We posted this before but it's too good not to share again. Especially with the summer months upon us, it's the perfect time for home renovations! Take a look below at a list of DIY home renovations that won't break the bank.

[1] Splash of Colour

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Fresh paint can easily transform the ambience of a room. The amazing thing about paint is how it can personalize a home without a hefty price tag. It is nearly effortless, comes in an array of colours and shades and best of all, it's cheap! If you're someone who enjoys frequent changes, you can easily create a new look by painting your room again.

Having an accent wall can add character into a room by incorporating a striking design element in your space. You can create a stunning, unique space by painting your accent wall a different color or pattern. To create a bold statement, you can make the accent wall pop by choosing a bold, colorful shade that will accentuate the space without overpowering it. In contrast, you can opt for a sleeker look by designing an accent wall that is a gradual contrast rather than a bold one. Try a color that is a few shades deeper than the rest of your walls. 

If you were to choose one room in your home to renovate, it should be your kitchen! The kitchen is the single most important focal point for most prospective home buyers. Below you will find some money saving tips for kitchen makeovers!

[2] Cabinetry DIY

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Replacing cabinetry can be quite expensive so why not make use of your existing cabinetry? Often times a simple fix-me-up can do the trick. Try refacing or refinishing your cabinets! Refacing involves replacing the cabinet doors while keeping the actual cabinet boxes intact. Alternatively, if you have wood cabinets, you could refinish them by sanding down and repainting or staining them.

[3] Changing up the Countertops

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Granite countertops seem daunting due to its price tag but search around for deals at your local retailer or peruse through the clearance section to find quality materials at a fraction of the cost. For large kitchens, perhaps consider less costly alternatives such as Corian, quartz, wood grain or even eco-friendly materials such as bamboo or glass. 

Next in line in terms of importance to current home owners and future home buyers is the bathroom. 

[4] Bathroom Beautification 

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Ceramic tiles are becoming the flooring preference for today's home buyer. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could find discounted tiles that you can install yourself. In addition to changing the flooring, you can upgrade your vanity and sink. Opt for a pedestal sink and/or freestanding storage cabinets for a cost-effective renovation. To make use of a small space, integrating continuing horizontal lines, a large frameless mirror and strategically placed lighting will create the illusion of having a larger space.

[5] Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

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Beautify the entranceway to your home by amping up your curb appeal. Place planters, shrubbery or flowers along your entrance way to liven up your entrance. Alternatively, you can line the walkway with perennial plants or outdoor lighting fixtures to light up the walkway. Another way to increase the value of your home is with a lawn transformation. Replace your existing lawn with sod (aka turf) to have a luscious green lawn that will be sure to stop traffic.

For all your real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis by e-mail at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively by phone at 604-618-7000.

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Following up with our previous blog, "move up" homeowners react to asymmetrical price increases with the recent trend in renovating their home rather than moving into bigger, more expensive homes. Take a look below at a list of DIY home renovations that won't break the bank.

[1] Splash of Colour
Fresh paint can easily transform the ambience of a room. The amazing thing about paint is how it can personalize a home without a hefty price tag. It is nearly effortless, comes in an array of colours and shades and best of all, it's cheap! If you're someone who enjoys frequent changes, you can easily create a new look by painting your room again.

Having an accent wall can add character into a room by incorporating a striking design element in your space. You can create a stunning, unique space by painting your accent wall a different color or pattern. To create a bold statement, you can make the accent wall pop by choosing a bold, colorful shade that will accentuate the space without overpowering it. In contrast, you can opt for a sleeker look by designing an accent wall that is a gradual contrast rather than a bold one. Try a color that is a few shades deeper than the rest of your walls. 

If you were to choose one room in your home to renovate, it should be your kitchen! The kitchen is the single most important focal point for most prospective home buyers. Below you will find some money saving tips for kitchen makeovers!

 [2] Cabinetry DIY
Replacing cabinetry can be quite expensive so why not make use of your existing cabinetry? Often times a simple fix-me-up can do the trick. Try refacing or refinishing your cabinets! Refacing involves replacing the cabinet doors while keeping the actual cabinet boxes intact. Alternatively, if you have wood cabinets, you could refinish them by sanding down and repainting or staining them.

 [3] Changing up the Countertops
Granite countertops seem daunting due to its price tag but search around for deals at your local retailer or peruse through the clearance section to find quality materials at a fraction of the cost. For large kitchens, perhaps consider less costly alternatives such as Corian, quartz, wood grain or even eco-friendly materials such as bamboo or glass. 

 Next in line in terms of importance to current home owners and future home buyers is the bathroom. 

[4] Bathroom Beautification 
Ceramic tiles are becoming the flooring preference for today's home buyer. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could find discounted tiles that you can install yourself. In addition to changing the flooring, you can upgrade your vanity and sink. Opt for a pedestal sink and/or freestanding storage cabinets for a cost-effective renovation. To make use of a small space, integrating continuing horizontal lines, a large frameless mirror and strategically placed lighting will create the illusion of having a larger space.

[5] Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space
Beautify the entranceway to your home by amping up your curb appeal. Place planters, shrubbery or flowers along your entrance way to liven up your entrance. Alternatively, you can line the walkway with perennial plants or outdoor lighting fixtures to light up the walkway. Another way to increase the value of your home is with a lawn transformation. Replace your existing lawn with sod (aka turf) to have a luscious green lawn that will be sure to stop traffic.

For all your real estate needs, contact us at info@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively at 604-801-6654.

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The Government of Canada has implemented a balanced budget which serves the purpose of supporting a diversified economy and advancing economic growth for the country. Following the 2008/2009 financial crisis, the Canadian government has been steadily moving towards a balanced budget with a $1.4 billion surplus in 2015-2016. Despite the move towards a balanced budget, the Business Council of BC is still preceding with caution due to the slow global growth currently exhibited, the drastically low oil prices and the overall weakness in other commodity markets. The cautious approach for the Canadian economic outlook has subsequently resulted in a significant decline in the nation's overall terms of trade. April 2015 saw a decline in Canadian exports of 0.7% in April and a 2.5% decline in its imports.

What Does a Balanced Budget Mean for Canadians?
» More tax cuts for hard-working families and less debt for future generations
» Taxpayer dollars are used to support the programs Canadians depend on - rather than paying interest costs
» Preserves Canada's low-tax plan and allows for further tax reductions, fostering growth and the creation of jobs for the benefit of all Canadians
» Strengthens the country's ability to response to longer-term challenges, such as unexpected global economic shocks
Source: Government of Canada

"Current indicators suggest the Canadian economy stalled in the first quarter of 2015, household debt is at an all-time high relative to income, and business investment remains very sluggish," notes Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia. "For 2015 as a whole, we expect Canada to post relatively feeble real GDP growth of under 2%, with some improvement likely in 2016, provided the US economy continues to gain momentum."  

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