The Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist You Need Today

Buying a home in the winter.

Winter may not seem like the ideal time to make a move, but there are some benefits of doing so.

 

The main plus with buying a home in the winter is there are less buyers in the market to buy homes so you don’t have to compete as much.

 

Also, this could mean you ***might get a little better price on a home.

 

 

That said, there are several cons to buying a home in the winter months, such as:

  • It is very hard to inspect roofing when there is snow on the roof.

  • It can be hard to inspection the condition of exterior faucets, siding, etc.

  • If there is snow covering the ground it can be hard to see the condition of landscaping.

  • AC units cannot be tested due to low temperatures.

  • There is usually less inventory to choose from on the market.

Need a hand?

Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you).  They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!

Great Places to Get Comfort Food in Salt Lake

comfort food in salt lake

Comfort food, the classic and often nostalgic foods from our childhoods that bring us comfort because they are rich in flavor and high in carbs. Think mac and cheese and fried chicken, those two items can stand alone or pair together perfectly as a meal.

The Salt Lake valley has many restaurant options to satisfy those cravings, here are few to get your started.

Tradition SLC

Tradition opened in 2017 by Ashton Aragon and Max Shrives. Opening the restaurant is a way for them to share their family favorites and traditions with their customers and bring an elevated, but comfortable family meal to your table. With dishes like fried chicken, served with grits or the classic chicken and dumplings with roasted chicken and scallion dumplings, dining here will warm your belly.

501 E 900 South

Open for Dinner Monday-Sunday, Brunch on Saturday and Sunday

OquirrhThis fairly new, small but quaint restaurant has a menu full of comfort food dishes. One of the most popular is the chicken confit pot pie. Think flaky crust, tender chicken with a savor filling and you be craving this place often. They also just added a root vegetable risotto to their fall lineup.

368 E. 100 S.

Open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday 5-10pm

Francks– Few dishes scream comfort food as much as meatloaf. Whether you grew up eating it as a kid or found a hankering for it as an adult, there is something about a slice of meatloaf that warms the soul. However, Franck’s meatloaf is made in a circular shape…just adds to its charm.

6262 S Holladay Blvd

Open for Dinner

Oak Wood Fire Kitchen Chef Brandon Price just dropped a new fall menu at this Draper eatery, and with classics like Bolognese and short rib gnocchi, most every entre has that comforting, stick to your ribs, kind of good. And well, there is always there woodfire pizza…

715 E. 12300 South

Open 11am-9pm Daily

Ruth’s Diner It is no secret that Ruth’s mile high biscuits are reason enough to head up the canyon for a meal, but there are plenty of other reasons on the menu as well. Classic dishes like pot roast and chicken fried steak do not get any heartier. And they serve breakfast until 4pm every day.

4160 E. Emigration Canyon

Open Daily 8am-9pm

Stoneground Kitchen– From house made lasagna to pork tenderloin with fried polenta, this comfort food with an Italian flare is all that is right about eating carbs. Not feeling a heavier entre, try one of their pizza’s, which are available gluten free.

249 E 400 S

Open for lunch and dinner

How We Market Selling Your Home (and why we do it that way)

Knowing the right way to market your home to sell is vital. Market Source Real Estate has been providing home sellers with excellent service and extensive local expertise since 2007, securing the highest price and quickest sale possible for you in the best and worst times in the market. We excel in evaluating homes, making them better with staging, advising of needed repairs and setting the right price to get the best outcome for our sellers. We set realistic expectations based on anticipating repairs needed after a buyer’s home inspection, preventing most of the typical drama that comes up during a sales transaction.

Staging:

Staged homes sell an average of 17% faster than homes that are not. There are many statistics to be found from many sources but staged homes also appear to sell for 1-5% more than a home that is not staged. We work with many different staging companies so we can tailor staging services to each unique home’s needs.

Photography/Video:

Professional photos and/or video tours of your home is a part of your listing which greatly helps our marketing efforts. If you don’t have great photos, most people will not make an appointment to see your home!

 

Signage:

When Market Source Real Estate lists your home for sale, a professional, oversized and easy to spot sign will be placed in your yard. Our company colors have also been specifically chosen to stand out. The two most memorable colors in marketing are red and yellow.

Community Outreach:

We will implement the appropriate community outreach strategy either through sending out flyers, alerting neighbors through community social media sources, sending postcards to neighborhoods or reaching out directly to neighbors to try to secure a buyer for your home.

Open Houses:

If determined to be in the right location for open houses, we will also host open houses at your home. Only 1-3% of homes sell from an open house but it can be effective if your home is in a high traffic area or fast-moving market.

 

MLS/Website:

We market homes for sale on the MLS and utahrealestate.com, where most buyer’s agents are searching for homes as well as saltlakeopenhouse.com, redfin.com, facebook.com, thinksaltlakecity.com, realtor.com, ksl.com, youtube.com and all other brokerage websites that broadcast MLS feeds.

Social Media:

In addition to advertising your home for sale on websites, we will create a branded social media strategy for your listing so we can best target potential buyers for your home through the appropriate social media channels. Our developed social media channels include: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Showings:

Sellers should be aware that same-day and even last-minute requests for showings are
common, so a seller with a ‘24 hour notice to show’ stipulation often cuts himself out of a good chunk of the buying market.
In Utah the standard is 24 hours notice.

Checklist for Sellers

We take a holistic approach with our clients and consider every detail of buying or selling a home and how it will affect our client’s lives. Buying and selling homes tends to be one of the largest financial transactions of a person’s life. Finances aside, choosing to sell or purchase a home affects a person’s health and lifestyle as well.

 

Here is a checklist for selling your home we think you may find helpful:

 

  1. Pricing your home to sell. Home sale prices directly correlate with days on the market in our current market conditions.
    When a home is on the market for more than 30-60 days (generally in the $500,000 and below range), buyers perceive that there is a problem with your home and your offers will tend to get lower and lower with time.
  2. Home Inspection Issues. We can identify potential inspection issues for you when walking through your home and
    consult with you on repairs so that your sale will not fall through based on inspections. You might also consider getting a pre-listing home inspection to avoid complications during your sale as there are things we will not be able to see.
  3. Home Warranty Coverage. Some homeowners get frustrated by a home warranty because they assume they can hire anyone they want to make a repair and that if something is broken or old they can simply have the item replaced by the warranty policy. Home warranties offer important protection from unexpected repair bills, but they won’t usually be enough to replace an item that has worn out, had pre-existing problems, or were improperly maintained.

4. Seller Disclosures. These disclosures provide a wide range of information. Overall the basic premise of the disclosure is to have the seller explain any known material or legal defects with the property. Some of the items to expect in the disclosures are the seller’s knowledge of any zoning or legal violations on the property, legal actions affecting the property, location within a Greenbelt, damage to the roof, past-due utility payments (ones that affect title), problems with culinary water, damaged sewer or septic tanks, damaged heating and cooling devices, etc.

A. Fraud. In Utah, lying on a seller’s disclosure in a way that induces a homebuyer to purchase your home is fraud. For instance, if you were to say that you’ve never repaired leaks in the basement, but in fact have patched an area that’s now hidden by boxes, that would be a lie. Don’t do it. Fill out the seller’s disclosures, and fill them out honestly.

B.  Fradulent Nondisclosure. Fraudulent nondisclosure involves failing to disclose a material defect. For example, if you

were to incorrectly claim that you never noticed any leakage in the basement at all, that would be a nondisclosure.

7. Staging.Before listing your home it is important to have your home looking its best. Staged homes sell an average of 17% faster than homes that are not. There are many statistics to be found from many sources but staged homes also appear to sell for 1-5% more than a home that is not staged. We work with many different staging companies so we can tailor staging services to each unique home’s needs.

8. Marketing. We achieve high list-to-sale ratios and very low days on market in contrast with other brokers. We excel in evaluating homes, making them better with staging, advising of needed repairs and setting the right price to get the best outcome for our sellers. We set realistic expectations based on anticipating repairs needed after a buyer’s home inspection, preventing most of the typical drama that comes up during a sales transaction.

9. Showings. Sellers should be aware that same-day and even last-minute requests for showings are common, so a seller with a ‘24 hour notice to show’ stipulation often cuts himself out of a good chunk of the buying market. The only standard lag time that should be necessary is when you must give ample notice to a tenant. In Utah the standard is 24 hours notice. Once a house gets tagged as difficult to show by agents, you won’t receive as many calls to show it.

Home Buyer Checklist

Our mission is to guide home buyers and sellers through one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives. We strive to make buying and selling homes a smooth process where our clients feel empowered with information and shielded from complications.

We hope this checklist helps you through the process of buying a home.

 

1. Get Pre-approved for a mortgage loan and establish a budget. This important step will illuminate any disappoints by avoiding looking at homes outside of your budget or what your qualify for.

 

2. Identify what type of property you would like to buy (condo, townhouse, single family home, duplex etc.)

3. Identify what locations are acceptable for your new home. Consider public transit, schools, grocery stores, shopping etc.

4. See prospective homes with your agent. This can be daunting but so much fun!

5. Write an offer on a home and get it accepted! Keep in mind sometimes negotiations will need to take place.

6. Once you have an accepted offer, follow your agents instructions for providing earnest money, ordering a home inspection and starting the loan origination process with your lender.

7. After inspections are complete and the appraisal is completed, usually the transaction will go through so it is time to start packing and planning your move.

8. Contact movers 1-2 weeks ahead of time as a minimum to be sure your timeline can bet met. And start packing!

9. Less than one week before closing you will need to set up utilities to be inyour name, homeowner’s insurance to start. We will provide you with the contact info for your utility providers.

10. On the day of closing or day prior to closing, you will need to wire your down payment and closing costs to the title company for closing. After your loan funds and the deed records, you are the new owner of your home! Your agent will arrange to get keys to you so you can take possession.