The Best Reno's and Quick Fixes to Sell Your House Fast

Turn $1500 into $5000 or $5000 into $15,000 or even $15,000 into $30,000



Buyers will spend a good portion of their time staring at the ceiling looking for cracks, stains, signs of settling, and leaks. Paint is the cheapest way to make your home look fresh.  Roll a coat of white or a light neutral on the ceilings that need it.

Baseboards, trim, and crown mouldings will look sharp and really accent your rooms if they look brand new.  A crisp trim paint on them to make your walls and flooring stand out.  Go for higher contrast - your walls and trim will look incredible if you choose paint that stands out against each other.


Bathrooms are one of the best renovations to see a return.  New bathroom and light fixtures as well as paint can really update the space.  The key for bathrooms, like the kitchen, is to make it feel VERY CLEAN!

Lighter colours tend to make a bathroom feel big and bright, but not all dark colours shrink a space.

Replacing your old faucets with a more modern style with a longer neck or different finish (brushed nickel, chrome, etc.) can also make your space feel updated.


If you have carpet in your home that was installed fairly recently, make sure you rent or purchase a CARPET CLEANER and remove any dirt, stains, and as much discolouration as possible.  Homebuyers want their potential new home to feel CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!

But remember the trend is carpet out and hardwood and tile in. If your carpet is beyond repair or too dated, check your subfloor.  If your subfloor is plywood, consider installing new carpet instead of more expensive hardwood.  Carpet is still one of the more inexpensive floorings to install.  For resale, go with rich, neutral colours such as tan, warm beige or grey with a hint of colour.

If it’s simple to do, think about tiling your front entrance space with a beautiful tile.  Give homebuyers a “wow” when they walk through the door.


This is my personal favourite to increase your value. Beautifying the outside of your home increases curb appeal and can increase the value of your home dramatically.  Be critical - what catches your eye from an outsider’s point of view?

Quick Fixes: Patch any cement cracks in sidewalks, resurface asphalt driveways, plant flowers and put out a couple planters or pots, caulk around windows and doors, clean the roof and eaves, replace doorknobs and locks, paint doors and fences, cut the grass and pull any weeds, paint all exterior trim.


Kitchen improvements can quickly become more expensive than any other room in your home.  Lets be careful not to throw unnecessary improvements into the mix, as your reno budget can disappear before you know it!

Resurfacing your cabinets can save you money.  Attaching a thin veneer to the surface of your cabinets will completely overhaul your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of replacing the cabinetry.

New hardware is a very cost-effective way of modernizing the space.

When showing your home, clear off the counters almost completely to showcase the space better.  Leave out only a few select objects; a potted plant, fruit bowl to create a clean, simplified first impression.


Overall, buyers want to buy a home that has no deferred maintenance, newer appliances, updated plumbing, electrical and heating (including a/c), modern conveniences and is ready to occupy.

Quick fixes before selling a home always pay off, but which repairs bring the biggest return?

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