Renovations can be daunting, stressful and expensive. They can also make your home feel and function better though! The trick is to know which renovations are worth investing in and which you could probably do without. When selling a house, these decisions can be even more imperative due to budget, time and creating the best marketability for the property.
I have worked as an interior decorator, home stager and realtor for many years. My goal is always to save you money, reduce your stress and have you end up with a home you can live your best life in or a house you can get the most money out of! Below are a few of my general tips to get you started in your decision-making process about your next renovations. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or another trusted professional to help guide you through the process.
Tip #1: LANDSCAPING
If your yard has been loved by people and animals over the years, it could probably use a bit of "sprucing" up (pardon the pun)! Well done landscaping can increase your return on investment substantially when you are getting ready to sell. If professional landscaping is not in the budget, a good clean-up, some grass seed, weeding and some fresh, colourful potted plants can make all the difference! Increasing your curb appeal will get more steps through your house!
Tip #2: GET PERMITS WHEN NEEDED
This step can be important when it comes time to sell your house. If electrical, plumbing, wall removal or full additions are being done, potential buyers will want to have the peace of mind of knowing everything passed an inspection. If the choice is being made between two houses that have had renovations done - one with permits and one without, which would you choose?
Tip #3: RENOVATE THE BATHROOM FIRST
Today's stress-filled world leaves us all crying out for rest and relaxation. RE/MAX knows that making your bathroom the best itcan be will generate a 56% better return on investment than the average renovation. The goal should be to create a spa-like environment in your bathroom - relaxing colours, upgraded fixtures and natural elements brought in will achieve the best results.
Tip #4: RENOVATE THE KITCHEN NEXT
The kitchen is always where the party ends up - it is the hub of the household. RE/MAX knows that creating a beautiful space for your family and friends to gather in will earn a 44% better return on investment than the average. When renovating a kitchen, consider the effectiveness of the space, going with a style that honours the type of house you are in and remember that the little details make all the difference!
Tip #5: FLOORING IS THE NEXT GREATEST RETURN
Great looking floors are a strong feature of any home. It often makes all the difference. RE/MAX knows that this upgrade can generate a 22% better return on investment than the average. Start by deciding on the best type of flooring for the space you are wanting to change. With the increase in allergies and respiratory issues people are dealing with, taking out old carpet is a good start. There are many tile, hardwood and vinyl options now that are absolutely beautiful! When in doubt, ask a professional's opinion on type, style and colour.