1The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean that your home improvement projects need to wait. In fact, tackling projects during the winter will give you more time to enjoy spring when it finally rolls around. If your intent is to sell your home, now is the time to start preparing it for sale.

“Homeowners planning to sell their homes in the spring are best to prepare them for sale now so that they’re ready to go in the new year,” says Pat Verge, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “If all that a home needs is a refresher in certain areas, ‘mini renos’ can often be done with only minor inconveniences. You won’t even need to move out during the process.”

Verge recommends that homeowners speak to their Realtor to find out what renovations would add the greatest value and provide a return on investment. Some value-added renovations that can be done now include:

A fresh coat of paint – A fairly inexpensive project, sprucing up the walls with a fresh coat of paint is easy enough to do in the winter. In fact, cooler temperatures are ideal for paint to dry.

Renovate a basement – You may encounter some dust or debris in your main floor living quarters, but most of it will remain contained in the basement.

Bathroom renovation – If you plan on taking this renovation slowly, just make sure you have another toilet and shower at your disposal.

New kitchen countertops – Sometimes new countertops are all a kitchen needs to feel new again. Be sure to keep the old one on until the new one has arrived and is ready to be installed.

Install new kitchen cabinets –If you’re keeping the same layout, this project won’t be too complicated. A new kitchen layout may require moving electrical and plumbing, so just be prepared for some disturbances.

More information is available at www.wedothehomework.ca.

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