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Tips for Selling Your Vacant Home During Winter Months

5 Tips for Winterizing a Vacant Home Ann Arbor Home in Winter

When selling your home during the winter months, there are many things to consider. But when you have already vacated the home and can’t run over before and after each showing, there are a few things you will need to do to have your home ready.

  1. Winterize the plumbing. Turn off the main water valve, drain the pipes, and put saran wrap over the toilets to keep people from using it and sewer gases from exiting. A frozen pipe can burst and create unlimited damage to a home.
  2. Hire a snow removal company. Keep the driveway plowed and the sidewalks cleared. Potential buyers can’t view your home if they can’t get to the front door.
  3. Keep the Flooring Clean. Have a large rug by the door and a sign asking people to remove their boots/shoes. It’s also a good idea to have a roll of paper towels handy for a quick wipe down.
  4.  Lower the thermostat. Save energy, but keep it warm enough so that potential buyers don’t see their breathe when viewing the home.
  5. Have a trusted friend or neighbor handy. It’s wise to have someone check on the home periodically to make sure lights are turned off, mud isn’t tracked through, the furnace is working properly, all doors are locked, etc.

Following these simple steps can help alleviate some of the worry when leaving your home vacant. This winter has been particularly cold and snowy throughout most of the country and especially here in Ann Arbor. It hasn’t seemed to slow down the real estate market, as we’ve listed more homes in January than ever. To find out more about how The Bouma Group can help get your Ann Arbor home sold, no matter what time of year, give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email today!

Earthen Jar, downtown Ann Arbor, MI

Earthen Jar, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Downtown Restaurant

Earthen Jar

The weather has been unusually nice for this time of year, and what a great time to walk around to some of Ann Arbor’s treasures! A little blocked from the construction on the corner of S 5th Ave and W Liberty right now, Earthen Jar is tucked away next to Herb David Guitar studio and Jerusalem Garden. Earthen Jar is a great vegetarian restaurant you must try vegetarian or not!

Cafe Felix, downtown Ann Arbor

Cafe Felix, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Restaurants & Bars

Cafe Felix, downtown Ann Arbor, MI

Established in 1997, Cafe Felix,  is a wonderful European flavored coffee house that has a great outdoor seating area that is perfect for enjoying a summer evening with friends!  Cafe Felix is located in the heart of downtown- perfect for any meal or a late night. You can skim their brunch menu for a late morning omelet run, or enjoy delicious crepes.