Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

value of your home and attract birds, bees and butterflies.

Take advantage of the latest gardening trends to make your home stand out to prospective buyers by giving your property an up-to-date look outside. Miniature container gardens continue to grow as a popular garden idea, and growing your own food is enormously popular. On the edible gardening front, gardeners are creating "Cocktail Gardens," "Smoothie Gardens," and even "International Cuisine Gardens" with their favourite Japanese, Indian, and Thai herbs and vegetables. Also, anything that is a "vertical garden" is top on the gardening charts. Adding any of these items to your landscaping will enhance buyer interest.

HOW TO BOOST HOUSE VALUE

The venerable 'This Old House' home improvement television show weighed in on the home improvement and remodelling projects with the best ROI and interest generation in buyers. According to these home improvement gurus, the ways to increase the value of your home at the time of sale include: Create space. Buyers want a wide-open floor plan and a living room right off the kitchen. They are into big spaces. Opening space and creating a sense of flow in the house generates a response from buyers. For example, you might knock out a non- structural wall or remove a kitchen island. For just a few hundred dollars, you can transform the feel of the house. However, a kitchen island can also be an asset, creating needed storage space. If the kitchen has enough cabinets, it could pay to haul the island away, but an alternative is to replace it with a moveable island.

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