6 Quick Renovations to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

April 15, 2021 | Do It Yourself (DIY)

If you are looking to sell your home, several quick renovations can add value to your home and impress potential buyers without costing you a lot of time and money. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home to get it ready to sell.

But wait, why spend money and energy on a house that you are going to sell? And how do you know your improvements will be what buyers want? These are great questions. It is always smart to check in with your real estate agent before beginning any renovations prior to selling. While every home is different, your agent can advise you on the best places to focus your energy and how to make smart choices that reflect what buyers want.


1.   Paint

If you are on a tight budget, a fresh coat of paint is one of the most significant improvements you can make. Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to freshen and brighten up a room and make it appealing for buyers and is an excellent return on investment.

Choose fresh and bright neutral colours like off-white, grey or beige and stay away from any trendy colours or wallpaper, which may not be appealing to buyers.


2.   Update the Kitchen

Your kitchen is a prominent selling feature in your home, so it has to look good. Kitchen renovations are one of the best investments for improving your sale price, and every penny you spend will come back in a higher selling price. It doesn’t need to be an entirely new kitchen to make a difference.

If an entire kitchen reno is not in the cards, think about a minor-face lift. Changing or painting your cupboard doors, installing new hardware and a new countertop and backsplash can make a big difference and get buyers excited. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and new faucets can also give a quick and fresh update.


3.   Update the Bathroom

Bathrooms are another excellent investment for improving your selling price. If you have the time to renovate, you will see that money come back in a higher purchase price, but even small upgrades can make a difference.

Replace outdated faucets and cabinets and give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Think about new linens and towel racks and consider re-grouting tile and remove and replace the caulk around the shower, tub, and toilet areas to give things a fresh, clean look.


4.   Clean the Flooring

Rather than put in a whole new floor or carpet, which can be a significant investment, think about fixing up the flooring you have. Many buyers have their flooring preferences and may end up ripping out carpet or flooring that you just installed, depending on their needs. Make sure your flooring looks as good as it can. Rent a carpet cleaner to clear away stains and spots, or do a sand and refinish hardwood flooring.


5.   Fix any holes, Chips or Cracks

A quick upgrade, but one that makes a difference in how buyers see your home is to fix any small holes, chips or cracks in walls to flooring. Take a walk around your home and make a note of anything that is broken and needs repair.  Take on the repairs yourself or get in a handy person to help. It is a quick fix but making sure your home is properly maintained will make a difference and show buyers that your home is well cared for.


6.   Landscaping and Front Door Improvements

A buyer’s first impression of your home counts the most, and this starts when they walk up the street.  It can significantly improve the selling price of your home by enhancing the curb appeal of your home. Make sure your front area is clean and well maintained. If you have a porch, give it a thorough clean with a power washer and wash the exterior of your home too.

Painting or installing a new front door is also an excellent investment. If you have a garden, clean up the debris and plant some bright and cheerful flowers or do some landscaping with some new hedges. This attention to detail doesn’t cost a lot, shows you care about your home, and makes a great first impression.


Of course, every home is different, and it helps to have expert advice on the best way to renovate your home before selling. The Dan Gemus Real Estate Team experts can advise you on the best projects to tackle to get you the best selling price. Contact us today and benefit from our expertise in selling your home in Windsor and Essex County.

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