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9 Things you can do in a Weekend to Increase Home Value

Looking to finally sell your current house and move to your dream home? Or maybe you just want to improve your place and reap the benefits of an outstanding property later on? Whichever side of the fence you’re on, there are lots of simple value-adding tricks you can do to give your humble abode an edge.

To help you add some pizzazz to your place, we’ve rounded up a list of simple weekend projects you and your family can take on to spruce up your home.

1. Apply a fresh coat of paint

Perhaps the simplest, most surefire way to liven up any home is to apply a fresh new coat of gorgeous paint. Not only does it instantly increase the value of any property, but it gives the house a brand new look & feel.

Don’t be afraid to shake up your palette and experiment with colors you haven’t tried. For a more contemporary look, you can always count on neutrals. But don’t stop there – maybe add a vibrant color that will pop and bring life to the place.

Whatever route you go for, a fresh coat of paint will always be a good task to undertake.

2. Beautify your garden

Sprucing up your existing garden with a couple of new plants and flowers will surely make your house look fresh and wonderful. If you’re looking for something you can immediately do this weekend, why don’t you visit a local nursery to purchase your new plant collection?

However, if you want a project that’ll potentially increase your house’s appeal for a longer time, we suggest planting a few trees, starting a new herb garden, and maintaining a fabulous flower garden. Although these will take longer than a weekend, these’ll make for great projects under the warmth of the sun.

3. Refresh your kitchen

There’s no doubt that the kitchen has become one of the most valuable parts of the house. Apart from being the place where delicious home-cooked meals are whipped up, this also easily becomes a hub for socializing when you have guests over.

Just by doing some easy weekend projects, you’ll be able to liven up that adorable kitchen of yours:

  • Put on a fresh coat of light-colored paint on the walls
  • Repaint or refinish kitchen cabinets
  • Work with new tile backsplash
  • Try assembling a concrete kitchen top

4. Give your laundry room a makeover

A good clean-up and organization will go a long way for your laundry room, making it more of a place of relaxation instead of chores. Consider adorning the area with scented candles, a fan, or even a nook for a moody break time while waiting for the laundry. Some plants will help add some laidback notes too, turning it into a space of life rather than just for utility.

The laundry room is an underrated asset of any home. It keeps our sheets and clothes clean, so it makes sense to give it some good ol’ makeover.

5. DIY bathroom makeover

As years go by, the bathroom often gets left out of style. Outdated fixtures, tacky paint scheme, maybe a bit of troublesome hardware. Or who knows, maybe it just needs some cleaning.

Here are some tips on how you can liven up your bathroom easily:

  • Update and use similarly-themed fixtures/knobs/handles
  • Clean the floors and yes, even the grout
  • Add some plants for a feeling of freshness
  • Get some lively lighting, like an accent light or two.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint

6. Start spring cleaning

Since Spring is in full swing, why not take advantage of the warm energy to raid your closets, pantries, garage, and everywhere else for a decluttering session?

Time to tackle those storage boxes you’ve been dreading to clean up. Don’t worry, you can be eco-friendly by donating or recycling your pre-loved valuables. Not only do you get to clean up your space, but you get to give your unused things a second chance at life.

7. Personalize your mailbox’s look

In the age of lightning-speed connectivity, yes, it’s still worth it to update your mailbox’s look. For a more personalized feel, try painting its body with your favorite color. You can even get the rest of your family to contribute to the design and turn it into artwork.

8. Update light fixtures

We’re in the modern era, so it’s probably about time to upgrade your old light fixtures and get with the times. You can add a hanging lamp down the kitchen table or island to give a more warm and inviting mood, or maybe add accent lamps in the living room for that cozy feeling.

Lighting inside a room is essential as it sets the mood for all occasions, so don’t neglect it.

9. Install smart home features

The houses of the future have officially arrived. The best part? Yours can turn into a smart home, too.

The use of smart technology at home has been skyrocketing as tech becomes more and more integral to our lives. Adding any smart feature to your home, big or small, makes a difference. Not only does it make life just a bit simpler, but also attracts a new market for your house down the road.

You can start small and just try it out, maybe with a smart lighting setup or a smart thermostat – cold or warm in a flick of a finger.

Ready to add value to your home?

We hope you found these home weekend project ideas useful. Doing any of the ones listed will not only add value to your property but also, it’s a chance to learn so much more about your house and what it needs.

Put those handiness skills to work this weekend! And remember to enjoy the place you live in, it’s your home.

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New property listed in Ashcroft, South West

I have listed a new property at 25 807 RAILWAY AVE in Ashcroft. See details here

Welcome to Villa Frontera in Central Ashcroft a quiet well managed 55+ community. This 2 Bed/2Bath rancher has been beautifully maintained and includes a recently replaced furnace, hot water tank and air conditioner. You will also note upgraded stainless steel fridge and stove with double ovens. Oak floors throughout both bedrooms, hallways, dining room and living room amplified by the warmth of the natural gas fireplace. Beaming in with sunshine this unit offers a spectacular river view. Double car garage w remote as well as additional storage in the unit. Roof was replaced in 2021. Rentals allowed and pets with restrictions.

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5 Ways Millennials Can Invest In Rental Properties

Investing in real estate has been proven to be a great option for past generations of investors, however, many millennials are opting out of the market and choosing more flexible investment options. The popularity of stocks and new forms of investments like cryptocurrencies have become a popular option for millennials since they only require small capital and the returns are quicker.

However, investing in rental properties can be a great entry point in investing in real estate since it can serve as a long-term passive income while providing cash flow. Millennials also have the advantage of knowing how to market their rental properties to the younger generation.

Investing in real estate might not give quick returns, but it is definitely profitable in the long run. Here are several ways millennials can start investing in rental properties.

1. Establish your credit score

Your credit score can have a big impact on getting approved for a mortgage and getting good terms. Many millennials struggle in building their credit score because of financial constraints. While it might take some time and effort to establish a credit score that’s good enough to be accepted by lenders, there are still many simple steps to improve it.

How you manage your credit card is one factor that can leave a big impact on your credit score. It’s important to not go over your credit card limit and to make timely payments. If you are unable to pay your total balance, make sure to pay at least a portion of it before the due date. It’s important to keep your credit at 30% or less of your total credit limit.

2. Save up for a down payment

The next step is saving up for a down payment. Once you are pre-approved for a loan, the down payment is the biggest chunk of money that you will need when buying a rental property. You would need to deposit at least 20% of a property’s contract price. To prepare for this, you can do your research in advance on the market value of current listings before you decide to buy a rental property.

3. Calculate the rental property’s ROI

Once you have a target rental property, you’ll want to calculate the property’s potential return on investment. You’ll need to get initial figures on monthly rent prices in the area as well as your expenses. For the expenses, you’ll need to consider the initial expenses, operational expenses, vacancy periods, repairs and fixtures, among others.

The best way to calculate a property’s ROI is to analyze the current market trends and to make sure that you are accounting for all the expenses, including the interests. You’ll also need to identify and assess the risks. Projecting your ROI is the best way to decide whether the investment is worth it in the long run.

4. Manage the property on your own

As a millennial starting out in the rental industry, you can skip hiring a property manager and choose to manage it on your own, especially if your budget is too small. Managing a property can seem easy to do, but it can also take a lot of time and hard work.

You’ll need to learn certain skills that will help you manage the property efficiently. First, you’ll need to know the right qualities to look for in a tenant. You’ll also need to know how to write a sound contract and you’ll need to set property rules. You’ll also need to know how to handle unruly tenants and other conflicts that may occur. Moreover, accounting for your finances and knowing how to repair broken fixtures are also skills that you’ll need.

5. Consider house hacking

House hacking is buying a property, such as a single-family home or duplex, and having parts of your home rented out to generate income. House hacking is popular among millennials because it is a great way to cut down on housing expenses. When you commit to this type of investment, you’ll be able to cover your mortgage and monthly utilities while enjoying tax deductions. It is also a great start if you want to ease in investing in more rental properties in the future.

Investing in real estate might seem like a big commitment, but it’s definitely a smart long-term financial move. Not only will you yield high capital gains, but you’ll also have regular cash flow available while benefitting from tax deductions. Make sure to follow these tips to make your investing journey easier.

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New property listed in Lillooet, South West

I have listed a new property at 21840 FOUNTAIN VALLEY ROAD in Lillooet. See details here

2 Bedroom/1 Bath- 2001 Custom Built home with 5.5 foot insulated crawl space sitting on a serene 27.5 acre property just 30 minutes to Lillooet or under 4 hours to Vancouver! Additional Family Space/Acreage help in the Cottage with 1 Bedroom Loft, full kitchen and 3pce bath. Abundant water from high producing aquifer documented at 30 GPM! Extra Storage in the Intermodal container included, Chicken House, Green House, pasture space and more! Your patio has a beautiful view looking South down the valley. Nearby you will find many lakes Cinquefoil, Fountain for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding. The property has a nice gentle slope with an upper flat that would be perfect for a horse corral and shelter. With an abundance of wilderness to explore out your door. This property takes you away from the bustle of it all but provides all the space to be self-sufficient and close enough to commute to see friends and family! Work from home with excellent internet available in the area!

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New property listed in Lillooet, South West

I have listed a new property at 1200 MURRAY STREET in Lillooet. See details here

Last large land parcel ready for development in central Lillooet with city sewer and water. For this lot, without subdivision, at 1.49 Ha/3.69 acres/14930m2, the encouraged density would be between 60 to 150 dwellings. Allowed development includes mixed dwelling types including fourplexes, cluster housing, higher density rowhouses, townhouses, stacked townhouses, apartments. Council may consider allowing mobile/modular home parks in this designation. Full information package available. Current survey certificate on file

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New property listed in Lillooet, South West

I have listed a new property at 500 JORGENSEN ROAD in Lillooet. See details here

Beautiful 22.5 acre rural property with rustic alpine style farmhouse with 2 Bedrooms upstairs (could go back to 3 easily) and 1 bedroom downstairs.  The home has a new metal roof, new wood burning fireplace in main living area, updated bathrooms, new patios and railings.  Check out the breathtaking view from the patio overlooking the natural pond.  Partially built Barn (32'x40') with new metal roof and covered market stand area under development(12'x40'), Workshop with Cold Storage (22'x44') and Machine Fly(18'x44'), Detached Carport(40'x18'), 2 Hoop Greenhouses (27'x72' x12'tall) and (11'x40' x6'tall).  Bunk House for Farm Staff offers 2x1 bedroom units 12'x10' each) and outdoor living area(10'x13').  Gravity Fed Water from Means Creek with 2 water licenses, both domestic and irrigation use.  6 acres of sloping grasslands to river not in ALR. 4 Acres of vegetable gardens wildlife fenced, 1 acre wild life fenced with 69 heirloom apple trees(2022). Message for full brochure!

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New property listed in Logan Lake, South West

I have listed a new property at Logan Lake, South West. See details here

Very rare opportunity to own just over 80 acres of beautiful country situated just outside of Logan Lake and 40 minutes to Kamloops. Spectacular views, licenses for crown land access for both the driveway and power rights. The property is NOT IN ALR, but does hold farm status so GST will be applicable to the sale. Approximately 25-30acres of hay with natural sub irrigation from Meadow Creek which runs through the property. Build your dream home on a hillside overlooking your own acreage and absorb in those amazing views down the valley. Bordered by Crown Land on the South and West sides of property and fully surveyed in 2020 to aid in accurate fencing updates.

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New property listed in Ashcroft, South West

I have listed a new property at 401/403 BANCROFT STREET in Ashcroft. See details here

Simply Stunning! Whether you are looking for an investment property, a new location for your not for profit society, home-business, club/lodge, shelter or amazing residential renovation. This listing includes the original Zion United Church built in 1892 plus the addition in the 60's of Kitchen, Hall with Stage and lower level offering space for daycare/Sunday school/meeting rooms along with the designated office space and 2 washrooms on its own 6000sq foot lot. The neighboring Manses Cottage built in 1901 comes with this unique property and features 2 bedrooms plus Den, a living room, sitting room, large open kitchen and cozy covered porch. The Manses Cottage (1500sq feet) property (6000sq foot lot)also has a detached workshop/1car garage (13'4'x34'4"). The property is well landscaped between the cottage and church and fully fenced. It is a lovely little oasis in the garden. The Church and Manses property are each on their own titles. Roofs are about 4 years old. Full info packag

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New property listed in Ashcroft, South West

I have listed a new property at 401/403 BANCROFT STREET in Ashcroft. See details here

Simply Stunning! Whether you are looking for an investment property, a new location for your not for profit society, home-business, club/lodge, shelter or amazing residential renovation. This listing includes the original Zion United Church built in 1892 plus the addition in the 60's of Kitchen, Hall with Stage and lower level offering space for daycare/Sunday school/meeting rooms along with the designated office space and 2 washrooms on its own 6000sq foot lot. The neighboring Manses Cottage built in 1901 comes with this unique property and features 2 bedrooms plus Den, a living room, sitting room, large open kitchen and cozy covered porch. The Manses Cottage (1500sq feet) property (6000sq foot lot)also has a detached workshop/1car garage (13'4'x34'4"). The property is well landscaped between the cottage and church and fully fenced. It is a lovely little oasis in the garden. The Church and Manses property are each on their own titles. Roofs are about 4 years old.

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New property listed in Cache Creek, South West

I have listed a new property at 5053 CARIBOO HWY 97 in Cache Creek. See details here

Spacious home on .83 acres just 15 minutes outside of Cache Creek before the Loon Lake turn off. Enjoy a peaceful view out at the neighbours hay fields and salmon bearing river from your large patio or kitchen windows. This well cared for home will have new roof installed end of October, has steel gutters with a lifetime guarantee, full security system, remote control Hunter Douglas Blinds, geothermal heat/cooling and so much living space! With 2 Bedrooms and Den on the Upper floor and 2 Bedrooms, hobby room, cold room on the lower level. The lower family room has a custom built mantle, entertainment unit, wet bar and table and chairs for all your entertaining needs. Just when you think there can't be more check out the attached single car garage with two entries as well as the Detached shop/garage with 2 piece washroom. With both a double and single bay area. Green House, Fruit Trees, Outdoor Fire Pit, Great landscaping, fantastic water and more!

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New property listed in Stump Lake, South West

I have listed a new property at 9041 PLANET MINE ROAD in Stump Lake. See details here

Are you looking for waterfront property? Check out the stunning view from the new proposed build site! Selling as lot however, the past 3 bedroom cottage is remaining which was flooded when the lake rose and is of no value. It is unknown if it can be salvaged when the water table drops. Currently this lot has an approved septic system on site, a 27 foot 2015 Jayco RV. included, Power onsite, and the past well which is currently capped as it is submerged with the high water. Cistern on site. There is also a 30 amp RV hook up and cement pad at the top of the driveway here. Neighboring lot 9037 Planet Mine Road has an approved septic installed for a 3 bedroom home and great building site which is available as a combined package only with this lot under MLS #168409.

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New property listed in Lillooet, South West

I have listed a new property at 288 HOLLYWOOD CRES in Lillooet. See details here

Are you looking for a friendly community, in a country setting, that provides space for your pets, or a garden oasis. Sitting on your back patio, as you soak away the day's adventure in your hot tub, breathing in fresh country air, this home is truly made for both entertaining and everyday living. Featuring plenty of space and fabulous views, situated on over half acre, this 4 bedroom plus Den home is a must see. Enjoy an open floor plan and galley kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets, and a roomy pantry. The heart of this home, the kitchen â with adjoining dining and family rooms â make it ideal for gatherings. Outside in your backyard oasis with south-facing mountain views enjoy your patio with pergola and hot tub. An immaculate home, well-cared for, and ready for new owners. You will love the attached garage that could easily be made into a home office or gym. The detached workshop with 1 car garage is ideal for rec equip/ shop or mechanic space. Book in!

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New property listed in Lillooet, South West

I have listed a new property at 8100 TYAUGHTON LAKE RD in Lillooet. See details here

Have you dreamed of owning your own log cabin in the wilderness? EXcellent VRBO income. Allow this custom built Pacific Log Home to delight your eye with its distinctive architectural focal points such as the 23 foot roof purlins and the expertly crafted stone fireplace sitting on a private 2.02 acres. With huge windows flooding in the daylight and a lake view this open concept main floor is sure to greet owners or guests with comfort and elegance. Imagine yourself sipping coffee on the spacious sundeck as you hear the loons calling from the distant. Gaze up at the stars as you hear your wood burning fireplace crackle in the distance. Be inspired to place a board game out in the evenings in the cozy main sitting area. With 4 bedrooms and 4 full 4pce bathrooms and two private bedroom patios this is the perfect VRBO getaway with consistent good income. For a full property brochure and detailed description contact agent. Check out the 3D Virtual Tour using the link.

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New property listed in Lillooet, South West

I have listed a new property at 8100 TYAUGHTON LAKE RD in Lillooet. See details here

Have you dreamed of owning your own log cabin in the wilderness? Allow this custom built Pacific Log Home to delight your eye with its distinctive architectural focal points such as the 23 foot roof purlins and the expertly crafted stone fireplace sitting on a private 2.02 acres. With huge windows flooding in the daylight and a lake view this open concept main floor is sure to greet owners or guests with comfort and elegance. Imagine yourself sipping coffee on the spacious sundeck as you hear the loons calling from the distant. Gaze up at the stars as you hear your wood burning fireplace crackle in the distance. Be inspired to place a board game out in the evenings in the cozy main sitting area. With 4 bedrooms and 4 full 4pce bathrooms and two private bedroom patios this is the perfect VRBO getaway with consistent good income. For a full property brochure and detailed description contact agent. Check out the 3D Virtual Tour using the link.

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New property listed in Clinton, North West

I have listed a new property at 406 ELM AVE in Clinton. See details here

Are you looking for a ready to move into home that offers a great floor plan and lots of private outdoor country space in a friendly quiet neighborhood. This home offers 3 bedrooms upstairs with a full 4pce bathroom, the main floor offers a friendly setting in an open concept style. Downstairs you will find additional family or recreation space, a huge pantry/storage room your laundry facilities as well as a 3 pce bathroom. This home has updated windows that not only allow light to flood in but a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Lovingly cared for yard provides a covered front porch to sip your morning tea, a open patio in the back yard with a green house connecting it. The fully fenced back yard also offers tool storage space and additional storage for your recreational equipment in another well-built shed. Garden space, campfire space, pet space and peacefulness all are waiting for you. Check out the 3D tour link. Full photography posted soon!

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New property listed in Cache Creek, South West

I have listed a new property at 1400 SEMLIN DRIVE in Cache Creek. See details here

Are you looking for the perfect retirement home? This well built 3 Bedroom Rancher with full crawl space is sure to fit the wish list! Currently featuring a cozy sunken living room, gas fireplace, spectacular valley views, upgraded kitchen appliances, water filtration, radiant heat with boiler and natural gas fireplace. Huge heated double garage, room for small RV and lots of extra parking. Currently for the home hobbyist there is an insulated 11'x12' heated workshop with full ventilation making a cozy workspace for crafts or woodworking. Inground irrigation around the landscaped house area and a spectacular cement patio soaking in the sun and 360degree view make the immediate space easy to care for with little yard maintenance. Neighbouring lot available for sale as well offering an additional 12034 square feet if you are looking for more space.

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New property listed in Cache Creek, South West

I have listed a new property at 1398 SEMLIN DRIVE in Cache Creek. See details here

Are you looking for a large lot to build on? Check out this beautiful view lot in Cache Creek featuring over 12000square feet for your dream home. City Sewer and Water available. Neighbours patio extends on to the property which can be removed at sellers expense prior to completion. Available as a combined listing with 1400 Semlin Cache Creek under MLS#168925

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New property listed in Lillooet, South West
I have listed a new property at 701 COLUMBIA STREET in Lillooet.
Check out this stunning view lot offering 6975 square feet walking distance to both schools. Gorgeous Mountain and River Views. Sewer and Water service connected by turned off currently. Bring your imagination to this fabulous lot to build on if you are looking for a space within walking distance to town, schools with an easy to maintain yard and a view. All viewings must be booked through agent. MH is locked and cameras on property. MH is fully decommissioned. It can be viewed with a licensed agent. ELIN-303212402022
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New property listed in Cache Creek, South West
I have listed a new property at 1400/1398 SEMLIN DRIVE in Cache Creek.
Are you looking for the perfect retirement home? This well built 3 Bedroom Rancher with full crawl space and second adjoining lot is sure to fit the wish list! With over 20,000 square feet of property there is room for a detached shop to still be built. Currently featuring a cozy sunken living room, gas fireplace, spectacular valley views, upgraded kitchen appliances, water filtration, radiant heat with boiler offering endless hot water including heating the double garage! Currently for the home hobbyist there is an insulated 11'x12' heated workshop with full ventilation making a cozy workspace for crafts or woodworking. Inground irrigation around the landscaped house area and a spectacular cement patio soaking in the sun and 360degree view make the immediate space easy to care for with little yard maintenance. With further development of 1398 Semlin included in purchase price you will have your own personalized oasis.
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