Royal LePage Realty Plus Oakville

Wondering about updates before listing your home?

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, you begin to consider all of the things that might make it attractive to potential buyers. Should you renovate the kitchen? Update the bathrooms? Trade the carpets for hardwood? Throw on a fresh coat of paint?

For some home owners the idea of spending time or money on updates that they won’t get a chance to enjoy does not make sense. However, investing a little time and money to make your house more welcoming and attractive to a buyer can be quickly recovered in the sale price on your home.

Consider the following list of  exterior and interior updates for your home…

  • Landscaping, Patios & Decks
    • Weed flower beds, prune hedges & trim bushes, as unruly gardens may suggest extra hours of unwanted work to a potential buyer.
    • Repair or replace any loose or damaged boards in the deck.
    • Improve the look of a wooden deck with a fresh coat of sealer or stain.
    • Re-level any uneven patio stones.
    • Replace worn cushions on patio furniture or replace the furniture. It will highlight your backyard as an inviting place to relax or entertain. If buying new furniture, you can always take it with you to your next home or it can serve as a negotiating tool.
  • Front Door
    • Replace or clean up & paint old doors.
    • Clean & polish fixtures like doorknobs or kickplates.
    • Repair or replace broken doorbells.
    • Replace worn caulking around door inserts or side windows.
    • Be sure to do similar updates to the garage door and light fixtures to maintain a consistent appearance.
  • Windows
    • Clean all windows both inside and outside.
    • Replace any worn or cracked caulking around windows and along window sills.
    • Launder or dry clean window coverings or replace if needed.
  • Front Entrance
    • Brighten up the front entrance with a fresh coat of paint.
    • Replace outdated light fixtures and if the light fixture is recent, be sure that all bulbs are working.
  • Floors
    • Refinish scratched or worn hardwood flooring.
    • Replace cracked or chipped porcelain or ceramic tile.
    • Steam clean carpets and stair runners and replace if necessary.
  • Walls
    • Clean walls that are in good shape and paint walls that marked with scuffs and stains. Consider using neutral colours for the broadest appeal.
    • Install crown moulding to add elegance to a room.
  • Trim & Accessories
    • Touch up worn trim.
    • Replace old or worn door handles, floor registers and switch plates.
    • Update lamps and other décor items. Remember that your furnishings move with you. If you’re downsizing, stage your home for greatest impact with rental furniture and décor items.
    • Replace or add area rugs to establish focal points in a room.
  • Bedrooms
    • Purchase new bed linens and pillows to make the bedrooms feel like true retreats.
    • Install closet organizers/shelving to maximize available storage space.
  • Bathrooms
    • Replace leaking faucets and worn or chipped sinks or tubs.
    • Freshen up the look of the bathroom with a fresh coat of light paint or new hardware.
    • Install a new light fixture or replace an old mirror to brighten up the room.
    • Apply a fresh bead of caulking around the sink and tub to give that just installed look.
  • Kitchen
    • Update old appliances.
    • Update the look of your kitchen by painting out old cabinets, installing a new faucet, door hardware or light fixtures.

Looking for advice tailored specifically to your home and the upgrades to focus on to maximize its value and appeal? Or interested in a free, confidential market value evaluation of your home? Team Masterson can help*.

Call, email or text us anytime. Referrals are always welcome.

Scott Masterson’s cell: 647-967-9327 
Susan Masterson’s cell: 647-388-4471

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*Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract.


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