When selling your home, you want to get the best possible price you can for it. The best realtors in Guelph can help you do just that, but there are a number of things you can do yourself to maximize your return. There are many things you can do that can make your home worth more. So before you sell this summer, here are a few things you can do to increase the value of your home so your Guelph realtor can get the most money possible for it.
1. Professional visit
Have a realtor or interior designer over to look at your home. They can suggest ways to fix it up, such as painting tips or furniture placement, which can make your home look and feel better to viewers.
Get an inspection done to find problems that need fixing. A deteriorating roof, a termite infestation, electrical problems, etc. can impact the value of your home and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Small problems like a water leak can turn into bigger and costlier problems if not handled quickly.
3. Curb appeal
A nicely mowed lawn, some well-placed shrubbery, a lovely flowerbed, and a cleanly swept walkway can make a great first impression on buyers when they drive by, and ultimately can increase its value. If you don't have much of a green thumb, hire a professional landscaper.
The kitchen is one of the first rooms looked at so make sure it looks good. Replace faucet sets and cabinet handles, update lighting fixtures, and if you have the budget, you can replace the cabinets themselves. If appliances don't match, get new doors or face panels so they will.
Make updates to the bathroom, especially if it’s a small one. A new toilet seat and pedestal sink don't cost much, can be easily installed by the owner, and can make a world of a difference in how buyers perceive it. Replace an old, discoloured floor with some new low-cost flooring. If the shower or tub looks unappealing, replace the grout and any chipped tiles and put in a new tub or shower.
One tip an interior designer might give would be to paint some rooms. Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated, which means value. Neutral colors tend to appeal to most people, so they can make your home more desirable.
While sprucing up the interior is important, let's not forget the exterior. It's what people will see first, after all. Along with beautifying the landscape, make minor repairs to the home like replacing cracked siding boards or repointing brick walls. A good power washing wouldn't hurt, either. Do some paint touch-ups and repaint the front door if it won't look out of place. Make sure the roof is in good shape and don’t forget to give the windows a good cleaning too.
If you are ready to sell or are curious what your home is worth contact the DiLoreto and Long real estate team for a free home evaluation here: