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Best home improvements to make before selling your home

“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


January 29, 2018 - Karl Yeh

If you plan to sell your home, you probably want to make some improvements to get the most return. In this episode, we look at the best one's to make, what are steps to take for an older home, landscaping improvements and other home preparations.

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Karl Yeh:

Hi, everyone.

Welcome to another edition of Homebuyer’s School.

Today, I’m talking with Kevin French with Remax Realty, and the question we’re going to answer is:

What are the best improvements or steps I need to take before selling my home?

Kevin, first of all, can I sell my home as is? If I don’t do any kind of improvements, preparations, I just put it on the market?

Kevin French:                       

Yes, but it’s not recommended. [00:00:30]

Typically, the items that you're going to take care of are all cosmetic.

They’re surface level.

Of course if you've got pets that damaged carpet or hardwood or any flooring surface, that’s a larger expense that might need to be taken care of.

But if you're listing a property, the small things that you're going to want to do are replace the furnace filter, change all the light bulbs, make sure that they’re matching in some yellow and some white light.

Take care of little things that, [00:01:00] little holes on the walls or little knicks, which might require repainting an entire area, which can be a bit frustrating but just make the property appear, hopefully, it was well taken care of or make it appear like it was incredibly well taken care of.

If you're looking at a five or 10-year-old home and people are going into that, you need to show as best as you possibly can, as good as the toughest competition in the market.

Karl Yeh:                                   What other steps?

Kevin French:                       

Well, you [00:01:30] could do a pre-home inspection if you're concerned with some things.

If you have an older property, you're concerned about the foundation or the electrical or maybe the condition over the roof of the home and the garage, you could do a pre-inspection and then that gives some people …

There’s a sign that would go in the front of your lawn that gives buyers a peace of mind knowing that this property isn’t going to fall down and they’ve taken the time to do a pre-inspection and take care of any items that were addressed in there.

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Karl Yeh:                                  

If your house, let’s say has either a small yard or a big yard, is it worth it going through that with a landscaper?

Kevin French:                       

Yeah, depending on the cost.

At the end of the day, you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars doing something that someone might dislike and it might turn them away from the property or they may just change it the next day after they take possession but you want to make it show as well as you possibly can.

You want to make the grass green and get rid of the stains or the dead patches from animals or whatever it may be.

Karl Yeh:                                  

Any [00:02:30] other preparations that home buyers would need to do before selling, not home buyers but people selling their home?

Kevin French:                       

It varies from property to property but just always make it look as if it was extremely well maintained.

Paint what needs to be painted including the deck.

Stain the shakes if there are cedar shakes or whatever may be on the exterior. Just do everything to make the curb appeal as good as it possibly can.

Karl Yeh:                                  

Great. Well, that’s our show for today. Thank you very much for joining us and we’ll see you next time.


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About Kevin French:

Kevin French is a Calgary and area based realtor with a client focus.  He specializes in a stress free home selling process that is built on customer service.  Understanding that your home is one of your largest investments, Kevin employs a marketing mix that ensures you will maximize returns on your home sale. Diligent market research coupled with an in-depth understanding of the Calgary and area markets, allows Kevin to pinpoint the perfect price for your home.

In addition to perfect pricing, Kevin offers a suite of additional services such as professional photography  and an interior designer to ensure your home shows its best. Kevin French has become a trusted name in real estate because he is results driven and works closely with his clients to produce the best results.

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