How to Increase Your Home’s Value with these 9 Tips

Selling your Port Alberni House

If you plan on moving, it’s always a terrific idea to increase your home’s value and get a little bit more to stick back in the bank. Some ideas might be better than others when it comes to improving your home in a way that adds substance and value, so with that here are 9 tips on how to increase your home’s value.

1. Get Creative with Additions

One of the most simple and obvious ways to increase your home’s value has to be an addition. Anything that translates into additional square footage for your property is added value, and buyers will think so as well. Of course “easier said than done” is a phrase that might apply strongly here, but if you think outside of the box a bit that might not be the case. Building a deck or similar add-on would be an easier idea for an addition.

2. Don’t Neglect Curb Appeal 

Nothing will turn more buyers away than having a home that looks tattered and ugly just from the street. Some ideas for improving curb appeal might include cleaning with a pressure washer to updating outdoor staples such as the mailbox.

For your landscape, low-maintenance plants will provide a great opportunity to beautify your yard without costing you a lot of time and money. Better yet, buyers tend to like gardens and landscapes that don’t entail massive responsibilities too.

3. Keep it Clean 

It’s easier for buyers to envision themselves in a home that’s clean and free of personal items. Cleaning is a major step that should be taken before a home goes up for sale. As someone who might not be ready or thinking about selling yet, you can plan ahead by keeping your home in a relatively tidy state that will make this step easier once it does become time to sell.

4. Get an Inspection 

A house inspector can find problems that might be lurking behind the scenes without you even knowing it. It’s a good idea to discover areas in need of repair before they get worse or your house is about to go up for sale. Additionally, recent repairs tend to give buyers some piece of mind knowing there’s less chance of needing an emergency repair as soon as they buy the home.

5. Get Rid of Ceiling Popcorn 

Popcorn Ceilings are a major turn-off to any home buyer in the market right now. They more than anything can contribute to a home feeling old and dated, but removing them isn’t always a straight forward affair. If you’re lucky, you can remove them on your own with tools easily found at a local home improvement store, but first you should have the ceilings checked for harmful substances by a professional. Popcorn ceilings sometimes contain asbestos, and if yours does it should be removed professionally.

6. Old Carpets are Bad Carpets 

Old carpets can be a lot of trouble for selling a home. Stains, smells and other forms of wear will dissuade buyers. In addition, carpets tend to be a high-maintenance home furnishing. If possible, replacing your carpets with hardwood will make the floors last longer, and will give your home charm too.

7. Repaint your Walls 

Repainting your walls is a common tip, but it’s impact on home buyers should not be underestimated. In addition to removing old smells potentially trapped in the paint, repainting the home in neutral colors is appealing to buyers who may see it as a canvas they could later personalize themselves.

8. Energy Efficiency Appeals to Everyone 

Energy efficient appliances can add a ton to the value of your home, besides saving you money on your bills. This is particularly true in areas prone to extreme temperatures, where buyers will take note of the potential to save on harsh heating or cooling bills.

9. Give the Entrance some Love 

The front door of your home is one of the most important areas for impressing home buyers. It makes up a major factor of your curb appeal alone, and is sure to be an area that gets extra attention as potential buyers enter the home while it’s being unlocked. 

Thankfully improving the entrance is not a major undertaking to get it in top notch shape. New and energy efficient doors are cheap and easy to buy and install on your own. Sometimes you can make do just by repainting your old door in a buyer friendly colour like beige. Symmetrical potted plants are another decoration that’s known to make the entrance area seem more warm and appealing. 

7 Signs You Might Need A New Roof

Do you need a new roof

Anyone who owns an old home should be aware of the signs of roof damage. Sometimes regular inspections and repairs can save a roof and delay replacements for years. Other signs can be indicative of more serious issues that require your roof to be fully replaced. Here’s 7 signs your roof might need replacing:

1. Check for Missing Granules

Missing granules is one of the first signs that your roof is nearing the end of it’s lifespan. Inconsistent color or bald spots on the tiles is a sign they’ve worn away. As well, check the gutters and drain spouts, as granules will collect here as they wear off the shingles. If you see a large amount of granules in your drains, it might be time for a new roof.

2. Check the Flashing

The seals around your chimney, vents or skylights might become compromised, especially if they are old and made of cement or tar. This can cause water leaks to the rest of the roof, although sometimes you can get by simply by replacing the flashing with a modern metal system.

3. Worn Shingles

Like with item #1, missing granules is a sign your shingles are old and need to be replaced, but there’s more to look out for. If your shingles are buckling, cracked or missing this might be a sign that repairs are in order. In general the shingles should always lie flat against the roof. Discoloration is also a bad sign. If you are aware of animals having been on your roof, you should check to make sure they haven’t lifted or damaged the shingles in some way.

4. Sagging

If there’s droop or sagging apparent on your roof, then you need a roof replacement pronto. Once the boards are rotten enough to sag, damage can quickly spread to the rest of your home; so on this one there’s not much need to wait around and think about it. If you do, the next snowstorm might be your roofs last.

5. Daylight coming through the Attic

If the boards in your roof are letting sunlight into the attic, this is a sign you need to replace the roof. From inside the attic, if you see stains this could be a sign of leakage, so check for that. As well, check your insulation; if there’s moisture in it, your roof might be compromised. As a general rule of thumb, there shouldn’t be any latent moisture or light leakage in the attic.

6. Check your Records

A simple thing to look at might just be a record of your house repairs. Roofs typically last around 20 years give or take a few. So if your roof is that old and hasn’t been replaced, it might be fair to assume it’s nearing the end of it’s lifespan and should be replaced. If you’re on a budget, you might be tempted to try and make it last years after it’s lifespan has expired. However, past 20 years you’re playing with fire (or in this case, rain and snow).

7. Moss

While this one is more common to homes in humid areas, it’s worth knowing that moss can be a sign of underlying problems with your roof. While the moss itself can be easily scrubbed away, it can often times grow from moisture trapped inside your roof. This can be a indicator of leakage problems. If you have moss or algae growing on your roof, you should inspect it thoroughly to see if the problem can be solved with a simple repair or not.

All 7 items mentioned are good indicators that your home is in need of a new roof. If you plan on selling your home in the near future, you would be well advised to speak with a roofer if you notice any of the problems listed above. Even if you have no plans to move, the roof of your home is a important asset that can become dangerous when compromised. Regularly check your roof for signs of leakage or other issues.

Is it Already Too Late to Sell

Is it Already Too Late to Sell

Believe it or not fall is just around the corner, Canadian summers are far too short.  While you’re trying to get in as much cottage time as you can you may also be wondering “is it already too late to sell my house.”  You still have a couple of months before the snow starts falling and Christmas decorations start showing up in the stores.  Fortunately Port Alberni has fairly mild winters and the fall is still a good time to list your house.  If you are ready to sell then here are some tips to get you started.

Get a Realtor

First things first, you are going to want to get a local realtor who can help you sell this home quickly.  A realtor will help you get listed quickly and get it on the market as soon as you can.  You will need to put together a marketing and pricing strategy based on the current market conditions.  You will need an aggressive marketing strategy with fewer buyers looking at houses.  The good news is that the buyers who are looking are serious about finding a home.

Boost Your Curb Appeal

Late summer and early fall is still early enough in the year to have flowers blooming and green grass in the yard.  Even with the end of summer only six weeks off you still have plenty of time to boost your curb appeal.  It is warm enough to get the gutters cleaned, weed the flower beds and trim any hedges that you have.  Does the house need a fresh coat of paint or the deck need re-staining.  This is the perfect time of year to get all of that done.

The days are going to start getting shorter soon so you might also want to look into some exterior lighting.  You may end up showing your house in the evening so having a well light front area and walkway will help a great deal.

Getting the Inside Ready

You can hire a landscape company to deal with the curb appeal issue but getting the inside ready for sale will rest on your shoulders.  You will need to start packing and getting your home staged to sell.  Staged homes sell faster and for more money so this is an important step in the process you can’t afford to overlook.  Start by de-cluttering and getting rid of all the personal knick-knacks and pictures.  You want to present your home in the best light possible and make buyers feel like this could be their home.

Don’t worry it is not too late in the year to sell your house, work with your realtor and you could have your Port Alberni home sold in no time.