If you plan to put your home on the market in the near future, there are a few projects you’ll likely want to tackle first. While it’s important to ensure your condo is ready to be seen by potential buyers, you don’t have to commit to a massive gut renovation. The suggestions we’ve rounded up here won’t break the bank, but they will definitely improve your home and have it looking its best. These four reno projects will get your home ready for the market.
Spruce Up Your Kitchen
The kitchen is central in any home and should look its absolute best before being shown to buyers. To spruce up your kitchen, repair and repaint your cabinets, especially if they are showing any wear. If your countertop is outdated, chipped, or discoloured, you will definitely want to replace it—the same goes for your flooring. A good quality, modern-looking countertop is an instant update and will greatly appeal to prospective purchasers. Pay attention to your appliances too; they should be spotlessly clean and in perfect working order. If they’re not, or if they are older versions, you may want to consider upgrading to affordable newer models.
Polish Your Bathrooms
To start, make sure the main pieces in your bathrooms (vanities, toilets, tubs, and showers) are in good condition; if they’re not, you’ll need to replace them. To add a bit of extra polish to your bathrooms without having to spend too much money, you may want to update your hardware or lighting, or add new mirrors. These subtle changes can greatly enhance these spaces and make them instantly feel more modern and up-to-date.
Refinish Your Floors
While it isn’t necessary to rip out and replace all of your flooring before you go to sell, take a good, honest look at the condition it’s in. Any carpeting should be clean and completely spotless. With hardwood flooring, make sure it’s free of chips, gaps, and discolouration; wood floors can be stained or refinished if they’re in need of an update. Look closely at your tiles as well; you may need to clean, or even reseal, the grout between them. This is an inexpensive fix yet can really revitalize the look of your tile.
Re-Paint Throughout To Brighten
No matter what size your condo, light and bright is what sells. Make the most of your windows and any natural light your home receives by re-painting throughout to create a clean canvas. The lighter and brighter a unit is, the more spacious and inviting it will appear to potential buyers. Freshly painted, light-toned walls also help to highlight any views you might have from your windows.
These reno projects will certainly help get your home ready for the market, so start with this checklist and determine which jobs lie ahead. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more great advice on preparing to sell your home.