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How to Make Your Home More Valuable in the GTA Without Breaking the Bank

Looking to Sell Your House, Here Are Ten Tips From Real Estate Agents

 1) Create Space.
Open Concept is in !  Knock out a non-structural wall, or even remove that kitchen island. Anything that opens the space and creates a sense of flow in the house is generating a response from buyers. For the price of a few hundred dollars, you'll transform the feel of the house.

2) Landscaping Matters
Presentation is Key, if your house looks un kept from the outside, people will not be keen to see the inside. Tangled trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views, darken interiors, promote mold, and block a good look at the house.

3) Lighting
If there is natural light in your home flaunt it! Lighting creates a mood, makes rooms look bigger and increases appeal to buyers. Not many windows, no worries. Things like dimmers are seen to be popular amongst home buyers. Stagers use lights as a key feature when staging. When the mood is set, people want to buy.

 4) Address The Basics
Before thinking about a fancy upgrade to the kitchen, address the basics. Insulate the attic, repair plumbing leaks, replace rusty rain gutters, inspect the furnace and the septic system, replace or repair leaky windows, install storm doors, weed the flower beds. Just think like a buyer, what you don't notice as a weed, they might see as a weekend of work.You do not need to put large amounts a money into a home to sell it. Starting with a couple hundred dollars on a few things could increase the value of your house by a few thousand dollars.

5) Go Green
If your heating or air conditioning systems are old, new ones are so much better, with savings of up to 30 to 40%. Energy savers make your house more desirable.

6) First Impressions Matter
Don't underestimate the power of a front door. People make up their minds in the first seven seconds of entering a house whether they like it or not. Things that you may think are little, like a broken door bell or a hanging eavesdrop do matter.

7) Look Down, What Are You Standing On
Don't undervalue the materials you're standing on. 94% of real estate pros recommend spending some money on floors. But it doesn't have to be a lot of money. For an estimated average investment of $600 to $900, brokers report that the return in value comes in at up to $2,000. And you can spend even less than that. A few well-placed nails can eliminate distracting squeaks. Other small projects with a big impact include repairing broken tile, patching damaged floor boards, and tossing out the wall-to-wall carpeting.

8) Easy Bathroom Upgrades
You spend a lot of time in the bathroom, and buyers are often most critical when it comes to that area. In most cases its easy to freshen it up for buyers. Things like cleaning the grout, remove rust stains, apply fresh caulk, update doorknobs and cabinet pulls, replace faucets, and install a low-flush toilet. Even buying a new toilet seat can make a difference.

9) Colour it Neutral
Get out of your personal taste. She says buyers want to be able to project their own ideas onto a space, and sellers can help with toned-down wall color

10) Whats that?
The "What's that?" factor is usually not a positive. It can be anything from 1950s wallpaper in a 1930s bungalow, a broken front step or cracked threshold, green-and-blue vinyl flooring), fix it or remove it. Often home owners cant see or do not see what others may think is negative. Its important to get  impartial advice of a friend who can tell you what's drawing attention and raising questions for the wrong reasons. "The more questions, the more people are likely to say, We don't want that house.


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Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 6:07 PM by Sutton Realty


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