Pricing your home to sell is always a tough process. You have to look at other homes that have sold in your area and determine if your home compares. You also have to stand out from the competition. If you are considering selling your home, follow these sure-fire tips to help increase the value of your home.

  1. Make Repairs. Not all improvements are cosmetic. Buyers may be blown away by the “look” of the home, but they may run if the home inspection shows major repairs are required. Replace your roof if it’s needed. This is the most common reason Buyers will by-pass your home. If there is water infiltration, electrical issues, or plumbing issues, fix these before you put your house on the market. If you’re not sure what issues a home inspection may reveal, get a home inspection completed before listing. It’s a small investment and a good selling feature if you offer potential buyers the chance to review it.
  2. Re-Paint Your Walls. Spending $100 on repainting your home in neutral colours will appeal to more potential Buyers and give your home a fresh, clean look.
  3. Replace Carpet. Your old dated carpet will have smells, stains or not be what Buyers want. Replace the carpets with another neutral carpet or replace with econmical laminate or wood floors.
  4. Kitchens & Bathrooms. Updated kitchens and bathrooms add significant value to a home. If you kitchen and bathrooms are outdated, consider replacing them, while keeping in mind the cost of homes in your neighbourhood. If your neighbourhood’s home values don’t support the cost of installing granite counters, then don’t install granite, but do install a new laminate countertop. Update your cabinet doors, fixtures and hardware.
  5. Curb Appeal. The exterior of your home is the first impression that a potential Buyer will see. Make sure your lawn is trimmed and neat and your gardens are weeded, colourful, but low maintenance.
  6. Make your front entry inviting. Replace an old front door with a new one. Add potted plants, new welcome mat and have all these surfaces clean and fresh.

These sure-fire tips will help add considerable value to your home and if you’re not planning on selling anytime soon, these improvements can be enjoyed for years.