Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

6 Things That Add Value to Your Home That You May Not Know About

By: Nina Asusa

6 Things That Add Value to Your Home That You May Not Know About


When it comes to home upgrades, there are countless changes you can make to your home. Some add a ton of value, while other projects are essentially a waste of time and money. Think: In-ground swimming pools, expensive landscaping and home office remodeling. These upgrades aren’t attractive to, or needed by all homeowners, so you end up overspending on features that detract from the asking price. It’s better to focus your attention on upgrades that will addvalue to your home. Here are the top 6 things to consider.
1. Make a Clean Home a Priority
When it comes to selling your home, it can never be too clean. A clean, uncluttered home attracts buyers and gives your home a great first impression. Make a clean home your priority, and you’ll be ahead of the game. Stay on top of any dirt, grime and mold that builds up, and make sure to declutter your space, rather than just moving things around. Another thing to keep in mind is safety. Make sure there are no loose boards, missing lightbulbs on the porch, exposed wires, or overcrowded electrical outlets. Home buyers will always choose clean, safe home above all else.
2. Kitchen Remodel
If you have the budget to do one big home upgrade, make it a kitchen remodel. Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, so upgrades in the kitchen typically have the greatest return on investment. You don’t need to invest in a super fancy, deluxe kitchen (especially if it doesn’t fit with the rest of your home), but certain upgrades are musts. Change the paint on the walls and cupboards, add a new backsplash, switch up the hardware and replace old appliances with energy efficient models. These are features buyers will notice and appreciate. 
3. Painting 
Never underestimate the power of a fresh paint job. New paint, in modern colours, is a sure way to update the look of your home. It’s an affordable way to elevate your space while adding value to the asking price. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, use low-VOC paint, which makes your home more eco-friendly, and also keeps your family away from dangerous chemicals found in regular paint. 
4. Don’t Forget Curb Appeal
Curb appeal counts. This doesn’t mean that you need to shell out money on expensive landscaping, but you want your home to look attractive, tidy and welcoming at first glance. Make sure your lawn is healthy and level, add flowers to bulk up your garden, and accentuate your walkway with lanterns. Paint your front door if it needs a new coat and upgrade your porch light and house numbers. All these things will go a long way in enhancing your curb appeal. 
5. Add a Deck
Outdoor living spaces are rising in popularity, so investing in a deck addition is an excellent way to make your home more attractive. Many people love the idea of being able to entertain outside in the warmer months, or simply spend more time outdoors. Adding a deck allows people to envision themselves spending time outside, giving your home a leg up against the competition.
6. Don’t Disregardthe Small Stuff 
Small improvements are always worth it. Upgrades such as replacing old faucets, changing the hardware in your kitchen and bathroom, and upgrading permanent light fixtures are small things that will undoubtedly make your home more appealing to buyers. 
If you’re going through the process of home upgrades, focus on these 6 things to increase the value of your home!