6 tips to increase the value of your home

By: Amanda Cormier

6 tips to increase the value of your home

Tags: Homes in Kelowna, Okanagan, Kelowna, Kelowna Real Estate, House Prices, House Value, Increase Value, Kelowna Money

Whether you just bought a house or your are thinking of selling in the near future we all want ways to increase the value of our home!

Tip 1: Spruce up your yard! The first thing anyone is going to see is the outside of your home, planting flowers in the front yard and power washing your sidewalk and driveway are excellent and cost effective way to increase your home's curb appeal. Painting your front door an attractive colour takes very little time and provides a budget-friendly update. Doing other simple jobs like mowing your lawn, adding fresh mulch to garden beds, lining your deck or terrace with potted plants can sometimes be the quick-fix face-lift a home needs.

Tip 2: Give your walls a fresh coat of paint. Paint the inside walls of your home a neutral colour to brighten the room and make it appear larger. Grey Owl from Benjamin Moore is currently my all time favourite for a light and modern off grey. Try to avoid bright and loud paint colours. If you want to add a splash of colour add some colourful pieces to your rooms decor - I’m all about those bright throw pillows!
 
Tip 3: Inspect it. Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Aging roofs, outdated systems and hidden water leaks are just a few issues that could be hiding within your home that you aren’t even aware of. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don't normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home's value. Small problems have the potential to become larger more expensive problems down the road - the longer you put off repairs, the more expensive they may be!
 
Tip 4: Update the bathroom. If your budget doesn't allow for a major renovation small changes such as freshening up the walls, replacing old lighting and installing a new faucet will update the room without accumulation a large bill.  Be sure to clean the grout, remove rust stains and apply fresh caulking while you are at it!
 
Tip 5: Do a deep clean! Let's face it, family homes become can become messy and overwhelming in no time. Make a list and tackle each room of your home one at a time. One of the benefits of getting your hands dirty and cleaning your house is that you can also give your home a quick inspection while you clean in order to make a list of jobs that need fixing. Once your home is sparkling make a plan to stay on top with regular cleaning and tidying. A good idea is to have cleaning kits both upstairs and down.
 
Tip 6: Tackle the Kitchen. Most experts will agree that a kitchen renovation should be at the top of your list but figuring out where to start can be a challenge! A couple musts include upgrading to stainless steel appliances and installing new countertops because these fairly easy changes will improve the aesthetic appeal of the space. Installing new knobs on cabinet doors and purchasing a new faucet for the sink can add to the detail of the space. If your budget allows knocking down a full or half wall to connect the kitchen to a dining room or living room can help in making the kitchen appear larger.