Real Estate Agent in East York - Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate


28 September 2017
Kevin Hartley

As many real estate agents will tell you, remodelling, decorating updating and repairing your home will contribute to getting it sold. Even if you're not planning to sell anytime soon, it can add value to your property that will hold until you're ready to list – that is if you don’t cheap out on the wrong things: 

  • Windows:  You do get what you pay for, or what you don't. I highly recommend you don't buy a window based on it being the cheapest. That said, do look for sales. Here in the Toronto area, manufacturer/installers often have sales between November and February. You want windows that look right inside and out, and, for practical and financial reasons, you want energy-efficient windows. Your purchase may be eligible for rebates or a Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency. Programs will vary by province and year. Window manufacturers/installers are usually very aware of any Government incentives available; you can also google federal and provincial websites. 
  • Paint:  Skimping on paint is one a big no-no. Cheap paint can waste time and money while fraying nerves, requiring several coats that can leave line, runs and blotches. Cheap paint can peel or wash off under the lightest of cleaning. Quality is worth the price if you’re adding painting to your repair work.
  • Doors:  It's often said,  "Where the hand goes, the eyes follow," choosing the right door can make an impression and all the difference be it for a screened-in porch, a bedroom, or a shower. A rickety door falling off its rails or hinges a creates a nasty “don’t buy” impression on buyers. Don’t blow your whole budget, but doors throughout your house should be of quality material. Likewise, a solid front door adds to the curb appeal and security of your home. Again, programs will vary by province and year, but your exterior door may qualify for a rebate or tax credit. 
  • Flooring:  Cheap flooring always looks like cheap flooring, unless of course, it’s an expensive product purchased on sale. Low-cost carpet and wood flooring seldom have high durability and are likely to wear out before you’re ready to replace them. Don’t go cheap, shop for quality flooring at a price you can afford!

Many real estate agents will push quality, but the next biggest point they’ll emphasise these days is – go green! It may not be the cheapest option, but the benefits in efficiency, property value and buyer appeal can more than make up for the cost.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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