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Most Common Renos People Do AFTER Buying a House

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October 24, 2018

Whether you buy a fixer-upper or a move-in-ready home, there are bound to be aspects of the house you don’t love. Be it the flooring, the basement or the windows and doors — not everything in your new home will be your style.

For sellers, there are some renovations you might consider doing in order to sell, but be mindful that not all renos are worth it when selling, as the buyer may have totally different tastes than yours.

So, which renovations will you tackle first?

Windows and doors

If the resale home you bought has older, out-of-date windows, it’s a good idea to put that near the top of your renovation list. Not only can new windows and doors improve the look of your home, but they also add tremendous value and energy savings.

Fence

If you think your yard could use a new fence and gate, it’s a great opportunity to meet your new neighbours. Discuss the possibility of going in on a new fence — a mutually beneficial project.

Paint

One of the most affordable renovations you can do when you move into a new home is paint. Let’s face it, you probably just committed to paying a lot of money for this new home, so you’re probably not in a rush to tackle big-ticket projects. Paint can transform a space and really personalize it. Many homes are painted in neutral colours in order to stage the home. Once you move in, you don’t have to keep the colour. Get creative and express yourself.

Countertops

If you want a higher-end, or different-coloured, countertop, invest in that once you’ve moved in. Only spend money on high-end finishes if you intend to stay in the home for many years. You will also want to establish that you like the cabinetry and the layout of the kitchen. Investing in granite or quartz is worth it only when you’re in it for the long haul.

Roofing

If you bought an older home “as is,” there will likely be many repairs, replacements and renovations in your future. One important one is the home’s roof. Keep the elements out with a new roof. Traditional shingled roofs have an expiry date — lasting roughly 20 to 25 years — so if the previous homeowner didn’t replace the roof, you might have to.

Decking

If you plan to entertain a lot during the warmer months, consider replacing or redesigning your deck and patio. A new deck can really add a lot to your backyard landscaping.

Flooring

If you’re happy with the existing flooring, update or refinish the floors to suit your style. If the house has existing hardwood floors but you don’t like the finish colour, have them sanded down and refinished. You can also change the tiles or add hardwood or laminate to achieve the look and feel you want.

Basement

This one applies to both new builds and resale homes. If you bought a home with an unfinished basement, you are sitting on a goldmine of potential living space. Finishing your basement will increase its value and give you room to grow as a family.

Hardware and fixtures

Sometimes the smallest changes have the biggest impact. By changing the little things, such as faucets, knobs, handles, lighting fixtures and more, you can update your home without spending a lot of money.

What changes would you make to a home when you move in? What was the first thing you changed in your home?

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