You are putting your home up for sale and need it to move quickly and at the right price. If you’re worried your home won’t perform well on the real estate market because you can’t afford to upgrade it, not all hope is lost! There are some cheap and simple fixes that can help boost value and attract buyers.

1. Clean up the yard.

Any experienced realtor will tell you that curb appeal is one of the most important things when it comes to attracting buyers. How your home looks from the street will leave the first impression, good or bad. Make sure your yard is clear of debris, pull the weeds out of the flower beds and mow the lawn. If it’s winter, keep the walks and driveway clear and well-lit.

2. Repair damage to the exterior.

Walk around your home and inspect the exterior. Make sure to fix damaged or clogged gutters, fix any loose flashing or damage to the siding, deck and/or fence. If there are issues that you can not fix yourself, consider hiring a handyman in Edmonton.  These skilled jacks-of-all-trades can help you with a long list of home repairs at a fraction of the cost compared to hiring a contractor.

Photo Credit: New Fence by HGB Construction

3. Update the hardware inside and out.

Updating the knobs and door locks on your exterior and interior doors can make a big difference. You can also update the knobs and hardware in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. A quick trip to the hardware store and a couple of hours changing out knobs, handles and hinges can help update the look of your home at a very affordable price. Learn how to replace an interior door knob.

4. Paint your walls and trim.

Whether your walls and trim are looking worn out or you have some bold or dated colours in your home, a simple paint job is the most cost-effective to give your home a fresh and inviting new look. Make sure you choose neutral colours if you’re painting to sell your home. They are more appealing to buyers and can help improve the marketability of your property. If you’re up to it and you have the time, you’ll get a bigger return on investment if your do the painting yourself.

5. Clear the clutter.

The less stuff you have in your house the better. Make sure all tables, countertops and other surfaces are clear of clutter and personal items. Tidy your closets and the inside of your cabinets as home seekers are going to look in there. Crammed spaces will make your home look smaller, messy and unattractive. If you’re not sure what to do with your stuff while staging your home to sell, consider renting a storage bin to store it in until you move. Your real estate agent can give you more advice on how to tidy and stage your home for a quicker sale.


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