How to improve the value of your home for the long-term

by | Jan 1, 2024 | Uncategorized

For most of us, our home is by-far our biggest investment. So, if we’re going to spend more money on it for renovations, we want to make sure they’re wise expenses for the long-term. Here are four things to consider when planning your next reno.

Upgrade the kitchen
In most surveys of the best renovation projects for return on investment (ROI), kitchen renos usually top the list. It makes sense given how much time we spend in there cooking, eating and socializing. If it’s in your budget, opening-up walls and adding a kitchen island are trendy options. But a fresh coat of paint and some new handles on the drawers and cabinets are a low-cost way to refresh the most popular room in the house.

Refresh the bathrooms
Next on the list of best renos for ROI are bathrooms. Turning a dingy old bathroom with inefficient fixtures into a home-based spa will do wonders for your day-to-day life, and the home’s resale value. Some investments, such as low-flow showerheads and faucets, and water-conserving toilets are both environmentally friendly and will help lower your utility bills. Others, such as adding heated floors will have your feet thanking you for as long as you live there.

Prepare to age in place
As we start to get older and think about retirement living, most of us are planning to stay in our current homes – or, age in place. If you are planning on renovating some or all of the rooms in your house, there are some simple steps you can take to make it easier for you to stay there well into your golden years. This includes adding extra lighting, widening doorways so a walker or wheelchair can fit through and having a barrier-free shower or bathtub.

Test for radon
Your home should be your sanctuary, but some homes can house some real hazards, including radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. In many homes, the gas can seep in and accumulate to dangerous levels. Long-term exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, so reducing your risk is important for your health. The first step is to test the radon level using a simple DIY kit. Then, if the level is high, you can lower it with the help of a certified professional, making your home healthier for you and increasing its value long term.

Learn more about radon, how to test for it and fix problematic levels at takeactiononradon.ca

Related Content

Summer planning guide: 4 things to consider this season

Summer planning guide: 4 things to consider this season

For many of us, summer is the most wonderful time of the year. The weather is warm, we take vacations and get to enjoy fresh local produce, among many other highlights. But the heat and blazing sun can also cause health issues for many. Here are four things to think...

read more
2 tasty and creative ways to add eggs to your diet

2 tasty and creative ways to add eggs to your diet

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse packed with high-quality protein as well as vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, D, E and iron. Some, such as Burnbrae Farms Naturegg Omega Plus Solar Free Range eggs offer an additional source of DHA Omega-3 fatty acids and...

read more
How farmers give back in unique ways

How farmers give back in unique ways

Farmers are an important part of ensuring a strong, diverse food supply across the country. And in every region, farmers work to contribute to the fabric of communities like yours. Here are four unique benefits Canadian farmers offer: Nutritious food. A balanced diet...

read more
Packing tips for easier airport screening

Packing tips for easier airport screening

The summer travel season is here, and whether you’re planning a short trip or travelling to a far-away destination, your experience starts at home. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has a few tips that can help you prepare for a successful security...

read more