Quick Renovations Before You List

Wednesday Sep 15th, 2021



You already know, it’s a SELLER’S MARKET out there right now! If you’ve been considering listing your home and have spent time going back and forth on whether or not it’s the right time, let me tell you – IT’S THE RIGHT TIME! But just because the market is in your favour, doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t work to be done ahead of listing your home. After all, you want to do every possible to make your home as appealing to prospective buyers as it was to you when you first moved in. So, here are a few of my top tips when it comes to quick renovations before listing your home. 🛠 


I’m sure you’re already aware of some of the most basic things you can do as a seller to freshen up your home, such as decluttering well ahead of time, home staging, a fresh coat of paint, new hardware, checking all the lighting through the home, and fixtures. However, if you’d like to take things one step further, you can also consider painting your front door! A fresh coat of paint on one of the first things prospective buyers will see upon arrival will make all the difference. Make your home stand out from the others by selecting a bolder colour that will surely make your home more memorable. Nothing too crazy, but you’d be surprised at how much of a lasting impression the appearance of the front of your home can make! 🎨 


Speaking of the front of your home, let’s talk curb appeal. Curb appeal is critical when it comes to marketing your property. The first photo on your listing is a photo of the outside of your home, and (especially these days!) those looking for a new home spend their time doing so online. Therefore, it is always well worth putting in the time and energy towards improving your home’s curb appeal. This includes first and foremost landscaping. Trimming trees and bushes, taking care of the grass (and keeping it mowed while your home is on the market), and making sure your garden is healthy. You’ll then move onto cleaning up your driveway, which means giving it a good wash and sweeping any leaves and debris off, so it is as tidy as possible. Take an afternoon and test all your outdoor lights to ensure they’re in working order and replace any bulbs that are dimmed or burnt out. Lastly, stage your porch! Freshen up <span class="ContextualSpellingAndGrammarError SCXW231735970 BCX0" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; background-repeat: repeat-x; background-position: left bottom; background-image: url(" data:image="" gif;base64,r0lgodlhbqaeapedaabvzdnvzdnv="" waaach5bauaaamalaaaaaafaaqaaaiinc2qchykqgeaow="=&quot;);" border-bottom:="" 1px="" solid="" transparent;"="">your seating and put a small plant on your coffee table. These simple but meaningful touches will instantly warm viewers of your home to it and assist with buyers seeing themselves living there. 🏡 


Now, let’s move inside. Bathrooms and kitchens are always at the top of the list for potential buyers, so keeping that in your mind when you’re making renovations to those rooms on your own even before you plan on selling, is always a good idea. Your resale value will increase with an updated bathroom and kitchen. However, small renos you can make on your own prior to listing include recalking the tub and replacing your shower head and faucets. These few quick and easy tasks will make a world of difference when it comes to brightening up your bathroom! To take things one step further, you could also consider replace your vanity with something newer that will make your bathroom look even more modern. 🛁 


Lastly, if your floors look like they could use a little love, consider upgrading your flooring. Yes, of course if you have carpet throughout the home and are thinking of switching to hardwood, it will be more expensive. However, this is yet another thing that could significantly increase the resale value of your home. If you’re not prepared to do that, then replacing the old carpets is another very beneficial alternative. If you’re already working with wood floors in your home but they’re not necessarily new and could use some freshening up, a refinish may be in order. 


Refreshing your home before listing does not need to be daunting! All the tasks above are simple, not incredibly time consuming, will increase the value of your home, and most importantly, attract more buyers. If you’re ready to take steps to list your home and want to hear some of my recommendations as they relate directly to your current property, get in touch with me, Myka, today via phone at (905) 977-8385 or send me a message through my website. I look forward to hearing from you!! 

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