Maybe you’re preparing your home to go on the market, or else you just want to add some improvements for yourself. No matter the reason for your renovation, it is always a good idea to keep the value of your home in mind.
Start with the Kitchen!
Updating your kitchen is one of the best ways to wow potential buyers. The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home, and buyers will head straight for this room when they enter your house. Give them something to look at! The most important thing to keep in mind is matching the rest of the house. For example, if you have a rustic country home, adding an enormous, restaurant-style modern kitchen is not a good idea. Prospective buyers want a home they can picture themselves living in, which means your style and decoration should be cohesive.
- Make the walls feel brand new again with a fresh coat of paint. If you’re planning to sell right away, stick to neutral colours to appeal to the widest range of buyers!
- Replace your old cabinet handles with stylish, clean new ones. This is a good way to make your cabinets look newer and more attractive.
- Update old light fixtures. Choose lighter, more energy efficient ones!
- Replace the kitchen faucet set. A brand new faucet will look cleaner, draw the eye, and complete the “new” look created by the fresh paint job and cabinet handles.
- If you’re still not entirely satisfied, you can reface your cabinets. This is much cheaper than replacing cabinets entirely, and has the same effect.
- If your kitchen is home to a mismatched microwave, stove, and fridge, consider updating your appliances. Matching appliances make for a much more attractive, modern, and sleek kitchen.
- Buy energy efficient products. Energy star or other eco friendly appliances are great for reducing your monthly bills. Plus, many buyers look for ways to reduce their costs when searching for a new home.
“Add” a Room
If your house is starting to feel a little bit cramped, chances are you’ve been toying with the idea of adding an extension to your house. The problem with this kind of project is that it can easily spiral out of control. Installing an addition can be incredibly expensive, and might not necessarily add very much value to your house. Instead, consider reinventing an existing room!
- Convert the basement. The basement is the perfect place for a second living room, media room, or home bar. Often, even a finished basement can sit largely unused and unnoticed: a slight renovation can completely repurpose this space!
- If your home is a 3 bedroom plus den, it may be a very small matter to convert it into a 4 bedroom. Usually, a den isn’t considered a bedroom because it doesn’t have a closet. Add a closet, and you’re good to go!
- Convert the attic. If your attic is a dusty realm populated only by mice and old record players, look no farther. This space can easily be converted into another bedroom, a den, or a kids play room. Have fun with slanted ceilings, and add hanging swings or air plants.
- Add a deck. Yes, this can also be expensive, but outdoor living spaces have become more and more desirable. A beautiful backyard with a deck will really appeal to buyers. Plus, a covered deck is a great place to relax, socialize, and barbeque- almost like having another room!
Buff up the bathroom
Next to the kitchen, this is one of the most important rooms in the house. A grimy or outdated bathroom can scare off potential buyers, whereas a clean, newly renovated one will only improve your chances. Try these renovations to get your bathroom sparkling again!
- For a very basic, cheap fix, install a new toilet seat. Ensuring that your toilet doesn’t look old or dirty can work wonders for your bathroom.
- Cover over your old, discoloured floor. You may not even need to replace the floor- just install easy to apply vinyl tiles right over the old floor.
- Re-grout and replace any chipped tiles in your tub/shower. A dingy, discoloured, or scratched up bath may need a more complete makeover. Consider a prefabricated tub and shower surround; it will need to be professionally installed, but is still much cheaper than completely refinishing and re-tiling a worn out tub.
- Replace the faucet, and the mirror over the sink. If your mirror still looks relatively new after a quick polish, don’t worry too much. However, a new mirror can help add shine to the room, and is quite cheap compared to most other replacement costs.
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