Sunday, December 28, 2014

How To Sell Your Woodman Hills 80831 Colorado Springs Home In Winter Season For Top Offers!

How to: Sell your home in winter

Carrie Lukins, SellState Alliance Realty, 719-651-2199 

Selling your home? Winter is a great time for playing up your home’s cosy, family-friendly charm.
Many people believe it’s harder to sell your home in winter than summer. But there are a number of real advantages to selling during the cooler months, says Kathy Monahan, an agent with Forest Hill Real Estate Inc. in Toronto.

For one thing, removed from the sometimes frenzied action of the spring market, sellers can take a little more time to consider offers, and with fewer homes on the market, there’s less competition. And don’t worry, says Kathy: the things that lead people to make new home purchases -- a new job, a growing family, up- or downsizing -- happen all year round, and there are still plenty of buyers out there. In fact, winter is a great time for playing up your home’s cosy, family-friendly charm. 

Start with the exterior
As with any time of year, make sure that the house looks well maintained and cared for, with eavestroughs clean and minor repairs taken care of. While you can’t paint in winter, washing paintwork and siding with warm soapy water on a mild day can make a big difference. Make sure the windows are freshly washed as well; winter light has a way of highlighting grime.

Tend to foliage
Make sure that shrubs and tree-branches bent down with snow don’t obstruct walkways or entrances; brush the snow off or prune if necessary. (It won’t hurt them.) Ensure that the walkway is shovelled and ice-free before every showing; not only is this a courtesy and crucial to making the home look well maintained, but if a visitor slips and is hurt, you could be liable for damages.

Adorn the entryway
A wreath on the front door, Christmas lights and a garland hung on the doorframe or front porch present a welcoming entry. Plant urns with festive greenery, the fuller the better: along with cedar or pine boughs, tuck in sprigs of holy, dried berries, magnolia leaves, corkscrew hazel or red osier branches, with silver ball ornaments and perhaps gold wire ribbon woven through the arrangement.

Make a good first impression
Once a prospective buyer comes inside, remember that you may have only 10 to 15 minutes to make a lasting impression. (A small but crucial point for unoccupied homes: make sure the heat is turned on several hours before the showing. All the window-dressing and staging in the world won’t entice buyers to linger inside a home that’s freezing.)

Light candles
Romance visitors’ sense of smell by lighting fragrant candles or placing bowls of potpourri in main rooms. A time-honoured but still effective trick, especially on a cold winter’s day, is to have a pot of cider simmering on the stove, or cookies or fresh bread baking.

Protect the floors
To protect your floors, put down rubber mats by the door for snowy boots; buy a few pairs of comfy one-size-fits-all slippers from a department or discount store for visitors to wear while they view your home.

Light a fire
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, light a fire and let it glow during the showing. Put big, colourful poinsettias in each main room, including the kitchen; consider more modest winter flower arrangements or amaryllis blooms in other rooms, such as the bath and master bedroom. Decorate banisters and mantels with pine garlands (natural ones impart a delicious, nostalgic fragrance); a decorated and lit Christmas tree or menorah enhances an image of home and family.

After the holidays, seasonal decorations can be taken down, but urn arrangements and even the front door wreath can stay up for the rest of the winter, if it isn’t too Christmasy in design. Make sure you continue to maintain walkways clear of ice and snow, and think warm thoughts!
Call Carrie Lukins, Realtor, SellState Alliance Realty for all your Real Estate needs.
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Woodmen Hills Colorado Real Estate Homes & Neighborhoods


Set upon rolling grasslands dotted with native cottonwood and aspen, Woodmen Hills is a relatively new development to the northeast of Colorado Springs easily accessed by Woodmen Road and provides sweeping views of the Front Range. The area is generally bordered by Highway 24 to the south, Stapleton Drive to the north, Eastonville Road to the east and Meridian Road bisecting the western edge. Woodmen Hills is one of the largest developments in the Colorado Springs area and is nestled near two of the oldest surviving rail towns serviced by the Colorado & Southern Railroad, Peyton and Falcon and has a rich history of pioneer and community involvement.
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Daily life is convenient and modern in this neighborhood which is just far enough away from the city. The Falcon school district has its humble roots in the late 1800’s growing into a well respected district which serves the residents of Woodmen Hills with a relatively low teacher to student ratio and impressive ACT/SAT scores. Daily shopping needs are only moments away at the Falcon Town Center located near the intersection of Woodmen Road and Highway 24. Upscale shopping at The Shoppes at Briargate or the Chapel Hills Mall is only 15 minutes away. The local Meadow Lake Airport serves smaller planes with two runways; over 255 planes call this busy airport home.
Convenient to the many businesses and military installations along or near the Powers Corridor, Woodmen Hills is a great place to find a newer home on a larger ½ to full acre lot. For more information, check out the official website of the Woodmen Hills community.
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Carrie Lukins
Your Running Realtor
SellState aliance Realty
Colorado Springs, CO 80920