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Easy Things to Do Around the House in the Fall.

by JS Realty

Fall is here!  This means that winter is just right around the corner.  Fall is the perfect time to make adjustments to your home that could help with a potential sale.  It is also the ideal time to winterize your home before the cold and snow come.  Here are some tips on things to do around the house in the fall.

Clean the gutters
It is important for your gutters to remain clean especially in the fall because gutters help with water control.  If there are leaves, sticks or ice cluttering your gutters than it can be catastrophic.  If there is too much build up there could be problems with water damage to your ceilings and walls because the water gets backed up and goes right into your home.  This can cause major issues when trying to close on a home.  Clean the gutters or get a handy gutter guard to assist with easier clean up.

Get your furnace serviced and cleaned
A furnace that is running efficiently will help lower heating costs and reduce risk for fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.  Getting it cleaned will help there be less dust particles and irritants floating around your home.  It can also help get rid of any smells that might be making your home unappealing.  It is always a smart idea to get it serviced before the winter months or you could be dealing with having no heat on a cold night.

Clean out the dryer vent
Another fire hazard if not cleaned out regularly.  It is important to clean out the dryer vent because it helps your dryer work more efficiently and clothes will dry faster.  Fall is the perfect time to clean this area because the temperatures are cooler and there is no snow to deal with.

Weather strip your door
Weather stripping your doors is an inexpensive way to help keep heating costs down during the fall and winter months.  Weather strips are a barrier between your door and the frame that helps keep cold air out and warm air in (or the opposite in warmer climates).  It is important to regularly check and re-strip your door because there could be holes in it that could cause a draft and then you’re just throwing money out the door.

Change light bulbs
Fall is the perfect time to go around the house and check and replace light bulbs.  The temperature is cool so you don’t feel bogged down by sweat and since it is getting darker earlier, it is easier to spot the lights that need to be replaced.  Lighting is important for any home ESPECIALLY in fall and winter months because it gets darker earlier.  Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a good option for your house, they are more cost effective and use less energy

Rake the yard
Raking the yard is important for curb appeal in the fall.  There are many different options for you to do with the leaves, you could put them into pumpkin trash bags and use them as decorations or you could just get completely rid of them and use them as mulch!  Don’t just leave them out on the lawn.

Clean and Check ceiling fans
Fans are not only useful for cooling an area down, they can be used to warm an area up too.  In the fall and winter months have your fan turn clockwise on a low speed to help with moving warm air around.  Clean your fans by dusting them off so that they don’t spread dust particles when you are using them.  Check your ceiling fan that it is working properly, if it’s not, then it could be sucking up energy when it doesn’t need to be, thus costing you more money.  Fall is a good time to check so that it can help aid in keeping your heating costs lower.

Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
Fall is a great time to check that your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector are working and have fresh batteries.  This is the time of year when people start to use fireplaces, light candles, and use heaters.  It is important that both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order to help keep your family safe during the cold season. 

Check and Service your snow blower and get your shovels out
Snow is not fun sometimes, and the last thing that you want is to get stuck with a snow blower that doesn’t work or shovels that are out in the shed for the first snow fall.  Fall is the perfect time to get ready for when the snow flies.  Service your snow blower now, check if the oil needs changing or if the starter doesn’t work.  This will save you a lot of hassle if you don’t have to fix these issues while it’s snowing.

Summer Stats

by JS Realty

It is important to know what is going on in the current market because that can effect selling or buying a home.  JS Realty can help you understand the Duluth area market and what that means for any real estate transactions. 

Year to date new listings have increased from 2,517 in 2014 to 2,847 in 2015.  This is a +13.1% change.  Depending on your needs this could be both a good and bad thing.  If you are looking to sell a home, this means that there is more competition in 2015 compared to 2014.  JS Realty can help you stay ahead of the competition by superior marketing and advertising for your property.  If you are looking to purchase a home, then the increase is a good thing.  This means that you’ll have more houses available for you to view and select.  Let us help you find your perfect home.

Closings are a big part of real estate transactions.  Year to date the amount of closed sales has increased from 984 in 2014 to 1,218 in 2015.  This is a +23.8% change.  This increase paired with the new listings increase spells G-R-E-A-T!  This means that more of the houses that are being listed are being sold.  This is good news for both sellers and buyers.  More people are selling their houses and getting into new homes!

Year to date the amount of days on the market has decreased from 93 days in 2014 to 80 days in 2015. This is a -14.0% change.  Houses are selling faster! For buyers this could be problematic because buying a home is a big decision and you want to make sure you are able to find the “perfect” home for you.  JS Realty can help both buyers and sellers make informed and quick decisions in this faster moving market.

The percentage of original price received increased from 92.6% in 2014 to 94.1% in 2014.  This is a +2.9% change. For sellers this is good because you are getting what your home is worth in the current market if you are priced right. 

The Affordability index which helps gauge how affordable homes are has decreased from 215 in 2014 to 202 in 2015.  This is a -6.0% change.  This means that it is more affordable to own a home in 2015 than it was in 2014. 

Overall, homes that are priced right are selling quicker.  Our market area is increasing in value.  The average sale price is up 2.9% from 2014 & the median sale is up 7.1% from 2014.

Please contact JS Realty if you have any questions about the market! We would be more than happy to help out! 218-729-9784

All data is from the Duluth Area Association of REALTORS MLS and Arrowhead MLS.

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Duluth MN 55811
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