26 Jan The Top 3 Improvements to Consider Before Selling
The Top 3 Improvements to Consider Before Selling
Our many years of experience have shown us that improving the appearance of your home, both inside and out, can contribute greatly to the interest of potential buyers and to the successful sale of a property. Purchasers want to be able to visualize living in their new home. Here are the top 3 improvements to focus on first to increase the sale value of your home.
1. Paint, paint and more paint. This is single-handedly the best bang for your buck. A fresh coat of paint on walls, trim and baseboards and even on older kitchen or bathroom cabinets, goes a long way. If painting isn’t your expertise or you don’t have the time, hire a professional.
2. Declutter. Donate to charity or call your older kids to come take their stuff that you’ve been hanging onto. The “less-is-more” analogy plays a huge role in showcasing your home in its best light. Check out our blog post The Psychology of Clutter & Tips to Help You, for more details on how to get started.
3. Clean. Your home should be clean and tidy. Vacuum or steam clean the carpets, clean the windows and sills and make your kitchen and bathrooms shine. Read our blog “How to maximize your bathroom storage“ for tips to elevate your bathrooms. Clean applies to the outside of your home to. Positive first impressions on the walkway and front door are fundamental.
We can help you make decisions and prioritize, consult us before you start. We often see money spent on home improvements leading up to the selling time of a home that seller’s won’t get back when it’s time to sell or take up too much time to complete. If you are going to make a major change, i.e new hardwood floors, try to do it earlier enough so you can enjoy the improvement for a few years before you sell.
You can count on The Joan Smith Real Estate Family to help you navigate through the complex process of selling your home in Ottawa. Our team will take the time to review with you all the elements of our Home Sellers’ Guide to ensure the successful sale of your home. If you are planning to sell your current home and buy a new one, check out our Selling and Buying a Home at the Same Time guide for some useful tips and advice.