Increase The Value Of Your Vancouver Home With These Great Tips

By doing some simple home improvement projects, you can increase the value, look and function of your home.  In this article, we’ll explore a couple home remodeling ideas to maximize the value of your property.  These ideas are relatively low cost and give you a great bang for your buck when it comes to increasing the worth of your house.  This is great especially when it comes time to sell your house.

One great home improvement idea that is wallet and do-it-yourself friendly is painting.  The color and quality of paint on your walls can really make a room shine while making a bold statement.  If you think of your home as a canvas, you want to choose colors that share the same line on a color wheel.  Staying on the same line will ensure that you have the same hue value, no matter which colors you choose.  Another way to approach color is just to look at some palette examples from your local paint store.  It’s recommended to go with a palette that is attractive yet timeless; a palette that will still be attractive 10 years from now.  If you plan on selling your home in the near future, having to repaint the whole house over good quality paint just because of an outdated color scheme will be seen as a hassle to the buyer.

Preserve the value of your home by always installing a new wax ring whenever you remove or replace your toilet.  Toilet rings are very inexpensive and well worth the cost to ensure that the seal is good for many years to come.  Wax toilet rings seal betweel your toilet and the drainage pipe underneath the toilet.  If you attempt to reuse an old wax ring, you risk the ring disintegrating which can result in destructive leaks and damage to your flooring and whatever is below if the toilet is on the second floor.

Create a unique look in your kitchen and add extra counter space by converting a dresser into a mobile island.  The drawers in a dresser make for excellent storage spaces for your kitchen tools and utensils.  This looks especially great when you can find a matching counter top to put on your new island to give your kitchen a cohesive look.  Adding casters to the bottom of the legs lets you have a handy mobile work space.  Put the utensils and tools you’d use most often with the island right inside the drawers.  When it’s not in use, simply roll it beside your existing counter.  This works best when the island and your existing counter are the same level.  Another great way to store the mobile island is to extend your existing counter top with a space in the bottom that is large enough for your island to roll into.

One area that is largely overlooked, yet can make a world of difference to your home’s curb appeal is your garage space and your garage door.  The average garage is a dumping ground in many homes.  A garage is where cars are supposed to be parked.  Many home owners end up dumping all their clutter into the garage and it ends up being a huge mess.  The clutter is protected and kept dry while the cars are forced to be parked outside.  A well kept and tidy garage makes a big difference in the attractiveness and function of your home.  While most garages have concrete floors, having some relatively inexpensive modular tile flooring installed in your garage can make a very bold statement that differentiates your home from the average American home.

Along the same lines, a new garage door can both boost your home’s curb appeal and increase the value of your home for a relatively low cost.  A home’s garage door represents about a third of your home’s exterior appearance.  When searching for new insulated garage doors, be sure to have it installed by a reputable garage door company that offers warranties and does not take shortcuts.  J.Mac Garage Doors, a highly rated and reputable garage door company in Vancouver is a great choice.  They will even help you choose the perfect door for your home based on your needs and preferences.

Keep your trees and landscaping well maintained.  Be sure to have your trees trimmed regularly every year to keep them healthy and beautiful.  Not doing so can compromise the health of your trees and cause them to become overgrown.  When trees get overgrown and are ill-maintained, especially with hedges, it can be nearly impossible to trim them back to be as beautiful as before.

Before you get started on any of these projects, you’ll want to keep these following tips in mind to prevent any disasters:

It’s important to protect your flooring (hard wood, tile or carpet) when moving furniture to prevent any damage to your floors.  Flooring can be quite costly and we wouldn’t want to accidentally create any extra costs while trying to improve our home.

Take extra caution when you change the blades of your utility knife.  Before you toss out your old dull blades, wrap it in some tape before you throw them into the garbage bin.  This way, the sharp edges will be covered up and no one will cut themselves when compressing the trash bag or while taking the trash out.  This will also prevent your trash bags from getting cut open and spilling all over the place.

If your home is built before 1978, you may want to check if your home was painted with lead-based paint before your do any sort of home remodeling that may disturb the paint.

As you make changes around your home, be sure to stay consistent with the finishes of your hardware throughout your house.  For example, if you have brushed nickel hinges and doorknobs, you’ll want to maintain the same look and finish on any new hardware that you install in other areas of your home.  If you’re getting new towel racks or drawer pulls, get matching brushed nickel finished hardware to match the rest of your home.

If you are uncomfortable with doing any of these home renovation projects yourself, it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional local renovation contractor like Top To Bottom Construction to handle the remodeling for you.  As seen on many examples on TV, some DIY home renovation projects turn into disasters that end up doing more harm than good.

And there you have it—just a few simple tips on how you can increase the look and value of your home while being friendly to your wallet.  When the time comes to put your home on the market and sell, you’ll be glad that your home makes an impression over the other homes for sale.  With the improvements that you’ve done you’ll have a quicker and more profitable time selling your home.