Increasing Re-Sale Value Through Home Improvements

Increasing the  

Resale Value of Your Home

           with Do-It-Yourself Projects Home Improvements

Home Renovating Tools


  • You have decided that the time is right to put your current home on the market. You may be downsizing because the children have gone off to University or perhaps you have found that dream home you have always wanted. People move for a variety of reasons. There are a few question you have to ask yourself.

  • Let's start with the most important question. "Who do I want to represent me in this Real Estate transaction." Chose wisely. Selling or purchasing a home is one of the biggest transactions of a person's life. You need a top notch Real Estate Company and a knowledgeable Agent who knows the area. I, Wayne Liddy have been in the Industry for over 30 
  • years serving the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area. I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage is the firm I represent. It is the leader in Chatham-Kent MLS Market Share consistently.

  • Once that is decided, now you have to examine your home and make it appealing to the buyer. I have a Stager on my team who can help but there are a few cosmetic updates you can do yourself before the sign goes up, to increase your home`s value.

Kitchen welcome1)Kitchen Cupboards are a great place to put your renovation dollars to work to receive the most return. Buyers today want updated kitchens with newer countertops, stainless appliances and the newest flooring. Backsplashes are also a eye catcher.

If your cupboards are the old wooden style with outdated hardware, invest in some paint and tackle them on a weekend. You can give your kitchen a huge face lift with just paint and new hardware. Tip: You can paint the upper cabinets white or a light shade and the lower ones a dark tone for a new look.

2)Painting: If one or two rooms are rough, you can accomplish a new look in just a weekend. The new white today for walls is lime-white and good accents are the blues, grays or purples for a real updated look. If the walls and woodwork look acceptable, just take a Q-tip and the paint can and go around and touch up corners and chipped woodwork. This little touch goes a long way. colors

3) Crown Molding: If your living room or great room looks a little small or the paint edge at the ceiling is not perfect, a crown molding will hide any imperfections and amazingly give the room a larger appearance.

4)Spruce up your Curb Appeal and your Backyard Appearance. The nurseries have some great plants and bushes on sale in the Fall. Replace those tired looking overgrown shrubs, put down a few bags of new mulch and add some colorful mum pots for an inviting front entrance. Trim the lawn in the backyard, paint the shed if necessary and get rid of all unnecessary clutter. If you have children, put the toys in the shed and create a haven in your backyard to sit and enjoy the last rays of sun shine after work. Potted mums around the deck or patio are an inexpensive way to create the look you want.

5) Bathrooms are often the clincher for prospective buyers. Your main bath might need attention. Re-tiling, new flooring, new vanity, new updated light fixtures and painting are often the areas that need a face-lift. If you are not handy, hire some one. The dollars you spend will bring you a very good return. Tip: Go to Habitat for Life to look for a vanity or a lumber store that is clearing a floor model. You can save big dollars.

If you have a small powder room, give it a new coat of paint and add a few bright colored accents. Replace the light fixture and the vanity if needed. Again, look for a sell-off.
6) Greenery
. My wife is a decorator and I have seen her transform a room with accents. They do not need to be expensive, just the right color. Add a little greenery. A large tree in the corner, not only fills a space but gives a comfortable feel. Invest in a few new colorful pillows and a new throw for the sofa. It is Winter so bring in some of the outdoor colors and create a cozy comfortable look.

If you are unsure of what to do first, call me today. Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. My Team Stager can help you sort out your to-do list. Put us to work for you!