Maximize Your Return When Selling Your Home

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Toronto real estate sales have hit the lowest point in nine years, but things look to be turning around — that’s good news if you are in the market to sell your home.

Potential buyers who are looking for a home generally make the internet their first stop. In fact, 90% of people start their home search online. If the photo of the outside of a home isn’t appealing, the potential buyer will keep on clicking.

We often get asked, “How do you make your home the one buyers want to call their own?”

There are some very important projects to be done before those sales photos and virtual tour videos are taken. After decades in the beautification business, here are some tips for you:

  • Prune shrubs to keep things looking neat and tidy.
  • Remove overgrown or poorly shaped shrubs – decluttering is also important in your garden.
  • Weed the gardens.
  • Cut the lawns with perfectly straight lines and edge around all gardens.
  • Remove major dead limbs or hanging branches from your trees.
  • Add mulch – it looks fantastic and it will help to keep your maintenance down.
  • Clean your siding and windows.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door.
  • Brighten up the entranceway with seasonal flower planters.
  • Sweep and blow all the dirt off any hard surface areas and power wash the driveway and walkways.
  • Edge your sidewalk to eliminate grass and weeds encroaching on the pavement.

When those steps are complete, grab your camera and take photos from every angle.

Once your listing is up, keep up with the regular maintenance. Potential buyers who are in the neighbourhood will see first-hand how well loved your home is. Keep lawns groomed and gardens in tip top shape. Remember: pretty sells!

Just as you stage the interior of your home, don’t forget the outside. It’s even more important for the first impression.

Invest in garden furniture with bright cushions and table umbrellas. Set the stage for the interested buyer to feel what it would be like to live there. This year’s colour is purple. Try mixing shades of purple with lime green, mustard, or taupe for contrast.

Need professional help with staging and ongoing maintenance while your home is listed? Contact the team at Green Thumb Landscaping. We’ll help you make your landscape look amazing.

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