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Insulate Your Fairbanks Home for Winter

With the summer season coming to a close, you may find yourself reminiscing on festivals, swimming at the lake, and desperately trying to keep cool in that bizarre heat wave we had. Here in Fairbanks, we only get a few months of warm weather per year, and the clock is ticking. Before you know it, the snow will start falling and you’ll be reaching for your winter coat and skis. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! While the temperatures are still mild, it’s important to make sure your home is thoroughly prepared for the winter season. Get a head start this Labor Day weekend by inspecting your property and making sure your Fairbanks home is as insulated as possible.

Roof and Attic
The best option in a cold climate like Fairbanks is a cold roof. This type of roofing contains a continuous air vent between the roof insulation and the sheathing. A 2-inch air space is recommended to prevent the heat from...

5 Tips for Shopping North Pole and Fairbanks Farmers' Markets

Though the warmest days of summer are behind us, we still have time to enjoy mild temperatures before the Alaskan winter weather sets in. From swimming, to fishing, to hiking, to boating, spending your summer in Fairbanks is unlike experiencing the season anywhere else in the world. As you know, if you’ve read our blog in the past, we like providing people with an overview of everything that living in Alaska entails.

As Fairbanks real estate agents, our knowledge isn’t limited to market updates and tips for buyers and sellers. For those interested in buying a home in Fairbanks, we like to make sure we paint an accurate (and beautiful) picture of the Alaskan lifestyle. Earlier this summer, we wrote a blog post featuring the different North Pole and Fairbanks farmers’ markets. Not only do visiting weekly farmers’ markets...

4 Tips for a Successful Open House

When selling your home in Fairbanks, one of the most important steps in the process includes hosting an open house. Sure, homebuyers have seen photos and video of your property on the Internet. However, nothing compares to an in-person look at your home inside and out. Because an open house is such an essential part of a successful sale, a considerable amount of preparation should go into making sure your home is in peak condition. Whether you’re selling your first home or have been through the process before, review the guidelines below to ensure you have the best open house possible.

1. Enhance your curb appeal
If you keep up with our blog on a regular basis, you may have read an entire post dedicated to enhancing the curb appeal of your Fairbanks home. Making sure the exterior of your home is pristine will give...

Declutter Your Fairbanks Home Before Selling

You’ve made all the necessary home repairs, enhanced your curb appeal, and scoped out a Fairbanks real estate agent. You’re well on your way to selling your home! In today’s market, you may receive your first phone call from an interested buyer in a matter of days, or even hours. Are you ready to show off your property in the Alaskan real estate market? If your first instinct is to throw all of your belongings in boxes and sort them after you move, think again. One of the first steps to a successful showing or open house is to clear out the clutter – for good! Heed these tips for decluttering your home before you list and you’ll be fully prepared to take on this new chapter in your life.

Create a strategy
The first thing you’ll want to do is sit down with your calendar and block off one or two days per week over the next several months. Don’t try to cram all of your decluttering...

Explore the Tanana Valley State Fair!

It’s hard to believe it’s already August! Because we have such a short summer season here in Fairbanks, we like to take advantage of the warm weather while we can. And for many, summer just isn’t complete without a trip to the Tanana Valley State Fair. A long-standing tradition in the Interior of Alaska, the event always kicks off on the first Friday of August and continues through the following weekend. This year, the Tanana Valley State Fair gets started tomorrow, August 2nd. If you haven’t attended in the past, here’s a brief overview of what you can expect.

Contests
The Tanana Valley State Fair hosts a wide variety of contests, in which participants can show off their most unusual skills. A bubble gum blowing contest, lawnmower races, a texting competition,...