By: Sugan Sivarajah, Kumar Sivarajah, Uthayan Sivarajah & Raj Sivarajah

Most Common Home Upgrades required prior to listing in order to get top dollar!

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Here’s the thing, when you buy a car or anything for that matter, do you want to hear that an X number of things are wrong with it? And that you’ll have to replace this, that, and the other after you’ve already spent sooo much money with the initial purchase? Or would you prefer to buy something that works perfectly fine? Yep… that’s what I thought.

Same thing goes for homes on the market! Good news for Sellers as Buyers nowadays prefers to appreciate a house with upgrades over buying a home and doing it themselves. Inoperable fixtures are a big turn off to buyers so it’s important that a few things are taken care of before you list your home for sale! Understand that everything doesn’t have to be replaced as things can be costly. Here’s a few useful tips that can get you started!

First things first, Energy Efficiency. Some of you may be wondering, why does my home have to be efficient? Simply because, everyone knows that things run smoother when done efficiently, and yes that applies for your home too! Upgrading Light fixtures and replacing incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs is a good way to start. Sealing or replacing windows can help to better insulation during the cooler months of the year. As well as upgrading the main energy user in your home... your HVAC systems. This can improve a lot as well as save the homeowner some money in the long run. Contact an energy efficiency professional for further advice!

Ever pull into someone else’s driveway and said wow. Here’s the thing, it’s not as hard as you think to give buyers that same wow! Curb appeal means a lot to buyers and the littlest things can go a long way. Like power washing the exterior to brighten things up a bit. Paint or replace the Front and Garage doors and upgrade the doorknobs while you’re at it! Add small plants and pots, do a little gardening or hire a landscaping team if you really want to go all out. Patch or resurface the Driveway. Remove clutter and debris from the front, sides and back of home. Oh, and get rid of that old mailbox!

Now let’s get inside and focus on the Interior. Although carpeted floors call for a cozier feel, the maintenance is a slight headache. You can purchase carpet cleaning kits or even hire a professional to save you the hassle. For Hardwood floors, here’s one main way to revive them; sand, stain, and seal. You can do this up to 10 times until the floors need to be replaced so contact a professional if you’re considering it. And of course, the most obvious upgrade, paint! But before you pick up the brush, ensure all holes and dents in any walls are patched up. A fresh coat throughout the home can make a huge difference; the walls, ceilings, baseboards and door frames. Aim for light/neutral colours as it can entice a roomier feel. Make the buyers feel like they’re already home!

Some people spend a lot of time in here and others not so much. We must make sure we look good, but it’s also best to say the Bathroom looks good as well! Start by upgrading the mirror, ensuring it suits the vanity. Something sweet and simple. Replacing fixtures such as taps and faucets (shower and sink) and updating the toilets to efficient ones. A simple hack like regrouting the tile and replacing the caulk around the showers, tubs, and toilets can give it that squeaky clean feel!

And finally, the heart of the home… the Kitchen. The one room that buyers look forward to seeing. Even minor upgrades can have a great impact on the value of your home. First, try to get rid of outdated appliances. There’s something about Stainless steel appliances as they’re a big hit AND they’re easier to clean. If that’s out of the question due to budget reasons, you can focus on something else like the cabinets. Firstly, there’s Refacing which means buying brand new doors & drawers and secondly, refinishing involves removing the existing doors & drawers, striping the paint, staining and putting them back. Upgrading the countertops is also an option as stone counters are quite popular.

At pyramid group we have worked with an extensive number of Renovators and Contractors in the last 10 years, so we can ensure you that we’re giving you the best of the best.

We know and have just the right contacts and ideas to get your home listed and sold for a price that will more than satisfy you. So, hire the professionals and contact Pyramid Group today to get started on listing your home!


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