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Getting Your Home Ready for Sale with Century 21® Associates Inc.

At Century 21® Associates Inc., in Mississauga, we know that selling your home is one of the biggest life decisions you will make. We want to make it easier on you by offering home selling advice. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices. Below we’ve compiled some checklists to help you deal with the state of your home:

Maintenance (Exterior)

  • Check condition of and clean window wells
  • Check for termites and other insect infestations
  • Check the siding for splits, dents, and decay; is the paint worn off, blistering or peeling?
  • Check for missing mortar and cracks in mortar joints if your home is brick
  • Check soffits (overhangs) for indications of moisture buildup
  • Check soffit and attic vents for blockage
  • Check for worn, loose, or missing shingles. Look for possible roof leaks
  • Check condition of chimney and flashing (sheet metal used in waterproofing the angle between chimney and roof). If it’s a masonry chimney, check condition of mortar
  • Lubricate and check operation of attic fan
  • Check roof valley and flashing for poor seal
  • Check television antenna for secure anchorage
  • Check to see that television antenna is properly grounded and lightning arrester is attached
  • Check condition of and clean gutters and downspouts
  • Check windows for loose or crackled glazing. Check wood around windows for cracking, rotting and warping
  • Check that window sills are sloped for water drainage
  • Check for damaged screens or broken glass
  • Check caulking around all joints and openings between dissimilar materials
  • Clean around condensing unit of conditioner and check for obstructions to air flow
  • Check hose or leaks; drain outside waterline before freezing weather; unhook all hoses from outside faucets
  • Check condition of all locks on all windows and doors and lubricate all moving parts
  • Check weather stripping and caulking on all windows and doors; do exterior doors have sills raised above the entrance piece platform to prevent wind, rain or snow from blowing under doors?
  • Winterize and remove window air conditioners
  • Convert all electrical outlets to ground fault interruption type
  • Check for proper drainage away from house
  • Check sidewalks and steps for unsafe conditions and cracking

Maintenance (Bath)

  • Check caulking and grouting around tub and sink area
  • Check for correct drainage in sinks, tubs and toilets; are there any leaks in the plumbing and pipes or fixtures and is water pressure adequate?

Maintenance (Kitchen)

  • Check to make sure fire extinguishers are properly charged
  • Clean filter on oven hood
  • Check appliances and drop cords for loose or frayed wires
  • Clean the coils on the back or underneath the refrigerator

Maintenance (Basement)

  • Check the foundation and basement walls for cracks and deterioration. Check condition of floor for cracks or evidence of sagging
  • Check condition of electrical service entrance
  • Drain, clean and check all parts of the dehumidifier
  • Clean and check condition and operation of sump pump and sump pit. Is floor drain working properly?
  • Check plumbing for any drips or possible leaks
  • Check basement for dampness or leakage after heavy rain
  • Partially drain and check condition of water heater
  • Check furnace filters monthly and change as needed; have heating system checked and serviced. If it’s a hydronic system, check for leaks; service radiators and valves
  • Test and start humidifier for proper operation

Maintenance (Attic)

  • Check for adequate insulation in the attic; make sure insulation doesn’t block vent openings
  • Inspect rafters and roof sheathings for signs of dry rot, mold, decay or deterioration

Maintenance (General

  • Check all interior walls and ceilings for cracks
  • Check condition of paint
  • Check all floors for any signs of sagging
  • Check smoke detector charge

International Move

  • Consult immigration office
  • Get birth certificates
  • Get vet certificate(s) for pet(s)
  • Arrange for language courses
  • Check currency requirements
  • Get duplicate keys for luggage
  • Take copy of documents left behind
  • Check import policies on cars, pets and plants
  • Check wardrobe if moving to a new climate
  • Get passports, visas and work permits
  • Get residence permit
  • Get customs exit and entry forms for pets and household goods
  • Get immunization records
  • Get medical certificates
  • Get international driver’s licence
  • Get marriage licence, adoption papers

General

  • Make flow chart for days/weeks before move
  • Make daily schedules
  • Get estimates from moving companies and arrange method of payment
  • Get boxes of packing containers
  • Notify post office and send out changes of address to companies to inform of move:
           - Telephone
           - Tnsurance
           - Mail order clubs
           - Book and record clubs
           - Gas or fuel oil
           - Electric company
           - Property tax dept.
           - Laundry
           - Newspapers
           - Magazines
           - Doctor
           - Dentist
           - Lawyer
           - Community centre
           - Stockbroker
           - Accountant
           - Cable television
           - Utilities
           - Motor vehicle branch
           - Vets
           - Credit card companies
           - Motor club
  • Transfer or resign club or association memberships
  • Sell, give away or discard unnecessary belongings
  • Get letter of introduction to church, new clubs, bank
  • Make arrangements to move family, hotel reservations, plane tickets
  • Get all medical, dental, birth, baptism and marriage records
  • Transfer house, car or personal insurance records and check auto licensing requirements
  • Check and clear tax assessments on your current property
  • Ensure that your moving out and in days do not conflict with the two other parties involved
  • Check storage facilities
  • Collect and send out items to be cleaned or repaired
  • Arrange for connection or disconnection of utilities
  • Have your car prepared for the trip or transport
  • Dispose of flammable items
  • Defrost and clean fridge one day before moving; clean stove
  • Arrange to have meter read on moving day
  • Make arrangements with caretakers if renting
  • Use up perishable food
  • Arrange to transport pets, plants and perishables
  • Clean rugs and drapes
  • Arrange for work that has to be done at new home
  • Get warranties and tips from previous occupants
  • Plan for children and pets on moving day
  • Get moving company appraisals of items for future claims
  • Check swimming pool equipment
  • Cancel cleaning staff, pool maintenance, window cleaners, gardener and snow removal
  • Leave house clean for new occupants
  • Transfer prescriptions for drugs and eyeglasses
  • Transfer government or private health and hospital plans
  • Return library books
  • Cancel or pass on subscription tickets
  • Arrange for money during move period
  • Transfer stocks, wills, bank accounts, contents of safety box
  • Ensure you have adequate insurance for goods in transit

Cost

  • Check land transfer taxes
  • Check tax increases, deductions and exemptions for the move
  • If the company is moving your family, check what they will pay for:
           - Hotels
           - Meals
           - Movers
           - House-hunting trips
           - Transportation
           - Moving insurance
           - Storage
           - Lawyers
           - Loss on house sale or rent
           - Mortgage penalty
           - Real estate commissions
           - Overlapping expenses
           - Travel for spouse prior to move
           - Housing policy
  • Net revenue from selling or renting current home
  • Cost of new home
  • Check lawyer fees
  • Check mortgage transfer
  • Will there be an increase in mortgage costs?
  • Will there be a lapse in paychecks during move?
  • Check mover’s fee
  • Check other costs regarding move like transportation, food, kennels or sitter
  • Check living expenses in new community
  • Will you need a second car?
  • Check new land taxes and personal taxes/exemptions
  • Maintenance and renovations to new home
  • Check real estate broker’s fee if selling
  • Check penalty if lease is broken if renting
  • Will there be an overlap of mortgage payments?

Packing

  • Get packing paper, pad for inventory, marking pens and boxes
  • Heavy twine or masking tape
  • Get boxes or containers
  • Empty gas from lawnmower, outboard motors, etc
  • Remove batteries from toys or appliances
  • Mark cartons clearly as to contents and room to be put in
  • Set aside things you will carry in car in carton “Do Not Load”
  • Mark cartons you want loaded last and unloaded first
  • Tie or tape curtain rods, mops and brooms into bundles
  • Point out and mark fragile or delicate items
  • Carry money, jewelry and valuable papers with you
  • Do not overload drawers when packing items in dressers
  • Liquids in bottles should have tops secured
  • Blankets are best moved in large boxes; towels and pillows in dresser drawers
  • Large mirrors, glass table tops and valuable pictures can be crated
  • Cartons weight should not exceed 60 pounds or 27 kilograms
  • Pack lampshades in boxes by themselves
  • Do not use newspaper to pack anything: the ink rubs off
  • Do not leave shelves loose in fridge or stove
  • Small appliances should be wrapped and packed in bottom of boxes
  • Do not pack cleaning products in same box as food
  • Table lamps should be packed
  • Place heavy china items at bottom of box; all flat pieces should be placed on edge
  • Small items should be packed in a small box inside a larger one
  • Move clothes and drapes in a wardrobe supplied by mover
  • Do not roll mattresses or rugs; leave for movers (special cartons)
  • Do not wrap furniture or tie with rope
  • Large power tools should be dismantled for moving
  • Leave furniture in place for movers to move
  • Take down any fixtures fastened to wall

Moving Day

  • Be on hand for movers
  • Keep personal luggage away from movers
  • Arrange for a few favourite toys for the children
  • Put all valuables in a safe place
  • Get floor plan of new home
  • Arrange for supplies for transition period
  • Make shopping list for first day
  • Get keys to new home
  • Remove trash
  • Disconnect telephone
  • Ensure doors and windows are locked
  • Notify neighbours
  • Heat turned down
  • Have necessary papers money, tickets, traveller’s cheques with you
  • Arrange for sitter on arrival
  • Final check of basement, rooms, cupboards, attic and garage
  • Keep copy of mover’s inventory with you or in a safe place in case of serious loss or damage