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Tackle these summer renovations before you sell your home

Real estate agents argue there are specific times throughout the year that are favourable to sell your home. We’re heading into one of those seasons: early to mid-fall. But before you put your house on the market, it’s important to tackle these four summer renovations. What are you waiting for? Get on the phone with one of our general contractors today to get started!

Why sell in the early fall?

Isn’t the best time to sell a house when you as a family is ready to move? Well, there is some truth to the real estate agents’ theories. First of all, does any family want to be unloaded materials off a moving truck in August when the next school year is about to begin? After all, homeowners with kids will have a lot more on their plates and minds.

Not only that, but the summer season is the perfect time to do some major renovations before you put your home for sale. You want to increase the value of your home as much as possible so you can yield multiple, good-quality offers.

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Here’s a round-up of what you should be doing now to prepare for the real estate season ahead:

Repave the driveway

Is your driveway covered in cracks and holes? Deterioration happens overtime and if you notice it, so will potential home buyers. The summer season is the best time to have the driveway repaved. If you have (or want) an asphalt driveway, the material is a hot liquid that needs to cool overtime. The colder the temperature, the less time a paving contractor has to work with the asphalt. Undertaking this exterior renovation during a colder time of the year puts the asphalt at risk of developing clumps and bumps.

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Unsightly cracks in an asphalt driveway should be repaired by a professional before your house goes up for sale.

Don’t handle hot asphalt yourself! Instead, opt for hiring a professional to do the job right the first time for you. We have a directory of paving contractors who can assist you with this summer renovation before it’s too late!

Replace old windows

Whether you’re selling your home six months or six years from now, it’s always a good idea to consider replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones. Energy Star certified windows can aid in lower heating and cooling costs because they work to keep cold air out of your home during the winter months, and hot air out during the summer. Not only will it help you save money while you’re still living in your home, but it’s a wise investment to consider if you’re planning on moving out. That’s because homeowners are concerned about energy conservation and saving on energy. When a home has been retrofitted with energy-efficient windows, it boosts the value of your home and your property will be that much more appealing to home buyers.

Here's your guide to energy-efficient windows.

Here’s your guide to energy-efficient windows.

Not convinced you should replace your old windows when you’re planning on selling your home? Use our directory to find a window expert located near you. They’ll advise you on what’s best for your home – and if your windows are in serious need of replacement!

Remodel the kitchen

It’s no secret that a kitchen remodel is a great investment, for it can instantly increase any home’s value. While you’ll be spending a large sum of money to get the job done, you’ll likely see a return on investment once your property is up for sale.

That’s the reason why you should consider undertaking this remodel before you sell your home. Most homeowners would argue the best time to do home renovations is in the winter months, but here’s why you should consider gutting your kitchen now: the summer season is the perfect time for families to spend outdoors. Plus, when else can you take advantage of that outdoor grill? As a result, you’ll be spending more time outside and less in the kitchen. A winter kitchen renovation will leave your kitchen out of commission with little alternative to cooking (unless you want to barbecue in your winter coat!).

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Kitchen renovations aren’t an easy process, but they look great once the finished product is complete!

A new kitchen is the key to increasing your home’s value. Get started on this renovation before the winter weather comes. After all, you won’t be able to retreat to the outdoors to use the BBQ and eat outside in the winter! Use our directory to find a kitchen renovation specialist to get started.

Build a deck

Last month, we spoke to three decking experts about why every backyard should have an outdoor deck. Aside from the fact that it gives you a reason to use your backyard (who wants an empty backyard, anyway?), but it’s a key feature to have if you plan on putting your home on the market. Next to a new kitchen, they ‘re one of the best investments a homeowner can make in a home. It gives homeowners the opportunity to utilize all aspects of the home they’re purchasing – and that includes the outdoors.

With more homeowners opting for staycations in the summer, it’s bound to be an appealing selling feature as part of your property.

With a backyard deck like this, who wouldn't want to buy these homes?

With a backyard deck like this, who wouldn’t want to buy these homes?

Selling your home is not an easy process. After all, you want to make the property attractive to buyers. Contact the right home service professionals to get your home ready. A general contractor can facilitate a variety of projects to get your home ready for the real estate market!

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