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On the Move ...and Renovating 
Everyone has a different reason for wanting to renovate. Maybe The design magazines have you dreaming of an updated look for your current space...or maybe the  hot water tank flooded the basement,so you need to renovate....OR maybe it's time to Move.
Are you Getting ready to trade up? Then it's time to roll up your sleeves and get your  house (or condo) ready for the resale market. Here are some dos and don'ts to help you get the best price and ensure your big flip isn't a flop.
DO Paint 
It's one of the cheapest and easiest things you can do and also the most effective. A dingy or scuffed wall definitely needs repainting, but even walls in good condition can use a new paint job if they're currently an unusual colour. Neutral tones like white, cream or sandy taupe and current light warm greys will appeal to the largest group of potential buyers.
DONT do any major renovations
Don't get me wrong...a brand new kitchen or bathroom is awesome and necessary the longer we live in a home, but don't due a major Reno just to sell your home. 
Sure, you need to do some fast facelifts to get your home looking as clean, bright,current and spacious as possible, but don't spend big bucks hoping to make even bigger bucks. Your goal is to get your home looking as neutral a canvas as possible so the greatest number of potential buyers will want it. Think one-day makeovers, weekend projects and simple fixes -- not dream renos.
DO spend budget wisely
Kitchens and Bathrooms are your primary focus when doing a Reno to
Sell your home. Spend the most of your flip budget on kitchen and bath
DO hire a Pro
There is a lot to consider when renovating -. Costs,budgets,new products,permits etc etc 
The advise of a Professional can go a long way in saving you money and time. Several local builders and Reno experts can help. Talk to them before starting your Reno plans. 
DO make  a great first impression
Make sure the first look potential buyers get of your front walk wows them. Repaint your front door and porch and replace a dingy mailbox or tarnished door hardware with newer models. If your porch light is out of date or ho-hum, replace it -- a stylish light costs under $100 and can make a huge impact. Power wash the front. Get rid of cobwebs,clean up the landscaping. Cleaning up is cheap and really adds to appeal of every home I visit. 
Hayley Poirier-Realtor
 We Have You...On The Move