Home Improvement Tips

Increasing your home's value when selling.



In the GTA, it can be difficult to show and sell a home without any improvements. But before you go knocking down walls, there are number of small tasks you can do to increase your home’s value. A little effort now can provide great returns to your bottom line.

Remember, a buyer’s first impressions may be their only impression. Here are a few simple things you can do to show your home better and help increase the perceived value of your home.

Exterior of Your Home:

  • Keep lawns cut
  • Trim hedges and bushes
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Clear driveway of cars and clean driveway stains
  • Clean out and organize your garage
  • Pressure wash windows and the home’s exterior
  • Touch up paint
  • Plant colourful flowers

At the Front Door:

  • Clean the porch and foyer
  • Provide a sitting area on the porch if the space permits
  • Ensure the doorbell works
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Refresh the front door’s paint
  • Repair any damaged doors or locks

Setting the Right Mood:

  • Make sure your home, the backyard and garage smells fresh and clean
  • Turn on lights
  • Turn on air conditioner/heater to a comfortable temperature
  • Open the curtains and drapes to let in light
  • Light the fireplace
  • Throw a few cushions on your couch

Maximize Open Space:

  • Clear hallways and stairs of clutter
  • Clear kitchen counters and stove tops
  • Clear closets of unnecessary items
  • Remove empty boxes and storage in closets
  • Depersonalize: Put away personal photos to help the buyer envision the house as theirs


  • Repair leaking taps and toilets
  • Clean furnace and filters
  • Tighten door knobs and oil latches to avoid squeaky doors
  • Repair cracked plaster and dents in walls
  • Apply fresh coat of paint
  • Repair windows and window seals
  • Repair seals/silicon around tubs and sinks
  • Repair squeaking floorboards


  • Clean and freshen bathrooms with new linens
  • Make all the beds
  • Clean fridge and stove
  • Clean around heating vents
  • Clean washer and dryer
  • Steam clean carpets, drapes and blinds
  • Eliminate pet odours and stains

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