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Small Changes, Big Value

Small Changes, Big ValueWhile a good spring cleaning may be top of mind once the snow clears, the warmer weather and longer days mean it is also a great time to start thinking about how you can spruce things up on a larger scale. It's no secret that making changes to your home can add to its value. Whether you want to take on a big project now or simply want to start with a few little things, these tasks will help ensure you're moving your home's value in the right direction.

  1. Change your front Door
    It's the first part of your home that your guests (and potential buyers) see up close. Step outside and see what they see.  Paint chipped? Colour out of date? Also, does it serve the purpose you want, and is it secure? If your door was drafty this winter or not closing right, it might be prime time to get a new one.
  2. Add a deck
    Creating an outdoor oasis is always a great bet for home resale value. However, be sure to check with your municipality before planning too far ahead. Once you've established you are good to proceed, ensure the designs incorporate any relevant codes so your deck will meet safety standards. A simple wooden deck could work, but consider adding some embellishments if you've got the space. Plan for a deck that has enough room for more than just your barbecue, and will also feature sufficient rails. Fire pits, garden beds, outdoor furniture and eating spaces will all be appealing when it comes time to make a sale.
  3. Curb Appeal
    Walk across the street and look back at your place. What do you see? Peeling paint, a chipped front porch, a garden bed that's overrun with weeds? Your curb appeal makes a huge difference in how your home is perceived. While potential buyers might be intrigued when they step inside and see what you've done there, you can nip potential foot traffic in the bud with an unseemly façade. Look at your house with an objective eye: Are the colours outdated? Is the driveway well maintained? Has any effort been made to keep up landscaping? Then invest the time and money to make the necessary changes.
  4. Paint
    There's very little a fresh coat of paint can't fix…unless it's done poorly. While painting can be one of the least expensive ways to add value to your home, it's worth paying a professional if you don't have an eye for colours or aren't that handy with a brush.  Some interior designers will be happy to suggest a colour palate for your home that works with the space and light in your area.  Painters should be hired only after references are sourced.
  5. Kitchen
    It's the room in your house most likely to up the value of your home. Often referred to as the heart of the house, it will be the one in which buyers congregate and inspect with greater care. Is yours due for a complete gutting? It could be worth it. Make sure you are dealing with a licensed professional whose references you have verified, and consider adding plenty of counter and cabinet space. While you'll want to add modern touches, steer clear of overly trendy upgrades if you aren't planning on selling right away.

    General information, not about PC insurance products, is provided for your reference and interest only.

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