Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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65º while it's listed, Praful. You want your buyers to be comfortable and stay in the home for a bit...not rush in and rush out!

Jan 15, 2018 08:19 PM
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38 is better than nothing. Zip over and turn it up before showing and remember to turn it back. We use 50 as the bench mark and we live in New England. If you are cold, you are not dressed right. There is no reason to be and tell the buyers keep you coats on during the walk through. If you make a big deal about it, the buyer's start whining..stay positive.

Jan 16, 2018 03:03 AM
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Debra Leisek
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Setting the temp at 38 degrees is an invitation to frozen water pipes and major harm. Thats not cheap thats stupid.  

Jan 15, 2018 11:34 PM
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65 will be safe.

Jan 16, 2018 05:11 AM
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I would think it depends if the water has been turned off.

Jan 16, 2018 04:08 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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Somewhere around 60-65. It doesn't need to feel hot, but if you are outside in 10 degree weather, 60 will be balmy.

Jan 16, 2018 02:46 AM
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Fred Griffin
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 It's going to be 22 degrees here on Wednesday night.  I suggest that everyone keep their thermostat on 68 degrees.

Jan 15, 2018 10:05 PM
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Jeff Dowler
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Around 65. Why be cheap about this!!

Jan 15, 2018 09:30 PM
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55 is a good temp, if you set it too low then the batteries in the thermostat may fail and you will end up with frozen pipes.

Jan 15, 2018 08:15 PM
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Steven Nickens
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Praful, I would not know that answer, but keeping it warm makes sense.

Jan 16, 2018 08:29 AM
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Scott Godzyk
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They say to put it at 55. However i was in a luxury condo, owner in FLA for winter left it at 50 and it was frozen solid. In a FHA system you have to place it at least at 60. 

Jan 16, 2018 05:41 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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I would recommend the listing agent or the seller warm up the home prior to showings.

Jan 16, 2018 05:39 AM
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Brenda Mayette
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55

Jan 16, 2018 04:33 AM
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Nina Hollander
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That is ridiculous to set a thermostat at 38 degrees and it can't be good for the house, either. I always suggest at least 65 degrees in cold weather.

Jan 16, 2018 03:36 AM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Having lived and sold real estate in Boston, MA my answer was always to feel comfortable and want to stay a bit longer to enjoy the warmth and the house...Endre

Jan 15, 2018 09:14 PM
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I think probably 65. -Kasey

Jan 15, 2018 09:08 PM
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I would keep the thermostat at 65º.

Jan 15, 2018 08:55 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
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I am with Debe Maxwell, CRS on this.  65-68 should take care of the freezing feeling. 

Jan 16, 2018 08:21 PM
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I prefer the 65 to 68 degree range for many reasons!

Jan 16, 2018 07:43 PM
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Dorie Dillard
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Wow 38 is way too cold..I'm with Debe Maxwell, CRS ..65 degrees! Can't believe anyone would have your own residence not at least at 65!

Jan 16, 2018 05:20 PM
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I recommend vacant home to be set on 58-60. That feels warm if you are comparing it to 10 degrees outside.

Jan 16, 2018 03:09 PM
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Seriously?  38 degrees.  That is so super dumb.  In addition to making it super hard to sell their home, they are very likely to get frozen pipes.  This is pennywise pound foolish.

To answer your question, I would say 65 degrees would be good and they could probably get away with thermostat to go down to 60 degrees at night if they really want to save some money. Anything below 60 degrees is super stupid.  Also, when you start going much below that, you also can get problems with hardwood and cracks in walls.

Jan 16, 2018 02:14 PM
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Minimum 45, but 55 better. Pipes might freeze and then it would be a disaster.

Jan 16, 2018 12:34 PM
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We even keep REO properties on 60 when it's freezing.  EVEN if they are winterized.

Jan 16, 2018 11:35 AM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
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Setting at 65 seems reasonable.  I might try to arrive a little earlier and check the thermostat.  If set low, I would raise it, so my clients are comfortable.  I would then move it down to the same temp it was when I arrived.  This helps confirm that the thermostat is working and you will see how quickly the home warms up.

Jan 16, 2018 11:29 AM
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If it is really cold which it has been, there are two things you need to be aware of. Frozen pipes so it needs to be warm enough to keep that at bay. Secondly, you need the customer to be comfortable whilst viewing the home. So mid to high 60's I would say, that is still cool but not freezing, and it will definitely feel warmer than outside.

Jan 16, 2018 10:57 AM
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Depends on the outside temps and how well the house is insulated.  This is one of those times where I'd recommend a NEST style thermostat.  Have the temps set to 40 or so during the night, 50 during the day and when a showing is scheduled log in and set it to 65 or 70.

Jan 16, 2018 09:18 AM
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Tell the owner frozen water pipe will result in expensive repairs.

Jan 16, 2018 08:24 AM
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Jan 16, 2018 08:07 AM
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At 38, they might experience some frozen plumbing. I would have it in the 60's for the comfort of prospects who will be warmly dressed.

Jan 16, 2018 06:45 AM
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To avoid freeze damage no less than 55' F & that is still quite cold!

Jan 16, 2018 06:34 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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if the home is vacant, that home should be winterized.... have you ever seen a frozen house??? pipes leaking; walls covered with ice; floors ruined; and more.... relo companies have vacant home winterized to avoid that... a couple of days of no power or a furnace problem and you'll have that frozen house.

Jan 16, 2018 06:15 AM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
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Yes it needs to be set, somewhere, to prevent harming the property. Thirty-eight is too low for a home to sit vacant.

Jan 16, 2018 06:05 AM
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Lyn Sims
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I tell them 60 & I am recommending higher this week because there was a pipe burst by a neighbor adjoining my listing.

Jan 16, 2018 06:04 AM
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Doors and sliders and who knows what are going to be held Open for extended periods. Unless provision is made to accept heavy garments, assume the visitor will be wearing Sub-zero clothing. Keep it cool. I would pick a temp closer to 50. Place runners to protect flooring and carpet from what may be tracked in from the sidewalk.  If someone shows up in a black silky, or sport coat and office slippers, they will be uncomfortable.

Jan 16, 2018 05:33 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS nailed this one!

Jan 16, 2018 05:17 AM
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Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
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Cold or hot, sellers need to set thermostats at a fairly comfortable temperature or buyers won’t be staying long enough to thoroughly look at the home.  

Jan 16, 2018 05:06 AM
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
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I woud hope sellers would keep it at 50 or above

 

Jan 16, 2018 04:49 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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I would say around 65 - 67 degrees.  The house doesn't have to be "warm" just comfotable enough, and of course warm enough so the pipes don't freeze!

Jan 16, 2018 04:42 AM
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Joe Pryor
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It's 8 this morning in Oklahoma City and we set to 68.

Jan 16, 2018 04:35 AM
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55

Jan 16, 2018 04:25 AM
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Dan Capra
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I agree with the majority of the AR's here..65 is good..you dont want the home to feel like a bank owned property where they set the thermostat at the lowest temperature possible so that the pipes won't freeze..you want the prospective buyers to feel comfortable and imagine themselves calling that property home.

Jan 16, 2018 04:06 AM
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James Dray
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With the high forecast for today at 13, 65-73 is comfortable for me.  

Jan 16, 2018 02:52 AM
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Depends.

Jan 16, 2018 02:43 AM
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Jeff Pearl
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50 or so should be good. People in New England are use to cold weather.

Jan 16, 2018 01:02 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
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Fortunately, I do not have such experience....it is always warm in here.

Jan 21, 2018 10:01 PM
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At least 65F

Jan 21, 2018 08:35 AM
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Even in Denver for a vacant home I would always say 65

 

Jan 18, 2018 01:23 PM
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Joan Cox
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If our thermostats were set that low, the pipes would freeze.  I always recommend 65 at the lowest.

Jan 18, 2018 09:02 AM
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Nothing under 45

Jan 17, 2018 03:37 PM
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If it is not inviting or pleasant the message would be to leave instead of stay

Jan 16, 2018 07:05 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Praful Thakkar I would say around 65 degrees.

Jan 16, 2018 06:21 AM