#6 Curb Appeal
You only get one chance to make an excellent first impression.
- A well-maintained garden will attract potential buyers and make them curious to see the rest of the house.
- Make sure there are no defects in the exterior of the house, and that everything looks well maintained.
- Walk across the road and take an objective look at the front of your house, does it look “welcoming”?
- Hardwood floors will add immediate value to your home.
- If you have existing hardwood floors that are looking tired, refinishing them is less costly and more sought after than new flooring materials.
- Most Buyers usually prefer tiles in bathrooms, and home will retain value very well.
- Do not underestimate the value of right flooring.
#4 Light Fixtures
- Old fixtures can make any home look old and out-dated.
- Replacing or updating light fixtures, cabinet hardware, door handles, countertops, faucets etc. will result in an immediate increase in the value of your home.
- One simple new fixture may reinvigorate a whole room.
- In open concept homes, pot lights are always in high demand.
- If your home has too few bathrooms, by simply adding one will have a tremendous effect on the value of your home.b
- If your bathrooms are looking old and tired, refurbishing them is a sure way to increase the value of your home
- Try to make them as spacious as possible - using glass for the shower is one way to do this.
- Modern, slick designs with simple, easy to clean surfaces are a good option.
The essential room in your home
- Most families spend a lot of their time in and around the kitchen, that may be one reason why the kitchen makes a significant difference in the value of your home.
- Make sure your kitchen is modern, fresh, spacious, functional and desirable.
- Modern cabinets, under cabinet lighting, new appliances, unique fixtures, imaginative backsplashes are all sure ways to increase the value of your home.
Income Producing Room
- Nothing will add greater value to your home than an area, probably the basement, that is actually producing an income.
- By converting the basement (or another area of your home) into a rental, you will be turning your home into an income producing property.
- This extra income will help pay some or all of the mortgage, which in today’s market is something that many people will need, to be able to afford a new home.