Realtor?s Insight

Hi there everyone; Since winter seems to be hanging on for so long, people are getting itchy to do something, it seems every other person I talk to have started a renovation project. I was doing some research on different aspects of Real Estate and stumbled over some interesting statistics and information. I thought it might be fun to share some of my findings with you.

LANDSCAPING; oh yes, it all starts at the curb?Everyone knows the value of a first impression, landscaping the front and backyard of your home will give you a 7% better return on your renovating dollar over the average return on other popular renos you might consider. Making the ?curb appeal ? can be as simple as adding containers of brightly colored flowers, another consideration is a simple water fixture in the backyard to add ambiance, a low maintenance garden full of color and texture, but remember to keep it low maintenance.

THE KITCHEN IS THE HUB; ever wonder why ?kitchen parties? naturally occur every time you have guests? Well, it?s because the kitchen is the hub of every home. It?s where we get nourishment, refreshment, gather and regroup after a busy day. It is a room with real value for every family. Kitchen upgrades can really deliver, with a 44% higher return on investment over the average return. Whether you?re working with a contemporary kitchen or more of a country feel, stainless steel appliances continue to hold a lot of interest. In cabinetry, look at fine-grained maple, stained or natural. Laminates and marble are great choices for countertops, but granite continues to be at the top of the list, and brushed nickel seems to rate high for all the finishing touches.

FIREPLACES?.rekindle your passion for living?Nothing beats the feeling of curling up around a fire on a cold winter?s night. Not to mention the comforting feeling of hearth and home that a fireplace adds to a room. Installing or upgrading the fireplace in your home will generate 11% greater return on investment.

This next one amazes me! PAINT?try a fresh coat?29% return on the dollar over the average by simply repainting the walls. Whether you go neutral with splashes of color or warm and dramatic. There are hundreds of colors to choose from on the market today, a mix of strong colors, mixed with nature inspired neutrals, energy colors like orange, aqua, sage and blue, along with neutral palates leaning toward bisques, fawn, gray and walnut, the choices are endless.

BATHROOMS?turn your bathroom into a spa like atmosphere and generate a 56% better return on your investment. It seems in today?s stress-filled world people are crying out for rest and relaxation, what you want to try and create is a spa-like environment in your bathroom by installing a soaker tub with relaxing jets, or perhaps a new steam shower stall.

Last but not least?FLOORS? There are literally thousands of products on the market today, and great looking floors are a strong feature of any home. It often makes all the difference. This upgrade can generate a 22% better return. Start by getting rid of that dated wall-to-wall carpet. Choose one of the many easy-to-install and affordable laminates. You can also choose real wood flooring, ceramic tile, cork the list is endless. There is even a linoleum product on the market now that is glue less, all easy to install. Bare floors always look and feel warmer with accent area rugs scattered around.

There you have it some great information on renovations. If you are thinking of some projects to do, maybe this will help in your decision making.

Do you have a question? Feel free to ask, submit questions to me in writing to Brenda Banham Re/Max Dawson Creek Realty:

e-mail bbanham@neonet.bc.ca

fax: 250-242-3256

or mail Box 1769

Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0

OR Claudette M.M. Huber

Re/Max Dawson Creek Realty:

e-mail claudetterealty@xplornet.com

fax: 250-242-4410

or mail Box 2106

Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0