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5 Ways to Update your Home at a Fraction of the Cost
By Mitchell Mingie,
Director of Sales and Marketing, Parkville Manor
In my last Blog,
I spoke about 15 Reasons to Live in a Retirement Community and Considering a
Move to Parkville Manor. Once you have made the decision to move to Parkville
Manor your next priority should be to get top dollar for the sale of your home.
Everyone wants to realize the potential, not only in themselves (that’s why you
are moving to Parkville Manor) but your largest asset—your house. Below are
five very simple items one can do to increase the value of your home while
spending very little.
few simple tricks and some elbow grease goes along way. And before we start may
I just suggest buying yourself a big lemon? Here’s Why! Simply buying a lemon
and pureeing 1/3 of it before an open house will leave your house smelling
fresh and clean if you spill the puree into the drain of your sink! It will
smell like you have spent the entire day cleaning your kitchen…even if you
haven’t! If you don’t like the smell of lemon, grab yourself some lavender or
cinnamon oil. Sprinkle a few drops on a light bulb near the entrance and
voila! The new buyer will enter your
home thinking that you have been baking all day. Both scents are easy on the
senses and provide a sense of calm and tranquility. I’ve used this technique
many times and trust me… it works like magic.
Here are my
Five Tips for Selling your House!
1. Kitchen Cabinets:
Check the doors, frame
and box to make sure that they are strong. Transform your outdated cabinets by
simple painting them. A few strokes of a brush can go a long way! It looks best if you paint both the outside
and inside to give a uniform appearance. White is a clean fresh option that
works with almost every counter top. Also, think about adding some new
hardware. There are vast arrays of options from glass nobs to long slender aluminum
handles which can add simple yet elegant class to any kitchen. By transforming
your cabinets you could be well on your way to achieving your asking price.
2. Patio and Balcony:
Power wash your wood and
add a splash of local colour with paint and shrubs to transform your outdoor
space into an extension of your indoor home. It is a well-known fact that people
judge books by their covers. If your outside looks great than buyers
automatically assume the inside does too!
It adds value to your home by seamlessly extending your living space to
the outdoors, creating real value at a fraction of the cost.
3. Curb Appeal:
First impressions are the
most powerful. Ask anyone who is job hunting or those conducting a job
interview. The candidate either has the job in the first one minute or is
stacked up with all the rest. So, if something is broken FIX IT. If your last
step wobbles then anchor it down. If your door handle is wearing, scratched or
loose either fix it or replace it. Make sure all your lights work. That also
includes inside your home. Basically make sure all those small fixes are fixed…
and you’ll find yourself on the right path to getting your asking price!
This is your time to
really shine! One of the key areas of your house that should be immaculate is
your bathroom. Spend the time cleaning all the floors, sinks and chrome so it
sparkles. Have you ever been in a “Show Home?”. The developer painstakingly
creates a wow factor in the bathroom for a reason. Simply said – “It sells.”
5. Painting Power:
The single most cost effective
measure one can do before selling their home is to paint. Transform your old
rooms into something new, fresh and exciting. Remember to stay with neutral
colours. If you must add an accent wall for that extra dash of panache, do it! But
remember, you are selling and you want top dollar so if you paint in dark
colours or bold colours the new purchaser might simply say they don’t like it.
The problem with them not liking it is that they start to envision all the
extra money they’ll have to spend to cover up what you thought was chic and
bold move. Creams, beige and soft colours work best. Small accent walls used to
feature key parts of your home work best. Just remember less is more!