Increasing the value of your home

Whether you are thinking of selling, or are being proactive in keeping your home at its best possible value point, there are many ways in which you can increase the value of your home. A full remodelling of your home is not always necessary to increase the value. Staying on top of maintenance and being current in modern trends can go a long way. See below for some ways to increase the value of your home:

Maintain & Repair: This seems simple, but it is very easy to let things go as a homeowner. Be sure to stay on top of any necessary repairs or maintenance that your home may require. This can avoid a bigger bill in the long run, and means that your home is ready if you decide to sell it quickly.

Curb Appeal: A little landscaping can go a long way in increasing the value of your home. Be sure to have your home looking at its best for people first approaching it. Keep the lawn maintained, add potted plants for bursts of colour and ensure that exterior lights are in working order. Most importantly, make sure that your yard and front entrance are tidy and well looked after.

De-clutter: Keeping your home tidy and clear of unnecessary items makes it appear and feel larger and organized.

Clean the Carpets: Give your carpets a good steam clean regularly, or get them professionally cleaned to to ensure that they are looking at their best.

Wash the Walls & Cupboards: Give walls and cupboards a good, thorough clean. A clean, bright home lets potential buyers know that you have cared for your home.

Install Modern Light switches & Fixtures: Minor updates that add a modern touch can go a long way in increasing the value of your home. In addition, changing small things such as cupboard hardware and door knobs can also add a modern touch.

Kitchen Updates: The kitchen is the hub of most homes. Keeping your kitchen modern and roomy is a definite selling point. Be sure to discuss with a REALTOR® first though as to how much updating is necessary.

Paint: A coat of fresh paint provides a clean and crisp feeling to any room. If you are selling, it is best to stick to lighter, neutral colours. This provides the illusion of a larger space and also doesn’t overwhelm potential buyers.

There are numerous ways in which you can increase the value of your home. Even if you are not selling at this time, it is important to stay on top of repairs, maintenance and modern trends so that when the time to sell does arrive, you won’t be burdened with a ton of work. Be sure to contact a REALTOR® first if you are considering selling as he or she can guide and assist you throughout this process.

For any real estate assistance in the Oakville, Burlington, Milton area contact Mary at maryobrienc21@cogeco.ca  

Mary O'Brien

Mary O'Brien

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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