Preparing your home for sale
decided to sell your home, it’s time to start thinking like a buyer.
Ask yourself what you can do to improve your home and property to
make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers.
home ‘curb appeal’ will improve its saleability which is something
your Realtor can help you with. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA)
and your local Realtor offer the following tips and low cost suggestions
to attract potential buyers and to sell your home quickly, for the best
of the home speaks volumes about what the inside may look like.
Often potential buyers won’t get past the front door if the
outside of a home looks run down or shabby.
Your Realtor may suggest some simple quick fixes like applying a
fresh coat of paint to the garage door, planting flowers or shrubs and
cleaning the windows. Quick fixes are worth the minimal investment as they not only
increase the saleability of your home, but could potentially add value
equal to or more than what you spent on them.
With that in
mind, your Realtor will likely caution you to stick to minor improvements.
Bigger, more expensive renovations or repairs are usually reflected
in a home’s price, so if you’ve done any major updating to your home,
you’ll want to give careful consideration to all of your investments.
most important is that your home looks well-cared for and maintained.
Take a close look around the outside of your home and assess what
needs to be done. Things like fixing window screens, replacing the odd
loose roof shingle and repairing door hinges are relatively simple and
advice is available at your local home improvement centre.
Take a tour
of the inside of your home to see what needs to be cleaned, cleared out,
or repaired. Rooms will
appear larger and more inviting when you remove bulky or unused furniture
and rearrange the remaining pieces to make the best use of space.
potential buyers to walk through the house and visualize the space as
their own. To help them along, your Realtor will suggest that you
“depersonalize” your home as much as possible.
of everything you need to do to prepare your home for sale can be found in
the Ontario Real Estate Association’s booklet, How to Sell your Home.
For a free copy, contact OREA at 1-800-563-HOME or check with your
Take it outside:
Outdoor kitchens becoming a popular home
A kitchen is often
referred to as the ‘heart of the home.’ Perhaps that explains why
outdoor kitchens have been gaining popularity with homeowners. An extra
kitchen outdoors expands your living space and allows you to spend more
time outside during the warmer months, while adding value to your home. If
you’re thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard,
consider the following tips and suggestions care of the Ontario Real
Estate Association and your local Realtor.
Start with a plan. Your
outdoor kitchen plan should take into account location, layout, size and
style just like an indoor kitchen plan.
Many of the same principles of functional design will also apply.
Depending on the extent of your project, it’s probably best to
check your local building and fire regulations before you begin.
In order to select the
most suitable location, think about how you will use your kitchen.
Also consider the weather and prevailing wind patterns in your
area. When it comes to the
size of your kitchen, ask yourself if you will be cooking by yourself most
of the time or if you need space for others to help out.
Next, consider your
outdoor kitchen’s proximity to your indoor kitchen.
One of the easiest ways to tie your outdoor kitchen into the rest
of the house is to build onto an existing deck or patio. Just ensure that
your grill is far enough away from the house to avoid smoke or heat
damage. If you plan on using your kitchen year-round, an overhang to
shelter the area from rain and good lighting are worthwhile investments.
A simple outdoor kitchen can consist of a
grill, work surface, and dining area, but there are many additional
features available. An
outdoor refrigerator will allow you to keep food and beverages close by
and a side burner is another handy option for boiling corn without having
to heat up the house. A functional sink and faucet are an added bonus but your plan
will need to accommodate plumbing hook-ups.
More elaborate outdoor
kitchens can include pizza ovens, specialty grills, smokers and
fireplaces. Many outdoor kitchens incorporate a living area complete with
sofas, weatherproof televisions and speakers.
When choosing outdoor furniture, look for durable, low-maintenance
and weather-resistant materials.
If an outdoor kitchen is
in your home improvement plans, talk to a Realtor for more advice on how
to create a space that works with your lifestyle, and that could add value
to your home. For additional tips on how to add value to your home, visit www.howrealtorshelp.ca.