Little Improvements = Big Returns

It’s always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn’t mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project.

Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn’t be selling!

Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression.

Exterior Appearance At the Front Door
  • Keep lawns cut
  • Trim hedges & shrubs
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Clear driveway & clean up oil spills
  • Clean out garage
  • Power wash
  • Touch up paint
  • Plant colourful, inexpensive flowers in pots if necessary

 

  • Clean porch & foyer
  • Ensure door bell works
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Fresh paint on front door
  • Repair door locks & key access

 

Create a Buying Mood Create Space
  • Make sure your home smells fresh & clean
  • Turn on lights
  • Turn on air conditioner/heater
  • Open the drapes
  • Light the fireplace
  • Clear halls & stairs of clutter
  • Store surplus furniture
  • Clear kitchen counter & stove top
  • Clear closets of unnecessary clothing
  • Remove empty boxes & containers
  • Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs

 

Maintenance Squeaky Clean
  • Repair leaking taps & toilets
  • Clean furnace & filters
  • Tighten door knobs & latches
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Apply fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary
  • Clean & repair windows
  • Repair seals around tubs & basins
  • Replace defective light bulbs
  • Oil squeaking doors
  • Repair squeaking floor boards

 

  • Clean & freshen bathrooms
  • Clean fridge & stove (in and out)
  • Clean around heating vents
  • Clean washer & dryer
  • Clean carpets, drapes & window blinds
  • Eliminate pet odors & stains