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Cheshire CT North Brooksvale Estates All Sold Out!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

If you are looking to become a homeowner in the Cheshire area, or sell your Cheshire home, give us a call or stop in our office. We'd be happy to show you our wonderful community of Cheshire, the neighborhoods that make up our community, the new subdivisions that you many be interested in building your new dream home in and any Real Estate questions you may have.  Most of our staff has lived and worked in the Cheshire area the majority of their lives so they understand the real estate market fully and can price and market your home with confidence.

SBRE is Pleased to Announce the New Addition to Our Team

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

PLEASE HELP US WELCOME THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE SALLY BOWMAN REAL ESTATE TEAM...  NICOLE KOLLER!

Nicole loves Real Estate and is passionate about helping people. She knows that Real Estate is the single most important investment that an individual will make in their lifetime, and Nicole will do everything she can to ensure her clients receive all the information necessary to make the best decision for their needs. She knows that it is much more than just buying & selling homes....it’s about making the hopes and dreams of others, become a reality.

Nicole is ready to help you with any of your Real Estate needs, just give her a call or stop in the office. If you see her at the Grocery Store or out in the town don't be afraid to walk up and say Hello. 

We are all very excited to have her as part of our team and know that you will enjoy working with her as much as we do!


Tips for Selling Your Cheshire Home in the Fall

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

 

 

The leaves are changing to their beautiful shades of red, orange and gold and the days are getting cooler....it's Fall in Cheshire! While it may not be the most popular season to put your home on the market, there's no reason to wait for spring when the autumn season starts. People are ready to buy homes year round....you just need to be prepared.

There will most likely be less homes on the market this time of year, so preparing your home ahead of time will allow a fast sale to the right buyer. Most buyers don't want to move when the weather is cold and blustery, so the fall is your last chance to position your home with those buyers before the winter season moves in.

The Fall season is beautiful in New England and allows for some amazing decorating both inside and out, but it also means that you need to maintain the exterior of your home so that it shows well to each and every potential buyer.

1. Clean up the Yard. Make sure that the leaves are cleared from the yard regularly and that dead plants and blooms have been cleared. Shrubs should be cut back as well to give your yard a nice manicured look. This will enhance the overall look of your home from the curb when a prospective buyer pulls up to the curb.

2. Clear deck furniture for the season and store accordingly and wash deck,& siding of any mildew, mold that has accumulated with the change of season. This is also the time to put on the storm doors and windows and make sure all windows and sparkling clean for your potential buyers.

3. Embrace the Fall season! Most people love the fall color and the anticipation of the coming holidays. Decorating your home with seasonal arrangements of flowers, scented candles, or pumpkin & spice potpourri can really add warmth inside. Adding lovely Mums to the front porch gives a splash of color that helps create great curb appeal. But DON'T over do it! A little goes a long way.

4. You NEED the right Real Estate Agent! There's a reason you're selling in the Fall, and you need the agent who is experienced, and knows your area

well, knows how to price your home and what it takes to sell your home now. Be serious about asking the right questions so you find the right agent for your needs. Ask around and get referrals.

5. Keep it Light & Bright. The seasons are changing and that means that the sun is setting much sooner in the day. It is critical to make sure that you have adequate lighting in place in all rooms. Your potential buyers need to be able to see each room clearly, every area, at all times of the day. Ask your real estate agent for tips on showcasing your rooms best asset's and how to do that at the different times of day.

6. Make sure your House is Priced Right. Fall is the time of year when your home needs to be priced right from the start. Some people think it needs to be priced lower to sell in the fall and winter seasons, but that is simply not true! It needs to be priced competitively with the market. This is why you need to rely on your real estate agent to know the market and to price your home accordingly.

Lastly, be prepared to move! Once your home sells you need to be ready to move. When people buy in the Fall they want to be able to get into their new home quickly before the weather turns bad. So make sure that you have your plan in place and that once you have the offer on your home, you have set the wheels in motion and will be ready to move when your buyers are ready to get into your home.

HAPPY FALL SELLING! IT'S A GREAT TIME OF YEAR TO SELL YOUR CHESHIRE HOME!

For more information about homes for sale in Cheshire or becoming a Cheshire home owner, give us a call, stop by our office or check out our website!

We'd be happy to help in any way we can!  www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

Fall Maintenance Checklist for Your Cheshire Home

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

It's that time of year ... before we know it the Cheshire area will be blanketed with the beautiful colors of red, orange, and gold leaves all over the ground and the temperatures will be dipping lower. That means we need to get rears in gear and start preparing our homes to handle the demands of the upcoming cooler season. Below is a checklist of the most common Home Maintenance jobs that need to be done in the fall. The great news is, that you can easily get them done on a weekend....and you'll be able to save a little money by tackling them now.                                                                                                 

1. Paging Dr Heat!........It's time to get your furnace a physical. Each year you need to clean and /or replace furnace filters and wipe down any dust that has accumulated around the unit. If you hear any screeching or whines, or unusual noises with the system, you should call in to have a service technician come out and check the unit before winter season sets in. If you would like a recommendation, you can call us directly or follow this link to the people we work with and recommend: SBRE Recommended Service Providers

2. Time To Get Your Mind In The Gutters! Inspect your gutters and downspouts for any clogs, and clean out the path thoroughly. Make sure this is done once the leaves are completely down from the trees at the end of the season as well. Keeping the gutters cleaned ensures that your home will not incur exterior damage to foundation walls or water in the basement. You may want to invest in mesh coverings for your gutters that will prevent any leaves or other debris from collecting in them in the future.

3. Get Yourself A View From The Top! Now that we're already talking about the top of the house we might as well stay there. It's very important to check your roof for damaged shingles before entering the winter season. Nothing is worse for a homeowner than a small drip that turns into a full blown disaster by the time they realize it's a hole in the roof! So take the time to scan the entire roof, top to bottom, looking for cracks, wind damage, curling of shingles, ones completely gone, damage to the metal flashing, etc. Once you have done your evaluation, have it repaired as soon as possible. Again, if you find yourself in need of a professional Roofer, give us a call or follow this link: SBRE Recommended Service Providers

4. Walk the Walk Baby! You really need to take a walk around your home, inspect every walkway surface. Damaged walkways are a hazard every day, but bad weather makes them even more dangerous. Look for large cracks, uneven payment, loose bricks or pavers, loose railings, etc. Once you've made your list, head over to Hines Hardware where you can find everything you'll need to make your repairs. The little time it takes to fix could potentially save you thousands in bills later on the year.

5. CHILL OUT.....or maybe we should just say FREEZE! Make sure to shut off all your exterior irrigation systems and drain the lines of the systems and hoses. Make sure to use a styrofoam faucet cover for your outdoor faucets and make sure all valves are in the closed and off position.

6. Gather 'Round the Fire. Fall and Winter are great for having fires in the fireplace, but making sure you have cleaned out the soot and creosote buildup is critical. It is also important to clean out any cobwebs and check for any bird nests or any other unwanted pests. We recommend calling in a professional if you have any questions at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

7. Keeping the OTHER Wood fires Burning. Wood-burning stoves have made a huge comeback over the past couple years, but like fireplaces, need to be inspected to run efficiently and safely. Be sure to read and operate by the instruction manual and maintenance as required.

8. I'm Sealing Away.... This can be a big job, but a very necessary one that can help save some green on the heating bills for the year! Walk through your home and seal any gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping or caulk. If you are going to be using caulk- especially in places like joints, corners, & places protruding from the wall- this will need to be done before the temperatures get too cool.

9. Keep it Humming! With winters dry air many of us keep the humidifier going on a constant rotation. To ensure efficient operation make sure to clean the plates or pads every 30 days or as recommended by the manufacturer. This also helps cut down on re-circulating moisture into the air that has any mold or bacteria in it that has built up in the humidifier itself.

10. Ready....Stop, now Reverse. Help with your heating bills by changing the direction of your ceiling fans. Reverse the direction of the fans and create an upward draft that redistributes the warm air from the ceiling. Also make sure to clean the blades of the fan regularly with a soapy water mixture. Dust and bacteria builds up on the blades daily and regular use also moves that through the air as well.

11. It's a Safety Dance. Make sure your family is safe. A home safety check is a ritual that should be done twice annually in every household. Test your Smoke Detectors & CO Monitors, Inspect or Install Fire Extinguishers, Review or Make a Fire Escape Plan for your Family and rid your home of any fire hazards.

12. A Few Final Notes...... Make sure to embrace the season! Put up a great fall wreath on the front door, buy a few Mums from our great local nurseries, visit a local orchard and pick some apples for baking a yummy Apple Pie and then get ready for the pumpkins!  They should be arriving fairly soon to St. Peters!!                                                                       

 

 If you'd like more information about home ownership in Cheshire, please give us a call or check out our website at SALLYBOWMANREALESTSATE.COM.

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Making the Cheshire CT Housing Market Easy to Understand

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Home Sales Generate $52,205 Impact on Economy


The National Association of Realtors (NAR) compiled data from research conducted by the Bureau of Economic Analysis & Macroeconomic Advisors on the economic impact of a home purchase.

After reviewing the data, they concluded that the total economic impact of a typical home sale in the United States is an astonishing $52,205.

Here is the breakdown of their report:

Economic Contributions are derived from:

Home construction

Real estate brokerage

Mortgage lending

Title insurance

Rental and Leasing

Home appraisal

Moving truck service

Other related activities

When a House is Sold in the United States:

$15,912 income is generated from real estate related industries.

New homeowners spend an additional $4,429 on consumer items such as furniture, appliances, and remodeling.

It generates an economic multiplier impact. There is a greater sense of community associated with owning a home; therefore there is greater spending at restaurants, sports games, and charity events. The size of this “multiplier” effect is estimated to be: $9,764

Additional home sales induce additional home production. Typically one new home is constructed for every 8 existing home sales. Therefore, for each existing home sale, 1/8 of new home value is added to the economy, which is estimated in the U.S. to be: $22,100

When you add the numbers up it comes to $52,205!

September 11 th A Day to Remember.....

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It’s hard to believe 13 years have past since that tragic day. Here in Cheshire we lost a wonderful person who was a son, brother, husband, father, and good friend to many....Mark Jardin. And once again, our thoughts and prayers turn to his family and to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, thirteen years ago. 

But how can we participate to commemorate this anniversary and why is it so important 13 years later? When we choose to commemorate this anniversary, we’re playing an important role in memorializing those who lost their lives, honoring the first responders and remembering the unifying spirit that emerged afterward. Performing acts of kindness and service in our community, in memory of the victims, is one way we can participate on this day, so that the events, sacrifices and people are never forgotten.  Things have never been quite the same in the United States of America, since that tragic day. So as you go through your day, remember the victims you know, those you don’t and that we still live in the land of the free and home of brave. So today, cherish your freedom, family and friends as you remember.

New England Patriots Opening Day

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

FINALLY...THE SEASON BEGINS

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Finally, NFL preseason football is over. Bad, generic football with too many whistles is a poor substitute while we wait for the real season to start. The regular season started Thursday for Seattle and Green Bay fans, and now the regular season is here for us.  Almost.

Our Patriots open tomorrow against the Dolphins. But if you just can’t stand the wait, here’s my top 10 list of things you can do to pass time until kick off.

  1. Watch college football, today. Some of these kids will be on our team soon enough.
  2. Watch the last preseason game again. (I know you recorded it.) WATCH the game this time. Cheer when we score. Throw stuff at the TV on bad plays and bad calls. Pretend it’s a real game.
  3. Imagine what it would be like to watch a real football game, with game plans, and players who can actually make a difference tomorrow.
  4. Laundry. According to mom, you can never have too much clean underwear.
  5. Decorate the house for tomorrow’s game. Get out the colored lights, decorations and jerseys.
  6. Pray that key players, critical to our playoff run, don’t decide to play a little pickup basketball this weekend and blow a knee or ankle.
  7. Celebrate that we live here and aren’t Texan or Viking fans.
  8. Bet friends on which second-stringers will become the next WWE Heavyweight Champion, after football.
  9. Tailgate. Tailgating isn’t just for game day anymore! Fire up a new grill & try a new drink recipe. Opening day starts tomorrow and gives you a license to have an epic party.
  10. Thank the heavens above that the regular season is only a day away.

Cheshire's Fall Events!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Say it isn't so......we really are saying Good-bye to summer!  But it's not all bad, especially the line-up of events we have taking place over the next several weeks here in Cheshire.  In just one week we will celebrate one of the greatest events of the season for Cheshire....the 25TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL!

CHESHIRE'S FALL FESTIVAL

The Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, Sponsors and volunteers of the Fall Festival work together to put on an awesome event year after year....and this year will be the best yet!  This year’s event will feature a variety of talented local individuals, artists & musicians and local Cheshire businesses that make up our fantastic community. They will have terrific food, rides, games and an assortment of fantastic arts, crafts and other vendors from in and around the Cheshire area. I will be working the Kiwanis Booth from opening til 2:00 pm.  Stop by and say Hello....and enjoy your day at the fest!

 

St Bridget Parish Picnic

The kids are back in school and ready to learn! However, that doesn’t mean the fun stops for the Parish of St. Bridget. Enjoy a beautiful day with your neighbors and friends at the parish family picnic on September 14th. There will be great food and lots of fun for everyone. The picnic is set to follow an outside Mass at 11:00AM. 

Puppet Show

Looking for a fun event for the Kids? Check out the Puppet Show at Artsplace on September 14th. Crabgrass Puppet Theatre is proud to present, “The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea.” This wonderful voyage puts a little twist on the original Princess and the Pea story that we all grew up with. Come experience the excitement and see what Artsplace it is all about!

Mari's Miles of Smiles

Get ready to run for a great cause! The Mari Hall Family Foundation is hosting the 5th annual 10K, 2x5K relay and kids run. The race is set to be ran through the beautiful streets of Cheshire. If you think you have what it takes, go for the gold and win the cash prize at the finish line. The event takes place on September 20 and is open to registration. September 20th is Mari's 2014 Family Fun Festival!  The race is a big part of the day and very important to the foundation, but the day is for the whole family! So make sure you plan to bring out the whole gang and spend the day for a great cause!

Preparing Your Cheshire Home For Sale

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It takes work to prepare your home for success on the market......but that work will yield you much greater rewards in the end!  These tips will guide you through the process to help you get the best return on your greatest investment, your home.

 Start with a Home Inspection

Although your property may look up to par, it is beneficial to be aware of any potential problem that could come up later in the process. Every time a buyer walks through the door, they will be looking for the slightest reason to lower the price. The best way to eliminate this issue is to get an inspection on the front end.  Home Inspections usually range from $400 - $800,  but will save you thousands in the end.

 

Take on the Small Repairs                                                                                                         

After receiving your home inspection, it is time to tackle each problem one step at a time. Whether yourevive your garden, replace a broken appliance or repair a broken screen... every improvement counts.  A new line of caulk in the shower and a fresh coat of grout on the tiles can make your bathroom look brand new. If you are ready to take on your next project, head to Hines Hardware for a great selection of tools, paint, grout and just about anything else you may need, at affordable prices. Just remember, the old 3:1 ratio...you want to make sure that for every dollar you spend, you are getting at least a return of three dollars back in your pocket.

 

Get Estimates on What You Can’t Fix.

While making repairs to your Cheshire home, keep in mind that the money spent on small projects will give you a positive return. However, there may be a few issues that stretch outside your budget, or the return on your investment may not be worth the dollars spent. In this case it is better to negotiate with your potential buyer than to lay out the larger sums of money at this time.

Clean......and then clean again!

Imaging getting ready for a first date, trying on different outfits, and spending hours in front of the mirror. This is the same way you need to treat your home. Your potential buyer needs to fall in love at first site. It doesn't cost you any additional money, just your time...and it will pay off big. Your home needs a DEEP clean in every corner, nook and cranny.  Appliances, counters, bathroom sink, tub, toilet, closets...everything!  A home in pristine condition will ALWAYS garner a higher selling price point than one that is not.


Get Rid of the Clutter.

It may be hard to clean the house with a pile of boxes, toys, your collections, etc  taking up all the great space. In order to maximize your properties potential, you need to show off the beautiful square footage in every room. It starts with getting rid of the clutter, unused furniture and stacking up your moving boxes in the proper areas;  including the garage, basement or even a storage unit. Check out a list of our Recommended Moving and Storage Companies.

Painting.                                                                                                                                           

Give your home a fresh look by changing the color scheme or redesigning altogether.  You won’t believe how far a can of paint can really go until you see it for yourself. Give every room a new facial by tearing down that old school wallpaper and rolling on a shiny new color. When a buyer sees the fresh look and modern colors, it is sure to leave a positive impact, mainly in the form of an offer and in dollars.  If you need some help with an interior design make over, we have one of the best designers at our fingertips contact Kristin Bowman Interiors.

Landscape.

Aside from checking every nook and cranny inside the home, a smart seller would spend a day working on the outside as well.  When a buyer pulls into the drive, the first thing they notice is the welcoming look of the front of the home.  Taking extra time to mow the lawn, trim the greenery, laying fresh mulch or planting colorful flowers appropriate for the season are cheap and easy ways to make your house stand out and greet your potential buyers with a warm and friendly welcome. Being from Cheshire, you have your pick of great bedding plants and landscaping essentials! Head on over to Cheshire Nursery, Tower Farms or any of the other fantastic nurseries and garden centers we have in town.

Bottom line...Don't leave money on the table.  A little preparation goes a long way. Do the little things that will pay back in a big way.....in the form of an offer that you will find most acceptable.

For more Home Selling Tips check out our website or give us a call!  We'll be happy to come to you and go through your home with you to make sure that every room is absolutely "SHOW TIME" ready, to bring you the best offer and timeliest sale available today.

Cheshire CT Home Sellers: Here Are What Home Buyers Are Willing To Pay More For

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

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