a gem your home is!

We Bust the 3 Biggest Myths About Selling Your Home in the Winter Part 3

canstockphoto37273624This is the third and final installment in our series about selling your home in winter.

Waiting until spring to sell your house is one of the biggest misconceptions in the world of real estate. We’ve already busted myths about selling during the winter and shared the top reasons why selling in the winter is easier than you think.

Now we’re going to focus on those home features that were custom-made to be shown off during the winter. Not everything looks better under the bright rays of the summertime sun. If you’re unsure how to make your property sparkle under winter skies, check out these features that show better in the winter than at any other time.

 

Energy Efficiency

This is one of the most important aspects of any home, and if you’ve invested in maximizing efficiency and cutting down energy costs, now is the time to brag about it. We’re not saying you should “accidentally” leave your latest heating bill lying around so potential buyers can see it, but depending on the numbers—why not?

If showing off your low power bills is too forward for your taste, make up a neat list that details all the energy efficient upgrades and changes you’ve made to the house. Include average heating and cooling bills, so buyers can take those discounted costs into consideration when weighing your home against others. If you’ve taken measures to reduce your home’s carbon footprint, include that information as an extra highlight.

 

Architectural Flourishes

Bannisters, columns, arches, and walkways are custom-made for winter decorations. Tasteful twinkling lights and evergreen garlands draw attention to these architectural features that may be overshadowed in summer by trim green lawns and flowerbeds. If you have special light fixtures or lampposts, add a colorful bow or sprig of holly to draw attention. These types of flourishes look good all winter long—not just during the holidays.

If it snows a lot in your neighborhood, play that up by creating a winter wonderland in your front yard, or on the porch. Create an image of cozy togetherness, where potential buyers can envision themselves enjoying a hot cup of cocoa or rolling up an impressive snowman to watch over the house.

 

Simple Upkeep

Home maintenance is something that potential buyers often have on their minds. If your home is easy to take care of during the winter, be sure to let buyers know it. Keep all driveways, walkways, and steps free of snow and ice—and keep snowblowers, shovels, and ice melt tucked out of sight.

If you present a neat and safe winter appearance, buyers won’t get distracted by how long the driveway is or the number of steps leading up to the front door. Make sure there are no leftover messes from fall cleanup. If snow is scarce, add a layer of mulch across all flowerbeds to make a tidy, well-kept impression on potential buyers.

 

Entertaining Spaces

Whether it’s a wide, open backyard perfect for a family picnic or an open floor plan that just screams holiday get-togethers, make it easy for buyers to see these entertainment perks. If you’re showing your home around the holidays, set up the space as you would for an intimate family dinner or a larger holiday mixer. Set out place settings or arrange furniture into conversational groupings and nooks.

To show off outdoor spaces that might be covered in a blanket of snow, display photos of summer festivities. Pick snapshots that feature outdoor dining, family barbecues, or other warm-weather festivities. If you have award-winning roses or an appealing summer garden, make sure those summertime bonuses aren’t left out.

 

Final Thoughts

Winter can seem like a tough time to show off your home’s greatest assets, but some things look better under a soft covering of snow or in the warm light of a fire. Identify what makes your house stand out when the days are shorter, and get ready to join the winter housing market. It’s the perfect time for your little gem to shine.

We Bust the 3 Biggest Myths About Selling Your Home in the Winter Part 2

canstockphoto17388076This is part two of our series on why winter is a great time to sell your home.

Last time we looked at three of the biggest myths that keep people from listing their house during the winter. We took down the false idea that no one is looking to move in the winter and talked about how to capitalize on the curb appeal of snow and holiday décor.   

Today, we’re going to explore the top five reasons selling in winter is easier than you think. If you’re ready to put your house on the market, but thought you had to wait until spring flowers start peeking through the soil, here are five reasons that should change your mind.

 

  1. You Can Seal the Deal Faster

Few people know this, but home loans processed in the winter often close faster than during other times of the year. With fewer homes on the market, mortgage lenders aren’t juggling as many clients. And even though lenders always give every client the time and attention they need, it’s easier to move ahead quickly when there are fewer loans to process. That means that during the winter, lenders are ready to quickly process your buyers’ financing as soon as they’re ready to move in. It also means your buyers are more likely to be pre-approved.

 

  1. Buyers Are Highly Motivated

Many of us avoid slogging about in winter’s slushy, icy conditions, and the same goes for home buyers. Folks who are ready to don their boots and scarves to check out your home are highly motivated to make a purchase. The good news for you is that you’re more likely to be dealing with potential buyers who are pre-approved and ready to sign on the dotted line. Another reason winter buyers tend to be more motivated is the common existence of external deadlines like a job relocation or the need to get kids settled into a new school quickly.

 

  1. You’ll Get to Deal With Fewer Showings

With a smaller number of people shopping for homes in the winter, you’re less likely to run into “window shoppers.” Along with being highly motivated, winter buyers aren’t going to trek out into the weather without good reason. You’ll have fewer last-minute calls for showings, which means selling your home in winter won’t take over your holidays or disrupt other winter festivities.  

 

  1. Negotiations Are Easier

External deadlines and fewer homes to compete with are two of the biggest factors that can make a positive impact on contract negotiations. Because buyers are motivated, they want to move fast when they find a home they like. This results in offers that are closer to listing price. According to a Redfin study, homes listed during winter sold one week faster and for 1.1% more money than homes sold during other seasons. In fact, homes listed in the winter sold in the fewest amount of days—26—compared to every other time of year. And faster sales means less nitpicking and back-and-forth during negotiations.

 

  1. You’ll Get Undivided Agent Attention

No matter when you list your home, your agent is dedicated to providing top-notch service. But when there are fewer homes on the market, it stands to reason that your agent will have more time to spend on your listing. This can only work in your favor, ensuring that your property rises to the top of the list of homes that are ready to welcome a new family during the winter months.

 

Selling your home is always a big decision—and it can feel overwhelming and risky. Understanding how a winter listing can work in your favor is one way to settle those house-selling nerves. If you’re ready to take the plunge, we’re ready to make your home the toast of the winter housing market.

 

This was the second in a three-part series about selling your home in winter. Watch for our final installment that talks about property features you can show off when you sell your home during winter.