Little Improvements = BIG Returns

 

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 projects.

Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a larger-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 spills
  • Clean out garage
  • Power wash driveway, walkways, patios. Good idea to do house siding if it shows any mildew.
  • Touch up paint
  • Plant colorful, inexpensive flowers in pots if necessary

At the Front Door

  • Clean porch and foyer
  • Ensure the bell works
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Fresh pain 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
  • Open the drapes/blinds
  • Light the fireplace

Create Space

  • Clear hall and stairs of clutter
  • Store surplus furniture
  • Clear kitchen counter, stove top, and front of fridge
  • 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 leaky taps and toilets
  • Clean furnace and filters
  • Tighten door knobs and latched
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Repair seals around tubs and basins
  • Replace defective light bulbs
  • Oil squeaky doors
  • Repair squeaky floor boards

Squeaky Clean

  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean fridge and stove (in and out)
  • Clean around heating wents
  • Clean washer and dryer
  • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds
  • Eliminate pet odours and stains

 

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