Litchfield Daffodil Fields

Laurel Ridge Daffodil Farm, Litchfield CT

Laurel Ridge Daffodil Fields

 

 

Don't miss this year's display of daffodils at Laurel Ridge, 66 Wigwam Rd
Litchfield, CT 06759!

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a walk among the daffodils at Laurel Ridge Foundation

The display of all types of daffodil  is absolutely beautiful!  The yellow and white reflection in the pond and against the  green backdrop of the woods. The aged stonewalls overlooks a small lake with two islands. Don't forget your camera and catch some of the wildlife in CT!litchfield Daffodils

Litchfield Daffodil fields


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Things to do in Southbury, CT

Top Things to do Southbury CT

TOP THINGS TO DO SOUTHBURY CT

Southbury CT spans 40 square miles, and that includes some spectacular, natural spaces.  Whether you’re taking the kids to play ball or tennis, picnicking or hiking, swimming or boating, there’s something for everyone! Southbury has a large town pool with kiddie pool, playgrounds at Ballantine Park, Lakeside Park, a walking track and fitness trail at Ewald Park, and a boat ramp on Lake Lillinonah.

 

 

AMUSEMENT PARK

 

Quassy Amusement Park. For any former locals, yes, Friday nights are still a quarter and many rides, including the antique carosuel, are still in operation today!
Quassy Amusement Park in nearby Middlebury. For any former locals, yes, Friday nights are still a quarter and many rides, including the antique carousel, are still in operation today!

 

EQUESTRIAN CENTERS

Equestrian Centers Southbury ct
Equestrian Centers Southbury CT

 

Come to some of the area’s premiere equestrian centers that accommodate riders of all ages and abilities.  Brushy Hill Farm, Sabill’s Morgan Horse Farm, Willow Creek Farm and Mountain Valley Equestrian center all offer lessons, boarding.

 

LAKE ZOAR

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Lake Zoar

Lake Zoar is a reservoir on the Housatonic River with several towns bordering it, including Southbury, Ct. It is a great place to boat. I grew up water skiing there and had so many fond memories of this lake.

HIKING

SOUTHFORD FALLS STATE PARK

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Southford Falls State Park is a public recreation area covering 126 acres. Southford Falls is an interesting hike with a small river gorge containing a covered bridge and some nice waterfalls. It is a  great place for photographers to get some great shots.  The park offers fishing, hiking, waterfalls, and an eight mile brook.

This trail is a moderate 1.8 mile loop.  Further inland is a boardwalk and ultimately a climb to a watchtower. The loop wraps up with a descent through cool woodlands to a pond. Moderate climbs and descents and the varied sights are the highlights.  Dogs are allowed.

Further inland is a boardwalk and ultimately a climb to a watchtower. The loop wraps up with a descent through cool woodlands to a pond. Moderate climbs and descents and the varied sights are the highlights.

A great place for a hot summer day where the trees provide quite a bit of sun coverage, and the little sun spots on the water are so gorgeous. There are a lot of uphill rocky slopes so if you are looking for a good workout!

 

 

 

 

KETTLETOWN STATE PARK

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Trail Map Kettletown State Park

Kettletown State Park is everything that comes to mind when you think of a traditional sleep-away summer camp on a lake, except it’s open to family and group camping as well as large youth group camping, and you can come here just for a day. There’s a small beach area for lounging and swimming, and the rest of the large lake is used for water sports such as boating, canoeing, and fishing.

Behind the beach is a nice picnic area with charcoal grills and a good number of picnic tables under shady trees. Past the beach area is a small amphitheater with screenings of family movies at night, plus daytime activities like a reptile show.

Campsites aren’t too far from all of this action, and the walk from the camping area to the beach consists of a beautiful hike on clear trails and boardwalks through the woods and over a relaxing stream.

Old Lyme Ofsprey

The Bent of the River Audubon Center, offers 15 miles of hiking along the Pomperaug River

BALLENTINE PARK PAVILION SUMMER CONCERTS

Last Fair Deal Southbury Summer Concert
Last Fair Deal Southbury Summer Concert. Things to do Southbury

The pavilion at Ballantine Park on Old Field Road is open seasonally to rent for a variety of events. The open air facility includes picnic seating, parking for 40 vacancies, and an interior kitchen containing a freezer, refrigerator, oven, gas burners, griddle, and sink, propane grill, restrooms and a handicap accessible bathroom.

Ballantine Park is 25 acres of softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and houses the town pool.  Southbury has 11 town parks, 12 ball fields, 10 soccer fields, a football field, 2 volleyball courts, 4 basketball courts.

Southbury Town Pool

Southbury Town Pool
Southbury Town Pool

Ballantine Pool is located at 611 Old Field Road. The pool has changing rooms and bathroom facility, lounge chairs and umbrellas.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the summer fun! There is  also kiddie pool for the young children.

Cycling Southbury

Great cycling in Southbury, Roxbury, and Woodbury for those who love hills.
Great cycling in Southbury, Roxbury, and Woodbury for those who love hills.

There are a number of great bike rides all mapped out in Southbury. One of my favorite rides was from Middlebury to Southbury, then Woodbury, Roxbury all the way to Kent Falls and back. Just beautiful but a very hilly ride!

 

SKIING

Skiing

In the winter, cross country ski on the trail in Hidden Pond Park. This park consists of a 58-acre parcel of wooded land with a 4-acre pond. A hiking or cross country ski trail loop travels west along the pond and winds through a wooded area.

Woodbury Ski Area Offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. In the summer there are concerts.

GOLF

HERITAGE VILLAGE COUNTRY CLUB

Woodbury Antiques Trail

Connecticut Antiques Trail
Connecticut Antiques Trail

REAL ESTATE SOUTHBURY CT

Find your dream home in Southbury, Connecticut!

 

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See all the homes for sale in Southbury, CT

Real Estate information was provided by Eileen Anderson, recognized leader in her field. If you are looking to hire a top realtor Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112.

Thinking of selling your home? Don’t make these common mistakes when selling your home! 

I enjoy helping home buyers find the home of their dreams or helping sellers get their home ready for a smooth sale.

See all the great things to do in the state of Connecticut!

I am licensed for residential real estate sales in the state of Connecticut including but not limited to the following CT towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Bristol, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, East Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Suffield, Windsor, New Hartford, North Granby, Farmington, Litchfield, Simsbury, Suffield, Old Lyme and West Hartford, CT.

Check out the next article for Late April Gardening!

What You Need to do in Late April to care for Your Trees, Shrubs, Lawn and Gardens

Late April Landscaping & Garden Checklist

Spring Landscaping Maintenance

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Here is your followup to the last article on Early April Gardening Checklist and how to stage your yard to sell your home in the early spring.

 

PREPARE YOUR PERENNIAL BEDS

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April is a great time to work the land and prepare you garden beds.

 

PERENNIALS

Shade Gardens Hostas
Shade Gardens Hostas

 

 

  • Hostas are easily divided in late April. They do well in part shade but can also grow in the sun. It is a favorite food of deer and voles! If you can stand the smell you can spray the leaves with bobcat urine that you can get at any nursery.

 

  • Remove spent flowers from Tulips, Daffodils & Hyacinths to reserve energy.

 

  • Ground covers provide a beautiful solution to tough spots where grass won’t grow: shady areas & slopes. There is nothing like a patch of blue periwinkle growing in the woods for some spring color. It is very hardly and you can take several clumps of periwinkle and spread them around your property. If you have a sloping garden it holds the soil back very well. I plant hostas in with the periwinkle. They push right thru to add beautiful foliage color all summer.

 

  • For bold, billowing patches of spring color – plant Creeping Phlox. These perennials aren’t fussy, spread quickly & are easy to grow. They love full sun & well-drained soil.

 

  • Plant Daylilies in late April for a low maintenance, pest-free flower garden. 

    Clean your bluestone patio, add some new stone dust and get your spring containers planted.
    Clean your bluestone patio, add some new stone dust and get your spring containers planted.

 

ROSES

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Rose Garden Maintenance

 

  • Apply Preen to beds to prevent weeds around roses, perennials, shrubs, trees & vegetables.

 

  • Plant miniature Roses in the rock garden.

 

  • Plant roses; use peat moss, cow manure & compost. Choose a sunny site.

 

ANNUALS & VEGGIES:

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  • Enjoy the zest & fragrance of herbs. Fun for windowsills or formal knot garden.

 

  • Set out Strawberry plants about 3 feet apart in each row to prevent crowding. Plant in full sun, with cow manure. Expect yield of one quart of berries per plant. Keep an eye for snails! Beer on a plate will help control them.strawberry garden
Control the slugs-snails eating your strawberries with beer! Late April Gardening Checklist
Control the slugs-snails eating your strawberries with beer!

 

  • Plant red raspberry rows in a north-south direction so each side gets equal sunlight.  

 

  • Ideal time to plant Blueberries.

 

  • Plants need carbon, hydrogen & oxygen (from air & water) and nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium & sulfur (from soil).

 

  • Plants will not achieve maximum growth if they receive too much or too little of these.

 

  • Start cucumbers, melons & squash indoors; transplant in late May.

 

TREES & SHRUBS:

  • Wait until buds break & new growth begins before pruning “dead” branches. 
  • Removing dead or diseased wood makes for more attractive shrubs and trees. It also helps to prevent disease from killing your plants.
  •  The  butterfly bush (Buddlia), you are safe to prune in early spring. Butterfly bushes only bloom on new growth many gardeners prune them severely each spring to encourage lots of new growth and lots of flowers.

    Climbing-Hydrangeas
    CLIMBING HYDRANGEA

 

  • Plant creeping Juniper as a ground cover for hot, dry & sunny locations.

 

  • Plant climbing Hydrangea to cover a masonry wall or stone wall.
  • HUG A TREE ON ARBOR DAY! Arbor Day was established in 1874 on the treeless plains of Nebraska by J.Sterling Morton – Arbor Day is now celebrated throughout the US & around the world. Learn how you can celebrate Arbor Day in our community.

 

  • Prune Forsythia after flowers fall; then fertilize.

 

  • Finger-pinch new candle growth (80%) on dwarf pines & spruces to keep shrubs compact by forcing internal growth; then fertilize.

 

  • Consider proper pest control for white pine weevil on pine & spruce. Look for tent caterpillars & woolly adelgid.

 

LAWN CARE:

  • Time to start a new lawn or re-seed old lawns. Grass roots like 4” of good topsoil with organic matter. Cultivate lightly, rake out weeds and roots. Rake smooth. Use a good quality seed & starter fertilizer. Protect with straw for moisture retention.

 

HOME & PATIO

  • Water houseplants with a solution of plant food 1-2 days before re-potting them.

 

  • If you spray your Houseplants for pests, move them out.

 

  • Get you planters cleaned an ready for your artistic creation on annuals in late April. Container gardening can really enhance the look of your porch or patio. Use hanging vines of variegated color over the sides. Have tall center piece with lots of color around it. This time of year is great for pansies, they can take a cold snap and even some snow. They get tired during the hot summer months so replace the with summer annuals.

 

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If you missed the first article on Early April Gardening to stage your home to sell you can see it here!

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Other resources:

A Gardener’s Checklist for Early Spring via Fine Gardening

10 Tips to create an outdoor oasis in your backyard via Sharon Paxson

How to Stage your Outdoor Living Areas via Kevin Vitali

Summer Curb Appeal Tips via Luke Skar & Others

 


Real Estate and Gardening information was provided by Eileen Anderson, recognized leader in her field. If you are looking to hire a top realtor Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112.

Thinking of selling your home? I love Real Estate and helping people find the home of their dreams in a town where they can feel a deep sense of community. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of all the great things to do in the state of Connecticut and my passion for gardening.

I am licensed for residential real estate sales in the state of Connecticut including but not limited to the following CT towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Granby, East Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Suffield, Windsor, New Hartford, North Granby, Farmington, Litchfield, Simsbury, Suffield, Old Lyme and West Hartford, CT.

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How To Budget When Buying A Home

How To Budget When Buying A Home

Know what your budget is when looking for real estate to purchase!

Why worry about a Budget?

Do you enjoy buying things but don’t like to keep tabs on your spending? It is a time consuming process to keep track of all your receipts and spending habits but essential to do if you need to define a budget to buy a home.

Is a formal budget worth your time? The answer is YES!

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Here is why having a budget benefits YOU!

There are so many unnecessary things we buy.  When you pay attention to all of your expenses, you may be surprised to find how much money you waste on things that are not important to you. Maybe you can cut out that second cup of Starbucks coffee every day and save a few bucks.

Do you have big expenses that are due every 6How to budget for a new home, top realtor simsbury ct, real estate simsbury ct, home buying months like car insurance? Don’t you hate the shock of that bill when it comes in! A budget helps you prepare for large expenses. If you save a little money each month, you won’t need to panic when that bill arrives.

Do you worry about your financial future? Budgeting can help you control your savings and spending habits. Be in control or your financing instead of your finances controlling you.

Budgeting forces you to look at the reality of your financial situation and make sound decisions for your future.

Budgeting is an important part of preparing yourself for the purchase of a home.

Save for up Front Closing Costs

Closing costs, down payment and emergency funds can be very expensive. Save for these upfront costs by sticking to your budget. Be sure you have enough to cover the many expenses that face new homeowners, including packing/moving, utility hook-ups, garden/home tools, window coverings, appliances etc.

When you meet with your mortgage loan officer to get pre-approved for a loan they can give you an idea of what you will need to save for a down payment, closing costs, and pre-paids.

CLOSING COSTS

Closing costs consist of fees charged by the mortgage lender, attorneys and other service providers. These are likely to be paid by the buyer but each state varies and it is possible that the seller may pay some of the closing costs. You may be able to finance the closing costs as well.How to budget when buying a new home, Realtor Simsbury CT, Real Estate Simsbury, cost of buying a home, mortgage calculator

Some of these charges include: credit report fees, appraisal fees, legal fees, document preparation fees, mortgage origination, discount paints, land survey, hazard insurance, title insurance, release fees, inspection fees, prepaid interest, and tax and home owners insurance escrow.

If you put down less that 20% then you may be required to buy mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance helps protect your lender form huge losses if you default on your mortgage. Once you pay down your loan to 80% of your homes value then you can ask your lender to remove it.

Strengthen your loan application!

By establishing a regular savings pattern in a savings account, you make your loan application stronger and increase the chances of having your loan approved.

Developing a Budget

If you are a first time home buyer maybe you’d like to develop your own budget, or improve the budget you use now, but you don’t know where to begin.

Here is a step-by-step approach for developing a budget.

First, you see how to build a budget to get control of your money now, BEFORE you buy a home. This will help you prepare for the purchase of a home sooner.

Once you buy your home you will see how to budget for successful home ownership.

The pre-purchase budget (Current Monthly Budget) and the after purchase budget (Home Owner’s Budget) are both for your own benefit.

This information is completely confidential. You may find it helps to discuss these budgets with your mortgage loan lender, but you can keep them private if you wish.

Let’s get ready to build a budget !

Having a budget is an essential part of the home buying process! During the next month write down ALL of your expenses every day, include all expenses, no matter home small. You may want to carry a small notebook with you so that you can easily record expenses during the day.How to buget when buying your first home, simsbury real estate, realtor Simsbury ct

It is important to write down what you actually spend on each item, even if you plan to spend less in the future, identify large periodic expenses, like a car insurance premium that may be due every six months. Figure how much you have to put aside each month to be ready to pay bills like this when they are due.

Example: Sue has a car insurance premium of $300 due every six months. She sets aside$50 each month, so after six months she has the $300 she needs to pay the bill. Establish a monthly savings goal to build into your budget. If you don’t save, this won’t  it won’t happen!

Calculate the amount of after-tax (net) income you have in an average month. Include “take home” wages, tips, bonuses, investment earnings alimony, child support, and benefits from pensions, Social Security, the Veterans Administration, Unemployment Compensation and Public Assistance.

Building You Current Budget Step-by- Step

Create a spreadsheet of all your monthly income and expenses that you tracked over the last month or two. Be sure to take into account your periodic payments and money set aside in savings. Add your saving and expenses. then compare the total to your net income for the month Look for items to cut back on so you can increase your monthly savings. Think of saving as paying yourself each month.

Build up an emergency fund. Mortgage lenders like to see a regular pattern of savings. Add your savings and expenses. Then compare the total to your net income for the month. Look for things you can cut back on. Ask yourself is this item really something I need or want? How often do you really need to eat out? What do you spend on entertainment or a night out on the town? Do you spend a lot on clothes? Maybe cut back a bit on these items.

The more you save each month, the faster you can build funds needed for the down payment and closing costs and the closer you are to getting that dream home you have been waiting for!

Once you buy your home don’t loose site of your budget. You have to be able to afford to live in your new home!

Building Your Home Owners Budget step by step

Owning your home usually costs more than renting, even when you figure in the Federal income tax saving that come with having a mortgage loan. Your Home Owner’s Budget is very similar to you Current Monthly Budget with a few new items added.

Here is a step by step to-do list for your new Home Owners Budget:

1. Transfer your budget information from your current budget spreadsheet to your new home owners spreadsheet adding lines for housing expenses.home buying budget, mortgage info, save for home, realtor Simsbury, real estate Simsbury

2. Get an estimate of your mortgage payment including principal, interest, taxes, and insurance from your mortgage loan officer or real estate professional.

3. Set aside a line for property taxes and hazard insurance.

4. Get an estimate or average payment from the utility companies (gas, electric, water, oil)

5. Set aside money for future maintenance. Is your roof in need of repair or replacement? How old is your furnace or water heater, do you need wood or siding repairs, don’t forget landscape maintenance and lawn care?

6. Continue to add money to your emergency and maintenance funds.

Compare your Home Owners Budget to your Current Monthly Budget. If you are seeing that renting a home may be cheaper than owning, keep in mind that the interest you pay on your mortgage is tax deductible, so your income tax bill should go down considerably. Rent may continue to rise in price and you will never see that money again. There are pros and cons to renting vs buying that you must consider.

There you have it! If you are a first time home buyer there is no better time to start planning for your future than now.


Other resources include:

What Not to do Before Buying a Home via Bill Gassett

Renting vs Buying Weigh Your Options via Wendy Weir

When Do You Decide To Buy A Home? Answer These 5 Questions First!  via Xavier De Buck

Making the Decision to Buy Your First Home First Time Home Buyer Advice via Kevin Vitali

Types of People Who Probably Should NOT by a Home via

Mortgage Information via Ann Kramer akramer@bankatunited.com


Real Estate information was provided by Eileen Anderson, recognized leader in her field. If you are looking to hire a top realtor Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112.

Thinking of selling your home? I love Real Estate and helping people find the home of their dreams in a town where they can feel a deep sense of community. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of all the great things to do in the state of Connecticut and my passion for gardening.

I am licensed for residential real estate sales in the state of Connecticut including but not limited to the following CT towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, East Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Suffield, Windsor, New Hartford, North Granby, Farmington, Litchfield, Simsbury, Suffield, Old Lyme and West Hartford, CT.

 

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show – Landscape Design

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

Landscape Design

Enjoy the photos of the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, CT!

 

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

 

Connecticut Flower Show

 

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

 

Connecticut Garden and Flower Show Pond

 

Landscaping with Water Features and Stone Walls

Landscaping with Water Features and Stone Walls 

Spring blooming scrubs, water feature, stone walls, rock garden.
Spring blooming scrubs, water feature, stone walls, rock garden.

 

Easter Flower Display, Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
Easter Flower Display, Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

 

Table Settings and Floral Arrangements at Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
Table Settings and Floral Arrangements at Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

 

Colorful yellow and black table setting with flowers, make a house a home!
Colorful yellow and black table setting with flowers, make a house a home!

 

Elegant pink, black ans silver table setting with pink roses for accent.
Elegant pink, black ans silver table setting with pink roses for accent.

 

First place table setting design! Silver and pale peach color scheme.
First place table setting design! Silver and pale peach color scheme.

 

Table settings at Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.
Table settings at Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.

 

Easter Display Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.
Easter Display Connecticut Flower and Garden Show.

 

Beautiful cascading blue, white and green floral arrangement!
Beautiful cascading blue, white and green floral arrangement!

 

My favorite colors! Blue, green and white floral design.
My favorite colors! Blue, green and white floral design.

 

Check out all the things to do with kids in Connecticut!
Check out all the things to do with kids in Connecticut!

Connecticut Growers, spring annuals and bulbs.

Connecticut Growers, spring annuals and bulbs.

Clayworks, Canton, CT
Clayworks, Canton, CT

 

Canton Clay Works, LLC
Tim Skull Canton Clay Works, LLC

This eclectic collection of wares by Tim Skull at Clay Works in Canton, CT are made of stoneware and porcelain fired in a myriad of kilns ranging from Raku to Wood Fired. The majority of the wheel thrown pieces  concentrate on forms emerging from the “Domi Form” (female goddess form).​

Currently the artist is exploring the freedom of hand building. His  pots are all one of a kind with unique idiosyncrasies and signatures created from the flames, atmosphere and vapor found in my numerous combustion kilns.

Bird House Bungalows
Bird House Bungalows

 

 

 

Rising Sun Organic Lawn Programs and Landscaping Services

Rising Sun Organic Lawn Programs and Landscaping Services

 
Rising Sun Landscaping is a local owner operated company that has been providing quality landscapes in the Farmington Valley and surrounding towns since 2004.  Tim Huk, the owner, has been involved in residential property care in the same areas since 1992.  
 
They specialize in the design, installation, and maintenance of landscapes from a small garden bed to a complete property transformation.  Whether it is just some pruning of overgrown shrubs and some mulch, a few plants and an informal path leading to a sitting area, or a more involved stone wall and patio project, they can work with you to develop a plan that is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.  
 
They also offer complete lawn renovations and organic fertilization programs.  As a CT NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, They adhere to strict organic standards and use only materials that are safe for children, pets, pollinators, and water sources.  The owners continue their development in this field through conferences, training workshops, seminars, and ongoing communication with industry leaders.
 

 

Gresczyk Farms
Gresczyk Farms

Gresczyk Farm is a family-owned and operated farm in Litchfield County. They grow vegetables and have 600+ laying chickens. They have a year-round farm store, wholesale, and sell at farmers’ markets. 

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

 

Connecticut Gardner Magazine
Connecticut Gardner Magazine
Connecticut Gardener magazine has been inspiring gardeners in the Southern New England region (zones 5-7) since 1995. This popular and highly-regarded local publication is available by subscription only, and is produced in both print and digital formats. In the four print issues that come out each year between March and October (plus a digital-only winter issue), CG covers the spectrum of regionally-relevant garden and ecosystem topics:
  • Trees, shrubs, vines, annuals, perennials & natives;
  • Insect and animal pests, diseases, invasives, and their biorational management though IPM;
  • Soil, nutrients, beneficial insects, pollinators, vegetables, and fruits;
  • Individuals, organizations, and businesses;
  • Newsworthy developments in the gardening world. 
The contributors are superb, and represent all walks of gardening life: local homeowners, green industry horticulturists, scientists, or nationally-recognized authors. Yearly subscriptions are $18 for digital, $22 for print, and $27 for print+digital. Learn more at conngardener.com. Subscribe online at store.conngardener.com or call Anne at 203-292-0711.
 
Canton Clay Works
Canton Clay Works

 

Multiple Bird House Vendors
Multiple Bird House Vendors

 

Wickham Park
Wickham Park

Wickham Park is a nonprofit, private foundation in Manchester, Connecticut. The park contains 250 acres of gardens, open fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas and sports facilities. You can hike, play disc golf, enjoy the oriental gardens, perennial gardens, picnic areas, aviary, and mall animals. Not to mention the amazing views of the Hartford sky line! I can’t wait to go on a photo shoot this spring there!

Lavender Pond Farm

Lavender Pond Farm 

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show Florence Griswold Museum
Connecticut Flower and Garden Show – Florence Griswold Museum

Florence Griswold Museum has beautiful gardens and one of the best things to do in Old Lyme!

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show - Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe
Connecticut Flower and Garden Show – Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe

 

Farmington Valley Equipment, Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
Farmington Valley Equipment, Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

 

Connecticut Flower Show - Arbor and furniture

 

 

How to make a stone wall with no steps skipped!
How to make a stone wall with no steps skipped!

 

Stage your yard to sell! Spring real estate market do do list for curb appeal. Your Early April Garden, lawn, tree, and shrub to do list. real estate
Early April Gardening to do List

Real Estate, gardening and Connecticut information was provided by Eileen Anderson, recognized leader in her field.  If you are looking to hire a top realtor Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112.

Thinking of selling your home? I love Real Estate and helping people find the home of their dreams in a town where they can feel a deep sense of community. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of all the great things to do in the state of Connecticut and my passion for gardening.

I am licensed for residential real estate sales in the state of Connecticut including but not limited to the following CT towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, East Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Suffield, Windsor, New Hartford, North Granby, Farmington, Litchfield, Simsbury, Suffield, Old Lyme and West Hartford, CT.

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Early April Gardening – Prepare Your Home to Sell!

Early April Gardening

Home Staging for Outdoor Living

Your complete Early April Gardening Checklist to get your property ready for the spring real estate market.

DIY, Home Maintenance, Home Improvement, Garden tips, Landscape design, Home Staging, real estate sales

EARLY APRIL GARDEN CHECKLIST

Spring is on the way and the real estate market is in full swing. Many people are getting their homes ready to sell and most will focus on the inside of the home to stage it for a quick sale. Home Staging and preparing your home to sell is extremely important to get top dollar but don’t neglect the yard. If your landscaping looks tired and is in need of some TLC what will this say to a potential buyer?

Many buyers will drive right by a home where the landscaping is neglected and never see all that fresh paint and interior improvements.  All that hard work you just did to stage your home to sell will never to be seen. The impression you leave a potential buyer when the yard is not maintained instills a fear that the  house may have issues. Don’t be a drive by!

Emotions play into the purchase of a new home. Homes with gardens and beautiful outdoor living spaces  can give the  potential home buyer a wonderful feeling. Let them visualize moving in and enjoying a beverage on the patio while watching the birds and the butterflies jump from flower to flower.  Don’t leave them with the impression that this home is too much work and has not been cared for and allow them to move on to the next property!

In this article, take note of the things you need to do to maintain your yard and invite the home buyers in!  April is an important month to get this started for a full season of color and a professionally landscaped property.

This article is part of monthly series of garden maintenance to help buyers, sellers and homeowners keep their yard in top shape. Stay tuned for “Late April Gardening Checklist” and more!

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PERENNIAL GARDEN

  • Dig, divide & replant clumps of overgrown ornamental grasses.
  • Poor drainage often leads to root disease.
  • Fertilize perennial beds with FlowerTone for full healthy plants & super blooms.
  • Protect irises from iris borer by raking away old foliage & disposing of it.
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ROSE CARE

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As pretty as this looks, it is NOT a good idea to have plants and vines attached to your home.
  • Prune roses the first week of April. Hybrid teas yield roses on new growth; therefore, prune canes to 7-8” long, always cutting 1/4” above a bud; cut on an angle so the high side of the cut is just above the new growth.
  • Climbers produce roses on old wood, so limit the pruning to dead or diseased canes. Cut to the ground any canes damaged by winter or devastated by cane borers, also any sucker canes springing up from below the graft union. Mulch with new wood mulch to a depth of 3-4”.

ANNUALS & VEGETABLES

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  • Allow soil to dry before tilling it. Plant peas, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, spinach, root crops & other cold hardy vegetables.
  • Plant cheerful Pansies in sun or light shade in average, moist but well-drained soil with organic matter.
  • Make sure your garden is neat and contained. Vegetable gardens can be very attractive with proper fencing and neat rows. 
  • Don’t keep old compost piles on the property if you are selling.
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TREES & SHRUBS

  • Now is the best time to transplant dormant shrubs. Apply a root stimulant when planting to promote root growth.
  • When you have to transplant a large shrub, put it on a snow shovel & slide it across the lawn. Prune Pee Gee Hydrangea by moving down each cane until you find the lowest pair of fat flower buds, opposite each other about 5-8” above the soil. Prune 1/4” above this pair of buds on each cane.
  • French Hydrangeas are pruned differently – by moving down the cane only 6-10” to find the uppermost flower bud (flower buds being fat in size compared with skimpy lower buds which produce foliage). Prune 1/4” above this bud, then repeat for the other healthy canes.
  • Fertilize Hydrangeas after pruning. In acid soil, French hydrangea flowers will be blue, in which case, you add aluminum sulfate to the soil. (By omitting phosphorous in the fertilizer, the aluminum & iron in the acid soil will create the bluest pigment possible for the most dramatic blue flowers you’ve ever seen). Where the soil pH approaches or exceeds 6, the pigment will be pink to white.
  • Hedges that are over-grown or unshapely may be sheared severely now to improve their outline. By doing this now, the stub ends will soon be hidden by new growth.
  • Fertilize your trees & shrubs when the frost is leaving the ground & it is soft – the fertilizer reaches the root zone easier.
  • There is a right way and a wrong way to prune shrubs and trees, don’t make these common mistakes pruning.

 

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LAWN CARE

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  • Rake lawn of dead grass, leaves, twigs & other debris.
  • Mowing should begin when grass reaches a height of 2.5-3”. Use sharp mower blades.
  • Japanese Beetle grubs are now at root level in the soil. Begin control for grubs & other soil insects. Target the application before a heavy rainfall, otherwise you must soak it in.
  • As snow disappears from the lawn, it may leave a trail of fungus damage in its wake, known as “snow mold”. If patches are present, brush vigorously with a steel leaf rake to prevent the mold from smothering the turf.
  • Cut a fresh edge around all your gardens. Use sod to patch any bare spots in the lawn.
  • If you are into chemicals and weed control, consult with local nursery on the 4 step process. Try hard to stay away from these, they are extremely harmful to bees and other  beneficial insects . Dandelions and violets can be a beautiful site in the spring.

CLEANING

Know that you have the basic chores done and be sure you pay attention to other outdoor projects that need to be attended to  before listing you home. 

  • Power wash siding, clean roof of moss.
  • Clean lawn furniture. Consider replacing old outdoor furniture cushions with new ones for a fresh inviting look.
  • Fix broken gutters, downspouts, leaky faucets
  • Hide hoses, put away garden tools.

Before putting out your bird baths and other garden art make sure you clean them as well. Just like staging the inside of your home be mindful of yard “clutter”.  Less is more when it comes to cement statues and pink flamingos.

 

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Clean Birdbaths

Your April Gardening check list should include installing fresh mulch and always make sure you have annual color to get you into the summer. If you neglected to plant fall bulbs that bloom in the spring there are plenty of other spring plants you can buy. Pansies are so colorful and can withstand some cold and even snow! You can also get some early blooming perennials as well.  For a complete list of  what blooms when see  G A R D E N S  B Y  E I L E E N.

Remove bird feeders from decks, porches and patios and move them to a grassy area. Although they can be quite beautiful to watch close to the house, they make a big mess! Not what you want potential buyers to see.

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Move bird feeders way from house.

Don’t sabotage the sale of your home by neglecting the “hardscape” (stone walls, patios, garden art) in your yard.  Make sure you clean your bluestone patios of mold and dirt. I usually spread a bag of new stone dust in the cracks after a good cleaning. The patio and walkways look like new every year and what a great first impression to a potential home buyer.

 

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 HOME STAGING YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS

Having multiple, inviting outdoor living spaces where a buyer can visualize entertaining family and friends on a summer night is so important.  For showings, I suggest setting a few inviting outdoor sitting areas. Perhaps 2 Adirondack chairs in the lawn where folks can enjoy some private conversation or a swing bench by a pond. Who doesn’t want to sit here with a morning cup of coffee and and listen to the birds! Set the mood for buyers to “feel” the serenity and picture themselves in this home.

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Outdoor Living – Seating Areas in Yard

If you have a deck set up a dining table and chairs. Set the table with some colorful outdoor dinnerware, beautiful linens, wine glasses,  a Chrystal pitcher of water with lemons, and lets not forget the fresh FLOWERS!   

 

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One last very important thing to remember is “less is more”. If you are a master gardener and you have gardens everywhere you might want to consider downsizing the gardens. Some of us just can’t have enough gardens.  Resist the urge to overdo it!  Most people don’t have the time or the know how to maintain large gardens and this can scare away potential buyers. I have seen it happen where a buyer loved the house and walked away because of the large beautiful yard that many of us would die for!

First impressions are very important!  A well maintained yard says a well maintained home.  How nice is it to walk up to a home on a clean walkway surrounded by beautiful plantings. It screams “Welcome to your new home!”

 

Check out the next article for Late April Gardening!
Check out the next article for Late April Gardening!

Additional Curb Appeal, Home Staging and Gardening Tips

Home Staging and Selling Your Home via Paul Sian

Home Staging and Preparation for Selling A Home via Bill Gassett

Summer Curb Appeal Tips: Turn Ordinary into Extraordinary via Luke Skar

10 Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal to Your Home via Sharon Paxson

8 Ways to Enhance Your Homes Curb Appeal via Michelle Gibson

Does Your Home Have Web Appeal? via Kevin Vitali

How to Divide Ornamental Grass via Fine Gardening

How to Prune Roses via Fine Gardening

Pesticides Slowly Killing Bees via PBS


Real Estate, gardening and Connecticut information was provided by Eileen Anderson, recognized leader in her field. If you are looking to hire a top realtor Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112.

Thinking of selling your home? I love Real Estate and helping people find the home of their dreams in a town where they can feel a deep sense of community. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of all the great things to do in the state of Connecticut and my passion for gardening.

I am licensed for residential real estate sales in the state of Connecticut including but not limited to the following CT towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, East Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Suffield, Windsor, New Hartford, North Granby, Farmington, Litchfield, Simsbury, Suffield, Old Lyme and West Hartford, CT.

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THINGS TO DO OLD LYME, CT

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TOWN OF OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT

Old Lyme is a community of about 8000 full time residents and the summertime brings in several thousand more to enjoy their summer beach homes.  The town is located on the east bank of the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets Long Island Sound. Here many kayakers and photographers enjoy the natural habitat, tidal marsh, and inland wetlands. The town has lovely country roads lined by Colonial and Federal architecture.

Old Lyme is a tight knit community with a long-standing commitment to the arts. Lyme Art Association  maintains a historic art gallery in the Old Lyme Historic District at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Their grounds are lovely and have beautiful gardens. 🌸 

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, an accredited college is located in Old Lyme and noted American Impressionism painting at the turn of the century.

The Florence Griswold Museum is an American Impressionism art museum in the center of the Old Lyme Art Colony. It is now an Historical Landmark.

SCHOOLS – OLD LYME

Schools in Lyme have award winning art, music, and robotics programs. The classes are small with an average of 12-15 students. They#2 in Advanced Placement scores in Connecticut in 2016. They have 17 Advanced Placement courses, and where the Class “S” Girls Soccer Champions 2015, 2016, 2017.

 

Walk or bike around the quaint neighborhoods that lead  to Miami beach or Sound View.

Summer Concerts Old Lyme
Summer Concerts Old Lyme

 

 

The Sound View Beach Association hosts concerts, dinners, and bingo!

 

 

The kids will love the carousel and ice cream while mom goes shopping!

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Old Lyme Carousel

 

 

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Old Lime – What doesn’t say “Summer” more than a kid eating ice cream on MIAMI BEACH!
Old Lyme Beach
Old Lyme Beach

Enjoy a day at the beach and perhaps a nighttime fire-pit with friends. Don’t forget your guitar and mandolin!

 

Nature Preserves – Old Lyme, CT

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Bird Nest Old Lyme – Nature Preserve – Wildlife – Photo Credit: Harriett Epstien

 

Essex Steam Boat Rides

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Photo Credit: Harriett Epstein

 

Take a short drive to the Foxwoods Resort Casino or Mohegan Sun Casino, Amtrak Station, Essex train & riverboat rides, Westbrook, Clinton or Old Saybrook shopping outlets, vineyards and restaurants.

 

Things to do Connecticut Essex Train Rides
Things to do Connecticut Essex Train Rides

 

ROCKY NECK STATE PARK  has a soft sandy beach, picnic areas, and fishing, and wildlife. A great destination for families.

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Florence Griswold Museum has an annual event showcasing the Museums Historic Gardens with family activities, special events  for 10 days!

 

Gardens of Old Lyme

Old Lyme has many hiking trails where your observe a variety of birds and wildlife.

 

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Hiking in Connecticut – Old Lyme

 

Old Lyme Osprey
Old Lyme Osprey

 

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Things to do in Old Lyme, CT

 

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Sea Kayaking Old Lyme CT. Photo Credit: Harriett Epstein

 

Nearby Stonington Vineyards offers, Wine Tasting, Yoga, Live Music, Gift Shop, and Private Events.

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If you have fallen in love with Old Lyme, I just happen to have an adorable beach house for sale!  😉 😁🏡

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Real Estate and Connecticut information was provided by Eileen Anderson, recognized leaders in her field. If you are looking to hire a top Realtor® Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112.

Thinking of selling your home? I love Real Estate and helping people find the home of their dreams in a town where they can feel a deep sense of community. I enjoy sharing my knowledge on all the great towns and things to do in the state of Connecticut and providing useful information for buyers and sellers.

I am licensed for residential real estate sales in the state of Connecticut including but not limited to the following CT towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, East Granby, Hartland, Hartford, Suffield, Windsor, New Hartford, North Granby, Farmington, Litchfield, Simsbury, Suffield, Old Lyme and West Hartford, CT.

Top real estate articles for buyers and sellers.

TOP REAL ESTATE ARTICLES SPRING 2018 FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS!

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How to Prepare for the Spring 2018 Real Estate Market!

BEST OF THE BEST REAL ESTATE ARTICLES FOR SPRING 2018!

As we cruise into the spring real estate market there are things you need to do and know if you are buying or selling a home in 2018! I have put together a list of some great real estate articles from top bloggers to help you prepare. Check out the information and comment on the ones you liked the best. Feel free to share or send suggestions of your own!

 


KAREN HIGHLAND  –  Worst Things about Zillow’s Zestimates

Real estate bloggers have written a lot of articles about Zillow and their “Zestimates”. It’s fair to say that they are the bane of real estate agents. Did you know that online home valuations are wrong more than they are right? In my area of the country they are off by more than 5 percent over half the time. Can you imagine if a Realtor® got their list price that wrong, that often? They would probably need to find a different career!

As I see it, the worst thing about Zestimates is not just that they are inaccurate, but its that buyers and sellers often get wrong expectations when they see a Zestimates. Buyers and sellers will do a lot better if they take Zestimates with a grain of salt.

 


CONOR MACEVILLY  – 9 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

Conor Macevilly provides 9 critical questions you should be asking if your are considering buying a condo. Buying a condo requires that the buyer does some extra investigational steps compared to buying a house. The buyer needs to make sure to ask a lot of question before making an offer to determine if the condo is a good fit for their personal needs and lifestyle. Ask now or it will be too late after you move in. For example, are there are any current or upcoming special assessments, will my 150lbs Saint Bernard be allowed (what’s the pet policy), or are you allowed to rent out the condo (any rental cap)? When you buy a home you can do as you please. However, condominiums are subject to the rules, regulations and the overall financial health of the Home Owners Association. Avoid unpleasant surprises by asking lots of questions upfront.

 


BILL GASSETT  –  Dual Agency

Whether you are buying or selling a home it is vital that you have a real estate agent who is representing your best interests. If you are a buyer you want a buyer’s agent and if you are selling a home you want a seller’s agent. Unfortunately, in many parts of the country, as Bill Gassett explains at Maximum Real Estate Exposure, you might encounter what’s called dual agency. When you agree to allow dual agency you give up the right of representation. The person you hired to be in your corner fighting hard for your best interests is no longer able to do so.

In dual agency the real estate agent must become a neutral party. Who exactly does this benefit? It certainly doesn’t benefit a buyer or a seller. If you’re thinking the real estate agent makes out just fine you would be 100 percent correct. Dual agency does not benefit consumers! Some states have actually been smart enough to ban dual agency. Frankly, it should be banned everywhere.

Just imagine for a moment you are selling your home and receive an offer. Under normal circumstances your real estate agent would be able to offer you advice on what to do. They can formulate a strategy of what a counter offer should be including discussing all the relevant terms and conditions. Following the offer the real estate agent would also be able to offer advice when the buyer is asking for home inspection repairs. Your agent would be able to counsel you throughout the transaction at every turn.

When you agree to dual agency they can do NONE of these things! Don’t let yourself be talked into dual agency. Insist that your real estate agent represents you and only you whether you are buying or selling.

 


EILEEN ANDERSON  –  21 Questions to ensure you hire a TOP Realtor® and protect your financial investment!

Are you looking to hire a Realtor® to buy or sell a home? Don’t rely on your gut to choose a professional agent. Be truthful…How many of you hire an agent because there is a sign next door, or you met someone at an open house? If you are buying or selling your home, it is critical to your success to be asking the right questions to interview and hire a professional agent. Working as a CT Realtor in Farmington Valley and West Hartford for 19 years I am always surprised how little time and effort people spend investigating whom they will hire to handle one of the biggest transactions of their life!

Here are 21 questions you should be asking a Realtor®  so you can to make a sound financial investment and get the most amount of money for the sale of your home.

 


MICHELLE GIBSON  –  9 Rules to Follow When Buying a Home

Buying a home can be a very exciting time in a persons life, but it can also be very confusing and even stressful. However if buyers follow the “rules to buying a home” they will not only be able to avoid a lot of unnecessary stress, but they will be able to save time and possibly money too.

So where can a buyer find these home buying rules? Unfortunately most of these rules are unwritten, but Michelle Gibson, a top Wellington FL Realtor, recently wrote an excellent article, Buying Etiquette 101 | Rules to Follow when Buying a Home, where she discusses these rules. In her article she lists the top 9 rules buyers should follow, like not calling other real estate agents and not bringing an entourage with when looking at homes for sale, but she also explains why a buyer should avoid breaking them.

If you are thinking about buying a home or have already started the home buying process I highly recommend taking a moment to read Michelle’s article and listen to the great advice she provides.

 


JEFF NELSON  –  40 Plus Tips to Sell Your Home in the Spring

“Spring is upon us and now is the time to get things done for the big home buying season. Jeff Nelson from IXL Real Estate in Gulf Shores AL gives us 40 Plus Tips to Sell Your Home in the Spring. If you’re thinking about selling during the Spring, Jeff gives you a ton of ideas relating to the inside of the house, the outside, your money, and the overall real estate spectrum.
When March comes around there will be a surge of new homes that come on the market. Here are some ideas to put your listing at the top of the competition.”

 


PAUL SIAN  –  Four Things That Can Kill A Home Sale

Whether you are the buyer or the seller of a home there are Things that can kill-your-home-sale our areas that can lead to a deal to buy real estate to fall apart. Greater Cincinnati Realtor Paul Sian about areas which warrant careful consideration and attention from both the buyer and the seller in his article. The areas to keep in mind include the motivation to buy or sell, the appraisal, the home inspection and the financing. Motivation is one of the big factors for buying or selling a home and if either buyer or seller does not have the right motivation they may unintentionally sabotage their own deal. The other areas like appraisal and home inspection are also critical and both the buyer and seller may have some degree of control where if the results don’t go their way they can still continue towards closing. Financing is more of an issue for the home buyer but still a critical part in the overall goal to buy/sell real estate. Be sure to check out Paul’s article to get an in depth look into each of those areas so you can help keep your own deal on track.

 


KYLE HISCOCK  –  Advice for Selling a Home in the Spring

Kyle Hiscock shared some advice for selling a home during the spring! In most real estate markets, the springtime is traditionally the best in terms of securing the highest prices. Working as a Webster NY Realtor for nearly 7 years, it’s no mystery that the highest number of buyers are shopping for homes during the spring months. It’s also no surprise that the number of homes for sale is the highest during the spring.

So, what does this mean for home sellers who’re thinking about selling their home during the spring? It’s simple, you need to begin preparing to sell a home in the spring NOW, even though it’s only January! The time that the spring market begins will vary, however, it’s never too early to being preparing!

Three of the best tips for preparing to sell a home in the spring include giving your home a deep cleaning, ensuring that everyone whom lives in your home are prepared for the sale, and also to begin interviewing and ultimately choose a Realtor who will be listing your home! Not being prepared to sell a home can be very costly! By following these three tips, you’ll ensure your home is ready for your spring sale and that you end up putting the most amount of money in your pocket!

 


SHARON PAXSON  –  10 Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal to Your Home

Considering selling your home this spring? Then there are many items to consider when selling your home. Sharon Paxson, a top Newport Beach, CA Realtor has written an article titled 10 Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal to your Home.
When selling, your home has ONE chance to make an epic first impression both online and in person. Having the home prepared and ready for photography is a critical element when preparing your home to sell. If your property is not presented well online, then there is a possibility the buyer will pass it by! Great real estate photography makes a difference when a buyer is searching for a home online! That photos should be representative of the home with excellent curb appeal.

Important considerations include boosting curb appeal, adding color to the garden to make it stand out. Maintaining the yard and flower beds is also recommended.

Consider painting the front door of the home a contrasting color so that the home stands out. White homes with black trim are always elegant and will appeal to the masses. Updating numbers of address and mailbox. The entry and front of the home should stand out with fresh paint. Adding a welcome mat and a seasonal wreath the front door will also make the home inviting.

Check out this article about preparing your home for sale and boosting curb appeal.

 


LUKE SKAR  –  Spring Advice for Buyers and Sellers

The Spring time of the year is historically a great time to sell a home. This means that there will be competition in the form of lots of sellers trying to sell to lots of buyers. All of these clients will be vying for time from their real estate agents and their lenders, and the accompanying service providers. Having a strong plan can help you navigate the crowded real estate waters and enable you to reach your goal. I have suggestions for both sellers and buyers.

For spring home buyers, it is all about knowledge and preparation. The more knowledge you have the better off you will be. Most notably you need the following:

• Get in touch with a lender and request a pre-approval
• After getting the pre-approval, contact a real estate agent to help you find a home
• Do thorough research on the neighborhoods in the area that interests you
Getting all of this info together now will make the home buying process easier once you find a home.

For spring home sellers, there is more work involved in the form of physical labor. In order to get a home in its best shape, sellers should focus on the following items:

• Clean everything, inside and outside the home
• Make sure the yard looks fresh and clean
• Do all you can to improve the curb appeal of the property

If you are willing, you can also spend some time and a little bit of money on small projects that can also add value to the property, but that is more of a case by case scenario.

 


DEBBIE DRUMMOND  –  Tips for Sellers and Obtaining Permits

Few things are more frustrating to a seller than accepting a great offer on their home only to have the buyer cancel during their due diligence. One reason a buyer may cancel is if they discover your home has work that should have been permitted but wasn’t. In her latest blog, Debbie Drummond gives tips for sellers who have work done in their homes without permits.

 


Best of Best Real Estate Articles 2018

Real Estate information was provided by Eileen Anderson, a recognized leader in her field. Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112. Eileen has helped people move in and out of many Connecticut towns since 2000.

Thinking of selling your home? I love Real Estate, sharing my knowledge and helping people find the home of their dreams!

I service Real Estate sales in the following CT towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, East Granby, Hartland, New Hartford, North Granby, Farmington, Simsbury, Suffield, Litchfield and West Hartford, CT.

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Common Mistakes Made When Pricing a Home to Sell

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Price your home to sell

Pricing your home to sell? Don’t make these mistakes!

“How do I know my home is priced correctly?”

Pricing your home correctly is critical to getting the most return on the sale of your home.  How do you know your home is priced correctly? The first thing you need to do is understand how the markets works and what type of market you are selling in.

  • Is the inventory low?Real Estate Martket Graph
  • Are the Mortgage rates low and going up?
  • What are other homes selling for? Have a good understanding what your competition is.
  • What have other homes SOLD for recently (in last few months)
  • Do the comps you are looking at include bank owned properties with lower price tags?

 

“But Zillow says my home is worth…”

The first thing homeowners do is look at “Zestimates” provided by Zillow. This can give you a general idea but their numbers are not accurate.  Don’t trust these numbers to be true. Prices can differ from one street to the next and Zillow will have no idea that this is the case.

Data collected by Zillow such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lot size and square footage may not be accurate. Homes one street away with a Zestimatehighway dividing them makes a huge difference in the pricing of a home. Zillow does not take this into account.

You should merely use the prices from “Zestimates” as a broad guideline, and contact a local realtor to advise you.

Zillow has provided us with some useful information but “Zestimates”  is the worst information that Zillow puts out.  A local agent is your best bet for an accurate listing price.

 

 

 

“Let’s just wait for an unrepresented buyer to come along and overpay!”

Once you have a good understanding of the current market many homeowners will list it high and just wait longer to see if they can get the higher price. They are counting on a first time home buyer who may not have agent representation come along and overpay.  Even if that did happen the home is not likely to appraise and the buyers may not be able obtain a mortgage.

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“Let’s go high so we have some room to negotiate”

Don’t price your home with negotiation room.  Price it at fair market value and you may get multiple offers and get over the asking price. Waiting for that one special buyer to come along is a dream and can cost you money in the long run.

“Let’s throw more money at marketing to sell our home”

Many people believe that more or different marketing will bring more buyers. If your home is overpriced this will not be the case.  Pricing a home Show me the money!properly is a skill and it is the most important piece of the puzzle in getting your home sold.   NO amount of marketing that the agent does will matter if the house is not priced correctly. You want to attract ready, willing and pre-qualified buyers for your home right from the get-go.

 

“It sold so fast! Did I under-price my home?” 

 

If a home sells quickly, there is a perception that the house was priced too low. This is simply not true. If a home is priced too low then there will be multiple offers and you will most likely get more than the list price.  The market will adjust the price.

 

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“How do I negotiate my home sale if I get a low-ball offer?”

Getting a low offer is frustrating and common when selling. Just be ready for it and try to leave the emotion out of it. You will think of all the wonderful improvements you have made and the money you have invested into making this home top notch. Try not to take it to heart and let your agent guide you through this transaction and negotiate all offers on your behalf.

Home selling statistics show that…

If in the first two weeks on the market you get zero showings then it is safe to assume it is highly overpriced. The buyer’s real estate agent will have advised the buyer of the fair market value. Even if the buyers want to put in a high offer tit may not appraise and they may not be able to obtain a mortgage.  Very few buyers  are unrepresented, it does not cost them anything to hire an agent.pricing-your-home-for-sale

If you get several showings in the first few weeks but no offers then you may assume the home is slightly overpriced and the price should be adjusted.

In an active market with a well-priced home you may find yourself in a multiple offer situation and get over asking price.

When you price a home too high you will eventually have to lower the price enough to get a new pool of buyers. The others will have gone off and bought something else while you were waiting for that “one buyer”. 

Before putting your home on the market make sure you prepare your home for sale.

 

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 Bottom line when pricing your home to sell …

Don’t sabotage the sale of your home! Pricing your home appropriately from the beginning is critical to getting it sold quickly and at the best price. Overpricing your home may mean that your home will sit on the market for months and even years giving buyers the perception that there is something wrong with it.

The longer a home stays on the market, the more the price will drop from the original price. Don’t chase the market.

An agent will analyze the sales prices of comparable homes in your neighborhood and advise you accordingly.

Your best bet to sell fast and get the most money for your home is to trust a local real estate agent to give you sound advice and update you along the way of any market changes.

Additional real estate information provided by a group of top real estate authors in this article:

Top Real Estate Articles Spring 2018. How to interview agents, Dual Agency, Buying Condos, How to prepare your home to sell, Steps to home buying, How Not to Kill Your Home Sale, Curb Appeal, Home Permits. #realestate
Top Real Estate Articles Spring 2018

How Much of a Price Reduction Should I Have on my Home? via Kevin Vitali

Home Seller Question How to Determine List Price? via Karen Highland

Ten Signs Your Home is Priced Too High via Bill Gassett

How Should I Price My Luxury Home for Sale? via Paul Sian

How to Price Your Home Correctly via Anita Clark


Real Estate information was provided by Eileen Anderson, a recognized leader in her field. Eileen can be reached via email at Eileen@eileenandersonrealtor.com or by phone at 860-966-2112. Eileen has helped people move in and out of many Connecticut towns for the last 17+ years.

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CT WINE TRAIL

CT Wine Trail – Vineyards in Connecticut

Connecticut Wine Trail

Things to do in Connecticut

 

Connecticut Wineries, Visit CT, CT Wine Trail, Things to do CT
Connecticut Wineries, Visit CT, CT Wine Trail, Things to do CT

 

Bishop’s Orchards Winery
(866) 2BISHOPW
1355 Boston Post Rd, US Rte 1
Guilford, CT 06437
Jonathan Edwards Winery
(860) 535-0202
74 Chester Maine Rd, North Stonington, CT 06359
JEdwardsWinery.com
Saltwater Farm Vineyard
(860) 415-9072
349 Elm Street, Stonington, CT 06378
SaltwaterFarmVineyard.com
Chamard Vineyards
(860) 664-0299
115 Cow Hill Road, Clinton, CT 06413
Chamard.com
Jones Winery
(203) 929-8425
606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton, CT 06484
JonesFamilyFarms.com
Savino Vineyards
128 Ford Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525
(203) 389-2050
Savinovineyards.com
Connecticut Valley Winery
(860) 489-9463
1480 Litchfield Turnpike, New Hartford, CT 06057
ctvalleywinery.com
Land of Nod Winery
(860) 824-5225
99 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT 06024
LandOfNodWinery.com
Sharpe Hill Vineyard
(860) 974-3549
108 Wade Road,
Pomfret, CT 06258SharpeHill.com
DiGrazia Vineyards
(203) 775-1616
131 Tower Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
DiGraziaVineyards.com
Maugle Sierra Vineyards
(860) 464-2987
825 Rte. CT 117, Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard, CT 06339
MaugleSierraVineyards.com
Stonington Vineyards
(860) 535-1222
523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT 06378
StoningtonVineyards.com
Gouveia Vineyards
(203) 265-5526
1339 Whirlwind Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
GouveiaVineyards.com
Miranda Vineyard
(860) 491-9906
42 Ives Road, Goshen, CT 06756
MirandaVineyard.com
Sunset Meadow Vineyards
(860) 201-4654
599 Old Middle Street, Rte. 63,
Goshen, CT 06756 SunsetMeadowVineyards.com
Haight-Brown Vineyard
(860) 567-4045
29 Chestnut Hill Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
HaightVineyards.com
Paradise Hills Vineyard
(203) 284-0123
15 Windswept Hill Road, Wallingford, CT 06492
ParadiseHillsVineyard.com
Taylor Brooke Winery
(860) 974-1263
848 Connecticut 171,
Woodstock, CT 06281
TaylorBrookeWinery.com
Holmberg Orchards & Winery
(860) 464-7305
12 Orchard Lane
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
HolmbergWinery.com
Preston Ridge Vineyard
(860) 383-4278
100 Miller Road, Preston, CT 06365
PrestonRidgeVineyard.com
White Silo Winery
(860) 355-0271
32 Route 37 East, Sherman, CT 06784
WhiteSiloWinery.com
Hopkins Vineyard
(860) 868-7954
25 Hopkins Road, Warren, CT 06777
HopkinsVineyard.com
Priam Vineyards
(860) 267-8520
11 Shailor Hill Road, Colchester, CT 06415
PriamVineyards.com
 
Jerram Winery
(860) 379-8749
535 Town Hill Rd, Rte 219, New Hartford, CT 06057 JerramWinery.com
Rosedale Farms & Vineyard
(860) 651-3926
25 East Weatogue St., Simsbury, CT 06070
Rosedale1920.com
 

 

 

 

Things to do in CT, Connecticut Wine Trail
Connecticut Wine Trail

 

CT Vineyards, Wine Tasting, CT WIne Trail, Things to do CT
CT Vineyards, Wine Tasting, CT WIne Trail, Things to do CT, Visit CT

 

CT Wine Trail, Things to do in CT.
CT Wine Trail, Things to do in CT.

 

Rosedale Vineyards, Simsbury, CT
Rosedale Vineyards, Simsbury, CT

 

Lost Acres Vineyards, Granby CT
Lost Acres Vineyards, Granby CT