For many people, their property is not only where they built a home and many memories, but also their greatest asset.  Therefore, selling a home with a maximum profit is crucial to making the most out of their investment.  It is however, important to decipher the sentimental value of a home from the actual value, which is based on current market conditions.

So what can you do to increase the value of your home before selling? Here are a few tips…

  1. Clean your house! No matter how often we clean, there are things that we don’t get to… such as the dust that sits on base boards or on blinds and windowsills.  Cleaning those hidden spaces can brighten up your home and give it a fresh look.
  2. Paint; but wait, not just any paint. If you haven’t painted your home in the last couple of years, paint is a cheap way of increasing profits when selling.  It can give your home a clean, crisp look without a ton of work.  Choose colors that are neutral and would brighten up your home as opposed to colors that you personally prefer (this may include lightening up any dark walls).   Remember, maximizing your selling potential includes displaying your home in a manner that allows others to visualize themselves living in it.
  3. Spruce up your outdoor space by trimming, pruning, and/or planting some beautiful vegetation. This is also something that is relatively inexpensive that you can do yourself.  It will make your garden or patio look fresh, clean, and ready to live in.
  4. If you haven’t done so already, take advantage of rebates the city offers to upgrade your home or make it more ‘green’.  Visit your local city’s website to find out what rebates your home may qualify for.
  5. Easy bathroom upgrades include new fixtures, faucet and caulking around the tub and sink.  Also, you can use steam to remove dust from the walls and baseboards that gets stuck from all of the humidity.  This will give your bathroom a crisp, fresh look!
  6. Part of staging a home so that buyers can envision living in it means to simplify.  A basic, yet very effective staging technique is to declutter.  Box up any items that you don’t use often and store them away neatly.  Replace family photos and religious icons with art work so that buyers can focus on the features of the property instead of who lives in it.

Here are some great staging ideas…