If you’re thinking of selling your property, here are the places in every home you should be paying attention to.

 

With the prime summer selling season coming, you may be wondering which areas of my property can give me the best return on my investment if i decide to renovate.

 

Here are the five key renovation strategies that are time-tested, require minimal effort and provide options for every budget. These improvements are designed to get you the best bang for your buck and top dollar for your property when you sell it.

 

1. Flooring

 

Every single person in a household will touch the floor every day in varying degrees, whether its the bedroom, living room or kitchen. It comes as no surprise that upgrading the flooring is a key feature that will go a long way to capture a buyers attention.

Here are some key tips:

 

  • Remove outdated carpets (or at the very least, if that is not possible, ensure the carpets are professionally steam cleaned, looking fresh with no stains, rips or tears).
  • Replace old carpets with either laminate flooring, hardwood flooring or ceramic tiles.
  • Its been proven buyers view non-carpeted flooring more positively, as its easier to clean and helps with family members who have allergies.

2. Fixtures and hardware

 

These may seem small on the surface, but can make quite a difference. Fixtures and hardware include items such as door knobs, handles on doors and closets, entrances and exits, cabinet hardware, bathroom and lighting fixtures, etc.

 

They are easy to replace, fairly inexpensive, come in many color and design options, and provide great options for anyone on a budget. The best part is that the seller gets a great return on investment for not a lot of money. These are simple and cheap, but definitely a worthwhile improvement to any home.

 

On the other hand, if fixtures and hardware have not been replaced, it can really date a property and make it appear as if it has not been maintained.

Just remember, everyone has to either touch a door or walk through it!

 

3. Bathrooms

 

Without a doubt, any money you spend on upgrading a bathroom will be worth the effort, as its considered the second-most-important room in the house.

Key upgrades include:

 

  • New tile and grout (floors and shower)
  • New faucet and hardware
  • New coat of paint on walls or cabinets
  • Upgrading or replacing cabinets (this can including swiping out new
  • hardware and sanding down old cabinets and repainting them or replacing them completely)

4. Kitchen

 

This is the most valuable room in the house – if homeowners only have one place where they can opt to do renovations, the kitchen is a sure-fire bet to pay off.

 

You dont need to spend a fortune in order to make it look spectacular.

Here are some simple add-ons or improvements:

 

  • Add in a new deluxe faucet
  • Change out cabinet door hardware with new handles or knobs
  • Upgrade or purchase new appliances (fridge, range and hood, dishwasher, etc.) with a clean look that complements each piece, giving the kitchen a cohesive design
  • Add new lighting
  • Create a backsplash to help jazz up appearance and functionality
  • Rebuild standard cabinetry at half the price (as opposed to custom cabinets or using expensive materials)

5. Add an income-suite

 

Depending on the city or municipality, if the neighborhood allows for income suites, sellers could potentially add 150 percent to 160 percent of equity into their home by putting in an extra suite.

 

This allows you the owner to also potentially receive additional income through a tenant that can help pay off the mortgage or as an additional investment. Depending on the specific market or city, demand for double unit homes can rise by more than 25 percent.

 

Research the market area of the home – if the city is growing, it means more people will move into that city. Also, check if the government and other institutions are planning on investing into that market; for example, are they planning to build hospitals, schools, universities, new transit system, etc.? This may signal that as the community grows, there will be a greater demand for housing, tenant opportunities and increased equity for homes who can support the upsurge.

 

If you have any questions please contact us, we look forward to talking with you.

 

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