Selling Your Home In Fairbanks

Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Fairbanks Home This Winter

As the rest of the country prepares for a massive thaw in the upcoming weeks, the Alaskan real estate market will probably look like a winter wonderland for another couple of months. On the bright side, we still have plenty of opportunities for skiing, sledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling before the season begins to change. However, if you’re a homeowner planning to sell your home in Fairbanks this spring, you might be wondering how to boost your home’s appearance under all of this ice and snow. Luckily, there are a few ways to make your home stand out in the Alaskan real estate market despite the stark white landscape. Here are Madden Real Estate’s tips for enhancing your curb appeal this winter.

Clear away ice and snow
Be sure to stay on top of ice and snow accumulation outside of your Fairbanks home. Not only will a shoveled sidewalk...

5 Fairbanks Home Remodeling Trends for 2014

Greetings, Fairbanks! We’re just a few weeks shy of ringing in 2014. It’s hard to believe how quickly the year flew by. As you start wrapping up 2013 and documenting your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to consider adding a home remodeling project to your list. Now that the housing recovery is in full swing, more and more homeowners are putting time, energy, and money into their properties. If you’re considering making some improvements around your home this winter, here’s what design trends are predicted to grow in popularity in 2014.

Modern Kitchens
When it comes to the kitchen, modern is in. Think white or gray cabinetry, streamlined countertops, high gloss finishes, and an overall minimalist approach. Appliances will be camouflaged into the design or hidden completely to promote a more sleek appearance.

Brass Accents
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5 Things to Look For in a Fairbanks Real Estate Agent

If you're currently a homeowner, there was a point in time when you decided you were ready to buy a home in Fairbanks. Now, for whatever reason, you have come to realize that what was once your dream home doesn't fit your lifestyle any longer. It's no secret that selling your home can be emotional and daunting whether you're moving up, downsizing, or relocating. However, as long as you choose the right professional to represent your best interest, your experience in the Alaskan real estate market should go smoothly. To make the decision process a little bit easier for you, here are a few things to look for when deciding who to hire as your Fairbanks real estate agent.

Tech-savvy
Home buyers aren't starting their searches in the newspaper anymore, they're getting online. Make sure your Fairbanks real estate...

4 Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

If you’re thinking about selling your home in Fairbanks for the very first time, you may be surprised at how complex and emotionally challenging the process can be. Once you’ve spent a considerable amount of time living in the same place, it can be difficult to bring yourself to close a significant chapter in your life. From hosting open houses, to deciding how to price your home, to selecting the right Fairbanks real estate agent, it can be easy to make mistakes along the way if you haven’t been through the home selling process before. To help make your journey through the Alaskan real estate market as stress-free and successful as possible, read through the tips below.

  1. Don’t get emotionally involved
    Not getting emotionally involved is perhaps one of the toughest parts about selling your home. As soon as you make the decision to list your home in the...

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 inside of your...

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 potential homebuyers...

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 into one...

Enhance the Curb Appeal of Your Fairbanks Home

When preparing to sell your home in the Fairbanks real estate market, it's incredibly important to maintain the exterior of your property. As a Fairbanks real estate agent, I can tell you that curb appeal is the first thing potential buyers will notice. Whether they're driving around your neighborhood or have come across your home in an online search, first impressions are important to enticing potential home buyers to want to learn more. To give you a competitive edge against your neighbors, here are a few ways you can enhance the curb appeal of your Fairbanks home.

Give your driveway a facelift
If you have an asphalt driveway, you can reseal it for a couple hundred bucks. Though this is more for long term maintenance than for instant curb appeal, it will prevent moisture from seeping under the asphalt and causing it to buckle in the future. For an instant upgrade,...

Keep Cool in the Fairbanks Heat Wave!

While most of the United States expects temperatures to soar in the summer months, up here in Alaska it’s an anomaly! Fairbanks is experiencing an extreme heat wave with no indication of relief. Whether you welcome the climate change or are at a loss as to how to deal with the above average temperatures, it looks like the 90-degree weather is here to stay for the foreseeable future. It’s time to get creative!

As central air conditioning is non-existent in Alaska, most homeowners are relying on fans and window units to keep their Fairbanks homes cool this week. In fact, most homes up here are designed to keep warm air inside and cold air outside. Needless to say, we’re all sweltering. To help you keep energy costs down and survive the heat wave, I’ve come up with a list of ways you can stay cool (and maintain your sanity!) while we ride out this bizarre streak of weather.

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