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Bill Johnston – Toronto Sun
The Greater Toronto Area’s spring real estate market is just weeks away.
If you’re planning on making a foray into the market this year, now could be the time to undertake improvements, which if carefully planned, can increase the value of your home considerably.
Most of us know that kitchens, bathrooms and a fresh coat of paint inside and out, offer the best return on investment. According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, you can expect to get back 75 to 100% of what you put into kitchens and bathrooms. Painting can return 50 to 100% of your investment.
While these are typically low risk investments, a number of factors can influence the gains you achieve with other types of renovations. Location is one such consideration. The completion of a basement recreation room for example, can generally return 50 to 75% of expenses, depending on the preferences of future buyers in your area. In a predominantly seniors community its value could be considerably limited.
It’s also important to consider your home’s most crucial needs. Window and door replacement may offer a return of 50 to 75%, but if your existing units are broken, this home improvement should take priority on your project list. Where glaring needs are concerned, the value associated with your home’s overall impression outweighs specific project returns.
When deciding whether to proceed with functional renovations though, it’s also important to consider that significant government rebates are available for many energy efficiency improvements.
There are some improvements that we undertake simply for our own enjoyment, like a swimming pool, from which you can get back up to 40% of your investment or landscaping, which is likely to offer a 25 to 50% return. Despite the limited gains they may offer individually, these types of improvements can also make an important contribution to your property’s overall image.
Consider as well that not all of your renovations need to be sizable. Even minor improvements like new light fixtures, cabinet hardware or faucets can give your home a contemporary look.
Contact the Jeffrey Team for more information – 416-388-1960
Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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