Increase Ottawa Real Estate Value

11 06 2012

Tips For Increasing Your Ottawa Home Value

When it comes to selling Ottawa real estate, you have to take out your emotional attachment to your home, and instead look at it from an investment standpoint. You want to get the most money for your investment and by doing some of these tips to your Ottawa real estate you will be able to count on getting big bang for your buck when the time to sell comes.

Ten Tips to Increase The Value of your Home

10 Features that can add value to your Ottawa area home are:

1. An updated kitchen. Kitchens are critical, especially in older homes. Today, Ottawa home buyers desire big kitchens featuring a lot of workspace. Don’t fear though, if you have an older home-simple updates, such as granite countertops, modern appliances, tile flooring, and tastefully neutral color schemes will appeal to people that tour your home.  Just about all the updates you do to your kitchen will put money in your pocket at selling time.

2. Modern bathrooms. Ottawa home buyers desire master baths with a bit of room and luxury updates, such as spa or whirlpool tubs. Not enough room? Again, modern cabinets, modern faucets, granite counter tops, and new or redone tile/grout can help push a sale.

3. A Staged Master Suite. Everyone loves to see the master suite-but by staging correctly you can have people oohing and ahhing over the amazing space, or have them left scratching their heads over wasted space they wouldn’t know what to do with, and you certainly don’t want them to feel that the space is too small. Get rid of the over-sized furniture if it doesn’t fit the room, and that empty area you have never utilized? Turn it into a staged sitting area and book reading nook!

4. Use Natural Materials. The trend is huge to use real materials! Also, it is very chic right now to be eco friendly, so when you have the option, go with natural materials and even recycled materials. Ceramic tile, hardwood floors, granite, cork, and bamboo where you have the option.

5. Curb Appeal. Maybe this should be number 1-it is after all the FIRST thing your  Ottawa real estate buyers will see as they pull up to your home. A good first appearance on a home can add as much as 5 to 10% to the final offer. And don’t make the cardinal sin in home improvement-DON’T make the inside stunning, and then leave the outside a disaster! Put the time and money into flowers, mulch, and trimming, it is worth it!

6. A light, airy spacious feel. People buy space and light-leave all the lights on, open the window blinds,  and get rid of anything that blocks the window views.

7. Clean Windows.  You are going to have to put some elbow grease in here-especially if you don’t have new windows. You don’t want a home buyer thinking about how much work they need to do to the home, you want them loving it. Do the window cleaning for them.

8. Landscaping outdoor space. When you have a small home, you can dramatically increase the feel of your home by creating a cozy and inviting outdoor living space.  Create a relaxing area out of your patio with touches such as pergolas and privacy bushes with lots of color. Stage with outdoor seating and bright pillows for a fun and fresh feel.

9. Use your Storage. Nothing beats storage space, but not all of us have it! Make the most of your space by taking most of your stored items to an off site storage unit. That way, when people glance in closets, they won’t be overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have tried to stuff in them, but will instead see that there are your things there, plus space to spare.  Closets always look bigger when there is very little in them!

10. Basements. A finished basement can add incredible value to your home and you are almost guaranteed to get your investment and more out of it. If you have a space that could be finished, see what you have to do to get it finished. finished spaces have tremendous more value to potential home buyers than unfinished. The correct staging of a finished basement can get you more than you put in!

Ottawa Real Estate Agents

Learn more tips to stage, increase value, and quickly sell your Ottawa community  real estate. Contact Remax Ottawa Real Estate today to search the Ottawa MLS for Ottawa homes for sale.

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Until next time,




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