There are 3 factors that determine if you sell your home and what you get for it.
1. Location – If you live in the Raleigh / Cary area you have a leg up on other cities in the United States for getting your home sold.
2. Price – homes that sell in today’s market tend to sell within the first 45 days that it is put on the market. This is the window in which your property will get the most showing activity, and it is freshest on the web. So price it right to begin with to get it sold – don’t “let’s test the waters” …otherwise you risk your property getting “stale” in the market which leads to less and less interest. Guess what, you’ll end up selling it lower than if you priced it right to begin with. Homes in Raleigh and the Cary Area sell for 95% of list price…meaning they are priced correctly when they sell.
3. Condition– a properly staged home sells for 1% more than one that is not. Doesn’t sound like much but that means that you’ll get the money you spend to spruce your home up back! THE BIG BONUS is that a staged home sells 80% FASTER than one that is not staged. No Brainer!!
Duke Power and Progress Energy are in the process of Merging. Will Cary, Holly Springs, Raleigh NC Home owners see savings from this merger? Duplicate positions will be cut, efficiencies found, but it will be at least a year before we see any benefits in our energy bills. Meanwhile, a quick way to save money on your energy bills is to simply install a programmable thermostat. It is estimated that home owner wills save 20% on their heating and cooling bills by adjusting the temperatures 5 to 10 degrees at night and when you are away from the home at work. We replaced the three thermostats in our house this year and I discovered they are also a time saver for me. In the spring and fall I was forever having to go to the thermostat and flip the setting from “heat” to “cool” as the outdoor temps fluctuated from day to night. Our new thermostats automatically flip the cycles for me so no more involuntary exercise for me running up the stairs (that is saved for the gym so I can pay for it!). I checked Home Depot in Cary and the average cost for the programmable Thermostats they carry is $80. My husband was able to do the replacement in 15 minutes. (He is a wonderful husband, father and friend, but not known as Mr Fix it…most “installations” take about 3 extra trips to the hardware store and some colorful language…if that helps you gauge the level of difficulty). Take a look at Energy Star’s Information about Thermostats and settings.