Getting Your Home Ready For The Market
It’s never too early to start preparing your home for the market if you’re thinking of listing it anytime soon. Starting with minor projects around the home will help you with eventually getting everything in order. Consider your finances during this time and strategically plan which projects should be done around the house first and how this will fit into your budgeting. Making a list and breaking down all of these costs will certainly help you throughout this process.
The best way to start planning which tasks to tackle first is to put yourself in the future buyers’ shoes. Think about what buyers are going to be looking for when they come through and see your home. Depending on what you are planning to improve in your home, minor to major renovations can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. You will need to determine what is worth spending your money as far as improvements and if this will truly have an impact on increasing your home’s market value when it comes time to list it.
Things such as replacing old and worn out flooring or carpet is a good place to start if this is something that should be modified. If your home could use a new paint job, this is a great place to begin as it is one of the more basic and low-cost tasks that will certainly help freshen up your home. Choosing neutral colours and avoiding anything bright, funky or extremely dark is always the best option.
Upgrading your kitchen if needed will likely be the biggest and most costly project as far as improvements go. The kitchen space is very important and buyers will always pay close attention to the quality of pretty much everything in this area. If your home is on the older side, you may want to consider doing some upgrades to things such as the cabinets. There are many products out there today that can make a project like this quite simple with only having to do touch-ups rather than replacing the entire thing.
As important as it is to make sure the interior of the home is looking fresh, the same goes for the outside of the property as well. Bigger upgrades may include roofing, siding, windows etc. if these are things that should be modified before selling. If the exterior of your home itself is in good condition, there are smaller things you can focus on doing to make it even better.
Maintaining the lawn and garden (or adding to it) will give the buyers the impression that the home has been well looked after and cared for. Removing any unnecessary items that may make the exterior look cluttered is a good idea. It never hurts to do a bit of staging if you can as well by doing things like installing patio furniture to make the outdoor space look warm and inviting. If your home has a nice yard or patio, this is a perfect opportunity to show off how great this space is for entertaining!