Say you’re a homeowner wanting to sell your two-storey, detached
home. You sit down and make a list of things that need to get done
to make your property as attractive as possible to buyers.
You consider the backyard. “Hmm,” you think. “Doesn’t our deck
need a new finish and our flowerbed need new edging stones?”
Then you think about the basement. “The carpeting. It’s old. We
really should replace it. We should install a new drop ceiling, too.”
Then the main floor. “Our kitchen cabinets are old. We should get a
contractor in to quote on replacing them. How about a brand new
shiny sink and faucet? That should increase the resale value of our
home, shouldn’t it?”
Before you know it, you have a long list of updates, repairs and
renovations that you think you should be doing, and you haven’t
even started on the second floor!
It’s easy to get carried away with preparing your home to be listed,
and end up spending a lot more money than you’ll ever get back
from the eventual sale.
So how do you determine what improvements you should be
making in order to get your property ready for the market?
That’s easy. Talk to a good REALTOR®.
A REALTOR® who knows the local market can inspect your property
and advise you on the repairs and upgrades you need to make. He
or she will know what buyers are looking for, and will also have a
good idea of the return on investment you can expect from a
He or she may also be able to recommend reputable
tradespeople and other professionals to assist you in making
So go ahead and make that long list. Then, review it with your
REALTOR® so you can make an informed decision on how to get
your property ready for sale.
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There’s no doubt about it. A completely
renovated room – especially a kitchen or
bathroom – will really impress home buyers.
That room will probably look brand new and
But you don’t have to do a full “tear-downthe-
walls” type of renovation to upgrade the
look of a room. In fact, just a few minor improvements can make a big difference.
For example, upgrading wall plates is an easy and inexpensive way to add a lot more style and personality to a room. In the kitchen, installing new hardware on existing cabinets can have a dramatic
impact. So look around your house to determine where small improvements could make a big difference.