posted December, 2018

Getting ready to downsize

Hi Neighbors!

Jennifer Dunnet asked the question “How do you prepare your home when the time comes to downsize?”

If you can, try starting this process before it becomes a reality! You have way more stuff than you think you do! If you have lived in your home for many years, start with the attic and the basement. There are probably many items here that you haven’t used in years. We touched on this subject in March: Start your purge by separating everything into piles to give away, sell or donate. There are many companies that will pick up your unwanted items free of charge! With the convenience of online yard sales on social media, it is even easier to sell your stuff! ( is a great place, as they support our Veterans.)

Once you have gotten through the items that aren’t of value, I suggest giving away sentimental items to the people closest to you. I remember when my grandmother started doing this, long before she moved. We kept telling her it wasn’t necessary, but she was wise doing this. She knew who she wanted her prized possessions to go to, without family members dividing them up. She also told us stories behind the items when she gave them away.
Buyers will want to see space and openness when it comes time to sell. Less is more when is comes to personal items. Most of the time, you will have a much smaller new home, so you won’t physically be able to take everything. Tackling this project, a little at a time will make your life much easier.

Once you have the contents of your house the way you want them, it may be time for some improvements. Paint and flooring are the number one cosmetic item to attend to. If the rest of your home is clean and well kept, buyers don’t mind the projects they can do over time.

To get top dollar for your home, the systems should all be up to code and working properly. Included in this category are the plumbing, electric and heating and air conditioning systems. The foundation and roof should be sound and not leaking.

Once the time comes to list your home, you will be in great shape! Spruce up your yard and add some curb appeal and you will be ready to go!

If you have any questions you would like me to address next month, please feel free to write me!

Merry Christmas!

Suzanne Cunningham, Sales Associate, Realtor, GRI, ABR
License #0570298

Century 21 Rauh and Johns – 508 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd. – Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 582-0366 x115 – (856) 304-7324 Cell



Suzanne Cunningham
Sales Associate, Realtor, GRI, ABR
License #0570298
508 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080
Office: 856-582-0366 x115
Cell: 856-304-7324 Cell


Draft Blockers CAN Help Keep Your Home Cozy and Warm

Tips from Troy McAuliffe, Your State Farm Insurance Agent

Not sure where to start? Follow these steps for blocking drafts in your home.

  • Cover air conditioners. Wipe down the unit, clear debris from the surrounding area, and hose off the unit. Once it’s completely dry, cover the air conditioner and turn off the water shutoff valve, if your system has one. Remove window units and store them indoors to prevent window drafts. If you can’t remove your window unit, close the vents and protect it from the elements with an air conditioner cover.
  • Block door and window drafts by caulking air leaks around doors and windows.
  • Add more insulation if needed. If you can see the ceiling joists in your attic, you may need more insulation.
  • Install storm windows and doors if you have them – if not, look at possibly investing in replacing some of your older windows, or those in rooms where you spend most time in the cold months – like, the bedroom or TV room.
  • Stop door drafts with draft stoppers or make one yourself.

In addition to draft blockers, the following tips can also help prepare your home for winter.

  • Drain sprinkler systems. You can tackle this one of two ways: Remove the water using the system’s drain valves, or have a professional blow the water out with a large air compressor.
  • Turn off outdoor water supply. Make sure all exterior water spigots are turned off and all attached hoses or other devices are removed, drained, and properly stored.
  • Insulate pipes. This will help prevent your pipes from freezing and save money on your hot water bill. Insulate by duct-taping pre-slit pipe foam (available at hardware stores) around exposed pipes in your home’s crawl space or attic.
  • Test your thermostat. Turn it to heat mode to make sure the furnace kicks on and blows warm air.
  • Have the furnace inspected by a professional. Make sure it’s in good shape to last through the winter.
  • Inspect and clean your roof and gutters. Accumulated leaves can clog your gutters, causing water to back up, freeze and cause damage to your roofing and gutters.
  • Make sure your insurance covers winter damages. If you are not sure, call us!

Stay warm, be smart, be safe and have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and an excellent and healthy New Year from your friends at State Farm!

Remember – we’re always here to help!

Troy McAuliffe, Agent (856) 881-6330

Troy McAuliffe, Agent | 315 N. Delsea Drive, Glassboro, NJ
Bus 856.881.6330 Fax 856.881.0061 – Licensed: NJ & PA


Last updated December, 2018