5 tips to improve your home whether you're selling or staying put

When homeowners prepare to sell their home, they make it look more welcoming and appealing. But sprucing up a home isn’t just for people moving on. For those staying put, here are some improvements that add value to your home and enjoyment to your life.

5 tips to improve your home whether you're selling or staying put

1. Repaint the walls

  • Give new life to your rooms with a fresh coat of paint. If you’re not planning to sell in the future, dare to use bright colours on accent walls.
  • A small splash of colour brings more depth to the space than all-neutral walls. When choosing the colour and type of paint, keep in mind both the size and purpose of the room. To create the illusion of a larger space, pick a cool tone or pale colour.
  • In children's bedrooms, use an easy-to-wash paint. For bathrooms, use a mildew-resistant paint. Love wallpaper? Go ahead and spoil yourself — wallpaper is making a comeback.

2. Update your interior decor

  • One of the golden rules of home staging is to ensure continuity and harmony between the different areas, especially in open-concept spaces.
  • The easiest way to do this is to use colour as a unifying element. For example, you might choose an accent colour for a dining room wall.
  • You can then bring pops of it to the living room with accessories such as scatter cushions, vases, curtains and area rugs.

3. Change the flooring

  • Has your carpet worn thin? Are the kitchen linoleum tiles outdated? It’s time to rejuvenate them, and there is no lack of flooring choices these days: hardwood, floating floors, ceramic tiles, cork and more.
  • However, be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type before making a decision.
  • Think about the level of durability you want, along with the care requirements and ease of installation.

4. Increase the energy efficiency of the house

  • Improving your home’s energy efficiency reduces your cost of hot water, heating and air conditioning.
  • There are a number of ways to upgrade your home on this front, starting with the installation of energy-efficient windows.
  • You can also improve the insulation of exterior walls and the basement. Or upgrade your air conditioning and revamp your heating and hot water systems.

5. Improve air quality

  • A top-quality home heating and cooling system is essential if you want to breathe clean air.
  • Fuel efficiency and good ventilation are also important to keep your home comfortable in summer and winter.
  • If you replace the heating system, you can recover 50 to 80 per cent of your investment when you sell your home.

Fun fact:

According to the latest reports from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the most popular renovations are the remodelling of rooms, painting and wallpapering.

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