While there are plenty of benefits to gutting or overhauling your Markham or Stouffville home to take advantage of a good housing market report and sell or flip it, it may not be the right solution for you now.
Sometimes doing a light or surface remodeling has more benefits and keeps you from going into debt too deeply.
While our local York Region economy looks pretty bright right now, a surface remodel might be sufficient to help you raise your home value and get it sold. And it might be all you need to feel better in your home too.
If not, you can focus on a few small changes that might liven up your home and make it more roomy, such as installing patio doors or new kitchen sink and hardware, putting in a big picture window, or just a bathroom remodel with custom mirrors.
A major overhaul often means new floors, walls, windows, plumbing, wiring and appliances. At first, you might read that it’s doable, then the cost starts creeping up fast and you realize you’ve just been sold a new house!
Minor Updates at a Fraction of the Time and Cost
Home elements that need an update:
- Main windows
- Entry doors
- New toilet
Often, people become dissatisfied with a few things in their homes and out of frustration, choose a major overhaul with new floor plans, plumbing, wiring, and appliances. Calm down and take a look at the things that really turn you off. Then replace them.
Just a Few Ideas!
If your kitchen countertops and cabinetry look awful, refinish them. Put new doors on and use new veneer on the cabinets. Refinish or resurface your countertops. There are some amazing products now. And you’d have trouble discerning the difference between them and expensive marble or real hardwood.
Light fixtures, such as new ones that use LED technology will generate a visual lift. LED light is a slightly different and clearer frequency which takes away the dullness of the old yellow tungsten lights. The good quality ones are eco-friendly.
You could replace a few key windows. A new patio door would really liven up a kitchen and a big picture window or bay window lets a lot of light in. If all you’re after is lots of afternoon light in these dark winter days, you’ll like them.
A new modern bathroom sink and toilet are two items that seem to deliver the most comfort in a bathroom. You can get rid of the dreary shower curtain with a new glass shower enclosure.
Wide kitchen sinks and related hardware (faucet hoses, garburators) can make your meal preparation and cleanup much easier. They look like an upgrade too.
New flooring or carpet can keep your feet and ears happier. Sometimes you can do them yourself and save a lot of cash. Even refinishing your hardwood floors makes them look new.
A new entrydoor can help keep the noise and drafts at bay. New energy efficient entry doors are great if installed properly. A new door has a positive effect on buyer’s impression of home value too.
Change the Things You Don’t Like About Your Home
Take your top 3 home pet peeves and fix them yourself, or get a professional to help you.
Tis the season you wish you had new windows! Yes, when the energy starts pouring out through your windows, this winter, your gas and electrical bills can be painful through the winter. New replacement vinyl windows are a good way to make your home green friendly.
New window design and manufacturing are creating some impressive energy efficiency ratings.
Have you investigated geo thermal heating installers in York Region? It is a fascinating technology with its limits and drawbacks. With natural gas so cheap, many aren’t too worried about heating costs, but I know some of you still have whopping heating bills and this winter weather forecast for York Region is looking cold and snow starting in December. Just something to think about if you like to keep your money.