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%?

Easy Ways To Increase Your Storage

One of the biggest things people look for in a home or are always trying to improve on is their storage space. We found a few ways to increase that storage space in little and big ways.

So if your one of those worried about where to put all those darn kids toys, or store those big blankets, never fear creative solutions are here!

Basket Case

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One of the easiest ways we found to have good looking storage solutions is buckets and baskets. These can be placed almost anywhere and not look out of place, and in many cases help the look of a room.

However we found something that surprised us was using metal buckets as a storage saver. Layer on some bright contact paper and hang a bucket from a door hook for easy and convenient storage.

Pantry perfection

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Make better use of space in your pantry and cupboards by getting rid of bulky packaging. Clear canisters let you see when you’re running low on staples; just make sure to keep the cooking instructions with the food.

Bedside bins

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With lots of blankets and bulky sweaters it’s hard to find places for it all. A shelf on a bench at the foot of the bed holds blankets and other nighttime necessities. If you have an old dresser that you were thinking about getting rid of. Attach wheels to the bottom and use the drawers as under bed storage drawers.

Loft Bed Storage

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141863456981955249_mdcagKsm_bWe found several loft beds with build in storage underneath making super cute kids rooms!

Magnetic Cups

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Use old tins as small storage savers by attaching magnets and putting them on your fridge

Stair Storage

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People have shown some creative ways to use the space under stairs for their storage needs. Why not turn the whole landing into a space to put a blanket? Or pull out shelves.

If you have ideas of your own you’d like to share please post on our Facebook or Twitter!

5 Ways to “Go Green” in Your Home

The big trend lately is going green and making environmentally conscious decisions day to day. But it seems green doesn’t just mean the environment but also all the money spent by “going green”. Well we found a couple ways to go green in your home that are inexpensive to do.

1. Lighting:

Lighting typically accounts for around 25% of a building’s energy usage, roughly 9 million tonnes of carbon a year in the UK alone. You can dramatically reduce this consumption,  and it’s as easy as changing a lightbulb.

LEDs fit seamlessly into your existing lighting system – they produce the same quality of light as your current lamps, but use up to 85% less energy. They also require approximately 90% less maintenance over their lifespans.

LED lights are expected to pay themselves off within a year with the saving accumulated off your energy bills. after that the savings are just money back into your pocket.

Home LED Lighting

Home LED Lighting

2. Heating:

There are many different eco-home heating systems available out there but the best part is they will over time save money on your energy bills, (and who doesn’t like saving money?)

3. Paint:

Milk paint is safe not only for people, but also for the environment. The ingredients in the base paint are used in the food and pharmaceutical industries, and are all completely biodegradable.

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4. Recycling Materials:

Pallets have many uses besides shipping. A DIY mind can transform a pallet into home theatre couches, flooring, wine racks and so much more. This is just on example of recycling materials to decorate or renovate your home.

Pallet Walls

Pallet Walls

Home theatre seating made out of pallets

Home theatre seating made out of pallets

5. Cleaners:

Baking Soda

baking-sodaSprinkled on a damp sponge or cloth, baking soda can be used as a gentle non-abrasive cleanser for kitchen counter tops, sinks, bathtubs, ovens, and fiberglass. It will eliminate perspiration odors and even neutralize the smell of many chemicals if you add up to a cup per load to the laundry. It is a useful air freshener, and a fine carpet deodorizer.

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White vinegar and lemon juice are acidic—they neutralize alkaline substances such as scale from hard water. Acids dissolve gummy buildup, eat away tarnish, and remove dirt from wood surfaces.

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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