Which is more valuable in a home: three large bedrooms or a fourth bedroom?

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Some of our renovation clients have found their forever homes, while others have found a home they love but know they’ll want to sell in 5, 10 or even 20 years. These clients often ask us the same question when planning a major home renovation: from a real estate value perspective, would we be better off with three large bedrooms or a smaller fourth bedroom? Here’s what we tell them.
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Should I list my house for sale right now?

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If you were planning on listing your house for sale this spring, you may be reconsidering due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. While real estate has been deemed an essential service, the situation is more complex than that. Many clients have asked us: should I list my house for sale as planned, or should I wait?

As a licensed realtor with Century 21 in Toronto, I have some thoughts on what’s best for homeowners at this time.

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Mudroom makeover ideas

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A mudroom is one of those small but mighty spaces that can add something really special to your home. It functions as a transitional area between inside and outdoors, and it can be anything from a spacious hallway to a full-sized room with space to spare. A mudroom can be connected to your garage or side door, or be located at the back of a home. Every family uses this “bonus space” a little differently, but there are common perks: more storage, better organization and a cleaner, tidier home. Here are a few benefits and recommendations to consider when upgrading the mudroom in your home.

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3 functional home renovations

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Sometimes when we think about doing renovation work to our homes, we think about the visual end result: those gorgeous tile finishes and stunning new light fixtures, shiny faucets and fresh paint. We love those parts as much as anyone else, but there’s another element to renovations that’s just as important: improving the function of your home. After all, if it looks good but makes for awkward use of the space, what’s the point?

Here are a few home renovation ideas that add great function as well as form. If you have any questions, please let us know!

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Should you renovate your home or move?

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There’s a popular trend in television right now where homeowners have to decide whether to renovate a property or sell it. It’s a great concept for a show but for many of our clients, it’s also real life! Plenty of families come to us with the same dilemma: We love X and Y about our house or neighbourhood, but Z really isn’t working for us. What do we do?

The answer is different for everyone, but here are some guidelines to help you weigh your options. Remember – I’m a realtor AND a contractor, so I know what I’m talking about! We can discuss your needs, discuss several options and find a solution that works for your budget. At the end of the day, we just want you to have the best home possible – whether that’s a new one or the one you’re already in. 

Make a list of what you love – and what’s not working for you

It might be helpful to start by making a list of the things you love about your home, as well as a list of things you find frustrating. Is the neighbourhood ideal or something you’re not overly attached to? Do you feel good about the amount of space you have, or want more (or less)? Does it have the right number of bedrooms, and the kind of features that reflect your lifestyle? Is it aesthetically pleasing, and is it functional? Go through everything big and small, then identify your “deal breakers” for a home in order to help prioritize the list. (For example – a fourth bedroom or a home office.) 

Can a reno solve your problems?

Well, that depends on your home. If you need more storage solution, a better kitchen, upgraded bathrooms, an amazing home office or even an extra bedroom, a renovation might be right. However, there are limitations to every home – structural, small footage, zoning laws, etc – and limitations to every budget. This is why personalized advice is key.

We are experienced contractors with high standards for our work, so many home reno solutions come fairly easily to us. That said, some things simply do not work. If you’re dead set on having a pool but don’t have the backyard for it, that cannot be changed. If you want to add a laneway house or a basement suite for rental income but your neighbourhood isn’t zoned for it, that’s beyond our control. However, sometimes things aren’t as set in stone as one thinks. If you’re in love with your neighbourhood feel hesitant to leave, that’s tricky but manageable. We can show you comparable areas or suggest something nearby that would be an equally good (or even better) fit for your family. Keep your mind open and great things can happen!

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On reality shows, a realtor and a designer or contractor are usually shown battling it out, both of them convinced that their way is the “right” way for the homeowner in question. That’s not what you get when you work with us. It’s far more balanced and less dramatic because at the end of the day, there’s no competition – just careful consideration of your best interests. Thanks for reading and please, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.