If you are getting ready to sell, you might be wondering how you can improve your home’s value, even when finances are tight. When you list your home for sale, you want to make sure the buyer sees the value and puts their best offer forward. At the same time, you will have moving expenses and selling goals, so you don’t want to spend a fortune.
One service I provide, when listing a home, is to walk through with you, keeping a record of areas that that can be improved. We’ll discuss which improvements will provide the most value and highest return on investment.
Here are some improvements that can add value to your home without breaking the bank. Obviously, this list isn’t exhaustive, but choosing the things you can afford and accomplish quickly can really improve curb appeal and make a great first impression. Buyers will see that you’ve taken pride in your home too.
Small Improvements Can Have a High Return on Investment
- Touch-up blemishes and/or repaint rooms, consider neutral colours
- Check/repair caulking on the exterior of your home
- Check the weather stripping on all doors and windows, for cracks and damage
- Make sure that the flowerbeds are neat, tidy, and well-kept
- Clean your windows and doors
- Reduce outdoor clutter by storing things away inside the shed or garage
- Clean out eaves troughs
- Ensure that all light bulbs are working
- De-clutter the front entrance and make sure it is well-lit
- Clean and de-clutter counter tops
- Remove lime and calcium buildup from sinks
- Check/repair caulking on counter tops
- Make sure all doors and drawers are operating properly
- Replace old, out-of-date light fixtures to change the look of a room dramatically
- Confirm that hand railings are secure and safe to use
- Make sure all flooring and carpets are clean and stain free
- Clean and/or replace window coverings, as necessary, and leave them open for showings to allow natural light into your home
- De-clutter your home and consider putting excess or personal items into storage
It isn’t necessary to stage your home unless you have the money and patience to live that way. If you’re ready to sell, and you want to improve your home’s value, you don’t have to tackle everything on this list, but with these are inexpensive, cost-effective changes, you’ll be well on your way.
When we walk through your home together, we’ll create a checklist of easy steps you can take, right away. If you’re getting ready to sell, call for your Increasing Value Walk-Through, today.