03 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Low-Cost Ways to Increase the Value of Your Ottawa Home

Perhaps you are looking to increase the value of your Ottawa home prior to selling but are worried about the costs of doing this. There are a number of quite small projects you can undertake to help increase the sale price of your property. Often these small projects represent a good return on investment and may actually be more cost-effective than larger-scale improvements.

Here are six suggestions for small-scale but effective improvements to your Ottawa property:

1. Paint: One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements is a fresh coat of paint. Newly painted rooms look clean and updated – and that gives your home value. Neutral paint colours are a good choice because they appeal to the greatest number of people.

2. Front door and entrance: Your front door and entrance are the first things people see when they come to your house. If your entrance is looking tired and part worn, replace your old front door with a nice new one. If you have a garage, then it is a good idea to put in a new garage door as well. Both initiatives will have an immediate effect on the exterior look of your Ottawa property.

3. Improve the bathroom: You may not be able to afford a whole new bathroom but you can make the existing one look smarter by replacing worn or stained fixtures. For example you could put in a new shower, replace an outdated vanity unit, or add a new tiled floor.

4. Update the kitchen: Any update you do in the kitchen will add value to your Ottawa home. Change as many items as your budget will allow. Swap that old-fashioned sink for an updated model. Change an old oven or fridge for bright shiny new models.

5. Create a feeling of space: You may not be able to increase the actual area of your house or apartment in Ottawa but you can make it seem larger. Sunny rooms feel more spacious, so replace heavy curtains with blinds or shutters that let light in. If you hang a large mirror in each room you will find it appears to double the space. Also clear up any mess and clutter by putting in an attractive closet or shelving unit to keep your possessions tidy and out of sight.

6. Plant a tree: This idea is one for the long-term. If your Ottawa home has a garden and enough space then plant a tree when you first move in. Mature trees add value to a property, but if you don’t have time to grow a tree to maturity then do some low maintenance landscaping with shrubs and colourful plants. You can also add touches such as pergolas or garden swings to your outdoor space.


Image By: Anuradha Sengupta

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