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5 projects that will maximize (ROI)
Return on Investment when selling property.

You've decided to sell your property and have set aside a resonable budget to get it ready. Now you need to decide what projects will give you the maximum return on investment. Dont forget to read about getting ready to sell and staging articles.

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There is nothing that will scare away a buyer faster than a property that appears to be poorly maintained. Buyers are a suspicious lot and will imagine that what they see is only the tip of the iceberg and that the home has bigger problems.

If you have trouble deciding what to repair, have your home inspected and use the report as a starting point. Your buyers will probably have the property inspected before they buy. Leaky roofs, rotten fascia and fences, burnt out lights, dents in the walls, torn screens broken or clogged sump pumps and dripping taps are a few examples of candidates for repair.

Any renovation done on a home which seems to have other maintenance problems will not return as well as the same renovation done on an apparently better maintained property.


Not only does it make your property look clean and new, but it is an effective way to modernize by upgrading the colour scheme. It is one of the best ways to maximize Return on Investment that exists and you often see over %100 or more return on money spend.


If your kitchen is somewhat dated investing in modernizing will bring good return. Sometimes a simple refacing of cabinets makes a huge difference. You are not likely to get all your money in a major renovation however.


if its tired or dated a small renovation will give good return.


Floor appearance has huge impact. Hardwood is preferred on the ground floor. Replace carpet if its stained or old fashioned.

Keeping up with the Jones

Upgrades that add features to a property, that homes in the neighbourhood already have, such as a second bathroom, have a higher return than features not shared by your neighbours.

Improvements on a property with a lower market value than its neighbours provide a higher return rate than those done on a home which is worth more than neighbouring properties. It doesn't pay to be a diamond in a pearl necklace.

Poorly done renovations (or renos done with poor materials) may not improve the value of a property, worse, it might actually reduce the value. Highly individual upgrades will probably hurt you unless you can find a kindred soul that loves your puce bathrooms.

Renovations usually do not return 100% of money invested but often insure a faster sale, which saves you money

Many upgrades, such as a more efficient furnace, insulation or improved windows and doors will return quite well and if you do them a few years before you sell the property, you will benefit from the energy cost savings on top of the improved selling price. They should also be high on your list of good projects.

Have a look at our Detailed Return on Investment page with expected returns and more details.

Have a look at our HGTV page a good article written by Mike Holmes

Call Nick to discuss return on investment on Upgrades for your Home

Nick Boothby's experience in pricing and selling Homes in the Beach will help you decide if an upgrade is worth doing and if you will get a good return on your investment.

Nick Boothby, Maddy Dennett and Greg McDowell
REALTORS® / Salespersons

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Real Estate Homeward, Brokerage
1858 Queen St. E., Toronto, On, M4L 1H1, Canada
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