If you are thinking of selling your home, either imminently or a ways down the road, what are some of the things you can do to prepare? While we are currently in a seller’s market, you still need to make sure you position your home to reach its market potential, and to get you the best return on your investment. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider:
Many buyers are looking for homes that are fully finished and updated, so that all they have to do is move in. A fully finished home without a big “to-do” list will appeal to a greater number of buyers than a fixer-upper will, which will help position you for a quick sale and the best possible price.
When you are considering which parts of your home to renovate, there are some that give you better bang for your re-sale buck than others. Buyers will pay close attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and updates in those rooms can make a significant difference to your selling price.
While renovated kitchens and bathrooms are nice, there are also quicker and cheaper ways to make an impact. One of the simplest things you can do is to give your home a fresh coat of neutral paint. While you may love your brightly coloured walls that show off your own flair and personality, it’s best to present your home as a beautiful blank canvas to potential buyers, where they can easily imagine how their style and preferences can flourish in the space. Clean, subtle colours like Sherwin Williams ‘agreeable gray’ and ‘revere pewter’ are currently popular choices, and can transform your home with the swish of a brush.
And, who said you have to wait until it’s time to sell to make these changes? If you would like to enjoy the fruits of your labour and take advantage of your hard work, then make your updates now! Then, you’re not only able to enjoy them for yourself, but you’ll be ready to list your house quickly when the opportunity arises.
Another good reason to think ahead is seasonality. If you have a beautiful yard, take some great photos when it looks its best and everything is in full bloom, so you have the images to show off if you find yourself listing your home for sale in the winter. We’re always happy to send a photographer out to get some shots at the best time of year!
If you are curious about what you can do to make sure your home puts its best foot forward when you’re ready to sell, we’re happy to help. Whether you are thinking of selling soon or down the road, we are always happy to meet with you to help make sure you are set up for success. Contact us anytime!