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Prepping Your Home for Sale: Get More Bang for Your Buck

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Every Waterloo Region home seller wants to maximize his or her profit. Partnering with a great real estate agent is an excellent start. Homeowners can then further increase their chances of a quick sale at the price they are hoping for by implementing a few things themselves to further boost their real estate agent’s efforts. Here is a look at some of the most effective.

Hire a Home Inspector Now

After an offer has been made, if a buyer’s inspector finds issues with your home, you can expect your profit to shrink or for the sale to fall through altogether. Stay one step ahead by hiring your own home inspector to unearth any potential issues before the house goes on the market for sale. It’s an investment of just a few hundred dollars and it could save you thousands in the long run.

Invest in Repairs

In addition to addressing any trouble your home inspection reveals, it’s always a good idea to have smaller cosmetic issues addressed.

You may not notice them any more but prospective Waterloo Region homebuyers notice things like cracked tile, chipped baseboards, or a squeaky floorboard, and this will be reflected in their offer.

Make Upgrades Count

You don’t have to renovate your whole house to turn a healthier profit. Make small, impactful swaps, such as switching out lighting, cabinet hardware, or shower heads for cleaner, more contemporary options.

You should also look at ways to make your home a little ‘greener’. Things like programmable thermostats and low-flow showerheads really appeal to many buyers – especially Millennials – and they cost very little and yet most potential buyers are aware that they could save them a lot.

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Add Warming, Welcoming Accessories

Fresh flowers and potted plants go a long way in making any room in your home for sale feel more inviting. For a cozier living room, drape a cable-knit blanket over the couch. String Edison bulb lights over a patio and put an Adirondack chair on the front porch. These small touches add major warmth.

To sell your house quickly and for the most money, treat it like a house you’ve been hired to stage. Put your personal effects into storage, declutter EVERYTHING (even your closets, as buyers will look in there) remove artwork that could be seen as too loud or offend someone’s sensibilities, and make sure the house is absolutely spotless.

Consider Home Staging

Not every home for sale in the Waterloo Region needs a lot of home staging before it hits the market, but many would benefit from a little. The vast majority of home stagers offer consultations by the hour that result in a report that makes home staging suggestions you can then implement yourself or have them complete for you.

If you are not sure who to approach, ask your real estate agent, as they usually know of at least one or two staging professionals that can be relied on to do a great job.

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