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Looking for ways to increase the value of your house without a big investment?
This is a common question from our clients. We decided to go straight to the experts!

In our work we meet many home improvement professionals, and we have built a network of trusted partners that help us get the best value for our client’s houses.

We asked them a simple question: “If you only had $500 to spend to increase the value of your house, what would you spend it on?” We created a Resource Guide from their contributions.

Below is a brief overview of their recommendations.
Click Here to Download the Complete Resource Guide

Painting, by Jimmy McLean, Painter

Assess the condition of "first impression" areas such as:

  • The exterior side of the front door, and the doorframes.
  • Exterior wooden painted railings and posts,
  • House number plaques and even mailboxes
  • Front hallway trim work (baseboard and door frames)

Remove old wallpaper and stick to lighter, neutral tones to give rooms a larger, cleaner look.
Jimmy McLean is a painter who can be reached on his cell at (905) 630-5227, or via email at jimmclean66@yahoo.ca

 

Electrical, by John Almeida, Master Electrician

Home sellers should ensure compliance with ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) standards before listing their home for sale.
Common minor issues could be related to:

  • wires that are connected outside of, or without, a junction box
  • non-GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) outlets near a source of water.
  • unclear status of knob & tube wiring, aluminum wiring or ungrounded circuits.

A simple review and report from a certified Master Electrician that states that the house is free of these issues goes a long way.
John Almeida is certified Master Electrician. He can be reached at his cell (905) 818-4359, or via email atjaelectical@sourcecable.net.

Interior stone surfaces by Luke Lombardini of Aussie Stone Marble & Granite

Believe it or not, you can create a real impact on home value with just $500 of stone repair. We can simply rejuvenate your existing marble, granite or quartz by repairing and polishing the surface.
Another great idea is to update a backsplash or replace an old sink. We can also quickly clean the grout work around tiled surfaces, so the whole surface looks brand new again.
Luke Lombardini runs Aussie Stone Marble & Granite. He can be reached at his cell (647) 532-4959, or via email at aussiestone@outlook.com.

Landscaping by Peter Joyce of Cudmore’s Garden Centre

A one-shot clean up blitz in your garden: weed, prune, edge and mulch, remove dead or suffering plants, grass cut and trimmed.

Others things that are overlooked include: ? Eaves troughs, cleared and cleaned; ? Window wells, cleared of leaf debris and clean stone mulch applied; ? Strategic pruning to clear site line to front door; ? Power wash decks and patios, etc.
Focus on the most visible stuff, especially between the curb and the front door., and invest in attractive urns and plants with seasonal colour for the front walkway.
Peter Joyce, of Cudmores Garden Center, can be reached at 905-827-1872 or through email at info@cudmores.ca.

 

Staging by Lynda O’Hagan of The Staging House

One of the least expensive ways to spruce up your home for selling is paint. Repaint any areas that are currently painted in bold colors with warm neutral colors
Clean, clean, clean! Cleaning products are cheap and a little elbow grease can go a long way.
Clear out clutter, old books, collections and other items that are not used regularly. You don’t want a buyer to remember your house for your collections and memorabilia.
For under $500 you could buy some accent pillows, new lampshades and a new piece of art or rug to bring the room together.
Lynda O’Hagan is certified staging consultant, and owner of The Staging House. She can be reached at 905.510.2865 or via email at lynda@thestaginghouse.ca.

 

Tiling by Dan Degroot of D&D Tile

You can reinvigorate floor tiles, shower floors and kitchen back splashes. If tiles are broken, loose or damaged, the individual tiles can be removed and replaced.

For discoloured grout, an epoxy grout colour solution is used, and is applied right over the existing grout, making the floors look brand new. Silicone calking in showers and kitchen sinks also are good targets. Just remove the old, stained or even blackened calking and freshen it up with new material.
Dan Degroot provides tiling and tile repair services through his company, D&D Tile. He can be reached on his cell at (905) 462-2892 or via email at ddtilesdan@gmail.com.

Hardwood Floors by Emile Zmenak of Urbania Canada

One of the fastest and cheapest ways to add value to a home that has older hardwood floors is to apply a product called Bona Hardwood Floor Refresher. It restores the original shine of hardwood floors, but without the need to sand and refinish!

Fixing damaged hardwood boards/strips and transition pieces will also help restore the look of the flooring, and the repairs can be accomplished quickly, and very cost effectively.
Emile Zmenak is President of Urbania Canada, a local hardwood flooring manufacturer. Emile can be reached at ezmenak@gmail.com or via his cell at (613) 818-1100.

 

Click Here to Download the Complete Resource Guide

 

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