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Tips for selling your home in the winter

Categories: New Homes in Apex | Posted: January 10, 2020

Winter is in full force and even though the holidays are over, cooler temperatures will be sticking around for a few more months before spring returns. If you have the task needing to sell your home this winter, it can seem like an uphill battle since that is often the lesser popular season for buyers to be in the market shopping for homes. However, Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares tips on how you can give your home the one-up on the market this winter season.

A great welcoming peace that can set your home apart from others this winter, is to create and inviting front door. Use evergreens, spruces or winter berries to potted plants on your front porch stoop or adding a nice wreath on your front door.

Be sure people can see and focus on the beautiful entrance to your home you’ve created, by making sure your driveway and sidewalks are always cleared of any snow, if you get any. Salt the walkways to prevent any slippery spots that could be dangerous for buyers looking at the home. If you have a porch or back deck, don’t forget about those areas as well. If it is nice enough to show off and feature as a selling point, be sure to shovel it and clean it off nicely so it doesn’t get hidden by snow or ice when buyers are looking.

You can also spruce up the front of your home by adding a cheerful paint color to your front door, that can add to curb appeal as well. A welcome mat is also not only a nice touch, but will be helpful for buyers to wipe their feet off before entering your home. It is also a good idea to set both inside and outside lighting on timers, since the days will be shorter. If you have buyers looking at you home around dinner time when it is getting dark, you will want to be able to provide them with light even when you aren’t home.

Next, especially if the temperatures are cold outside be sure to set your home no cooler than 70 degrees when you will be showing it. No one wants to come in from the cold outdoors to a home that is still chilly on the inside. A warm home will keep buyers looking longer and give them a warmer feeling about your home in general.

Lastly, create cozy nooks in your home. Cozy spaces make a home feel more relaxed. So, consider adding some candles, fluffy pillows and cozy throw blankets around your fireplace or setup a reading area that feels inviting. Another creative idea that will have buyers taking special note of your house, is to create a hot chocolate station in your kitchen or wherever makes the most sense. This will not only leave buyers with a nice treat when they visit your home, but plant the seed in their head that they could setup a hot chocolate or coffee station of their own in your home for future holiday gatherings or winters to come.


These simple tips can really have your home standing out from the rest this winter season.



Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Do you know the true square footage of your home?

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: January 3, 2020

Whether you own a home or are in the market shopping for a new home this New Year, determining the square footage of a home can be a difficult task since there is not established standard for measuring a residential property. However, this isn’t something you want to get wrong because it can affect the value of your home or the home you are looking to purchase. Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, helps lay out the rules of how to best measure for the accurate square footage of a home.

Measuring a home’s square footage is actually a much easier task than people make it out to be. Follow a few simple guidelines and you can make sure you have an accurate assessment of the square footage of your home or soon to be home!

How to calculate your homes square footage:

  • Sketch a floor plan of the homes interior. Be sure to draw each floor separately and don’t include any areas of the home that are unfinished. These are things such as patios, exterior staircases, porches, basements and so on.
  • Break down the house into measurable rectangles. This will take the guesswork out of rooms that are oddly shaped or don’t have perfectly straight walls.
  • Measure the length and width of each rectangle to the nearest 0.5 linear foot.
  • Calculate the area of each section and multiply the rectangles length by its width to get the area in square feet. Write this number down in the corresponding space on your sketch.
  • Lastly, add up the total area and sum up the square feet in each rectangle to measure the total square footage of the house. Round the total off to the nearest square foot.

Now that you have your base square foot calculated, you may be wondering what you need to add in or take out of that total.

Your garage space is not included in your square footages, as well as basements are not supposed to be included in the square footage as well. However, it is good to know the size of your basement square footage because you can still include it in any future property listings.

And additional storage or finished attic spaces that are suitable for living can and should be included in your homes square footage total.

Your homes square footage is important to have accurate because it is vital in getting a correct appraisal for your home. If you are looking to purchase a home, make sure the seller is not including things like the basement or garage as a part of the livable portion of the home.

It is important if selling a home, to list the square footage accurate because if it is listed wrong and the buyers appraiser comes back and says the home is smaller than it was listed, you can run the risk of losing the sale and potential buyer.

The same rule goes if you are the one purchasing the home. Be sure to do your research and get an independent square footage analysis to be sure you are buying a home at the size you are planning (and paying) for.



Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

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