Small investments can add up to big returns when selling home

Knowing where to invest to get your home in tip top shape to sell or enjoy can be a daunting and expensive task – but, it doesn't need to be. When selling your home, you need to know what makes potential buyer's eyes light up and what sends them walking. Here are some tips on renovations that pay big when it comes time to resale:

Improve your curb appeal

First impressions make a lasting impression. You want buyers and guests to be drawn in immediately and excited to see the rest of your home. These renovations could include painting the exterior, replacing old windows and splurging on professional landscaping. A bed of flowers will add a pop of colour and a retiled pathway will invite everyone in.


While an element of outside renovations, these improvements stand alone because they are so vital. When buyers and guests come to your entranceway, they are viewing your home up close.

If you have a weathered mailbox, cracked porch steps or an old door, replace them to enhance a positive first impression.


If you watch real estate and renovation shows, you know the biggest offender to buyers is carpeting. Hardwood flooring is preferred by most for its aesthetic and easy maintenance. Other appealing alternatives include vinyl, laminate and ceramic tile.

Faucets and fixtures

Bathrooms and kitchens are the workhorse of every house. If your counters look old and worn, consider replacing them with beautiful quartz or granite. Faucets and handles are used daily, so they experience continual wear and tear. Fortunately, updating them requires little investment but makes the greatest impact.


Illumination makes a big difference on how people view your home. On a cloudy, dreary day, you want the space to be a cozy haven. On a sunny day, you need your home to reflect the beautiful outdoor weather. Modernizing your lighting fixtures and small renovations for optimal lighting placement will make your home shine in buyers' eyes.

— News Canada