Little Improvements = Big Return

A little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home.

It’s always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn’t mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project.

Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn’t be selling!

Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression.

  • Exterior Appearance
    • Keep lawns cut
    • Trim hedges and shrubs
    • Weed and edge gardens
    • Clear driveway and clean up oil spills
    • Clean out garage
    • Power wash
    • Touch up paint
    • Plant colourful, inexpensive flowers in pots if necessary
  • At the Front Door
    • Clean porch and foyer
    • Ensure door bell works
    • Repair any broken screens
    • Fresh paint or varnish front door
    • Repair door locks and key access
  • Create a Buying Mood
    • Make sure your home smells fresh and clean
    • Turn on lights
    • Turn on air conditioner/heater
    • Open the drapes
    • Light the fireplace
  • Create Space
    • Clear halls and stairs of clutter
    • Store surplus furniture
    • Clear kitchen counter and stove top
    • Clear closets of unnecessary clothing and stuff
    • Remove empty boxes and containers
    • Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs
  • Maintenance
    • Repair leaking taps and toilets
    • Clean furnace and filters
    • Tighten door knobs and latches
    • Repair cracked plaster
    • Apply fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary
    • Clean and repair windows
    • Repair seals around tubs and basins
    • Replace defective light bulbs
    • Oil squeaking doors
    • Repair squeaking floor boards
  • Squeaky Clean
    • Clean and freshen bathrooms
    • Clean fridge and stove (in and out)
    • Clean around heating vents
    • Clean washer and dryer
    • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds
    • Eliminate pet odours and stains

Pricing your Property Right

The single most important decision you will make with your Real Estate Professional is determining the right asking price for your property.

Once you’ve achieved a realistic sales price, you can count on your property being professionally marketed and promoted to bring more buyers to your door. You can also expect to sell your home for the best possible price in the least amount of time.

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