It’s Time To Light the Fireplace

It's Time To Light the Fireplace

It’s that time of year. We are getting ready to get our first frost this week in Fayetteville, NC. It’s time to dust off the fireplace and get it ready. Do you even use a fireplace? I love to see logs burning! It certainly adds a warmth and ambiance to the room. You have a choice now in the type of fireplace that you install in your home. There are still die hard, split the logs, natural wood burning fireplaces. Nothing crackles and smells as good as a real wood burning fireplace. But of course, you have to have a source of real wood, preferably seasoned and from the right kind of tree. So, you either have to cut wood or buy it.

For those that do not want to haul wood in from the outside, you have two other choices. With the click of a remote, you can ignite your gas or electric logs. Gas logs have become very popular with their realistic look and real flames. All you have to buy is the gas. And then, there came the convenience of electric fireplaces. They are becoming popular with builders. Simple to install, simple to operate. Not the realistic look that I prefer. I have to tell you that I am very partial to real wood burning fireplaces. I love to use the poker and rearrange the logs. I love the smell of the wood burning. But, as in so many other things, we have compromised for convenience.

Later this week, when I get up to a light frost, I will light my gas logs and enjoy the flames and the heat for a few minutes. And then I will turn it off and leave the house for the day. But for a few minutes, I will have my fire! What is your preference?

Selling Your Home – To Update or Not To Update

You are ready to sell your home, but there are a number of outdated aspects to your house.  You have wallpaper in the bathrooms and my favorite…brass colored runway lights over the bathroom sink (You know the ones that I am talking about!)  Should you spend the money and effort to upgrade or sell as is?  After all, it is easy enough for the buyer to do those things.  My professional advice is to spend the money and time to upgrade.  I’m not talking about spending millions to renovate your home.  I’m talking about strategically updating your home.  Will you recoup the money that you spend when you sell?  What you will do, is to place your house in a much more competitive position in comparison to others on the market.  You can definitely decrease the days on the market if you update and price correctly.  If you are considering selling, ask a real estate agent for their professional opinion on what needs to be done in your house to prepare it for selling.  And if you are in the Fayetteville, NC  area, sign up at www.debbiewaitleyrealtor.com to look at pictures of available homes and see how your home compares.