Spring is typically the most active season for the Toronto real estate market. Encouraged by warmer temperatures, prospective sellers start spiffing up their homes to try and get top dollar.
Spring 2018, however, is shaping up to be a very different market than 2017. Houses for sale in Toronto are spending twice as many days on market and prospective buyers are faced with a flood of inventory, meaning they have far more choice. So what can sellers do to ensure that their property stands out, sells fast and at maximum market value?
It all comes down to putting your home’s best foot forward.
The best way sellers can achieve this is by increasing curb appeal.
A Great First Impression
Prospective buyers’ first impression of your house is the one they get from the car window when driving up with their real estate agent. You’ll want to make it a good one. Ensure the grass is cut, leaves are raked and the lawn looks neat. All weeds should be pulled and some budding flowers left in their place. Make sure everything is well-watered and green. No debris whatsoever should be left in front of the house.
Invest in Landscaping
Don’t think that because you’re moving out, you shouldn’t spend money on the landscaping. It’s the exact opposite: spending a bit of money now can lead to a higher resale value. Prospective buyers must be able to imagine themselves in the home in order to purchase it. That means they have to imagine their kids playing in the backyard, barbecuing for dinner and waving to their neighbours from their porch.
Can they imagine that if the grass is overgrown, weeds are poking through the fence and plants are shrivelled up and brown? We doubt it.
You want to leave buyers with an impression that the house is well-cared for and maintained — if they see that on the outside, they’ll assume the same for the inside.
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