In our last blog post, we talked about ways to prepare your home for the fall real estate market here in the Comox Valley. One of our important tips was about minor home improvements, so we thought we’d elaborate on that as it can make a big difference to the listing and selling price of your home.

Preparing to sell your home is an exciting and opportunistic time. Potential buyers of your property will be walking through each room of your home; reviewing cupboard space, checking views and even measuring nooks while dreaming of their own homeownership future.

Taking time prior to listing to improve your property will maximize your revenue and reduce possible counter-offers with these real estate pre-sale update suggestions;


Curb Appeal;

Whether you’re listing a residential property or rural escape in the Comox Valley; make a great first impression to your potential buyer with a clean yard and a welcoming porch. A new potted plant on the doorstep and a raked garden take a front porch to new levels. Take time to mow the grass, manage the weeds, mend any shingle concerns and clear the gutters for optimal showings. Further polish your curb appeal by touching up paint on your front door, porch railings or window shutters. 

A Fresh Coat of Paint;

Tried and true; one of the most cost-effective and immediately gratifying improvements you can make to your home is a fresh coat of this year’s popular paint colour. When browsing the paint section for your upgrade, consider neutral tones that complement the space, while appealing to a wide range of potential buyers. 

While painting every room in the house may not be the best use of time or resources, focus on freshening up large main spaces such as the kitchen and living areas which deliver an open house wow factor. 


  • Cabinet Handles; bring new life to your kitchen cabinets and storage spaces with an updated set of modern hardware.
  • Light Fixtures and Pot Lights; budget permitting, choose upgrades with an impact such as flush-mount pot lights or a statement ceiling fan. If you’re working with a smaller budget, take the time and care to clean fixtures and replace any bulbs that have burnt out or are projecting harsh lighting tones.
  • Faucets; functionality first – be sure to upgrade any faucets that leak or show rust and mildew stains. A popular upgrade our Courtenay Real Estate clients recently completed was installing new rustic light fixtures with Edison bulbs accents.

Bathrooms & Kitchens;

Many would say that these are two of the most important feature spaces in any home, given that they are the most expensive upgrades considered by a potential buyer. In bathrooms, investing in a fresh vanity or countertop can transform the look of the space. Kitchens can be renewed with cleaned grout, new backsplashes and polished cupboard faces.

Functionality and Maintenance;

Ensure you’re bringing a stellar property to market by offering a property that’s in strong maintenance standing. A large mandatory upgrade, such as a furnace or roof repair can be a detriment to buyers signing on the dotted line.

Respecting your budget, review any appliances that may need attention, replacing those that aren’t working. Testing locks on doors, tightening loose door hinges, installing weather stripping and replacing weak bath fans are all great areas to start inspecting prior to listing your property.


For more advice on how to achieve real estate sale success, turn to your Comox Valley Real Estate professionals; The Bryce Hansen Team.


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