Things to Do Now To Sell Your Home in 2019

Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group and Exp Realty shared their advice on things to do right now to get your home ready for selling in 2019. It’s a great time to do everything from fixing that leaky faucet to getting new bedspreads to cleaning out your closets!

Here’s their checklist:

  • Have your mechanical systems in your home serviced and inspected
  • Furnace or boiler (will have to wait till spring for a/c)
  • Water heater, softener etc
  • Fireplaces – have gas fireplaces tuned and cleaned have wood burning chimney’s swept
  • Change filters in humidifier and air exchangers
  • Asses your homes condition and create a list of items to work on that need to be repaired
  • Do you have a leaking faucet or running toilet
  • Lights that don’t work
  • Broken handles or loose fixtures
  • Grout in bathrooms repaired and caulk touched up.
  • Create a list of paint touch ups on walls and baseboards and mark with pieces of tape
  • Have a staging consultant out to the house to create a list of aesthetic changes that need to be made in the home.
  • We have a stager that we provide to our sellers, she comes out and goes through the whole house to make a list of everything that needs to be done.
  • A lot of times the list will consist of getting id or certain furniture items and replacing with something else or using different accessories.
  • This time of the year is a great time to work on replacing those items. If 2 of your bedrooms need a new bedspread you can start looking for those times right now and take advantage of end of the year sales.
  • If light fixtures and hardware need to be replaced this is also a great time to start looking for replacements and lining up contractors
  • Organize closets and storage areas, get rid of unwanted items.
  • We see a lot of sellers wait till the last minute to do this and this is something that should be done up front.
  • If you start working on it now and make lists you can work on purging throughout the rest of the winter.
  • If there are items you want to sell you can have time to get them listed online and get a fair price, not rushing in the spring to get rid of them and then end up giving them away.
  • Start making piles for storage, charity/give away or sell
  • Consider renting a storage unit or working with a stager that has a stage and store program
  • Start minimizing personal items like removing family photos, heirlooms and children’s artwork and removing items you want to take with you
  • This will give you time to find new pieces to put up in their place. A lot of times we see sellers that will have a lot of personal pictures on walls. Removing early gives you time to find other pieces of artwork to takes its place
  • Often we find there are items in a home that customarily stay with the home that sellers want to take with them, like certain light fixtures or curtains, etc. If this is the case now is a good time to start finding items to replace those things
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