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One of the best parts of the holiday season is choosing a Christmas tree. Is there anything better than the smell of fresh pine filling your home as you wrap presents under its twinkling lights?
But sometimes the Christmas tree lot can be a confusing place. Since when are there types of trees? How do you know the tree you fall in love with will fit in your home? And how are you going to safely bring it home?
Choosing A Tree Type:
Balsam is the most popular choice. It’s also usually the most fairly priced. This tree is very fragrant when first cut and has flat needles that last through the season.
Blue-green trees are becoming increasingly popular. The Concolor fir comes in a range of beautiful color and holds its needles well.
The Fraser Fir has branches that curl upwards making it perfect for decorating. Its needles are a stunning deep green.
For those with allergies, the Leyland Cypress is a great choice. It has no pollen and no sap. It also has lovely greyish green needles.
The Scotch or Scots Pine tree has a scent that lasts throughout the season. It also holds its needles even after drying out (but please don’t! A dry tree is a fire hazard). Its stiff rigid branches are perfect for holding ornaments.
Show Up Prepared:
You’ll want to bring a:
- Rope and/or twine
- Blanket large enough to protect your car from sap or scratches
- Tape measure
- Pair of thick gloves
- Paper with the need-to-know dimensions
Choosing The Best One:
Look for a tree with shiny green needles, a sign of a healthy tree. If you tug on a branch needles shouldn't be falling off. Crushing up needles in your hand tests the fragrance of a tree. The more potent the smell, the fresher and healthier the tree.
A perfectly triangularly sheared tree looks beautiful on its own but leaves little room for ornaments to hang nicely. Instead look for a tree with plenty of spacing between branches for ornaments to be put on display. Once fully decorated your tree won’t look sparse.
Know the height of your ceiling as well as the width of the floor area you’ll be placing your tree. Write them down on paper to bring with you the day of tree picking so you won’t forget. Remember to take the height of your tree stand into consideration when choosing your tree height. You’ll also want to record the max and minimum width your stand can support. Afterall, you don’t want to find out the trunk of your tree is the wrong size after its cut.
When you find the perfect tree and get it home safely be sure to check the water frequently the first few days. You will most likely find that you will have to fill the basin a couple times each day at first as your tree slurps up water.
Some people dread winter due to the cold temperatures associated with the season. Yet winter may prove to be an ideal time to purchase a house.
Ultimately, there are lots of reasons to search for a home in winter, and these reasons include:
1. Limited competition for the top listings.
Whereas some buyers search for houses in spring and summer, winter is usually a "down" period for the real estate market. As such, there may be a shortage of buyers searching for residences – something that could work to your advantage.
If you conduct an in-depth home search in winter, you may find first-rate houses at budget-friendly prices. Plus, once you find your ideal house, you can submit a competitive offer to purchase this residence. And as a result, you may be able to acquire your dream home in no time at all.
2. Sellers may be in a hurry to get rid of the house.
Winter is often a buyer's market. If you enter the real estate market in winter, you could capitalize on a seller's desire to get rid of their residence as quickly as possible.
Of course, regardless of when you conduct a house search, you should be diligent. If you assess the real estate market closely, you can identify a house that matches your needs and expectations. Then, you can set up a showing to view this residence. And if you believe this house is the right choice, you can submit an offer to purchase it.
3. You could secure a quality house that you can enjoy for years to come.
The ultimate goal of searching for a house is to find a residence that you can enjoy both now and in the future. If you conduct a search for a home in the winter, you may find lots of great listings at your disposal. Which means you may quickly discover a terrific residence that suits you perfectly.
As you get set to search for a home in winter, you may want to get pre-approved for a mortgage as well. If you meet with a variety of banks and credit unions, you can assess your mortgage options. Then you can select a mortgage and enter the housing market with a homebuying budget in hand.
Lastly, you may want to hire a real estate agent before you start your home search in winter. A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market and will do what it takes to help you achieve the optimal results. So if you want to acquire a two-bedroom house near the city of your choice, a real estate agent can help you do just that. On the other hand, if you want to purchase a home that provides convenient access to parks and other family-friendly attractions, a real estate agent can help you hone your house search accordingly.
Begin your search for a home in the winter. By doing so, you may soon discover a wonderful house at a price you can afford.
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