Home for the holidays

If you’re preparing your home for the holidays, here are a few tips from our expert Realtor, Deb Sarsany of the Deb Sarsany Team at The Real Estate Group. In between the broiling, basting, and baking you’ll want to make sure your home is in good enough shape for the family festivities, which are sure to continue into 2018 with Christmas and new year right around the corner.

With all those extra people in your home, your utility bills are sure to be on the up. As temperatures plummet you’ll want to make sure your home is airtight this winter. Check windows, doors, and cracks in your walls for air leakage. If you can afford to upgrade your insulation that may be a route to go down in the spring, but for the time being you may need to install caulk or weather stripping.

If you haven’t replaced your appliances in the last five to 10 years, you are probably burning through cash. Sure, it’s hard to justify replacing a perfectly good fridge, freezer, or washing machine until it’s no longer working, but you could be making savings in the long run. Also, if you do decide to purchase a new appliance this winter you could always sell your old one on a Facebook ‘for sale’ group – buyers are always looking for a bargain, especially at this time of year when there is a lot of expense and entertaining to do, they too could be in need of a replacement fridge, freezer, or washing machine.

When purchasing your new appliance make sure you check out the ratings and performance standards. Looking at ENERGY STAR-rated appliances is a good start. 

If your flooring is looking a little worse for wear and it needs replacing, or repairing, you’d be surprised how inexpensive it is to replace a section that is covered in stains or thread bare. If you don’t have spare carpet runs, manufacturers may still be producing your carpet and repair professionals tend to have more than one trick up their sleeves.

Let’s face it, you’ll be facing a mountain of dishes this Thanksgiving even if you have a dishwasher there are still the pans to do. Why not treat yourself during the holidays and schedule a cleaner, this way you can optimize your time, and you don’t even need to tell your family or guests. Ask around your friends, I bet they use one too.

Finally, if you have a piece of furniture that you’ve been meaning to replace for a while, why not look at having it reupholstered or refinished before you spend the big bucks. If it doesn’t work out and you really don’t like the new version of your old coffee table you could always sell it on a Facebook ‘for sale’ group and use the cash to purchase a new one. There are lots of savings to be had during the holidays, I’ve already had several flyers through my door advertising holiday sales and it’s only the beginning of November.

If you’re looking to sell your home before the holidays give Deb and her team a call on (217) 313-0580, visit the team website, or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/debsarsanyteam/