Tweak your bottom line

by CRE15 Aug 2018

Many property sellers often overlook easy and relatively inexpensive fixes that not only increase visual appeal, but can also add to a home’s selling price. While major remodelling is costly and may not address the needs and tastes of prospective buyers, these repair and maintenance suggestions have universal appeal and might help a home sell more quickly – and for a better price. Depending on your specific market, simple steps like these can make the difference between robust buyer interest and a less than enthusiastic response.

Bathrooms and the kitchen must get a deep cleaning. Consider a cleaning company that offers ‘move in/move out’ cleaning services to do the job.

If kitchen cabinet exteriors are in poor condition, refacing may be an option. Far less expensive than new cabinetry, refacing can give old and worn cabinets new life and can visually renew a kitchen. Alternatively, many cabinet materials can also be painted for an updated look at a reasonable cost. New cabinet hardware is a good investment as well.

Consider replacing kitchen or bathroom counters with a neutral coloured laminate surface if the current material is badly worn or stained. This gives the room a fresh appearance and, most importantly, prevents potential buyers from focusing on an eyesore.

Fresh paint on the walls and ceilings will do wonders for all rooms in the house. Stick to neutral tones so that buyers aren’t distracted by colors that make a statement. They’ll be able to imagine themselves and their furniture in the space much more easily.

If carpet covers up hardwood floors, consider having it removed to expose the hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are desirable, so they should be shown off. If you keep the carpet, have it thoroughly cleaned. Hardwood floors can also be sanded and refinished. It’s a bigger investment, but it may positively impact the selling price.

If the home’s exterior needs painting, get it done. Buyers will notice if paint is faded and peeling. If the paint is in good shape overall, just renew the doors and trim with a fresh coat.

Clean the windows inside and out so they sparkle. It’s amazing what a difference this can make in a home’s appearance. Hiring a professional window cleaning company is the easiest and safest way to get the job done on a multi-storey property.

Clear clutter from the yard, keep the lawn mowed, and trim any overgrown shrubs that detract from the home’s appearance. The home should look well maintained, even at first glance.

Place pots of bright, colourful flowers along the entry path and near the doors to add a cheery, welcoming touch.

Implementing some of these steps can increase your property’s appeal to prospective buyers without a huge investment in time or money.

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