One-Weekend Renos that Are Often Overlooked

If you’re a homeowner, there’s a good chance you’re wondering how to improve the value of your property. While large renovations can increase your home and property value, not everyone has the time or resources to give their place a complete makeover. Fortunately, there are many quick-fix renos you can undertake in a single weekend that will positively impact how buyers respond to your listing.

Tidy up your entrance way

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12400 201 Street

First impressions are everything, but entrance ways are often overlooked by homeowners planning to sell. Thankfully, this is one of the easier areas to improve over the weekend.

To start, think about adding outdoor light fixtures for some extra ambience. Landscape lighting along your hardscape is a great way to make your entrance way more attractive from the street.

Other quick fixes include putting potted plants in and around the porch or adding outdoor furniture such as a bench or mailbox. Alternatively, a fresh coat of paint will make your front door stand out. If you’re looking to list your home, having a nice lawn, pathway and door will set the tone for any interested parties and help demonstrate the care you’ve put into your property.

Add some landscaping

You don’t need a green thumb to shape up your garden. In fact, by adding simple plants and other greenery, you can automatically improve your property. Curb appeal is an important element to your home’s worth, and fixing up your flower beds, hedges and trees will make an immediate impact.

If you’re looking for a project that will last you longer than the weekend, consider installing a patio or deck. Although you may need some professional help with this one, it can have a huge return on investment.

Invest in energy efficient windows

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705 1288 Marinaside Crescent

Energy efficient windows won’t only save you money, they’ll also add extra value to your home. You can either replace your windows outright or add improvements to existing ones as a way to minimize heating, cooling and lighting costs. A reduced heating bill and optimized energy efficiency can be an attractive feature to potential renters or buyers; fixing your windows also helps prevent air leakage and keeps your home from feeling drafty. It may take a whole weekend, but ultimately the benefits are well worth the time investment.

Lighten up your home

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314 38 W 1st Avenue

When it comes to quick fixes, you should always be looking on the bright side. Proper lighting is a great way to open up any room and turn a dingy space into a cozy one. Try adding fun light fixtures to your kitchen or bathroom. If you’re looking to alter the overall mood of your home, this should be your first one-weekend renovation.

Speaking of lighting, adding a dimmer switch can have a dramatic effect. From bedroom to bathroom, you’d be amazed at the difference it can make. Installation is easy, but requires a few different tools.

Replace your shower head

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301-2255 Twin Creek Place

They say you do your best thinking in the shower, so why not start your next renovation there? There is a lot that can be done in a bathroom in a weekend, but we recommend starting small by replacing your showerhead with a low-flow unit. This will help you save money on water and reduce unnecessary waste.

If you want to make an impact throughout your house, consider replacing more water fixtures; a bathroom can feel completely different just by switching up the finish on your sink and shower faucets. Don’t forget the towel bars too! You don’t want to leave a bathroom feeling unfinished with mix and match fixtures.

Upgrade your appliances

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918 Burnwood Ave.

If you’re working with some ancient appliances, you may want to think about investing in some new ones. Your fridge, oven and microwave can be upgraded easily and will transform your kitchen quickly. Of all the easy renovations listed here, this may cost you the most, but new, functional appliances can be the difference between giving your home a refreshed, modern feel versus a dated vibe. Tie it all together with new handles for your drawers and cupboards and you’ll be one step closer to feeling like your kitchen is completely new.

Believe it or not, you can significantly improve your property value with very little effort. If you have a limited amount of time and money, start with some of these one-weekend renovations.

If you’re looking for tips on renovations that pay-off, contact Rennie with your questions today.

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