So you’ve decided to put your home on the market. Now the real work begins.
No doubt there are one or two or a million little things you can update around your home to help it sell faster, and for a more attractive price.
Such small jobs as cleaning the windows and eaves, paint touch-ups and a full lawn cleanup can make your home look newer and give the illusion that it was thoroughly maintained over the years you’ve lived there. Like the handy, attentive, non-procrastinator that you are.
Before your home hits the market, it’s important to surround yourself with support you can trust, who will help get the work done quickly and efficiently. Securing tradespeople piecemeal through different websites can be time-consuming and disorganized, and you never really know who you are going to get, unless you had previously spent precious hours you didn’t have researching ratings.
Enter the app, today’s technology that can take the intensity down a few notches in most any situation by presenting a fix at the touch of a button.
Home maintenance app Jiffy, founded by three Torontonians, has a seemingly endless array of qualified and rated tradespeople who can help fill in the gaps that are keeping your home from radiating. With more than 30 services that have fair, pre-set prices, Jiffy can quickly connect homeowners with plumbers, electricians, handymen and contractors for such tasks as mould removal and roof work. You can even get a tire changed and that pesky IKEA bookshelf assembled.
Jiffy has put together some tips on how to make small but impactful changes to your home for a quick sell and higher financial gain.
Clean your windows and eaves
Clean windows can make a huge impact on the sale of your home. The sun will shine brighter, giving it a homey, happy feel and even making it feel bigger.
While the pro is at your home cleaning your windows, get them to check out your eaves as well. Clean eaves signal to potential buyers that you’ve done a thorough job of taking care of your home while you lived there. Additionally, home inspectors will look at this since it can cause issues with both your roof and foundation. Backed up eaves can cause a host of issues and the last thing you need is a storm to cause a leak while your home is on the market.
Cut your grass and get rid of the weeds
Your lawn is the first impression people will have of your home, so you need to wow them right away. Clean up your garden — get rid of the weeds and debris, and get your grass freshly cut and looking its best.
Keeping your lawn well maintained properly while it’s on the market is a very simple and inexpensive way to make your home extra appealing to potential buyers.
Update and repair your deck and fence
Are there any small fixes your fence or deck needs? Take a walk around your property and make sure it’s in good shape. If the buyers of your home have a dog or small children, that will be a priority for them. You want them to be able to imagine themselves in the backyard, enjoying the season with their family and not having to worry about a dog escaping through a broken fence.
Power washing can make your outdoor spaces look like new
While you’re checking your fence or deck for repairs, check to see how clean it is. A freshly power-washed fence, deck or patio makes these areas look like new.
Give your house a fresh look with a coat of paint
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way both inside and outside your home. Outside, the overall aesthetic of your home will have a big difference on a prospective buyer’s perspective as they walk inside. Touch up the trim on the outside or even repaint the doors — it can help to give it a new feel.
Moving to the inside of your home, lighter colours help to give your home a spacious, airy feeling and in general, freshens up the entire space. Painting in neutral colours will also help prospective buyers picture themselves and their belongings in your home.
Make sure your carpets are fresh and clean
If your home has carpets, cleaning them can refresh your entire home. You may not even realize how dirty your carpets are, but you will after they get cleaned.
Fix up the odds and ends with a handyman
And finally, take a walk through your home — a handyman will probably be in order. Hide the wires from your mounted TV, and fix up any doors that might not be closing properly. A handyman can ensure loose ends are tied up and things are running smoothly in your home.
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