Unless you can afford to pay two mortgages or plan on renting out your old home before you make the move to Squamish, selling your home seems like the logical choice. However, a lot more goes into selling your home than just calling up a real estate agent and having them show your home to prospective families. Especially in today’s housing market, people are looking for homes that show a lot of promise, and are more drawn to a home that is welcoming, inviting, and has been through recent upgrades, especially highly sought after ones like stainless steel appliances and marble countertops. So before you put your house on the market, consider investing in it one final time to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck. Here are a few upgrades, both big and small, that will help to increase the value of your home.

Important note: before you do any major renovations, consult with an expert to make sure that that wall you want to knock down won’t damage the structural integrity of your home. This includes knocking down beams and walls that may support the whole house, in which their removal could cause disastrous results.

The Kitchen

As one of the busiest parts of the home, a tight walkway and limited counter space is a turn-off for many people, especially those who like to cook or entertain guests. There are ways to work around this, however, and tricks like replacing the lighting or installing windows in appropriate areas to open up the room and give the illusion that it’s bigger.

Small Upgrades:

  • Replace the sinks and faucets
  • Upgrade the lighting
  • A fresh coat of paint

Larger Upgrades:

  • Upgrade appliances to energy-efficient and stainless steel
  • Upgrade the cabinets, drawers, and countertops
  • Remove walls to create an open concept space
  • If space allows, install an island for more counter space and seating opportunities

The Bathroom/Powder Room:

The bathroom is another one of your home’s most visited spaces and can be especially busy in the morning while everyone is competing for the same space and facilities. Larger upgrades may be more desirable if you’re working with a tiny space and wanting to expand, but even small upgrades in a small space can make a large impact on the selling price of your home.

Small Upgrades:

  • Paint the walls
  • Upgrade or remove shower doors
  • Replace faucets and shower heads
  • Upgrade the sink
  • Upgrade the countertops
  • New lighting

Larger Upgrades:

  • Expand the bathroom ro make more space
  • Replace the bathtub/shower
  • Replace/upgrade the flooring
  • Add heated flooring

The Bedroom

You can never have enough space when it comes to the bedroom. Considered a sanctuary for most people after a busy day, you want the space to be warm and welcoming.

Small Upgrades:

  • Fresh coat of paint
  • Seal any drafts from the windows
  • Fill small holes in the walls left behind by picture frames and decor

Large Upgrades:

  • Replace the carpet
  • Install hardwood floors
  • Replace the windows

There are many other upgrades that are available to do around the home, but these are the most common. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do everything on this list in order for the house to sell. Trust your instincts and do what is best for your home and your wallet.