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Increase the Value of Your Cheshire CT Home!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

When the Top 24 Real Estate Experts in their field were asked this question..."WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO INCREASE YOUR HOME'S VALUE FOR $5,000 OR LESS? These are the most common answers they came up with:

They may not all work for you or your Cheshire Home, but they are all great ideas! Just find the ones that work best for your particular home and situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you'd like additional tips for your home, visit our website or give us a call.

If you are looking for a home in Cheshire, we'd love to talk with you and show you our wonderful community! Stop in our office, call us or visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

Cheshire CT Blizzard Preparedness

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

 

 

 

In order to be prepared for the Blizzard that is currently heading straight for Connecticut and the Cheshire area all residents should have the following emergency supplies on hand in the event they are not in a position to leave their homes for a period of 2-4 days or have a loss of power for the same amount of time. 

Tips on How to be Prepared, from the American Red Cross

  1. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  2. Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  3. Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  4. Flashlight
  5. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  6. Extra batteries
  7. First aid kit
  8. Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  9. Multi-purpose tool
  10. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  11. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  12. Cell phone with chargers
  13. Family and emergency contact information
  14. Extra cash
  15. Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  16. Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  17. Tools/supplies for securing your home
  18. Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  19. Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  20. Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

Make sure to have an Emergency Kit in your Vehicle in the event you become stranded on a roadway. This includes extra blankets, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, water bottles (ones that

have not been left in the car and frozen ) extra socks, and a stocked First Aid Kit!  Remember, if you need to travel, dress for the weather and prepare as if you WILL be stranded! Boots, heavy coat, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. The worst thing you can do is run out of the house quickly, totally unprepared for the storm, and get stranded. It can take crews hours and hours to get to you with the sheer number of people they already need to respond to coupled with the limitations placed on them by the weather and road conditions. 

Additional preparedness tips:

In the event emergency travel is necessary, fill up your car with gas, check oil and windshield fluid levels. 

Sign up for emergency alerts at www.ctalert.gov More information can also be obtained at the American Red Cross www.redcross.org

And always, check on neighbors, elderly family members and anyone living alone.

*Make sure to keep all outside vents cleared of snow!

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Reference:  Cheshire Herald   

GREAT SCHOOLS IN CHESHIRE CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

I Know we have GREAT SCHOOLS IN CHESHIRE.CT...you know we have great schools in Cheshire....and now the rest of the country knows the same! This week we received the official reports from US News and World Report- Education Series for Cheshire and the schools in our area and we couldn't be more excited. It's what we expected, but it's great to be able to show our friends and neighbors in adjoining counties and states what the great community of Cheshire has to offer.  Below you'll find a summary of the information that the report contained, for comparative purposes, of Cheshire and the schools in our area.

 

 

 

CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL

525 SOUTH MAIN ST

CHESHIRE, CT 06410

203-250-2511

District: Cheshire School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE CHESHIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

LYMAN HALL HIGH SCHOOL

70 Pond Hill Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

203-294-5350

District:  Wallingford Public Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE LYMAN HALL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

720 Pleasant St.

Southington, CT 06489

860-628-3229

District: Southington School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE SOUTHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

DANIEL HAND HIGH SCHOOL

286 Green Hill Rd

Madison, CT 06443

203-245-6350

District: Madison School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMES FOR SALE IN THE MADISON SCHOOL DISTRICT

Next up, we'll take a look at the Cheshire Elementary schools! A little hint.....the results are in for the Top 10 Elementary Schools and Cheshire is looking good!

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Watch Out for Ice Dams In Cheshire Homes!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Don't those Icicles hanging off the eaves of your Cheshire home look beautiful?  If you answered "YES"  you'd probably be in the majority, but what you may not know is that they are a sign of trouble!  While it is a force of nature that are allowing these beautiful icicles to form, it's a combination of nature and neglect that is allowing them to turn into something greater and potentially more dangerous...ICE DAMS!  What are ice dams?  Thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves of your home, as a result of snow covered roofs and freezing weather. 

While we already worry about one of these large, things falling and possibly harming us or a friend or neighbor, we now must think about the potential damage they can do to our homes. Ice dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles and cause  water to back-up and pour into our homes.  When that happens, what we are left with is far less than the glorious icicles that were hanging in the sparkling sunlight from our roof! We are talking about warped floors, peeling paint, peeling and sagging ceilings and more are all possible outcomes of unattended ice dams!  These can easily be prevented or fixed if already formed, but you need to attend to them now.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Take Pictures

When you see icy or frosty build-up, take pictures of it to help you determine the location of an interior inspection. This will keep you ahead of the ice dam so you can prevent damage before it happens (hopefully).
Calcium Chloride to Melt

Use a Calcium Chloride ice melter to melt the ice before you start chipping away at it. The risk you run every time you try to chip away at the chunks of ice in an ice dam is ruining the shingles on your roof even further. Using this ice melt mixture will allow the melt to do have of the wrork for you.
Blow in Cold Air

You can just hack away at ice dames with a shovel or hammer, right? Wrong. Doing this is dangerous and bad for your roofing and can cause you to lose your footing and fall from the roof.  Not worth it on either end!  If the ice dams have already caused leakage into your home, try this quick tip: take a box fan to the attic and aim it at the underside of the roof where the water is leaking in. The cold air will freeze the water in its tracks.

Rake It
Using a long-handled aluminum roof rake, pull off the snow while you stand safely on the ground below. A rake with wheels will change the exterior temperature of your roof without damaging any shingles.

As a Connecticut native and personal victim of ice dams, (and Cheshire’s favorite real estate agent) I’m more than happy to help you get rid of them. If ice dams are harming your Cheshire home, and you want to put in preventative measures for next year, consult with one of the experts in our area. You can find out more about them by contacting me directly.

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Financial Trends for 2015 That Could Impact Cheshire's Housing Market

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

FINANCIAL TRENDS FOR 2015 THAT IMPACT THE CHESHIRE REAL ESTATE MARKET

These are the trends that are being predicted that can and will have an impact on the housing market.  How much of an impact will really come to bear after the first quarter of the year.

IN: IMPULSE SPENDING

OUT: SAVING

I don’t think this one needs too much explaining, however we do need to understand the #1 reason 2015 is so much stronger for impulse spending than other years. It begins with the addition of APPLE PAY gliding onto the scene of an already “incredibly easy” to spend marketplace becomes a "genie in a bottle". It is now so easy for you to buy anything from the conveniece of your phone...not even your computer...that your bank account is never going to be the same. Unless we all start to show some restraint and put some budgets into place, saving money in general will become impossible and saving for your down payment and home maintenance will be a hurdle that first time home buyers will never be able to jump.

IN: LUXURY HOME BUYERS

OUT: FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS? (Not so fast!)

With rent rising at an astronomical rate across the country and student loan debt at an all time high, saving for a down payment has been impossible for most first time buyers. In fact, first time home buyers are at the lowest they have been in nearly 3 decades according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). What is driving the market?  The more stable of the group....Luxury Home Buyers! With higher incomes and job security and more equity they are able to get the loans they want/need with the most desirable terms....even if they are the ones who probably need it the least. However, with rent rising at such a signficant pace many would be renters may look to buy a home which will force builders to focus on building more entry level homes versus the luxury homes that have taken focus over the past several years. Rents in most states have consistently moved upward making it MORE ADVANTAGEOUS to buy than keep renting and throwing away that high dollar amount monthly/annually. The next several months will tell the tale of First Time Home Buyers for 2015....but we definitely see more FIRST TIME BUYERS entering the housing market! 

IN: FIXED-TERM CONTRACT WORKERS

OUT: TRADITIONAL EMPLOYEES 

Confused or Amazed? For some ....both! But these numbers will astound you. At present, 34% or 53 Million Americans currently work as Fixed-term Contract Workers or Freelancers!! And more and more companies are looking to move in that direction. This makes it difficult for many individuals who are applying for mortgages since many times this is NOT a stable income stream. What they will need to do is make sure to document ALL work and all corresponding payments from ALL sources so that it can be turned over to the mortgage companies to be verified at the verification time.   On the other hand, this has been a dream come true for a family that has chosen to have a parent stay home with children, to now have an option to work from home, with flexible hours, and still produce a great second income. Or for the older person who may have retired from a career position but now has an option of doing a “hobby” type job for extra income...on their own terms. So, is it good or bad? Really depends on whom you are talking with and what side they are on.

IN: LIVING IN PLACE

OUT: AGING IN PLACE

Baby Boomers are redefining what it means to grow old! They want to keep their homes, take in the arts, seek out new health and wellness activities and participate in all aspects of their family & friends lives....on their own terms. This means that there is a whole new need for HOME REMODELING. They want to keep the unique parts of their homes, but upgrade to include the safety and security features they need as they have grown older. Curbless Showers, Higher Toilets, and Grab Bars but still not give up the Gourmet Kitchens and Master Suites of today and don't forget technology!

This is going to be a very exciting year for the Cheshire Housing Market. We will continue to see steady gains being made throughout the market in existing home sales and new construction. We are very excited to have a great new Cheshire Neighborhood for you to build your DREAM HOME! Meadowview Estates is a 14 Lot subdivision with gorgeous homesites, custom built single family homes, all in the acclaimed Cheshire Public School system by premier builder Diversified-Cook Hill, LLC. Contact Subdivision Managers- Katie Smith or Cheryl Rosadino for additional details or scheduling an appointment to start the process on building YOUR DREAM HOME! 

If New Construction isn't what you are looking for in Cheshire, make sure to sign up for our FREE LISTING ALERTS! You'll be notified by email FIRST when a property with your preferences comes onto the market. Don't be left out....get on the PREFERRED LIST NOW...just CLICK HERE!

If you are looking to put your Cheshire home on the market, you picked the PERFECT time! Competition is at it's lowest right now, but you must take advantage of this exclusive time frame. Give us a call today at 203-272-2828 or check out our website at SallyBowmanRealEstate.  You can also get a FREE HOME VALUATION by following this link:  Free Cheshire Home Valuation

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TOP NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

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Happy New Year Cheshire From Sally Bowman Real Estate!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

With the New Year just around the corner, I want to say "THANK YOU" to all of our clients for making it another great year at Sally Bowman Real Estate! We love what we do and the town in which we live and work but..... getting to meet and work with clients like you is truly a blessing.

Each year as the New Year rolls in we are all faced with the thought of New Year's Resolutions. Sometimes we are psyched and have our lists ready to go, while other times we may be dreading the thought of them altogether. After reading through some great articles recently, I found it really comes down to this:

Resolutions should be made by us only if it is something that we truly want to change, learn or accomplish that will make us happier, healthier or have a positive impact on our lives. A resolution should never be made because someone in your life wants you to change something about yourself, or wants you to do something differently. The ONLY resolutions you make are the ones that impact you, and only you, on a POSITIVE level. Plain and simple.

Now the GREAT NEWS! When you make your resolutions, keeping this simple statement above in mind, your chances for success dramatically increase!! So let's get down to the nitty gritty!

  1. Think about what's most important to you and then get very specific when you list out each resolution. Next to each give your reason for the resolution in detail.
  2. Remember, you're being realistic, so make sure you have no more than 3-4 resolutions and make sure they are things that are attainable with reasonable timeframes.
  3. What is your "Plan of Attack" and how will you track & monitor your progress?
  4. What is the PRIZE for achieving your goal? This is really important because you need to be rewarded for achieving this important resolution!

                                        TOP RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

We all know that starting off the New Year is easy and exciting and we are ready to ROCK our resolutions! But once February rolls around our committment can sometimes start to wane, this is where your good habits need to take over and why having "good habits" is critical to the success of your resolutions.

Studies show that it's much easier to create "bad" habits than to cultivate good ones; we easily indulge in short-term pleasures like expensive cups of coffee and sugar-laden foods. The good news is, with frequent repetition, you can create new, constructive habits. Be patient with yourself, however; it can take several weeks for new habits to form. If you slip up for a day, just pick up where you left off. Don't give up! Build in "cheat" days for a diet plan, or an occasional shopping splurge for a savings plan, but ALWAYS go right back to your plan so you WILL reach your ultimate goal....your resolution.

I sincerely hope these tips help you reach your resolution goals during the New Year! And if buying or selling a home in Cheshire is among your goals for 2015, I'll be happy to help you! My team and I have the local market experience & knowledge to help you succeed and are here whenever you need us. We can even accomodate a tailor made Cheshire home tour, from another city, right from your laptop computer if you are unable to physically be here to see it in person. It's your call! 

If you are new to Cheshire, I will be happy to be your guide and introduce you to our community! Whether you have questions about Cheshire real estate or you would like more information about our Award Winning Schools or community, please feel welcome to contact us today!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

 

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Cheshire's Lights of Hope To Light Up The Town On New Year's Eve

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Cheshire's "Lights of Hope" community group is inviting everyone to particpate in lighting of luminaries on New Year’s Eve in support of the two Cheshire families, Gozzo and Settembri, who suffered terrible tragedies this Christmas season.

Ways the Community Can Help the Families:

  1. You can visit R.W. Hines Ace Hardware and purchase a single lumary for $5.00 and place it in front of your home on New Year's Eve to honor the Cheshire Families.
  2. If you are unable to purchase a luminary, you may also make a monetary donation via a secure DONATION PAGE.

All proceeds from the sale of the luminaries and onine monetary donations will go to the two Cheshire families.

Christmas Traditions of Families of Cheshire

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

 

WHAT ARE YOUR CHRISTMAS DAY TRADITIONS? A RECENT SURVEY REVEALED THAT 60% OF FAMILIES TODAY STILL CARRY ON TRADITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THEIR FAMILIES FOR DECADES!  

It's true...we may tweak those traditions a bit, but for many families, Christmas Day tradtions are still very much in tact. Here are a list of the top traditions kept today:

  1.  Going to Church as a family.
  2.  Christmas Brunch
  3.  Opening Gifts around the Christmas Tree
  4.  Watching a Christmas Movie (It's A Wonderful Life ranks as the #1 Christmas Movie)                                                                                                          
  5.  Sitting around in Matching P.J's all day.
  6.  Christmas Dinner
  7.  Going Bowling or other event as a family (extended family).                                                                                                                   
  8.  Baking (making) Gingerbread House.

 Do any of these traditions match with the ones that you and your loved ones keep on Christmas Day?  Do they sound like ones you'd like to add? The bottom line is that Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends and those we hold dear and traditions are born out of the love we have for those individuals. Whatever traditions you do keep, make sure to hand them down the line to future generations and add to them the new ones that are created today. 

From all of us here at Sally Bowman Real Estate.....Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

If you are looking for a new home in Cheshire for the new year give us a call or check out our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

Santa Claus and the Magic Cheshire Key!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

"You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.....Santa Claus is Coming to Cheshire!"

Yes, that’s right! The countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus is quickly winding down and that means one thing to us! We MUST be on our BEST BEHAVIOR if Santa Claus is to shimmy down our chimney with his enormous red velvet bag of wonderful toys.

While you are decking the halls, and hanging the mistletoe, you may be wondering how Santa is going to be dropping off your presents in Cheshire if you're part of the 55% of homeowners without a fireplace. With only 45% of homes in the U.S having a fireplace, according to Hearth and Home, it looks like good ole' Mr. Santa Claus needs an alternative entry point into 55% of the Cheshire homes on Christmas Eve this year!

No need to fret, the team at Sally Bowman Real Estate believes in the Magic of the Home & family, especially around the holidays! We knew Santa had to have a very special way of getting to all those good children in all the Cheshire homes that didn't have the Fireplace for him to come down.....so we asked his head Elf.   "How does Santa get into a home that doesn't have a chimney for him to get in?"  He looked up at us with his snow covered sparkling face, smiled and said.....that's easy!  Magic and his special Cheshire Home key!

Santa’s Magic Key Poem

Dear Santa, we have no chimney

as you can plainly see,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

And I was terribly worried

that you would pass over me.

We hung this very special key

right by the door.

Then Mom told me to jump into bed;

and not to worry anymore.

Your magic will make this key fit,

to open our door.

So you can come in tonight

and tip-toe across the floor.

So you see, Santa has his special key to use whenever he can't get in a chimney, or if a chimney is a little too small from all the Christmas Cookies he has eaten at the houses he visited before yours. So little ones rest assured that Santa will always be able to bring you your presents wherever you may be. Just remember to leave him some cookies and milk..... and maybe some carrots for the Reindeer!

If you'd like to become a homeowner in Cheshire and receive your own "Cheshire Magic Key", please give us a call or check out our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com.

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