Four sim­ple home im­prove­ments to con­sider pre-sale

The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

The Cana­dian Real Es­tate As­so­ci­a­tion re­ports that the na­tional aver­age price for homes sold in Novem­ber 2016 rose 7.3 per cent year-overyear, mak­ing it a de­sir­able time for home­own­ers to con­sider sell­ing. If you're think­ing of get­ting on the band­wagon, con­sider th­ese smart pre-sale ren­o­va­tion tips to boost your home's value and at­tract the right po­ten­tial buy­ers.

1. Change up the paint colours

One of the quick­est and eas­i­est ways to spruce up a room is to paint the walls. Avoid bright colours and stick to a neu­tral pal­ette, which is less dis­tract­ing to po­ten­tial buy­ers. Whites, off-whites, greys and beiges are best and work with al­most any fur­ni­ture and décor.

2. Clear out clut­ter

A messy home is a de­ter­rent. Con­sider rent­ing a stor­age unit, do­nat­ing what you no longer need, or sell­ing the items on­line. Re­move per­sonal touches like pho­tos and por­traits and décor that may not be ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one. A neu­tral style lets buy­ers en­vi­sion mak­ing the space their own.

3. Up­grade the kitchen

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so it's im­por­tant that it's both func­tional and beau­ti­ful. Up­grad­ing your kitchen ( in­clud­ing re­plac­ing leaky faucets, out­dated cab­i­net hard­ware and old light fix­tures ( with more mod­ern styles will help in­crease your home's worth. If you have the means, con­sider re­plac­ing ap­pli­ances with en­ergy-ef­fi­cient mod­els.

4. Add a bath­room

Ac­cord­ing to Ren­ova, a web-based tool that helps home­own­ers cal­cu­late the po­ten­tial rate of re­turn on the top 25 most com­mon ren­o­va­tion projects, bath­room renos boast an ex­pected ROI of 75 to 100 per cent. The prod­uct range of above-the-floor toi­lets from San­i­flo are cost­ef­fec­tive, en­ergy-ef­fi­cient so­lu­tions for in­stalling a full bath, half-bath or pow­der room quickly. For a small space, con­sider the San­i­com­pact, an all-in-one toi­let and pump unit that can be eas­ily in­stalled in one day.

Find more in­for­ma­tion on­line at san­i­flo.ca (NC)

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