5 of the Best Ways to Increase The Value of Your Home

We all know different tricks that will help improve the look of a home but renos can get expensive, so we wanted to look at the 5 best ways to improve the look and value of your home while also giving you the biggest return on investment.

Kitchen upgrade: 75% to 100%
Return on Investment

imagesEveryone wants a kitchen Gordon Ramsey would be envious of, but that can be very expensive to make happen. However fixing up the kitchen to look better and be more practical is worth it when you are looking to sell. It doesn’t have to be a big job though. Painting your cupboards to give them a fresh look and maybe updating those old appliances might be all you need to light the spark in your kitchen.

Bathroom upgrade: 75% to 100%
Return on Investment

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Upgrading your bathroom is similar to upgrading your kitchen. You can go full out and do a complete remodel or maybe take another, less expensive approach. Adding in towel bars, shelving, and tile work is a lot less work and less expensive than putting in a tropical rainforest bathroom. The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms people spend the most time in, especially when you have guests, so ensuring these are update and looking great is a

Interior painting: 50% to 100%
Return on Investment

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Painting, some people hate doing it. But when you look at getting a 50-100% return on the money you spend doing it…it starts to look more fun. A fresh coat of pain can revitalize almost any room and even some appliances. If selling a home it’s best to choose neutral colours as they would be more acceptable to anyone looking.

Roof replacement: 50% to 80%
 Return on Investment

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I found recently an article that listed 10 things to look for in order to tell if you need to replace your roof. This was also very helpful in understanding the steps to take when you do need to replace some or all of your roof.

http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/7729/do-you-need-a-new-roof-ways-to-tell

Replacement of furnace or heating system: 50% to 80% Return on Investment

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There are 8 questions you need to ask yourself before you decide to go out and buy a new furnace.

1. How old is your current furnace?

2. Gas & Electric Bills Going Up?

3. Any Furnace Repairs in the last 2 years?

4. Does your thermostat keep you comfortable?

5. Is your burner flame yellow instead of blue?

6. Is your furnace making strange noises?

7. How have you & your family been feeling?

8. Is your house dry or dusty?

Answering yes might have you considering a new furnace, and why not with a return of almost 80%?

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5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal

If your home’s curb appeal makes a great first impression, everyone — including potential homebuyers — will want to see what’s inside. Check out these simple, low-cost improvements that you can do in a day, a week, or a month.

1. Install outdoor lighting

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Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees or the house or can illuminate a walking path. If you aren’t able to use lights that require wiring, install solar fixtures (but understand that their light levels are not as bright or as reliable).

2. Build a Walkway

Well-designed walkways make your home feel warm and inviting. For a dramatic improvement to a straight concrete path, replace it with a contoured one made of stone or brick. For a less radical upgrade, apply a colored concrete resurfacer to the old walkway, then edge with brick or stone borders. Brick pavers offer traditional, classic beauty to the landscape of any home.

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3. Dress up the driveway

driveway-garageIf your driveway is cracked or stained or has vegetation sprouting from it, you can upgrade it without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains (and kill the weeds), then dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones. If you need more room to move your car or park, add stone, brick, or pavers to the sides of the drive to widen it with flair.

4. Create Symmetry

Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways. This door is flanked by two sidelights. The black lantern-style sconces not only safely guide visitors to the door, but also coordinate with the black door and urns.

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5. Dress up the front door

Smith Hawken Traditional_Front_Door_Decor-prvYour home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of colour with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.

Adapted from: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/exteriors/curb-appeal/ways-to-add-curb-appeal/#page=3

Here We Go!

Hello everyone and welcome to the new blog created by Century 21 Townsman.

We hope you all enjoy reading as we go through tips, tricks, advice, and anecdotes given by our real-estate team.

We won’t be posting just as real-estate agents, we will also be posting as home owners, going through what has worked for us from simple things like scuffs on a floor, to big things like renovations.

We would also love to give our readers the inside look into our community and the gems it holds!

As we go through all of our posts we encourage you to comment with all of your own tips, advice and stories you have so we can pass them along!

Happy Reading!

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