There is usually a long list of tasks you could tackle to get your home ready for the Comox Valley spring real estate market, so let’s explore five in particular that should be at the top of your list of priorities since they can help you get the most bang for your buck.
When you take some additional time to focus on the following five tips prior to listing your property, it can improve your chances of maximizing your return on investment - and the overall revenue from the sale of your home.
GET FRESH WITH YOUR PAINT
A fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to transform the space. Traditionally, using a neutral paint colour throughout your home allows the potential buyer to envision themselves living there, without the distraction of any wild colours or bold patterned accent walls they feel they’ll need to revise. If painting the entire home isn’t an option, focus on freshening up your larger main spaces, like the living room or kitchen, so those key areas appeal to a broader spectrum of preferences.
INVEST IN A MINI RENO
If you have the means of investing in a small renovation, focus on your bathroom and kitchen. If the new homeowner feels like they don’t have to take on an expensive remodeling project for either of these main spaces in the home, it can make all the difference in their interest of bringing forward an offer. For the bathroom, switching to a more modern vanity or light fixture could do the trick to update the feel, while in the kitchen simply painting the existing cabinets could bring the overall look back into the 21st century.
UPGRADE YOUR HARDWARE
You may be surprised to learn that swapping out older cupboard handles can deliver a great wow factor during showings of your home. More modern hardware (especially when paired with painting the cabinets, as mentioned above) can bring new life to your kitchen storage spaces and provide a fresh perspective.
FOCUS ON FUNCTIONALITY
Making sure everything in your home works the way it’s supposed to helps eliminate any red flags for a potential buyer. If your roof is leaking, your furnace is old, or the appliances are at the end of their life cycle, consider having these bigger ticket items taken care of ahead of time, so it doesn’t deter a strong offer from being submitted. Test the functionality of smaller items too, such as sticking door locks, loose hinges, and faulty faucets.
KICK UP THE CURB APPEAL
Now that you’ve conquered the inside of your home, you can bring your attention to the outside. It’s crucial to make a great first impression as the potential new homeowner pulls up to the property. Take the time to mow the lawn, tend to the garden, and make the porch look inviting. Some potted plants with bright flowers, a small sitting area (if space allows), or even a fun welcome mat can give that “welcome home” feeling that makes them fall in love right from the beginning.
If you’d like to learn more about getting your home ready for us to list it together, turn to your Comox Valley real estate professionals; The Bryce Hansen Team.