As the Spring market gets underway in Greater Vancouver, many homeowners may think about listing their homes for sale. As the weather warms up, the Vancouver real estate market typically follows suit. More people are out and about and more buyers are actively looking to purchase their next home.

Spring is typically the time of year when the most market activity happens, so it’s important to ensure your property looks its best when buyers come knocking. Here, we’ll discuss some Spring renovation ideas that will help your property compete with other homes on the market in your area.
 

Home Reno Ideas for Selling a Home in Vancouver

Exterior Renovation Ideas

The exterior of your home will be the first thing potential buyers see when they drive up for an open house or private showing. What is the first impression your property gives these buyers? Does it look tidy and well-maintained? Is the yard well-manicured? Is the paint on the siding and trim in good condition?

Landscaping

Cutting back unruly trees or shrubs, planting flowers in beds, pots, or hanging baskets can all help make your home more appealing on first sight. Flowering plants, shrubs, and trees add pops of colour to your outdoor space, and provide a feeling of warmth and tranquility. Landscaping should be trimmed back so your home’s exterior appeal is not overshadowed by overgrown hedges or vines. Remove dead flowers and stems for a neater appearance.

Outdoor Entertaining Areas

Outdoor spaces can be a huge selling point, so do all you can to make it seem inviting and help potential purchasers imagine entertaining their family and friends there. Add some comfortable patio furniture, a BBQ grill, or a fire pit to help show off the possibilities for the space. Powerwashing patio pavers, concrete, or decking can also help revive worn-looking outdoor areas.
 

Powerwashing Pavers to Improve Curb Appeal of Your Vancouver Home

Exterior Paint

Another spot to take a look at is your home’s exterior paint. Peeling or faded paint makes a house look dated and uncared for. In the mind of a buyer, this often translates into concerns about other aspects of the home which may be neglected. Signs of disrepair or lack of maintenance on the exterior of a property may indicate that the interior will need work also.
 

Peeling Exterior Paint


Interior Renovation Ideas

Freshen Up Walls with New Paint

One of the least expensive updates you can do also can have the biggest impact on your home’s interior appearance – a fresh coat of paint on the walls. If it’s been a while since you moved into your home, colour trends may have changed and walls may have collected scuffs or gouges. Filling small holes from hanging artwork or decorative items and repairing any gouges at wall corners can go a long way in making your home look well maintained. Choosing a new colour palette can also help rooms seem larger and brighter. A feature wall in a different colour from the rest of the space can help bring additional colour to a room without being too bold overwhelming.
 

Feature Wall Paint

Replace Worn or Outdated Flooring

Worn, dirty, or stained carpeting can be a big turn-off for buyers. If your home has carpeted areas, make sure it’s been cleaned and any stains removed. If cleaning doesn’t make it look presentable, it may be time to replace it – either with new carpet or a different type of flooring. Buyers love lower-maintenance flooring options like hardwood, laminate, or tile, particularly in high traffic areas like hallways or living areas.

Update Light Fixtures

Another change you can make in your home that will make it feel more updated and fresh is to change out the lighting fixtures in some rooms. New lighting in living room, kitchen, and dining areas can make the space feel more modern and inviting, and bring in additional light. A simple change of a bathroom fixture can boost appeal and give the space a cleaner, brighter look.

Replace Dated Bath and Kitchen Fixtures

If you prefer not to undertake a full kitchen or bath renovation, simply changing the sink and shower faucets to a newer design and finish can be an effective way to breathe new life into those areas of your home. Changing out countertops and backsplashes is another way to improve the aesthetic appeal of your property.

It’s not always necessary to take on major renovation to your home to make it more attractive to buyers. In many cases, small changes and updates to your property will improve its appeal and help you attract  more showings and better offers.
 

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Selling your home must be done with careful consideration and planning. This is not just a simple deal you can conclude in a matter of minutes, but rather an important task you must pay due attention to. This is especially the case when selling your home occurs at the same time of moving into a new one. You will need extra money to equip the new place and turn it into the dwelling you desire.

 

That is why finding ways to boost the value of your home is so important. Long gone are the times when you could just put up an house for sale, hire a cleaning service and expect a buyer to fall in love with the place. When people are buying a new home, they are looking for quality and features that please them. So in order to make the best deal out of your home, you have to look into certain projects and see to it that you implement them. Every piece of advice that a real estate consultant ( Michael Tudorie)  gives is aimed at making your home better in the eyes of the prospective buyer so that you can make more money:

 

-          Curb appeal - starting from the outside of your home, you should look into ways of making your home more attractive. After all, first impressions are important and so are tasks like patio cleaning and maintenance. If you have a garden, know that it can add great value, but only if it is well looked after. This means making sure that there is not any clutter and that the place is clean.

-          Interior paint - moving onto the interior of your home, it is time to look at the walls. What you need to consider is that keeping the tones and paint neutral goes a long way into winning a prospective buyer. One of the worst things you can do is leave wallpaper on the walls. Even if it is perfect shape, chances are that it will do more harm than good in terms of impression and so it is best to just remove it and introduce muted and neutral color - you cannot go wrong with white. Just remember to give your home a thorough domestic cleaning, as that is one project known to cause some mess.

-          Upgrade your kitchen - one of the rooms that are most important to buyers is the kitchen. It is an area of the home that is visited daily and for this reason people want to have good design and modern features there. A complete remodel might be in order, if your kitchen is outdated and designed poorly. People will be willing to pay extra for a kitchen that is equipped with modern appliances and has convenient design. Do consider that everyone is after easy kitchen cleaning and convenience, so make sure you get that going when you renovate this part of your home.

-          Upgrade your bathroom - another room that is of great importance to buyers is the bathroom. You can expect a good return of investment (ROI), if you take out of your resources to make the bathroom truly pleasing. Try to work with the space you have: it is better to have freedom to move around than take up everything with a large tub. Install new tiles, if the old ones are in bad shape and you will have yourself a room of your home that can truly boost its value.

 

Implementing each of these projects in your home goes a long way in making it more appealing to buyers on the Vancouver real estate market. Secure the best deal by implementing some or all of these projects.

 

Contact Michael for a consultation on how to make your home more saleable and for any resources you may need to achieve the highest price on any market.  

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When you decide to renovate your home so that you can live there even after your retirement, you should think how to make it comfortable and accessible. Aging in place is important because elderly people are not normally able to adapt to changes and they need serenity and good care to feel at home. Consider the fact that you may need some services such as domestic cleaning and visiting nurse service.

 

Many of the features that you will need to change while renovating should be suitable for all ages. The term used more often to describe this is called universal design.

 

Consider the way a home shapes your life and the various challenges associated with aging. The important thing is to feel comfortable no matter how old you are. As we age, our bodies and capabilities change so we must keep in mind the mandatory features in the list of renovation projects. Don’t forget the cleaning during and after the renovation – it will be useful to keep the place relatively tidy and clean through the process so you don’t lose sight of your progress.

 

The main things to consider for your future safety in your home are some changes in your health and body that may need special attention. Think about your vision – could a diminishing eye sight hinder your day-to-day life? Are there unreachable areas in your home if you are required to use a wheelchair? If your muscles are weakened by arthritis or other conditions – would you be capable to open doors with cabinet handles or doorknobs? There is a danger of falling, slipping, or tripping and it is not only for the elderly people – think about what type of tiles you’ll need to choose and if your furniture is placed in a convenient spot. Keep in mind that the basic tasks will become more difficult to execute with time so you should think how to reduce the effort of home cleaning and maintenance.

 

Make sure that the changes you make to your house will be convenient for all ages and will stand the test of time. For example, letting more natural light in will make it easier to see what you are doing and where you are stepping so to avoid accidents. Replacing the kitchen cabinets with drawers and pull-out shelves will help you when it is no longer easy for you to bend down. Another good solution would be to install upper cabinets with glass doors – thus it will be easier to remember and actually see what you have in them. A feature that would be useful for all ages is changing all the doorknobs with levers – so no matter how much strength you have in your hands or in case you’re just carrying something – you will be able to open the door without any problem.

 

After all the building, painting, and complete remodeling, a lot of house cleaning will be waiting for you. This is the final task you must accomplish after the renovation. If the consequences are more serious you may need professional help – you can contact cleaning agency to take care of your renovated home. For more info please contact michael@michaeltudorie.com

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