Ready to sell your home? Minor home improvements can maximize your financial return and increase the chance of it selling faster. These guidelines can help you prepare your home for sale and leave a lasting impression on potential home buyers.
1. Clean thoroughly and clear clutter. Give your home a thorough clean. Be sure to dust on top of mirrors and baseboards, polish and wipe down cabinets and appliances. Take the time to de-clutter. Those looking to buy a home scrutinize every little detail.
2. Apply a coat of paint. A little paint goes a long way. Touch up the paint in your home to keep walls looking fresh and clean. Not everyone loves bright yellow walls and could turn off potential buyers. If you are to repaint, go for neutral colours like tan, white, and beige to appease the masses.
3. Renovations that provide ROI. Certain home renovations provide a higher return on investment. Replace faucets and doorknobs in outdated kitchens and bathrooms. The front door typically sees the most wear and tear. Replacing your front door creates a grand first impression. Click here to see our full list of the best home renovations that pay off on resale.
4. Stage your home. Small upgrades to décor can make a big difference without breaking the bank. Brighten up your kitchen with fresh flowers. Refresh your living room with new decorative pillows. Place succulents on bedside tables for extra warmth. Create a spalike bathroom with artisan soaps and crisp white towels. For places to shop, stores like Homesense Canada and Ikea are great for staging on a budget.
5. Eliminate lingering odours. Scents are one of the first things that make an impression on your guests. In fact, certain smells have been said to be effective in selling homes faster. The smell of cookies has been proven effective in selling older homes faster. In newer homes, it’s the smell of white tea and fig. Diffusers, like the ones found at Saje, are great options to clean the air and provide a sense of relaxation.
6. Organize your closets. Storage space is a big selling point for most homebuyers. Declutter your closets to make storage space look bigger. Make sure your clothes are pressed and put away neatly – every nook and corner could be scoured! Go the extra mile by matching all of your hangers and reorganizing your wardrobe by colour.
7. Prepare documents. If you’re selling a condominium, you’ll also need to prepare a number of documents that relate to your suite and strata corporation. These include a title search, registered strata plan, financial statements of the strata corporation, property disclosure statement and strata minutes for the past two years.
8. Choosing the right Realtor®. A professional Realtor® guides you through the entire selling or buying process of your home. The right Realtor® will know how to establish a plan to attract the highest selling price for your property by analyzing sales data, know real estate trends in your neighbourhood, prepare design-savvy marketing materials for all Buyer inquiries, provide feedback from showings and open houses and are committed to your best interest.