Blog :: 02-2018

Time To Assess...

Spring is right around the corner in the Berkshires and our Litchfield Hills; it’s the time to plan the steps ahead. Intending to make repairs? Did this winter cause any damage?

Good contractors and service providers are not idle, hoping for your call.  The time for action is here, they have a schedule, and “wait” is not an advisable modus operandi. Know the six “Ps” of homeownership: Proper Planning Positively Prevents Potential Problems.

Costs?

Every situation is different, and as qualified people assess your needs, the more info you will have. The point is to act; delaying repairs will usually cost more money over time.  If budget is the concern, it’s still important to be informed.

Yes, contractors get busy when the weather improves, but procrastination drains your wallet. Take a look - inside and out, top to bottom. Know your building(s) and know your property. And remember that maintenance is less costly than repair.

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    Most Popular Home Features

    In the overall plan to sell your home, whether it’s imminent or years away, some updates or improvements will increase the sale value of your home.

    When planning these projects, it’s helpful to review some trending popular features. A 2013 National Realtors Association survey outlined what buyers are looking for when they purchase a house.  The report is a bit dated but we see that much of it still holds true. Nationwide, 78% of home buyers purchased a home with a garage and 57% purchased homes with fireplaces. No explanation needed for us Northeasterners on those points!  Updated kitchens were more important to buyers than specific types of countertops or appliances. Almost one half of buyers were looking for laundry rooms. 65% of home buyers were looking for air conditioning, a trend we’re seeing in our buyers as well.

    Finally, good news in our land of lakes, the feature that had the highest dollar value was waterfront property.

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      Salisbury's Jumpfest This Weekend

      Where else can you find target ski jumping under the lights, human dog sled races, ice carving, and bonfires?

      Salisbury, CT, will once again host the Eastern U.S. Ski Jump Championships and the phrase “Friday Night Lights”  will take on new meaning as Jumpfest weekend begins with a Target Ski Jump Competition at 7pm this Friday night, Feb. 9.

      The 92nd Annual  Salisbury Ski Jumps will be held this weekend, February 9-11, 2018. A beloved Salisbury tradition for more than 90 years, Jumpfest is hosted by SWSA (Salisbury Winter Sports Association), an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has fostered the sport of ski jumping among all ages and generations.

      For more information and schedule details, please visit jumpfest.org.

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