The decision to purchase your home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and will also be one of your largest investments. Done right, it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times in your life! Kari Calder a saskatoon Realtor with Century 21 Fusion is there to help you through the process, and provide you and your family with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have a realtor working with your best interests in mind.
Here Kari shares a great tip on Mistakes To Avoid That Will Decrease Your Home's Value:
Thinking of selling your home in Saskatoon one day? There are a few things you can do to avoid decreasing your homes value. See below for the little mistakes that could cost you big time in the long run.
Exterior colour. Don’t choose a colour that doesn’t fit well in your neighbourhood. It should look cohesive with your area and with curb appeal playing a huge factor with resale, this is one mistake that can easily be avoided. If you want to add your own touch, consider changing your exterior door colour or adding bright colours with flowers.
Landscaping without the future in mind. When landscaping, consider how large trees or shrubs will get to avoid major problems later. When planted too closely, roots can break up the pavement or cause issues with the foundation or sewer lines if too close to the house. Ask a professional if you are unsure.
Pools. People spend a lot of money on putting in a pool and expect their property value to increase because of it. Adding a pool typically won’t get you back the cost spent on it so only add one because you will be maximizing your utility from it.
Interior paint. When it comes time to sell, turn those bright, crazy wall colours into neutral, light colours the majority of buyers will love. Having every room brightly painted will distract buyers and end up costing you.
Appliances. If your kitchen is updated, make sure your appliances are too. If it’s not and your appliances are original, dirty, and dingy consider replacing them for newer ones. Buyers don’t want to end up inheriting your junk.
The small things. Keep your eye on the small details too. Updating cabinet pulls/knobs, light switch covers, vent covers, light fixtures and even replacing lightbulbs will help your home sell and show that it’s been well cared for.
Deep cleaning. Clean your house inside and out before showings occur. Potential buyers will love if a home has been thoroughly cleaned as it shows that it’s been well maintained by the owners.
Making the small spaces feel big. Be careful what furniture you use so it doesn’t overcrowd the space. Even choosing larger floor tiles or adding mirrors for a smaller space will help the room feel bigger.
Hopefully these tips will prove useful to you and if you do decide that you are wanting to sell, contact me and I will be able to help give you advice on what you can do to your home to help boost it’s resale value.
Saskatoon real estate agent
Century 21 Fusion