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Neils Thor asked "What home improvement products are the best value for the price paid?
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HI Neils Thor I’ve always maintained a spruce up of kitchen cabinets (either with a coat of paint or stain, or new hardware – or both) does wonders for an aged home. New paint on walls is also a very inexpensive means of sprucing up a room. ... Accessories – vases, pictures, toss cushions. There are many ways to spruce up a home for very little money. From our experience, with both home owners and real estate agents, the condition of the kitchen and bathrooms is key. The bedrooms can be a good size, the carpet in good condition, the shingles look solid etc but if the kitchen and bathrooms look “tired” it might be an instant turn off should you decide to sell your home down the road. Granite counter tops are an instant visible upgrade and any money spent in these two areas will certainly be recouped down the road. Hope this is of some help. Best of the season to all! Kevin from KTS Kitchens a Trusted Saskatoon Kitchen Expert
Paint, paint, paint. This is the least expensive, and most impact that you can get. Painting a room (or rooms) brightens & refreshes, and alters the "feel" of the entire home. Don't be afraid of color, and remember, contrast is what creates the "WOW" factor. Next - into the heart of the home....reasonably inexpensive changes ...that can be made in your kitchen that will impact the entire "feel" of the home...update your cabinetry handles and add properly positioned lighting above and/or below the upper cabinets. Adding crown and under cabinet mouldings puts a "finished" detail on every kitchen. Lastly, reface your entire kitchen. Nothing dates a home more quickly that old styled or worn cabinetry, bringing down the value of your entire home! Move your home from 1980 (or older) into this decade by updating the style of doors & drawers, changing color, and changing the function of your cabinetry ( altering drawer/door base cabinets to pots and pans drawers). Note: we spend more money on our vehicles, drive them for only a few years, and they depreciate. Your kitchen is the one room in your home that acts as an investment. Leanne Falkowsky a Trusted Saskatoon Painter
Good morning Neils. I get asked this question many times. The best value on a renovation is money spent on the kitchen and bathroom areas. As long as the renovation you want is not a high end reno where the cost overtakes the purpose of what the client wants. These 2 areas can the most expensive rooms in the home to renovate based on the products chosen and they can also be the most rewarding when the project is finished. The next area for improvement would be anything for energy efficiency to the home. With new windows, doors, exterior insulation and maintenance free products on the exterior it will give you a comfortable home with energy savings. When you look at the costs of doing an exterior renovation you have to also look at the resale value of the home. In most cases on any renovation you want to increase the comfort level to your home, they are designed to suit the needs of the individual and as there are different government grants available for energy efficiency. This also gives the home a different appeal and with the changes in products constantly you can give your home the wow factor instantly when looking from the street. The last area I would look at for renovations is the cosmetics of the interior of the home. For resale a quick paint job and some mid range flooring is a sound investment but in most cases the cosmetics are based on the individuals taste. These areas are short term as they can be changed easily. I believe that this is one area that will increase the cost of the home but not a great amount. When we design renovations we design to suit the needs of the individual. We discuss many areas of the renovations as well as budgets. If you were looking at a major renovation to a home we always have discussions as to whether you would increase the value, increase your comfort, or improve the home structurally. Each renovation you would look at for your home should be suited to your needs first! Dave Anderchek, President J.A.B.A. Construction Limited a Trusted local Contractor/ Renovation & Design
Great question Neils. Of course all renovations are good, but the renovations that will definately add value to your home are both bathroom and kitchen renos. From the perspective of selling your home bathroom and kitchen renos will help you sell your home in the shortest time possible for the highest possible selling price. The following information is from the Remax web site on tips for selling your home. “Remax knows that making your bathroom the best it can be will generate a 56% better return on investment than the average renovation”. Lloyd, Bathfitter Saskatoon..a Trusted local Bathroom Expert!
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