Just like you would take your car in for regular tune-ups to ensure that it continues to run smoothly, your Grey Bruce home also needs some special attention. There's a lot more to keeping up a house than cutting the grass & clearing snow from the driveway.

Making sure your home "looks good" and is in proper working order, not only makes it more attractive and comfortable, but it can also increase the market value of the property when it comes time to sell your Grey Bruce home.

Homeowners who are planning to sell their Grey Bruce home within a few years are often reluctant to invest time and money on home improvement projects that may not pay them back.

But unless these improvements are very specialized, any project you choose - from fixing leaky faucets to installing new energy efficient windows, will start paying you back in energy savings and comfort long before you sell your Grey Bruce home.

The wisest home improvements you can make are the ones that keep your home running smoothly and bring it up to the standards of other Grey Bruce homes in the immediate area. Home improvements and don't need to break your budget.

Easy Maintenance & Repairs to your Grey Bruce Home

Start off with DIY simple repairs around your Grey Bruce home that don't cost an arm and a leg such as securing loose tiles, adjusting a door, installing a lock, repairing a leaky faucet or pipe, and so on.

It's also a good idea to read your gas, electricity & water meters on a weekly or monthly basis. You will gain an understanding of seasonal increases and decreases in consumption so that you can become more energy and water efficient. You may be quite surprised at the savings in energy costs!

You should have your furnace inspected and serviced annually to ensure there are no problems & change or clean the filter regularly. Also, inspect the smoke & carbon dioxide detectors around your home. You want to be certain that these will work in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Bathroom Room Upgrades

When it comes time to sell your Grey Bruce home, a bathroom tune up can pay big dividends. The first items to replace should be the fixtures -- the sink, faucets, vanity, bathtub, shower, & toilet. This is where you will add value and save money by opting for a water-efficient fixtures and energy-saving devices.

The floors, walls and accessories are not an essential part of a bathroom tune-up, but you can save time and money when you do the complete overhaul at once, rather than one piece at a time.

Smaller Grey Bruce Home Improvements Make a Big Difference

If the decor in your home is dated, time-worn or just plain bothering you, don't decide right away to rip everything out. All it may take to make for your Grey Bruce home look more attractive and in better repair are small improvements such as:

  • Re-facing cabinets and counter tops
  • Changing the color scheme
  • Repainting
  • Hanging new wall coverings
  • Installing new lighting

Major Grey Bruce Home improvements

The following Grey Bruce home improvements are more involved and will require more output of cash, but will add much in the way of comfort and value to your home.

  • Replacing old carpets and flooring with new, more durable products
  • Adding a garage or a carport if your home does not have one
  • Installing central air conditioning
  • Repairing or adding a fireplace
  • Upgrading your basement space
  • Replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones
  • Adding terraces, wooden decks and fences that add privacy;
  • Investing in landscaping that adds value and that's easy to maintain

Remember, even if you are thinking about selling your Grey Bruce home in the next couple of years, it pays to keep up with repairs and maintain your home.