Planning to sell your home in 2019

Planning to Sell your Home this Spring?

January 2019

Here’s some advice from our real estate Team agents on what to do now.

Whether you’re planning to move to a larger home to accommodate your growing family, downsize, or relocate for work, the process of preparing a home to sell can be a lot of work. Making a list and planning out all your activities such as decluttering, repairs and updates can help the process – especially if you start the preparations several months ahead from the expected listing date.

To assist with the home selling process, we asked our team members for tips on what you can do now to get your home looking its best and ready to list in the spring*. (*depending in your location, spring market can / could start as early as Mid February)  

First things first: start by making a to-do list and break the items down into bite-sized tasks so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Ask your realtor for their suggestions on what needs to be done, set priorities and then focus on accomplishing one task at a time.

Brett Puckrin, Sales Representative, Team Leader  (25+ years of service)

Today’s home buyers are looking for more: more bathrooms, more closet space, larger front door access, and more liveable space in the basement.  Brett says, you’ll want to start now to plan for any big interior repairs needed or renovations. When doing a renovation project look at your budget and what needs to get done and what’s the biggest ROI(return on investment). Adding an additional bathroom with shower in the basement, for example, would give you a positive return on the renovation.

Keith Puckrin, Broker  (45 years of service)

Freshen Up:  “Put a fresh coat of paint in neutral or soft grey tone colours on walls,” said Keith. Keith explains to his clients by adding a fresh coat of paint, the whole appearance of the house is one of being well maintained.  Quite often he refers clients to The Village Decor Shoppe downtown Port Perry so clients can access the staff expertise in colour selection.


“Look at the flooring in your home. If the broadloom is worn, stained or if there is an odour it should be replaced. Consider replacing it with solid hardwood, engineered flooring, laminate or new broadloom depending on the room and your budget” ~ Keith Puckrin


Cayleigh Fleming, Broker (5+ years of service)

Go beyond decluttering: From your closets to your kitchen cabinets to your linen closet clear out and discard items you have not used in a year or store them out of sight. This will make visitors focus more on your home rather than on your possessions.  “It’s OK to have things in closets,” said Cayleigh Fleming, but everything needs to be put in place and look well-organized.”

Randy Donneral, Sales Representative (6+ years of service)

Adding Natural Light: Adding natural light is always in demand.  Randy goes on to explain that cleaning the windows and frames, inside and outside, make a  positive difference in sprucing up the home. And in turn potential buyers will appreciate the light that comes shining through showcasing your interior.

Guy Latreille, Broker,  (42+ years of service)

Don’t forget the repairs:  Always take the time to do the little repairs that we all tend to live with, but a potential buyer may see as neglect on your part. Like the one dripping faucet that happens if you don’t turn the tap a certain way. Or the peeling paint around a window sill outside. Or the ripped window screen. It is the small details that can sometimes make the difference between your home being perceived as well cared for and maintained or a place that a potential buyer may see as unloved. Same goes for the larger repairs such as roof shingles or eaves- it is an initial expense for you the seller- however the buyer will see that attention has been paid to protect the home.


For more advice on preparing to sell your home this spring, contact a member of our Puckrin and Latreille Real Estate Team.   Let’s chat over coffee! 


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