Getting your home ready to sell can be a daunting process… especially if your property is outdated or there is repair work to do!  Where do you start?  Should you repaint the bathroom or replace the baseboards… maybe you can just get away leaving those the dark brown 70’s colour. What about the rug, should you clean it or rip it right out… Who has money for all this… it is going to cost a fortune!

These are just a few of the very real and stressful thoughts that a home seller can have!

To some, the tasks are just too overwhelming and the sign goes on the front yard with the house just the way it is!  Don’t make this costly mistake!  With the amount of homes on the market today, do you want yours to sit on the market for a long time or receive a “low ball” offer because of the amount of work that a buyer perceives needs to be done?

There are lots ways that you can give your home a facelift, without opening a “Home Reno” can of worms or it costing a fortune!  Here are just a few of our favourites!

Make your kitchen really cook For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.

Buff up the bath Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. They, too, can be improved without a lot of cash. Simple things like a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference…

Paint New paint makes everything look clean and bright again. And don’t forget the ceiling.

Step up your storage Old houses are notorious for their lack of closet space. If you have cramped storage areas, add do-it-yourself wire and laminate closet systems to bedrooms, pantries and entry closets. Most closets can be updated in a weekend or less.

Look underfoot Carpeting is another detail that can quickly update a home and make it look cleaner. Professional carpet cleaning is an inexpensive investment, especially if your rugs are in good shape and are neutral colors.

Let there be light Clean the interior and exterior windows till they sparkle. Remove any broken or dirty window treatments as well.

Reframe your entry Repaint or refinish that front door. Also replace that worn front doorknob with a more substantial-looking handle & lock set. A nice, big piece of hardware signals newcomers that this is a solid home.

Consider curb appeal Although it sounds obvious a tidy garden and clutter-free driveway can make a big difference. What buyers see when they first drive by your home is tremendously important.

If a buyer doesn’t get excited when they walk in the front door, you may never get another chance to change their mind! So make your home stand out!  The secret to getting the best price for  your home is that these kinds of changes can instantly change a person’s perception of your home and therefore, increase its value.