Looking for a few inexpensive ways to boost your home’s value before putting it on the market? Start with these eight simple tips:
1. Do a Deep Clean…
This should be your absolute first step toward increasing buyer interest (as well as their perception of your home’s value). Your deep cleaning checklist should include the carpets, windows, and organizing cupboards and closets (buyers will look), to name a few.
2. …Inside and Out
Great curb appeal (more on that below) starts with a clean exterior. Use a pressure washer on your home’s sidewalks, siding, porch/deck, garage, driveway and anywhere else you think could use a good rinse.
3. Give Your Kitchen a Mini-Makeover
Sometimes the smallest improvements can make the biggest difference – especially when it comes to one of the most important rooms in your home (as far as buyers are concerned, anyway). Improve the look of your kitchen by replacing the hardware (drawer and cupboard knobs and pulls) and repainting the cabinets, if needed.
4. Add a Splash of Paint
Speaking of paint, a fresh coat of paint is another “must” if you hope to earn a higher asking price. A coat of a neutral colour (white, grey, beige, cream, etc.) will make your home look bigger and brighter, not to mention hide any minor imperfections in your walls.
5. Let the Light In
Capitalize on your home’s natural light sources as much as possible by investing in lighter, sheer curtains and drapes. Experts also recommend swapping outdated light fixtures and yellowing light switch plates/outlet covers while you’re at it.
6. Create a Little Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything – and a neglected front yard is a sure-fire way to leave a bad one. Be sure your lawn is well taken care of (mowed, weed-free, and preferably green), and shrubs and bushes are pruned. You can even take it up a notch by adding a few pots of colourful flowers.
7. Beautify Your Bathroom
As we mentioned with the kitchen, a few affordable finishing touches can go a long way. Be sure to swap out your old, grimy shower curtain for a fresh new edition. The same applies to ageing rugs, towels and toilet seats.
8. Ensure Everything Is In Working Order
Even with your home looking it’s best, old, and/or malfunctioning home systems will compromise your overall value (specifically your home’s HVAC, water heater, plumbing, etc.). Admittedly, this could cost a little more, but it will be a worthwhile investment when it comes to garnering a higher sale price.
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