Some simple and inexpensive changes can increase the appeal and sale price of an older home.

Moving to a smaller home – preparing to sell

Some simple and inexpensive changes can increase the appeal and sale price of an older home.

Some simple and inexpensive changes can increase the appeal and sale price of an older home.

Many seniors move into to a smaller home after their children become established in homes of their own.

Smaller homes are easier to clean and maintain, they cost less to heat and there are fewer places to look when glasses or car-keys get misplaced.

When selling a home that has been lived in for many years you can get a much higher sale price with some simple cosmetic fixes.

  • Replace the switches and outlets in the home to a clean modern design. Put dimmer switches in the living room and fan timer switches in the bathroom. These are great energy savers that buyers appreciate.
  • Mismatched door knobs are an eyesore, replace all of the door knobs, closet door handles, and kitchen cabinet knobs with consistent colours and design (eg, get rid of the gold/brass and replace with brushed nickle)
  • Replacing a front door can be difficult in older houses with non-standard door sizes. But painting the door a crisp new colour and installing new door handles and punch code locks can make a great first impression. 
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs and replace some of the lights with stylish modern fixtures. Strategic locations for new lighting are at the main entrance, the kitchen and dining room.
  • Closet doors that do not close properly should be repaired or replaced.
  • Paint. In terms of bang for buck, nothing is better than paint. Stained ceilings should definitely be repainted. Dark walls can make a room feel smaller, especially in dimly lit rooms or basements. Choose light neutral colours. Finished basements that have the fake wood wall panelling should definitely be painted.

 

We can work with you and your realtor to prepare your home for sale. We will help you decide what parts of your home to upgrade for maximum resale value and then complete those upgrades quickly and on budget.

 

 

 

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