This is probably the cheapest out of all the things you can do to get your home in selling condition. Do you have nick knacks all over the place collecting dust, time to get boxes and start packing them away. Get your home to be as minimal as possible so buyers can picture their belongings in the space. Make sure everything is clean and all your floors are washed and nothing is lying around. Clean your appliances out and make your kitchen and bathrooms sparkle for every showing.
Does your home have a smell you’ve become nose blind too. Ask your realtor for their honest opinion, if your home has an odour sometimes air fresheners do the trick. If it is odours from pets, make sure you clean the areas where they sleep and use the bathroom very well. Sometimes pet odour gets into the floors and it maybe time to replace before selling. Food and cigarette odours can also be a challenge, some smells are very strong and your whole home may require a full paint job and or professional cleaning. These odours could knock 10’s of thousands off the value of your home, so fixing the issue is worth the investment.
Is your home painted an array of colours that you picked many years ago, or is it all white or builder beige. Do you have wallpaper or borders? Time to get rid of it now! Painting your home I know seems like a pain to do, but depending on the condition of your home, it could be your biggest money maker. Pick neutral colours and avoid too many colours. 3 to 4 colours would be a good amount in most homes to help give it a bit of character. Grey’s and beige’s are in now, try to avoid yellows, greens, reds, and other really bright colours or very dark colours.
3. Kitchen & Baths
Kitchens and bathrooms are what can help sell your home the quickest, for the most amount of money. This should be number one but it is the most costly and that’s why I placed it in the number three spot. If your home is dated and you feel you dislike your current kitchen and bathrooms then most likely buyers will too. I’m not saying it’s time to rip everything out and start from scratch unless it’s something from the 50’s to 80’s. Most kitchens and bathrooms could be updated with new counter tops and a new back-splash in the kitchen, go with a stone top as it makes a big difference. There are companies out there that can reface your cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms for almost half the price of replacing it if the inner parts are still good, giving it a modern look. There are so many things you can do to update and upgrade your kitchen and bathrooms don’t forget the faucet’s and hardware. It’s a big investment but you’ll get a bigger return on that investment. Don’t forget the floors, if your ceramic floor is cracked or dated it’s time to change it, nothing worse than a cracked tile floor or a linoleum or laminate style. Hardwood is okay in the kitchen if it’s still in good condition, if not replace with ceramic.
Do your floors look like they’ve been trampled on by a heard of elephants? Yes? Well it’s time to replace them and change the style to a more modern look that is in today. Maybe your floors are okay but you could gain more by upgrading to a hardwood or high quality laminate. Carpet is okay in bedrooms in a 2 storey as long as it’s very clean and a neutral colour, but not in a bungalow. Bungalows are in demand by baby boomers and they want something that is done, hardwood would be a wise choice. Kitchen and Bathrooms see number 3, just make sure its modern.
Lightning can change the way your home looks to a potential buyer. Boring lighting can make your home look dingy and dark. Updates like pot lighting and some fancy lights in the kitchen and living areas can make your home bright and upscale looking. Bedrooms you can get away with the dome style lights but I would suggest to update the master bedroom lighting.
This is the first impression that a potential buyer gets of your home. Curb appeal could be number 1, but there are way more important things inside your home to be done. Is your grass cut, are your hedges trimmed, get out there and make it look pretty. What shape is your driveway in, and your front steps or porch, get them fixed and or replaced. Make sure your garage door if you have one is in good shape, replace if not. Paint trim and front door and garage door if it’s starting to peel. If your neighbours yard need grass cutting and or a clean up, knock on their door and let them know you are selling and offer to help clean it up or cut the grass. If it’s winter time you kinda get a pass, just make sure your driveway and walkways are shoveled and salted.
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd.
49 Holland Street W., Bradford, ON L3Z 2B6
Office 905-775-5677 Ext 5302