Eastchester Holiday Events

Here is a list of events going on within the town this Holiday Season!

  • Eastchester High school will embark on its 38th annual Holiday Basketball Tournament on Thursday December 1st.
  • Eastchester Historical Society will have its annual Victorian Christmas Party on December 4th.
  • The Beautification Foundation has their holiday light on December 4th
  • Waverly School has their annual toy drive on December first.
  • 2nd Annual Tombola Gala Fundraiser will be on December 9th
  • The 7th grade dj Game night will also take place on December 9th
  • The 20 and 30 Somethings game night will take place on December 13th.

 

Winterizing your home

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Getting your home ready for winter?

These tips can help you get your home ready for the winters that Westchester County homeowners often endure.

 

There are a couple of good reasons why it is wise to winterize your home properly and prepare for the cold temperatures. Firstly, your comfort level in your home. Secondly, by making some slight modifications that are not too costly you can save yourself some money on those dreaded utility bills.

 

Lets start with some of the more simple methods that are cost effective. The first would be filling in the gaps around doors and windows with caulk. Retro fitting a home and looking for air leakage or penetration can be a good way to reduce heating and cooling costs. Besides, when that warm air your furnace is creating is slipping through the cracks of your windows or doors that is your good hard earned money slipping away with it.

 

Proper home insulation is very important for the life of your heating and or cooling unit along with your comfort and savings. A heating or cooling unit has a much more difficult time working under harsh conditions in your attic and or basement, so be sure to properly insulate every single room in the home. If you have sealed your windows, doors, and properly retro fitted your home in the attic and or basement then you may be having an issue with your insulation. There are some economic alternatives that are a bit more effective than your standard Batt insulation such as cellulose insulation. A step further than cellulose insulation would be spray foam insulation, which can be used for sound proofing as well.

 

Ice damming, make sure you clean out those gutters before the harsh temperatures arrive. This will make ice damming and icicles forming less likely to happen, which means less headache for you the homeowner.

 

Chimney’s can be responsible for much heat loss and air penetration during the summer. Make sure you have your chimney insulated with an inflatable blocker, just make sure that the blocker is fit to size.

 

On a larger scale in retro fitting your home, you may want to look into updating your heating and HVAC system to a more energy efficient air system, the pricing varies pretty drastically depending on your budget, but all systems manufactured now are given an energy rating, so choose wisely. A lot of the older steam and oil heating systems are unfortunately wallet burners for the homeowner.

 

Hope you found these tips useful.

 

 

 

Selling your home in the winter

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Should you put your property on the market in the winter?

 

While it is true that the spring is the time of year that most people shop for homes due to the convenience of timing while kids are out of school and easier moving preparation in warm weather, studies show that putting your home on the market in the winter is not such a bad idea after all.

Think of it this way, most homeowners will wait until the spring to put their home on the market, therefore, if you do decide to put your home on the market in the winter, there will be less supply on the market. That equates to two positives for you, the seller:

  1. Less supply on the market reflects a stronger demand.
  2. There will be less homes that your home will have to compete against during the spring shopping season.

 

The other factors that you may want to consider is that the buyers who are shopping in the  winter season are typically seriously interested in buying a home, as there is more of a sense of urgency (The winter is a big time of year for job transfers).

 

The winter market does not attract the buyer that is just looking at your home to take a look, the winter market typically has buyers that are seriously interested in purchasing.

Things to consider when listing in the winter:

There will be some downsides to listing in the winter no doubt, though you will have to meet them with proper preparation as a homeowner to overcome these objections from buyers.

  1. Curb appeal- the property will lose a bit of curb appeal when it is on the market in the  winter, sometimes it does pay to have a photographer get a shot of what the property shows like on the exterior in the spring time if you have the time to prepare, or at least get a fall shot of the foliage. You will have to manicure the exterior properly and maintain general upkeep to hold some curb appeal, you don’t a second chance to make a first impression
  2. Buyers in the colder season are more likely to thoroughly inspect the utilities of the home such as the heating system, roof etc. due to the impending weather, so as the seller make sure that your utilities and structural components are well taken care of for the buyers in the winter season.

 

Other then these slight modifications, follow the instructions on my home staging tips post and make sure you adhere to standard home sale preparation guidelines such as de-cluttering, getting rid of odors, thorough cleaning, and fresh coats of paint. Always remember that brighter is better!

 

 

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