When it comes to selling older homes, many homeowners struggle to find a balance between upgrading the home so that it will sell but not putting a lot of money into the home that they are trying to get rid of. However, it has been proven that updates will make older homes sell as long as the updates are the right kind of updates. When it comes to trying to sell an older home or a home that hasn’t been updated here are the updates that homeowners really should invest in if they want to sell their homes fast:

Kitchen Updates

MLS EdmontonKitchens always sell a home. But when a home has an older kitchen that hasn’t been updated it can be a lot tougher to sell the home. When homeowners want to sell an older home without doing a total kitchen renovation they should paint the cabinets. Painting the cabinets will instantly give the kitchen a facelift and make it look bright and inviting. Another great kitchen update that doesn’t cost a lot is adding a backsplash. A simple backsplash with a pop of color is a fabulous inexpensive way to add value in the kitchen. Another great addition to the kitchen is new countertops. Granite countertops are still the number one most requested kitchen feature.


Bathrooms are also important to buyers. So updating the bathroom is a great way to ensure that buyers are attracted to the property. If homeowners can’t afford to retile the entire bathroom they can paint the existing tile. It’s cheap and it’s a great way to make the bathroom neutral in color if there’s old colored tile in there. Adding storage in the bathroom by replacing the vanity with a large kitchen cabinet style vanity is a fantastic way to appeal to buyers. A big vanity with tons of storage and a great mirror will really impress homebuyers.

Smart Features

Smart homes are becoming a big deal to homebuyers. Adding smart home touches doesn’t cost a lot and really adds to the value of the house. Installing smart outlets with add-ons for charging phones and tablets in the bedrooms and in the kitchen is a very smart way to update a home. Homeowners can also add a video surveillance system and a smart lock or smart doorbell to really impress potential buyers. Adding smart outlets means that potential buyers will be able to turn on the lights, appliances and other things with a voice command or by flipping one switch. They also can use their smart phones to answer the door or open the door. This is a great feature for selling homes to parents. Kids forget keys a lot, so the ability for a parent at work to open the door to the house with a click on their phone for their child is a huge upgrade. 

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Listing information last updated on May 28th, 2022 at 6:31am CDT.