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Thinking of renovating, here are some tips to make sure you get the best return when you decide to sell!

  1. Know your neighbourhood – No matter how long you’ve lived in the community, you will not have seen as many of your neighbors’ homes as your real estate agent has.  Agents specialize in areas.  That means they’ve seen all kinds of renos…and have had to sell them.  If you have any questions about the renovations that have returned the best value for others in the Southern Georgian Bay area, feel free to contact Claire Weston, Real Estate Broker.
  2. Temperature matters – Selling in a hot market is challenging in a different way than selling in a cool one.  An agent who knows your neighbourhood will be the best person to give you advice on negotiating the market variables. If you have any questions about the market in the Southern Georgian Bay area, feel free to contact Claire Weston, Real Estate Broker, with your concerns.
  3. After kitchens and bathrooms, let there be light – Homes with good natural lighting are always popular.  Sometimes, the simplest solution is a glass front door to allow light into your entryway.
  4. Add a room, to your outside – Despite, or perhaps in spite of, our winters, Canadian buyers love outdoor living spaces.  A well-proportioned deck extends the living space of your home and is an attractive enticement for buyers.
  5. Be room conscious The current trend is for more open concept living with fewer, bigger rooms.  But (refer to tip #1), if your neighbourhood is full of older, more traditional homes, a modern open-concept layout might not be as appealing to prospective buyers.  When in doubt, consult your agent.  Please feel free to contact Claire Weston, Real Estate Broker, with any of your questions regarding Real Estate in the Southern Georgian Bay area.
  6. Bathroom bonanza – Homes with bathrooms or powder rooms on each floor are customarily hot sellers.
  7. Recognize the “reasonable standards” – When renovating to sell soon, know what is expected of you to help your home meet the standards of others in your area (refer to  tip #1).  Over-renovating can sometimes backfire. Very few Buyers can tell the difference between a $250 and a $500 toilette. Be sure to contact Claire Weston with regards to marketing your home in the Southern Georgian Bay area.
  8. Be sure to replace the unsightly – Anything broken, chipped, stained or garishly coloured (like that hot pink porcelain toilet and sink combo) should be updated.
  9. Love it and List it – If you aren’t planning to sell immediately, you can still maximize the value of your renovation AND reflect your personal tastes.  Stick with neutral finishes and let your personal style shine through accessories you love that can then move with you when you are ready to go.
  10. It’s my home – The hardest part about renovating your house to sell is the emotional attachment owners have to their homes.  A trusted agent can give you an objective and qualified perspective that can help take the emotion out of the challenging decision-making involved in home renovations. Claire Weston, Real Estate Broker, serving the Southern Georgian Bay area is here to help.

In the end, a good REALTOR® should not only know the neighbourhood, but also be a proactive and trusted advisor, able to give practical advice on home decisions throughout the ownership lifecycle. Claire Weston, Real Estate broker, serving the Southern Georgian Bay area would love to be your Real Estate Broker for life!

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