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Get ready to sell: Part 1 - Inside your home

Blog by Robert Matthews | February 17th, 2016

You always want to maximize the sales price of your home, regardless of how much your home value may have increased in the past year or two.

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The absolute first priority is to fix or replace damaged or worn interior items. As I mentioned in my earlier blog posting, most buyers don’t want to have to fix things as soon as they move in. A few weeks before you’re ready to show your home is the time to do minor repairs and maintenance.

Here's a list of typical items which may need repairing or replacing. As you work through this list you'll no doubt identify additional minor repair and maintenance items.

  • Badly worn hardwood
  • Worn carpets and area rugs
  • Cracked floor tiles; loose laminate
  • Missing caulking or grout
  • Broken or sticky window and door latches
  • Loose doorknobs; squeaky door hinges
  • Leaky taps or toilets
  • Tired bathroom lighting, mirrors, and toilet seats
  • Closet or screen doors not smoothly working
  • Damaged, torn or worn window coverings (drapes, shades, blinds)

Just focusing on repairs is sometimes not enough. You also want to modernize and freshen your home. Take a look around with a critical eye. These are the tricks I recommend that can really help to get a home sold for top dollar:

  • Consider regrouting your bathtub. This alone can make a bathroom seem fresher and cleaner. 
  • Replace overhead lights with modern fixtures.
  • Update light switches and plug outlets to a modern style.
  • Replace cabinet hardware in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Consider installing a new water heater, as older ones are often an inspection issue.
  • Consider a fresh coat of neutral-coloured paint for walls, ceilings and trim. The time and money invested here may bring a better offer price.