Home Improvement

Staging Your Alaskan Home During the Winter

There's no doubt about it, winter has arrived here in Alaska! But if you have your sights set on a new home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, or North Pole for the new year, don't let that stop you from listing your property now! There are plenty of ways to pique buyer interests during these colder months and with Madden Real Estate on your side, you can count on us to help you make it happen!

Home staging is one smart way to grab a buyer's attention and below are five ways to stage your Alaskan home successfully during the winter:

Boost winter curb appeal
Adding winter decor to the exterior of your Anchorage or Fairbanks home can boost your property's curb appeal, but it should lean on the simple side. Try a holiday wreath or fresh greenery outdoors, make sure all pathways are clear of snow for buyers, and...

How to Avoid Turning Away Alaskan Homebuyers

As I mentioned in our recent blog post, selling your home during the holidays in Alaska can be just as successful as selling during the spring and summer! But that doesn't mean you can simply add a For Sale sign to your yard and watch the offers roll in! Your Alaskan home must be well prepared for the market and up to par with what buyers want.

As your local real estate experts, Madden Real Estate can help you avoid turning away buyers unintentionally and that begins with removing a few of the following common items from your home:

Damage from pets
Remember that not all buyers will love pets like you do! If you have pet damage in your Alaskan home, like scratched floors or stained carpet, consider having them re-finished or install new carpet prior to listing.

Bugs...

Selling Your Alaska Home During the Holidays

Many Alaska homeowners are left wondering whether or not they should sell their properties once the busy spring and summer seasons are over. While it may seem like the end of the year isn't the best for sellers, the short answer is yes! Today's homebuyers are constantly searching for homes on their smartphones, computers, and even have set up email alerts when a new Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, North Pole, or Wasilla home becomes available and meets their requirements.

Don't be afraid to list your Alaska home during the holidays! It is still an opportune time to sell and as your local experts, Madden Real Estate has included a few tips below on achieving a successful sale!

Boost your online appeal
When you work with Madden...

How to Prepare Your Alaskan Home for Fall

The official beginning of fall is just a few weeks away and while you may have brought your pumpkin decor back out of storage, there are a few more steps to take to ensure your Alaskan home is ready for the season. As your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer, North Pole, and beyond, we've rounded up our best tips for preparing your home for fall.

Clean the Gutters
There is no denying that the fall season brings it's fair share of wind and rain, which means debris like limbs and leaves scatter into your yard— and gutters! You'll want to be sure your gutters are clear to allow for what the season has in store, otherwise they could overflow and wreak havoc on your siding or worse, your home's interior walls.

Put Away Furniture
Whether you have a small deck or a large patio for entertaining...

Should You Sell Your Alaska Home This Spring or Simply Renovate?

Many Alaskan homeowners tend to believe spring is the best time to list their property and prepare to move on to a better, more suitable home. And while they may not be wrong, it is important to note that selling is not always the best answer for every scenario. Depending on how long you've spent in the home and your location—among other factors—it may be ideal to consider staying put and simply making a few improvements. 

Below are five questions to ask yourself as you determine whether to sell or renovate your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole home this spring:

How long have you been in the home?
If you have spent decades...

10 Ways to Protect Your Fairbanks Alaska Home This Winter

The new year is nearly here and we're now in the thick of winter, with temperatures dipping low and snow piling up. While these conditions can make for beautiful scenery in Alaska, they can also wreak havoc on your Fairbanks AK area home if you aren't prepared. As your local real estate experts in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and beyond, we have put together a list of top winter tasks to tackle in 2018 so you can enjoy the season without any surprises!

Consider the following your winter checklist for your Alaska home

Clean your chimney
If you use your fireplace often, you will want to make sure it's been properly cleaned and inspected. Creosote build up can give way to chimney fires,...

How to Tell When Your Fairbanks AK Kitchen Needs Updating

Whether you're planning a home improvement project for the new year or are simply preparing to impress buyers when your home hits the Alaska real estate market, the kitchen is a great place to focus. After all, kitchens and bathrooms tend to make the biggest impact on homebuyers— in addition to your home value

But how can you tell if yours is in need of an update? As your local real estate experts, Madden Real Estate has included a few ways to help you decide:

Your appliances are outdated
This may be a smaller project, but swapping out old appliances can quickly make any kitchen feel like a brand-new...

5 Updates Your Fairbanks AK Home Needs Every 10 Years

We recently shared how to get your home ready for fall with our Fairbanks Alaska Home Checklist for September, but there are dozens of other tasks to complete to make sure your Alaska home is at its absolute best. For instance, did you know ceiling fans have a typical lifespan of ten years? If you haven't replaced yours in the last decade or have just moved in to an older Alaska home, it may be time to swap it out for a newer model.

Below are a few more updates your Fairbanks AK home will need every 10 years:

Carpeting
Take stock of the carpet in your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla or North Pole home. Do you know when it was...

How to Prepare for Your Alaska Home Appraisal

The listing price of your Alaskan home is one of the most important aspects of the entire selling process. In fact, if the listing price is not reasonable from the very beginning, you could risk a whole segment of buyers passing over your property. What's more, there is one specific factor that will have the final say when it comes to what your Alaskan home sells for and it could make or break the deal— the appraisal.

If the appraised value of your home in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, or North Pole comes back too far from the listing price, any deal you come to with a buyer could fall through. Below are four ways to get ready for your ...

What to Ask the Seller Before You Move into a New Alaskan Home

Excitement runs high when you purchase a new home in Alaska— you start to envision where all of your belongings will go, where your family members will stay, the purposes for each room, you name it. But remember, there is only one person that knows the property better than you at the moment and that is the seller.

In order to avoid any surprises down the road, and to get to know certain quirks that the home may have (that won't be listed on the inspection report!), Alaskan homebuyers can ask the seller the following questions:

What quirks does the home have?
Does the window in the bedroom stick when it gets warmer? Does the refridgerator make noises from time to time? You'll want to gather...

How to Negotiate Repairs After Your Alaskan Home Inspection

The home inspection is a crucial part of the home buying process in Alaska. It's what informs you of existing problems with the property, including everything from outdated plumbing to a faulty roof, and helps provide peace of mind for making such a big purchase. But for Anchorage area buyers, what comes after the inspection is just as important— negotiating home repairs!

Many buyers do not understand that negotiating can be done long before you even reach the closing table to sign on the dotted line and in fact, it's one of the ways you can land the best possible deal in the end. 

Below are three ways you can negotiate home repairs after the home inspection in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer,...

How to Keep Your Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole Home Warm This Winter

There's no doubt about it— the cold is here! You may have started reaching for more layers, piling on extra blankets and turning up the thermostat in your Alaska home, but there are a few more ways to bring extra warmth indoors this winter.

As your local real estate experts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, North Pole and the surrounding communities, we are happy to provide the following tips for keeping your Alaskan home warm this winter.

Use your curtains
Thicker curtains are a simple way to keep heat inside your home this winter and avoid losing it through the windows. 

Let the sunlight in
During the day, open the curtains and blinds and let as much natural light in as possible. As soon as the sun fades, you can return them to their closed position to...

Alaska Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

After you've purchased your first home in Alaska, there are many tasks to tackle— from moving all of the furniture to organizing to landscaping. In fact, new homeowners can be so busy with the hustle and bustle of their new property that home security measures can fall by the wayside. 

New homeowners can be especially vulnerable to security risks and as your local real estate experts in Alaska, we're sharing five tips to follow for peace of mind:

Know before you buy
Before you buy a home in Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole, Eagle River, Palmer, or Wasilla, it is wise to research...

Easy Tips to Prepare Your Alaskan Home for Fall and Winter

Fall is officially here in Alaska! The kids are back in school, temperatures have already started to dip and the leaves are now turning colors and falling. Soon enough, we'll be tempted to turn up the heat and settle in for the long months ahead. But is your Alaskan home prepared?

Madden Real Estate has included several tips below to help you get your home ready for the upcoming fall and winter seasons:

Clean your gutters
Clogged gutters can cause serious problems like water damage to interior falls, leakage through your foundation into your basement, rodent infestations and more. Not to mention, in the winter months, clogged gutters can lead to ice dams. Now is the time to clean them out and run water though them—you can do so with a hose—to ensure there are no blockages....

5 Ways to Avoid Wasting Energy in Your Fairbanks Alaska Home This Thanksgiving

As you prepare to host guests in your Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla, Palmer or North Pole home this Thanksgiving, you likely have a to-do list that is keeping you on schedule. From cleaning the oven to changing lightbulbs to clearing off the sidewalk and driveway, there are many tasks that will require your energy in order to be fully prepared for the upcoming holiday. 

But while we're on the subject of energy, it's time to take a look at how much your home will use on this one, single day. Thanksgiving can be quite an energy gobbler, but if you mind the following five ways to avoid wasting it, you'll be much happier when you receive your next bill.

Install a dimmer switch in your dining room
You'll be spending the majority of Thanksgiving Day around your dining table, so start by saving energy there. Install a dimmer switch on your light fixture and each...

How to Have the Best Looking Home in Fairbanks, Anchorage Alaska

While we do live in Alaska, having a home everyone envies year-round is possible! Most may think it is only in the spring and summer months that homes in Fairbanks and Anchorage are allowed to shine, but winter can actually enhance your home with the right improvements. 

It's also less expensive than you think— simply painting your home, either interior or exterior, a brighter color and adding more lighting can push away the winter blues. Alaska is a beautiful place to call home and with these tips your property can be the best looking on the block, no matter the season!

In the Winter

Add bark, berries or seeds
Your winter yard may be looking like a snow-covered wonderland right now, so why not break it up? Add evergreens or other trees with unusual bark and shapes to bring an interest to your yard. A great...

Easy Updates to Sell Your Alaskan Home

More homebuyers are entering the Alaskan real estate market this summer, searching for new homes in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River. If you're a home seller, one of the best steps you can take is to update the property and help the home stand out among the rest. While there may still be limited inventory in the local real estate market, these simple, inexpensive updates could be just what your Alaskan home needs to attract the right homebuyers.

Update the Front Door
Nothing can update the overall vibe of your home like a fresh coat of paint; it's also one of the most inexpensive fixes in terms of curb appeal. To grab the interest of an Alaskan homebuyer, you do not need to paint every room in your home. Before you start, put yourself in a homebuyer's shoes and consider what they will notice—...

The Best Remodeling Projects for Homes in Alaska

For many Alaskan homeowners this year, remodeling will prove to be a better bet than selling altogether. In fact, a new survey found that most Americans believe real estate is the best investment for long-term wealth, over stocks, gold and savings! It is a great idea to invest in your homes in Fairbanks or Anchorage if you plan on staying put, but if you are planning to sell in the coming months, it's important to know which remodeling projects are worth your time (and money!). So, before you pick up that hammer or paintbrush, keep in mind the following tips:

Replacing the Front Door
According to Remodeling Magazine's new Cost vs. Value report, replacing your front door has the highest ROI (return on investment) of all remodeling projects. It's the first feature of your home a potential Alaskan homebuyer will see and will likely set the tone for their entire perception of the home. Old, faulty door? Put yourself in the homebuyer's...

Increase the Property Value of Your Fairbanks Home

If you’re planning to sell your home in Fairbanks this year, you’re not alone. The housing recovery is predicted to pick up speed in 2014 with more homes coming on the market over the next few months. Not to mention, spring is typically the busiest time of year for those who are looking to relocate. Once Fairbanks starts to thaw, buyers and sellers will come out of hibernation and begin exploring the Alaskan real estate market in full force. So, what can you do ensure you’ll get top dollar when it comes time to sell? Here are a few improvements you can make that will increase the property value of your Fairbanks home.

  1. Repair all major indoor systems
    Before you spend any money on cosmetic or functional improvements, it’s imperative that all of your major indoor systems are in working order. Making any needed upgrades, repairs, or replacements to your plumbing, heating, electrical, and sewer systems assures buyers that they won’t need to bother with these items in the near...