Repaint cracked or faded decks, trim, fences or areas that have an ‘uncommon’ color choice that may turn off prospective buyers.
Clean dirty siding, gutters, soffits and garage doors.
In the Spring through Fall, maintain landscaping and grass and add colorful potted plants to increase curb appeal.
Rake up the leaves and make sure the lawn is mowed.
Patio and deck areas should be clean and appealing
Are the windows, patio doors, fronts door clean and in good repair?
Does the roof need to be replaced or repaired?
Clean up all ‘outdoor’ toys including scooters, bikes, balls etc
Fresh paint is one of the least expensive ways to increase the perception of value for your home. Buyers aren’t often capable of ‘seeing past’ uncommon color choices so painting your home in a neutral color will increase the number of potential Buyers.
Are the appliances clean and in working order. If appliances are older (which is fine), Buyers often see this as an added impending cost. Provide maintenance records if possible to ease potential Buyers minds.
In the Okanagan, there are many different types of plumbing and some limit the Buyers ability to potentially get insurance. Find out if this might be a potential issue.
Have the carpets professionally cleaned. If the carpets are in disrepair, consider replacing them. Carpeting is relatively inexpensive and, like fresh paint, will make the room appear brighter and cleaner.
Make sure light fixtures work and have light bulbs in them
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