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Calgary Home Renovations: Renovating to Resell Part I

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 11:08am.


I grew up with parents who loved to buy an older home in Calgary and renovate it. (They were hooked on huge lots in Calgary). I've lived through many renovations as a child, and perhaps that's why I tend to gravitate to Calgary's newer homes, myself. I like the idea of something being move-in ready. However, even in the house that we built in Auburn Bay in 2008, I already want new backsplash and a different tile surround for the fireplace. There's just no way to escape renovations, I suppose, if you're a woman with warm blood running through your veins that calls you in a zombie-like state to the gorgeous patterns and designs you see on HGTV.

Lucky for me, the only place we have cable that would allow me to watch HGTV in our house, is on the TV in our unfinished basement. I asked Clint to put that TV right in front of the treadmill, reasoning that it would make it more desirable for me to use the machine if I had the added treat of being able to enjoy some cable. So far it has encouraged one run and Clint put it there a year ago. All that is to say, that I don't get to watch a lot of HGTV, but I do get to see a little bit of it from time to time, and glory be, I sure do love those shows! Each and every one of them makes me want to put on some old overalls and spend an unholy amount of money at Home Depot buying paints and decals and all kinds of other things that would make Clint roll his eyes and get out of my way until it was all over.

But what stops me from doing that every time I see a show? Well, a couple things. First is that most of them are pretty time-intensive, and in-between keeping my home at a dull clutter, making macaroni and cheese with frozen vegetables mixed through it 5 course meals which include every food group, and scaling what Clint and I fondly call "laundry mountain," I just don't have time to start cracking up my own backsplash and repainting my kids' rooms and sticking funky black words on the walls that say "love" "baby" "forever" and the like.

The second thing that stops me is that, as a Realtor, I know I have to be careful about over-personalizing my home. I know we won't be here forever, so when I make a change in the house, I do it with the knowledge that we'll likely be moving in five years, so personal touches have to be removable.

Finally, renovations need to be cost-effective, meaning that I am spending renovation dollars on things that will earn value, or at the very least, return my renovation dollars to me on move-out. Those are the things I will be discussing in this series. I will be addressing what renovations will earn you the best resale dollars on your Calgary home. So tune in for the next blog, where we'll talk about kitchen and bathroom renovations.

Until next time...


Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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