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Calgary Home Renovations: Renovation to Resell Part III

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 12:10pm.


Bathrooms are a great area to spice up if you're looking to do a home renovation, but they can also be a money pit if you're not careful. As always, do not break the bank on high-end finishes if you're not in a neighbourhood that demands it, and even if you are, I'm still a fan of giving the appearance of high-end finishes, without the added costs. It can be done.

I've viewed a lot homes lately where people have chosen their bathrooms to express their personal creativity and painted the walls bright green, red or orange from top to bottom. Now, with the right designer on your side, this isn't always a bad idea, but if you don't have a design designation, I would seriously consider leaving your bathrooms a neutral shade. The reason for this is that most people out there like neutral colours, and they would be OK to keep the shade you have on the wall. Putting a bold colour on the wall gives them another reason to say, "No," to your home, and when we're selling, we want to remove as many of those reasons as possible. People like you and me, we're pretty handy. We're not afraid of a bucket of paint and a little bit of elbow grease, but there are a lot of people out there who see home renovations and repairs, as something outside their realm of capability. They see bright red, and they think, "I don't like that, and I know I'll never get around to changing it."


When you're thinking about picking tiles, don't blow the bank here. Yes, get cool and stylish tiles, but don't get the most expensive ones on the scale. You won't see your money back from that. Also, unless you have a few years experience of installing tile---or just a ridiculous knack for DIY---do not install the tiles yourself. "Home-jobbies"---as I call them---are often painfully obvious, especially to the agents who are showing your home. Home-jobbies will often lose you value, rather than gain it.

As for sinks, I've been a bit in love with Costco all-in-one sinks lately. The price is right and they come with everything you need including a gorgeous wooden cabinet beneath. They usually range from $700-$1200 depending on if you want granite or not. I love the space that these can leave in a bathroom, especially a half bathroom.

A great idea for a mirror is buying a framed one from Winners or Home Sense and using that as your main piece. It's great for keeping costs down and it looks very majestic in the room.

If you're installing a shower, and it's in the budget, a frameless shower always looks lovely. However, I wouldn't put one of these in a home worth less than $500,000, as the upgrade won't hold a lot of water in homes worth less than that.

As always, your best bet before you decide to renovate is to give your Real Estate Agent a call to have a walk through your home and review your plans to make sure you're building value in the right places. I'm always happy to attend those appointments completely free of charge!

Until next time


Rachel Vanderveen

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

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