Tips to sell – Seller home inspection Toronto

Easy ways to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

Getting ready to sell your property? Move your property fast – and for the highest selling price possible – with these easy and affordable staging tricks. Staging will make your home attractive to the largest group of potential buyers, and the best part is, you can start at any stage in the game. Who knows – you may love your home’s new look so much that you may even change your decision.


1- Paint

A fresh coat of paint gives you more bang for your decorating buck than anything else. Even if your current palette is relatively new, any scuffs or wear marks will channel an unkempt vibe. Moreover, an unusual colour choice – even if the height of fashion – may limit your home’s appeal. So break out that roller and slap on a couple coats of crowd-pleasing warm white or sand paint.


2- Improve the lighting

Replace any dated light fixtures as soon as possible. How can you identify if it has to go? If it is over 15 years old or a vintage (50-75 years old) or an antique piece (older) – it must be replaced. “Retro” is not something most home-buyers are looking for. You don’t need to break the bank, just head to IKEA or Canadian Tire.


3- Reduce clutter

Take the collectibles off the mantel, put the mismatched armchair into storage (or better yet, donate it) and pare your closets down to what you’re actually wearing this season, packing away the rest. Ideally, all this extra stuff would head to charity (if in good and wearable condition), the garbage dump, or into storage. The more you store on-site, the more cluttered and small your home will appear.


4- Give dated bathrooms a facelift

A nice bathroom helps to sell a house, but don’t invest in a total renovation. Reno’s are costly, and you won’t recoup your costs unless you find your exact décor doppelganger. Bring an out-of-date bath up to speed with gleaming white walls whether via a fresh coat of white bath and kitchen paint or ceramic tile and new lighting (Home Depot excels at affordable, stylish bathroom vanity lighting). Buy neutral new shower curtains, a simple new bath mat and vanity set. You can also have fresh flowers in the room that can enhance the overall beauty of the interiors.


5- Take down curtains

Out dated window treatments need to come down, pronto (if it’s over 10 years old, get rid of it). If privacy isn’t an issue, just leave the windows bare to maximize natural light and make the room’s dimensions seem more generous. Otherwise, buy basic-issue cotton or linen drapes from Linens ‘N Things or another well-priced retailer. Always tie drapes back during viewings and open houses.


6- Put up mirrors


Make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter by adding an attractive wall mirror. A boxlike dining room can be improved with a leaning floor mirror and an entrance way will be more welcoming with a console mirror.


7- Update porch hardware

Increase your home’s curb appeal by updating the hardware on your front porch. Buy a doorknocker or bell, mailbox, kick plate, doorknob and lockset in a set or in complementary styles. Brushed nickel is a neutral finish that will never be outdated, while oil- rubbed bronze is another best option.


8- And the porch light

Update your porch light to coordinate with the new hardware, if needed. They don’t have to be an exact match in aspect of appearance and origin, but the finishes and styles should look pleasing all together.


9- Spiff up the front yard

Refresh your front yard according to the season. In spring, summer and fall, trim back dead plants and foliage and plant attractive annuals or perennials in flowerbeds. In winter, keep the walkway shoveled and cut back any tree or shrub branches damaged by heavy snowfall. A pair of planters flanking the front door and filled with seasonal arrangements instantly conveys pride of ownership.


10- Tend the backyard

Simple fix-its will make the most of your existing yard layout. Replace any damaged boards on your deck or fence, and apply a fresh coat of paint, or stain and sealant if the finishing needs it. Weed and groom your garden and add some perennials for colour when in-season. If kids’ toys are taking over the space, put some in-storage. Think “tidy,” “update” and “refresh”- never do anything expensive or major like adding a swimming pool or pond, which may put off potential buyers.

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