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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Get Your Home Ready For Sale When You’re On a Budget

Ready to sell your home?

When you decide to sell your home, there are changes you should make to ensure it is appealing to prospective buyers. Knowing where to start to get your home sale-ready can be confusing. The good thing is, preparing your home for sale doesn’t have to be expensive and overly time-consuming. There are a few simple steps that you can take to make your home stand out.  To achieve ultimate marketability of your home, the presentation is very important, which is why each home listed with us gets free complimentary home staging. However, the following are four simple steps you can take when you are ready to sell your home.

  1. Painting

    One of the most basic and simple activities to take on when getting your home ready for sale is painting and patching the walls. Smooth, freshly painted walls will give your home an updated feel. Also important is colour choice. Studies show that choosing colours that are warm, and in between grey and beige, seem to be more appealing.

  2. Minor bathroom fixes and remodeling

    Replacing original bathroom fixtures such as dated toilets, sinks and bathtubs or showers, can add significant value to your home. Be sure to also fix things like leaky taps. Remember, the investment you make ahead of time can make a big difference in your home’s pricing.

  3. Landscaping

    Contrary to popular belief, landscaping does not have to be expensive. Simply making sure that your lawn is well kept (trimmed and watered), can be half the battle. The second step is to add a little colour. If the weather permits, plant a few flowers and shrubs that compliment your outdoor space. Curb appeal matters.


4. Kitchen Updates

An appealing kitchen is super important. Keep in mind that people spend a significant amount of time in their kitchens. The easiest fix to a kitchen makeover is countertops and table. Clearing both surfaces of any clutter is essential. Depending on the condition of your counter, you may need to consider replacing it altogether. Simply replacing dated countertops with modern fixes like granite, can significantly increase the value of your home.

Another essential fix or update is your kitchen floor. Ensure your floors are free from cracks, fading, or any other unattractive issue. If your floors are still in good condition, simply cleaning and polishing them may be all you need. However, if they aren’t in good condition, consider replacing your floors. Modern tiling and wood flooring will increase the value of your home.

Updating your backsplash can make a huge difference in the visual appeal of your home. New buyers tend to be turned off with dated backsplash. Thankfully, this is not a super costly fix. There are so many options available. We highly recommend this update.

5. Clean your home

This one may seem obvious but everyone’s definition of cleaning and tidying up is different. For successful marketing of your home, we suggest covering at least these basics:

Declutter; move unnecessary items and make get as much open space as possible to showcase the size of your home.

Clean your floors: Yes, that’s right. Sweep, mop, vacuum, and shampoo. If you have pets, we highly recommend shampooing your carpet.

Clean the walls: We recommend repainting, but if you absolutely cannot paint, then clean the walls.

So there you have it. 5 simple steps that you can take to make your house stand out once you decided to sell your home. There are several other things that you can do, including proper staging. Understandably not everyone has access to professional home stagers. However, that is the Team Burca difference. We offer it at no extra cost!


Team Burca Real Estate is committed to providing clients with excellent service. This includes educating clients on their best options when it comes to Real Estate in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. For more information, contact us today!