5 Ways to Update Your Home Before You Sell

Whether you’re planning on selling soon or at some point in the future, it can’t hurt to be prepared. We’ve rounded up some tried-and-true home renovation updates that are bound to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. 

Fix-up Your Kitchen 

The kitchen is hands-down one of the most influential rooms in the home, which makes sense. In addition to being a communal area, it’s also one that tends to get the most use, and demands the most attention. Before you begin any costly renovations, make minor repairs, like fixing the leaky faucet, cleaning tarnished grout, and updating the light fixtures. If your kitchen still needs a boost, considering updating things like hardware, appliances, and flooring.  

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Add a Bathroom 

You may be dissuaded from going the bathroom-addition route simply because of the high plumbing costs associated with a project like this, but what if we told you there was a simpler, more feasible way to perform this worthwhile update? Saniflo has engineered a technique that makes it possible to install a bathroom anywhere without any major construction. This means, flexibility to add a bathroom wherever you like; the basement, under the stairs, in an unused closet space, etc. And honestly, can you ever have too many bathrooms? Read more about Saniflo’s unique technology here.

Open up Tight Spaces 

Let’s face it, nobody wants dark and stuffy anything in their new homes. They want spacious and airy, no matter the physical size. If you’ve got a small kitchen or cramped hallways, for example, consider tearing down a non-structural wall. You can also add a window or skylight, or simply update light fixtures to lend the look of brightness and space to rooms. 

Paint Strategically 

Perhaps the quickest way to breath new life into any room in your home is a fresh coat of paint. The right paint color can make a room look bigger, more luxurious, and newer, so choose your hues strategically. While you could paint every room in your home, it may not be absolutely necessary. Focus on the high traffic rooms, like the kitchen and the bathrooms, and leave the bedrooms as is. Chances are, prospective buyers will want to make their own color selection for the bedroom, based on personal preference.  

Spruce up the Exterior 

This, of course, includes everything from mowing your lawn, to hosing down your siding and trimming shrubs, to painting your garage door. If you have the budget for it, consider updating your roof, simply so that you can inform prospective buyers that you have and that they won’t have to worry about doing so any time soon. The exterior of your home is the first thing people will see, so you don’t want to underestimate the gravity of that first impression.

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance website content writer based in Toronto.

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