The Season You Show a House Matters

Selling a house is one of the most important parts of real estate investing and even if you aren’t an investor there is a high chance you will still need to sell a house.

But what is the best time of year to sell? What season is better to show off your lovely home to potential buyers? This is where things can become a little confusing.

Some experts say selling in the winter is best because there is less competition. Others will advise you spring is better when the weather will entice buyers outside and the flowers are in bloom.

In truth, there are perks for showing your house in different times of the year, and really it comes down to your personal situation and market trends. The following are a couple of factors to consider.

Location, location, location

Where your property is situated is going to have an impact on the best time to show your home. Is your property in a beachside town or an urban location? A beachside property may be more appealing to the buyer who views it during the summer. For example, you have a lovely house whose back-lawn overlooks the beach. The sun is out, you have your quality smoker out, and you walk the potential buyer out to these views, allowing them to be enticed by the luxury way-of-life feelings they get from the viewing.

However, many buyers will actually look for their ideal home at other points of the year too. So this traditional advice may not always work. Chatting with your estate agent to discuss when buyers are most likely to view your property is a good idea. Open houses during peak times of year can become an extremely important factor in selling and could generate serious interest in buyers who were only casually thinking about purchasing a beachfront property. Which leads to the next point:

Selling season

Traditionally, spring has been considered the best season for selling properties. This is the time of year when homes and gardens look their best, and people are outside enjoying the weather. Often, families prefer to buy a new home before the height of summer arrives so as to tie in with the new school year. But because of this, there is naturally more competition.

This is why autumn is a time when some of the biggest volume of sales happen. This is in part due to its timing right after the holidays, when focus on buying starts to pick up again. You should also consider the practicalities of selling during this season: potential buyers being shown around your home inside and out are less likely to be hit with the unpleasant smell of smoke from your neighbors smoker.

Live and Play: Why Utah is Great For Outdoorsmen

For those of us that live in Utah, we all know the secret – there is everything an outdoorsman or woman could possibly want in Utah, and quite a bit of is is very close to places with a great quality of life and great jobs. There is hiking, mountain biking, skiing and beautiful national parks like arches and canyonlands! There are so many great places here in Utah, and there are many great places for outdoorsman as well. Even though we are mostly trying to sell houses here, we still want people to come visit (then move) to Utah, so we want to make sure to highlight everything that we have to offer. Here are a few of the things:

  1. Hunting

    Utah is absolutely great for hunting. There is some incredible animal diversity here, and you can hunt deer, bears, cougars, elk, and more. The terrain is great for hunting and not too challenging for most hunters to get around in. Even though there are quite a bit of mountains around, most hunters don’t notice and are able to track down some great spots that they can find great game animals in. There are plenty of great areas in the state to hunt, and each offers varying terrain and difficulty, as well as varying creatures to go after. We love hunting here and love to meet people that do as well.

  2. National Parks

    One of the reasons that my wife and I moved to Utah was because we were so close to some beautiful places. We absolutely love spending time in Capitol Reef National Park, as well as other park sites in the state, like Arches, Canyonlands, Zion  and Bryce Canyon. These are some of the most fun places that we have ever been to, and they are all within driving distance of our home in Salt Lake. Even if the drive is long, it is still totally worth it to go and see and do everything in those parks. We have been many times, and we love it.

  3. Fishing

    Where would we be if we didn’t mention fishing? There are many great mountain streams and lakes that feed the mighty Colorado river basin in Utah, as well as the Flaming Gorge Reservoir that we share with Wyoming. An Angler can surely find his fill of great and close fishing if they choose to move to Utah.

  4. Hiking

    One of our favorite things to do is hiking, and we try and get outdoors and get to the trails as much as we can all the time. Even though we dont do the 7 or 9 day backpacking trips that we did before we had kids, we still get to get out to the trails quite a bit (though honestly, it’s never enough).

  5. Skiing

    We cant say enough about skiing, and living in Salt Lake, we are so close to the park city resorts that it is great – we can call in “ski” to work whenever we want and get some runs in before the huge weekend crowds come to the park city area. It’s only about an hour drive from where we live, so we feel really fortunate to have something so great so close to where we live.

Any outdoorsman can find a great home in Utah if they are interested in  moving here, and we are here to help if they are. If you’re looking for a specific type of house with certain amenities in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area make sure to get in touch with us via the contact page or check our blog for more great information about real estate in Utah.

Patios and Decks can Add Value to A Home

In the warmer weather, there is nothing better than to be able to enjoy being outside at your home on a patio or deck. The word patio is derived from the Spanish language where they often referred to the roofless inner courtyard that used to be commonly found in Spanish-style dwellings.

What is a Patio or Deck?

In modern homes we tend to think of as a patio or deck as being an outdoor space that adjoins your residence – typically the area is paved so that it is perfect for outdoor dining or recreation. Patios or decks can be created by using paving stones or other durable surfaces such as bricks, concrete, pebbles, or wood. If you are looking to add value to your home, then creating a patio or deck is a simple and cost effective solution. By adding a paved area that adjoins your house, you are creating a whole new living space that you and your family can enjoy. Whether it is where you set up the table tennis table, or if you have some sun lounges, or it could be the perfect place for some outdoor dining so that you can all enjoy the smoky goodness barbecue ambiance that some flame grilled cooking can give you. The possibilities are endless. If you live in an area that experiences colder weather for parts of the year, a patio or deck to create some outdoor living space is still worth considering. There are a range of outdoor heaters available that mean that this living space can still be utilized, even beyond the summer months.

Safe Outdoor Space for Kids

These days when people are looking to buy a home, especially when they have young children or a growing family to consider houses that have outdoor spaces such as a patio or deck are particularly attractive. To have a safe playing area for the children, a space that you can easily monitor from the kitchen or a nearby room, is definitely something that a lot of families will rate highly and will pay a premium for.

Great Place for Plants

The use of plants on your patio or deck is a really simple way to integrate the space with your garden and create some shade while you are outside enjoying the warmer weather. Take your inspiration from Spanish courtyards and use large terra-cotta pots with hardy plants that don’t require too much attention.Think about palms, olive trees, or lemon trees – these are relatively slow growing plants but your local garden center will be able to supply you with mature plants so that you can instantly create a spectacular garden feature on your patio.

Other Patio Extras

Another way of giving your patio or deck a real wow factor is to install a water feature. This doesn’t have to be an enormous fountain, it could just be a small trickling stream or a pot of water that cascades gently over the stones. There is something incredibly soothing about the gentle sound of water in the background while you are relaxing in the sun. You could even create a small fish pond using a large earthenware pot and some shady plants. Your children will love caring for the fish and watching them swim about in the cool pools of water on your patio or deck. The more flexible that you can make your space, the more use that you will get from it. If you do set up a table tennis table, make sure that it is one that you can easily fold up and put into storage when you want to entertain friends or set up the sun lounges. So whether you have created your patio or deck using paving stones, wooden planks, recycled bricks, or combination of all of these materials. Your patio will give you an opportunity to not only embrace the joy of outdoor living but will also create value for your home.