It is important to remember that a house is not a home. A house is just the structure of the building itself where as a home is where someone goes to feel safe and relaxed. A home should make you and your guests feel comfortable. If your current house doesn’t reflect the characteristics of a true home, then it may be time to upgrade by pursing a home renovation. To renovate means turning your house into a home and your favourite place to be! Below are the top types of renovations both partial and full that will give you the best return on investment (ROI).
RENOVATE YOUR Kitchen FROM THE 80’S
A kitchen can be cramped, unorganized and even worse stuck in the 1980’s. Yet kitchens can give you the biggest return on investment far beyond other rooms in your house. In order to beautify your kitchen it’s important to think about the colour scheme. A kitchen stuck in the eighties tends to have a white on white look that can be boring and dingy. Make sure when selecting colours you think colourful paint, contemporary cabinets, stainless steel appliances and sink and new light fixtures to give it a fresh and modern feel. If you have a tight budget and can only renovate partially make small changes such as adding a tile or stone backsplash or changing the hardware on your current kitchen cabinets. If you have a large kitchen with a sufficient amount of space add an island to make your kitchen more functional.
spruce up your old Bathroom
Your bathroom should embody cleanliness and be bright and spa like. Comparable to a kitchen renovation, major bathroom renovations can be costly (up to $20,000) but offer an excellent return on investment. If everything needs to be updated in your bathroom such as the bathtub, vanity, tiles, sink and anything else, it will be well worth it to make a plan to gut it and redo the whole space. However if you’re looking for a less expensive way (i.e. under $3,000) to make changes to your bathroom you can do things like limit the amount of tiles used and use more paint instead, update fixtures such as sinks faucets and towel racks and lastly buy on clearance as stores are always trying to sell off last years cabinets or bathtubs.
FIX THAT LEAKING Roof
When it comes to roofing, it is important to have a good roof to keep out water and moisture in order to protect your overall property. High winds, heavy rain, hail storms and snowfall all take a toll on a roof hence leaving it unable to properly serve its function. If a roof hasn’t been updated in years and is damaged, it can have negative curb appeal and cause the purchase price to decline.
SLAP SOME Paint ON IT
If you don’t want to spend a lot, painting will freshen up a room and may be the cheapest and, perhaps, the most effective way to give your room a new look. Make sure to invest in high quality paint with a satin finish in order to help resist the growth of mold and mildew. Keep in mind that painting may seem easy but it does require a lot of time, patience and of course painters tape.
upgradE YOUR OUTDATED Flooring
If you don’t have hardwood floors, get them. The reason for this is because hardwood floors for one thing they look amazing, they are timeless and overall they are durable. Hardwood floors are what people look for when buying a property. If you have a budget there are other options available such as laminate, which is a great alternative to hardwood. Regardless of what you choose, beautiful new flooring can bring life to a space and add an instant updated look.