Posted 7.5.12 @ 16:35 by: Staff

There are so many ways you can try (and fail) to sell your Oakville real estate, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few maintenance hacks you can make your home prettier, more efficient and more appealing to buyers, regardless what kind of market you’re looking at. These steps can also help you get more appraised value in your home, so make sure you check over the list and see what you can do to make your home more appealing!

Energy Upgrades

You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to install solar panels, but it never hurts to be green! Here’s a quick list of what you can do to improve the sustainability of your home (and get a better price for your Oakville real estate in the process):

  • Green Appliances: People want energy efficient appliances for the things they use every day. This means washers and dryers need to be green. Everything in the kitchen should be as green as possible (potential buyers won’t be shy about sticking their head in the oven hood to check what type of bulbs are installed) since this is the room with the most use. If you want to maximise your return, think about installing stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. These make people think they cook better and can bump up the price of your home, as well as giving them something great to cook on too!
  • CFLs: CFLs use almost 70% less energy than their incandescent cousins. If everyone switched to CFLs for a year, we’d save almost all of the oil that was extracted from the Tar Sands last year! They also last for many years, saving you time and money from replacing bad bulbs.

Flooring Upgrades

Hardwood flooring is a must right now if you want to sell your Oakville real estate, but instead of going with traditional woods like oak and pine, consider bamboo instead. Bamboo is a much more sustainable product, and you can find versions that are chemical free. You’ll want to be careful about using bamboo flooring in kitchens and bathrooms; for these rooms opt for linoleum, another sustainable product that will get the attention of green shoppers.

Better Paint

You’re going to need to paint up your property before you sell it, but did you know there are healthier alternatives available? You’re going to want to be on the lookout for VOC-free paints. Volatile organic compounds have been shown to cause cancer and all types of problems.

There are all kinds of other things you can do to green your home, but you’re going to want to focus on the things that will improve the quality of life within the home and what will help with the price of your Oakville real estate. Let us help you find the right price for your home; we’ll help recommend upgrades that can help you move your home off the market faster.

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