So, you’ve decided it’s time to sell your home. You’re ready to upgrade, downsize, relocate, or simply experience something new. Finding the perfect new house is exciting, but before you get swept up in real estate listings, you need to focus on getting someone to take your current property off your hands!
You may be tempted to just skip the home improvement process all together. After all, why would you put time or money into updating a house you’re about to move out of anyway? Well, when you consider the return on investment these simple restoration projects have to offer your home sale value, you might start to think they’re worth it!
A little landscaping can go a long way when it comes time to sell your property. Your home exterior is your first impression on prospective buyers, so you need to make sure it’s a good one! Focusing on a few low maintenance tasks can really boost your curb appeal and make your property look inviting.
Keep up with your lawn care with routine mowing, watering, fertilizing, and weeding. You’ll also want to edge and mulch your front lawn for a neat, well-kept look to impress buyers. Don’t go crazy planting flowerbeds, but a few seasonal flowers or easy perennials will be perfect for brightening up your exterior!
A new coat of paint can transform a room and give your home the refresh it needs to reel in the offers. It makes your property look clean and well-cared for, which in turn makes it more valuable!
When you repaint, use light, neutral colors to keep your space feeling warm and universally appealing. Avoid trendy designs like wallpaper or accent walls and stick to the basics. Ivory, beige, light grey, and even pale blue are reliable hues that have been proven to entice buyers.
You may not notice instinctively, but your floor suffers a lot of aesthetic damage over many years of use. It’s also what potential buyers will likely notice first when they walk into your home. Renewed flooring will improve the entire look (and value!) of your space.
Ideally, you want to rip out whatever carpeting you can, as it often makes your home look old and outdated. All people will think about when they see it is how much it’ll cost to have it removed! If you can afford it, hardwood floors are one of the most worthwhile investments you can make. If not, at least have your carpets cleaned and apply new finishes to bare areas.
Kitchen & Bathroom Refresh
Okay, so completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom before you sell your home is not a smart move. However, real estate experts maintain that these are the most important rooms in your house to prospective buyers. So, what can you do to give yours a refresh without breaking the bank?!
Aim to give these rooms a quick cosmetic facelift, rather than a full renovation. Apply fresh paint, clean or refurbish countertops and cabinetry, invest in new, modern appliances, and update your fixtures and hardware. You won’t believe what a huge difference even these simple aesthetic improvements will make!
Your home’s lighting is like putting on makeup; you want to use it strategically to highlight your best features. What’s the point of doing all of this home improvement work if you don’t have the optimal lighting to show it off?
Start by swapping out old, dull bulbs for bright, energy-efficient ones. Then, replace the old and dated fixtures that hold them. Exchange any boring, inefficient recessed lighting for accent lighting (think lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, track lighting, etc.) that infuses your space with ambiance. If your house is blessed with good natural light, take advantage of it—just make sure you have enough artificial lighting to show it off at any time of day!
Once you’ve polished up your house and sold it for the best price, enlist the Highland team to help you with your move!
The movers at Highland Worldwide have the skill, experience, and resources you need to make your local, long-distance, or international move as efficient as possible. Let us use our expertise to simplify your relocation process.
Give us a call at 604-581-2300 to learn more about our services and get a free quote for your move!