Fixes to Make Prior to Selling Your Home

Prior to selling your home, there are few changes you may need to make to ensure the property gets its best representation and ultimately the best possible sale price. Be careful not to go overboard with the fixes. Here are a few small fixes to make that will yield positive rewards.

1) Light landscaping to increase curb appeal

This does not mean spending tons of money on huge landscaping projects. Rather, it’s about cost-effective yard work that adds curb appeal.

Pulling weeds, mowing, laying a few squares of grass, adding fresh mulch, planting inexpensive plants or flowers, and trimming back overgrown foliage are all relatively inexpensive changes that can go a long way to improve the curb appeal of your home.

2) Neutral paint

If your home is full of bold colours that could be off-putting to potential buyers, then you may want to consider investing in neutral coloured paint. An off-white or light grey colour is rarely going to steer you wrong.

Stay away from dark, solid colours that could be off-putting to potential buyers. The idea is catered to the masses. Remember, the goal is to attract the most people possible. So even if you don’t like plain or neutral colours personally, they are the smart choice.

3) Anything glaringly broken

Anything that negatively effects the ability to live comfortably in the home must be fixed or upgraded. Some examples include broken faucets (kitchen or bathroom), water heaters, doors, door locks, broken floor tiles, window glass etc. If a buyer can’t roll the moving truck in to the driveway, move in, and live comfortably, your house could be un-sellable to a large segment of buyers.

Many times, there are vendors that will have pay at closing options. This can allow you to pay a large bill out of the proceeds of the sale depending on their financing options.

4) Outdated light fixtures and fans

Much like paint, a light fixture and ceiling fan typically costs US$50-US$200 and can be transformative to a room. This is an example of a small investment that can both increase the value of the home and decrease the amount of time the house is on the market.

5) Curtains and Curtain Rods

This may seem contradictory to #2 on the do-not-fix list, but here’s why you may want to get rid of the blinds and screens and invest in curtains and rods.

A nice-looking curtain rod and light neutral curtains can help cover up older windows that have no blinds or screens. They are also very inexpensive and easy to replace. So, you are getting rid of a negative and adding a big positive for a small amount of money.