A to-do-before-we-sell list

March 20, 2009 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Moving | 1 Comment

Having never worked with a relocation counselor before, we really had no idea what to expect, but in a lot of ways, it seems as if having a relocation counselor has made getting the ball rolling a bit easier/quicker than if we had made the phone calls ourselves.  On the other hand, we’ve had to fill out a lot more paperwork than we would have if we were doing this on our own.  We faxed in some paperwork a few days ago, and yesterday afternoon we had our first round of inspections – a pest inspection, a home inspection, and a meeting with a potential Realtor.  We met with a second Realtor this afternoon (we are allowed to decide which Realtor we’re going to work with).

Fortunately, it wasn’t a very difficult decision.  Susan Schutter from Edina Realty will be helping us out on this one.  Susan helped us find this house a year and a half ago, so we know her well and trust her Realtor instincts.  Also, she loves Barley and brought him treats, so she got Barley’s vote.

Unfortunately, Susan has given us a long list of “suggestions” of things to do before the house is officially put on the market.  Check it out:

  1. Scrape peeling paint from bathroom walls and re-paint
  2. Paint vanity in upstairs bathroom white, replace rusty heating vents on either side of the vanity.
  3. Replace curtains in study with white sheer curtains.
  4. Paint 3rd bedroom and set up like a bedroom (put the futon down like it’s a bed)
  5. Wash all windows. (I am SO not excited for this chore)
  6. Hang up pictures. (We don’t have any pictures in our upstairs bedroom and she thought this might make it look like someone lived here).
  7. Move dresser out of master bedroom.
  8. Remove curtain separating Jen’s closet from master bedroom.
  9. Remove shades in master bedroom.
  10. Get bed frame for bed in master bedroom (how embarrassing is it that we’ve been sleeping on a matress/box spring on the floor for the last 10 months?).
  11. Minimize coats on the coat rack, or remove completely and hang a picture in it’s place.
  12. Repaint/patch ceiling in butler’s pantry (there’s a small damaged area that was there when we purchased it… must have been old damage that was repaired poorly).
  13. Stage main floor bedroom as a bedroom.  Remove boxes, set up bedframe/air mattress.
  14. Kitchen: fix falling ceiling tile, add a stove, hide dish drying rack.
  15. Get rid of old washer/dryer.
  16. Get rid of cobwebs in basement rafters.
  17. Sweep/vacuum basement floor.
  18. Tidy up storage area in basement.
  19. Organize laundry area.
  20. Replace side screen door?  (Not sure about this one)
  21. Add woodchips to new planting beds created last year (instead of the mud that’s currently there…).

So we’re going to be very busy this weekend…  but we’ll be back next week with before/after pictures and stories!


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  1. Why do you have to stage the lower back room as a bedroom? I think anyone looking at the house is going to expand into there for making a decent kitchen??? That’s a long list to get done in a few weeks, good luck! I think I am very happy that I am busy with Grandma right now!!!

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