Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Market May 2022
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CASHING IN ON CURB APPEAL
A few small changes can drastically transform your home’s first impression!
In today’s busy market, the key to getting top dollar for your home is to create huge demand. To get as many people through the door as possible, your home has to stand out from the competition.
There's no need to completely overhaul your home's exterior as it's often the little details that increase the visual appeal of a property. Here are a few ideas that will enhance your home's curb appeal:
Making a great first impression on potential buyers is crucial, so scrub down your home’s exterior and clean all of the windows.
Your Number’s Up
Replacing your boring old faded numbers with a fresh new number plate is something you should address (pardon the pun) as it’s the first thing buyers see when looking for your home.
A well-lit porch with some comfortable chairs and a few hanging baskets will set a tranquil tone for potential buyers as they enter your home.
Light It Up
Solar lights will add a welcoming glow that will make your home stand out at night while dramatically highlighting your home’s best exterior features.
It’s important that buyers are able to tell that your home is well cared for so touch up any weathered or flaky bits of paint to give your home a fresh new look.
Replacing outdated fixtures such as your mailbox, door handle and porch light is an easy way to update your home's appearance.
Cut the grass and trim the hedges. Well-kept flower beds show pride of ownership and a few large pots full of bright flowers will accentuate the entranceway.
Cut the Clutter
An uncluttered exterior is as important as an uncluttered interior so put away tools, toys, bikes, dog bones, garbage cans and gardening equipment.
There’s no pressure when it comes to sprucing up your deck, fence or driveway as a pressure washer will instantly wash the grime away!
Watch Your Back
When buyers drive by your home, they’ll usually try to catch a glimpse of the backyard so make sure it also gets top-notch treatment!
Just as people judge a book by its cover, buyers make assumptions about the interior of your home based on how the outside looks.
It's therefore important to make a great first impression starting from the curb. Your efforts will significantly increase the chances of your home selling quickly and for top dollar!
RESTORE YOUR HOME
Shopping at the Waterloo ReStore is a great way to support those in our community!
You’ve probably heard of Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit organization that helps struggling families find affordable housing, but they also operate “ReStores” that sell reclaimed building materials.
The first ReStore was opened in 1991 by five Canadians and there are now more than a thousand locations worldwide!
ReStores are basically an international chain of building supply stores that accept and resell new and used household items and materials to help support those in need.
Aside from raising funds to build houses, the ReStore is a great way for you to save a bit of money now that prices of everything have risen so sharply. It also helps keep millions of tons of materials from ending up in landfills each year.
Every ReStore is different and the inventory is constantly changing. You’ll find items such as windows, doors, paint, hardware, lumber, tools, furniture and appliances – basically everything including the kitchen sink!
The Waterloo ReStore is the perfect place to go if you have a passion for restoring and upcycling old furniture as there’s always a never-ending supply of “diamonds in the rough” that are waiting to be transformed into a unique creation!
If you haven’t visited the ReStore yet, you should definitely check it out. It’s always a fun experience because you never know what you’re going to find!
Better still, you’ll be helping to fund future home-building projects for those in need while also doing your bit for the environment – it’s the perfect win-win-win scenario!
ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
Please reach out if you ever have any questions about the K-W real estate market, even if it’s just to find out what the house down the street sold for – it’d be great to hear from you!