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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Preparing an Older Vancouver Home for Sale (Part 2) – From your Friendly Vancouver Mortgage Broker

(Part 2) Preparing an Older Vancouver Home for Sale – From your Friendly Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Adil Virani Vancouver Mortage BrokerWhen you’re selling an older home in Vancouver, you can bet that any prospective buyer is going to want to see that the home has seen its share of TLC put into the maintenance of the home.

You can take from this Vancouver mortgage broker that buying a home is a huge investment for many and the last thing they want to see is to have to shell out additional loonies for additional home renovations right off the bat.

In Part one of this article we talked about the importance of looking after walls and the flooring. In Part 2, we’re going to give some valuable tips about the other 2 main areas of the home that is of particular interest to buyers. This includes the kitchen and bathroom(s).

Your Kitchen is a Show Piece

The kitchen is still one of the most important rooms in any home. If you haven’t done any renovation to your older home then now is a good time to consider thinking about how to make your kitchen more appealing when the time comes to sell your older Vancouver home.

Take the approach of a potential buyer and ask yourself how they would see you kitchen when they first enter. Although kitchen cabinets can be expensive to replace, be honest about their condition. How dated do they really seem? If the cabinets were originally of good quality and have been well-maintained, then the existing ones might be very appealing to a buyer.

A good finish job with some new drawer knobs can make all the difference.

If the cabinets simply just need some finishing then that might be the route to go as either a DIY project or hiring someone competent to do the job for you. The next thing you might want to look at is the state of your counters and your sink.

Even though the cabinets might add to the kitchen’s charm, the counters do take a beating over the years as well as the splash board. Then, there’s the sink and the faucets. They aren’t that expensive to replace and a new countertop, a sparkling sink with modern or period faucets can also add to the appeal.

Lastly, there is the floor. If you’re looking at that ghastly green linoleum, then you really want to consider replacing it.

Your Bathroom Tells a Tale

You want to consider the whole bathroom(s). Take a critical look at the tile, the state and quality of the toilet, bath/shower, the vanity and the walls. This is one renovation project which has a pretty good ROI, but even here you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to fix it up and modernize it a lot.

Rust, mould, stains, and wear and tear are all a turn-off to buyers because they know this is work they’re going to have to do themselves when they move into the home. This is also a room where it’s worthwhile to re-paint and touch up any unsightly dings.

If the tub/shower is in good shape, then it might well pay to add some new fixtures such as contemporary or period faucets, lighting fixtures, and a new toilet.

Older homes definitely need more maintenance and TLC and new buyers want to know that your older Vancouver home was well-maintained. If you can’t be bothered with these repairs or upgrades, then you can take it form this Vancouver mortgage broker that you better be patient because your home could be on the market for awhile before it moves.



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