Royal LePage has put together a blog post on improvements that increase your home’s value. Not surprisingly kitchens top the list. Details here.
Amusingly I stumbled upon another post that lists those improvements that decrease the value of your home. Some listed are dated updates, but some are current choices. Two that stand out for me are combining 2 rooms – I think that can be good according to how many rooms you have, but converting a two bedroom condo into a one bedroom is not necessarily a good idea. And my favourite, or I should say least favourite: do it yourself. If you do improvements yourself be sure they are done properly otherwise they are improvements that a buyer recognizes as something that must be redone.
People find the most intriguing things in their houses when they’re doing renovations. Click here.
House Beautiful has put together a list of 65 decorating ideas. They say these were decorating secrets only professionals know, well I’m not sure about that, but, there are some good ideas here. I had trouble choosing a feature image as so many ideas were interesting. Enjoy!
Royal LePage proposes New Year’s resolutions for new homeowners. The list includes:
- Create a list of quick, inexpensive fixes and get those done first;
- Spend your time and effort on the space that will make you the most happy;
- Make your home more functional;
- Invest in art to find your style and create interesting spaces;
- Make your home more energy efficient;
- Join the community and explore your neighbourhood.
Refine + Define highlight 5 suggestions for countertops and backsplash. Part of my renovations included a new kitchen counter and now I’m pondering what to do for a backsplash. I do like the look from the pic above but I think it needs more wall than I have.
I always say you have to be careful with trends when you’re renovating. According to your budget and your intent playing safe is often the best way to go. If you want a punch of colour in your kitchen for instance go with small appliances in fire engine red. Investing.com has put together a list of renovations that increase and others that decrease the value. But admittedly sometimes predicting the future can be difficult.
“Cloffices”, a new to me word. I’m not sure I like it. I apologize for spreading it that much further. Over the course of time I’ve seen many a closet converted to an office. Some work better than others. My recommendation would be if you take the doors down hold onto them, I have seen many a client walk away from a house because the closets weren’t up to par. Making it reversible is best. I must say I like the one pictured above. It looks cozy and comfortable in spite of the doors having been left up. Of course, the doors left up mean after you’re done you can close them up, the potential mess disappears, and the room’s other purpose (be it what it may) resumes. Here Realtor.ca proposes 8 options.