10 Inexpensive Ways To Increase Your Lynn Valley Home’s Resale Value This Spring

When considering putting your Lynn Valley Home for sale this Spring, consider taking a couple of suggestions from the list down below to help assist with a quicker sale.  It’s amazing how the below 10 things are often overlooked and the simple changes could have meant a quicker sale or even fetching a higher sale price.  Lynn Valley Homes are really hot right now and it’s important to make a strong first impression to set yourself up for success.

1. Curb appeal

This is your first and most important chance to make an impression with your Lynn Valley Home.  Simple things like mowing the lawn and turning over the garden areas with new soil and plants go a long way. Trim the shrubs. Buy a new welcome mat. Add a hanging plant next to your entrance, or some large terra-cotta pots filled with colorful blooms. This is crucial – online pictures of your front door will likely be the introduction to prospective buyers. 

What buyers see when they first drive by your home is really important and often overlooked.

2. Kitchen.

For many potential home buyers, the kitchen is the heart of the house. When I’ve held my open houses in Lynn Valley, it’s amazing how potential home buyers make a beeline for this room when they first view a home for sale.   So make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated.

For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.

If you’re working with a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets a makeover. Rather than replace your kitchen cabinets, there are some excellent refinishing.

3. Paint.

In Lynn Valley, it’s easy for the weathering to leave it’s mark over the winter and fall.  Nothing can instantly transform a room like a new coat of paint. That’s especially true if you’re going from something dark and dingy (and scratched and dirty) to something light, bright, and white. Painting is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to change and improve a room’s appearance. Anyone can do it. I know, because I have. A bedroom upstairs and the kitchen and dining room in my main house, and two bedrooms in my parents’ home. HUGE difference.

4. Clean and de-clutter

Cleaning is obvious – we shouldn’t even have to mention that a dirty kitchen or bathroom will cost you customers. But clutter is another matter. Step back and try to look at your home the way someone else would for the very first time.

And what about the garage? If you use it to store everything but your car, clean it out so a prospective buyer can imagine pulling their own vehicle in there. (Although they’ll probably do just like you and use it for storage.)

5. Create rooms

Substituting one room’s use for another is a cheap way to transform a three-bedroom home with a den into a four-bedroom home. If it doesn’t have a closet, add an armoire. Or maybe your home has a formal dining room that’s never used. Add doors if it doesn’t have them and a freestanding wardrobe – and you’ve got an instant main floor master bedroom

6. Lighting

Ceiling fixtures tend to get hung, then forgotten, which means they look dated before long. Inexpensive replacements from a home improvement store can brighten up the interior and make a room look more current.

7. Add storage

New homebuyers are always looking for storage space. Maximize what you have by adding a closet storage system, incorporating shelves, two-tiered hangers, and the like. Storage doesn’t have to be deep to be useful. Open up a space between studs and walls, install shelving, and you’ve got the perfect place for a series of small shelves

8. Staging

Potentially this could be the most expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.  Staging a home is just about making it more like an uncluttered luxury hotel suite and less like your family’s home.  Do it on the inside and outside and your home will probably sell faster and for more.


9. Clean Carpets

Carpeting is another detail that can quickly update a home and make it look cleaner. A professional carpet cleaning is an inexpensive investment, especially if your rugs are in good shape and are neutral colors.

10. Shine the bathroom

Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update.   You can improve the look without a lot of cash.  Simple things like a new toilet seat, shining faucets and possibly a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference in the look of the bath.

If your tub and shower are looking dingy, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles. A more complete cover-up is a prefabricated tub and shower surround. These one-piece units may require professional installation but can still be cheaper than paying to re-tile walls and refinish a worn tub.

North Vancouver Homes To Continue Uptrend?

North Vancouver Homes To Continue Uptrend?

Real estate in North Vancouver has seen some nice gains over the last year and looks to continue that trend so far in 2015.  There’s a real demand for real estate in the North Vancouver area, but the inventory is not matching the demand by any means.  There has been a lot of domestic interest with local buyers looking to neighborhoods within the North Van area as still relatively affordable in terms of pricing, when compared to other areas within the Vancouver area and communities.  North Vancouver properties offer one of the most beautiful backdrops in all of Vancouver, while giving you access to a strong schooling system, excellent neighborhood communities, and close proximity to everything.  Choose from either the Second Narrows Bridge or the Lions Gate Bridge and you can be downtown in 15-25 minutes.  It’s easy to see why people continue to gravitate to North Van and the long list of appealing factors.  With the Bank Of Canada’s surprise quarter of a point rate drop last Friday, this might bring investors from Shanghai back into this market as prices probably look more appealing than previously, as the Canadian dollar’s steep decline over the last couple of months is giving them more buying power.  Of course there are certain parts of the economy that are really feeling the pain of the sharp oil declines felt recently.  Alberta’s market is sure to reach to areas of British Columbia, specifically the Okanagan, where many investors from Alberta have been actively buying vacation properties over recent years.  The question is whether the trade off in cheaper local gas prices, lower interest rates, and a resurgence is possible foreign investors will be enough to match the excellent gains realized in the North Vancouver Houses over the last year.  Signup above for auto notification emails on North Vancouver homes delivered to your inbox the minute a new listing that meets your criteria hits the market.  For Questions about the North Vancouver Real Estate market, or to schedule an appointment to view some North Vancouver Houses on my site that currently meet your criteria, please contact local real estate agent Jim Pilkington of RE/MAX Crest Realty at 604-785-5188 or by email at JimPilkington@shaw.ca.

Lynn Valley Homes A Hot Spot For North Vancouver Real Estate Assessments

Lynn Valley continues to transition as families are falling in love with this passionate community, the great elementary and high schools we have to choose from, the new Lynn Valley Village and Library, the future Bosa Properties build out of Lynn Valley Town Centre, parks, trails and so much more.  It’s an extremely desirable place to settle down with your family and either buy a great family home or build that dream home on very reasonable sized lots.  I’ve grown up in Lynn Valley, went to both elementary and high school here, so it’s exciting to see the buzz around the area and see so many new family start to realize what a wonderful gem we really have here.  Over the last year home prices for a single family detached home in Lynn Valley went from $894,000 in 2014 to $993,000 in 2015, an 11% jump for Lynn Valley homes.  As a Lynn Valley real estate agent and specialist, I’m not surprised.  I work with a lot of buyers on the North Shore and when they ask where I see the most upside potential, hands down my answer is always Lynn Valley.  It’s evident if you do a quick drive in and around Lynn Valley, there’s a real building boom going on.  Older Lynn Valley houses are being bought for their beautiful lots and proximity to everything and buyers are excited to build that new family home surrounded by one of the most picturesque back drops the North Shore offers.  North Vancouver Real Estate Assessments just came out and Global news had a segment last night with “Winners and Losers” for the 2015 property assessments.  Lynn Valley was further validated by being 1 of 3 areas featured: http://globalnews.ca/video/1753275/2015-bc-property-assessments-winners-and-losers

.  If you are considering a move to Lynn Valley, call Lynn Valley real estate expert Jim Pilkington of RE/MAX Crest Realty, 604-785-5188 or JimPilkington@shaw.ca


*Source Global News and BC Assessment

Support North Vancouver Tree Chip 2015

North Vancouver Tree Chip Up

North Vancouver Tree Chip Up

Support North Vancouver Tree Chip 2015


Support Upper Lonsdale Pre-School with the annual Tree Chip at the North Vancouver District Hall Parking Lot on Saturday Jan 3rd and Sunday January 4th from 10 am-4 pm at 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver. It’s always a great Upper Lonsdale Community event that brings back past little graduates, present familiar faces and future little pre-schoolers! If your little one will be attending Upper Lonsdale Pre-School it’s a great way to meet some parents, teachers, and volunteers in the community. Interested in seeing what current real estate is available in the Upper Lonsdale area? Please feel free to browse the current properties and homes for sale for Upper Lonsdale, click here

North Vancouver Houses See Lowest Inventories Since 2010

If you’ve been out and around North Vancouver this year, you may have noticed a lot of SOLD signs in the ground this season.  It’s been a great year for real estate in North Vancouver and as we come to year end, the trend looks to continue into the New Year with inventory levels for homes in North Vancouver being the lowest since 2010.  As of Dec 2nd, 2014 there are less than 250 houses for sale In North Vancouver.  At this point, demand is easily outperforming supply and makes for a real opportune time to be up for sale in North Vancouver.  In mid-December it is typical for the market to trail off a little and pick right back up again after the New Year.  This year should definitely not be an exception to the rule and strategically planning and timing to take advantage of this, might just be the right move.  With the Buyers that are still eagerly looking during the holidays, they typically are the ones that are very motivated – more than likely they wouldn’t still be looking otherwise!  So this year, rather than taking your home off the market during the holidays or listing your home in the New Year, you may actually be able to reap the benefits of this current low inventory situation and having little competition.  If you’re considering putting your North Vancouver Home onto the market, consider having Jim Pilkington REALTOR® in North Vancouver with RE/MAX assist you with this.  Call for your free home evaluation today.  Contact Jim JimPilkington@shaw.ca or 604-785-5188

A Christmas In Lynn Valley

A Christmas In Lynn Valley

A Lynn Valley Christmas

Bring your family out to the 4th annual Christmas tree walk, “A Lynn Valley Christmas” in the heart of the Lynn Valley Village, presented by the Lynn Valley Lions and Lynn Valley Community Association. Over 70+ sparkling Christmas trees brighten up Lynn Valley Village, each uniquely decorated to capture the holiday cheer!  Come out and enjoy the FREE family entertainment with the grand opening ceremonies November 30th, 2014 between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.  The festivities begin with Bobbi Smith performing all your holiday favorites and the official lighting of the Christmas trees at 5:00 pm by the mayor!  There will also be activities for the kids throughout the event.  This is a great month long festival which is enjoyed by the whole community and also benefits those in need through donations to the Lynn Valley Lions hamper fund.  If you’re yet to enjoy this brilliant display of Christmas trees and lights, grab a hot chocolate, enjoy the festive atmosphere and support your local Lynn Valley community!

Homes for sale North Vancouver

If parks, city views, hiking and bike trails, Ski Mountains, great schools and much more interest you, you may want to consider homes for sale in North Vancouver.  Residing in a North Vancouver home opens the door to a much sought after lifestyle for both couples looking to start a family, to families that want to settle in a great community without the hustle and bustle of downtown living.

Homes in the North Vancouver area will give you access to great shopping malls and quaint village style strip malls, while at the same time having easy access to downtown via the Lions Gate Bridge or Second Narrows bridge to deliver you there within 20-30 minutes.  North Van also offers a great variety of scenic selections to choose from.  It offers Grouse Mountain for the ski and snowboard enthusiasts, or takes a journey to the Capilano Suspension bridge and Cliffwalk. You can also venture over to beautiful Lynn Valley and take in the free Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge experience or take in some waterfront fun at the Lonsdale Quay.

North Vancouver Homes

From beautiful forests and trails for hiking and biking, to city views and great schools, North Vancouver Homes give you access to it all.  A natural fit for biking and hiking enthusiasts and an excellent sense of community when it comes to raising a family.  With over 30 wonderful schools to choose from it has a great variety to choose from.  You also have great shopping nearby too, with Capilano Mall and West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre and many more strip malls and shopping villages.

North Vancouver Homes will also open the door to over 5 of the most popular tourists destination hot spots with Capilano Suspension bridge, Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, Cleveland Dam.  North Vancouver Homes open the door to a host of wonderful things, whether it is parks and recreation you are after, or schooling and an active lifestyle. You can be as busy as you want to be, or unwind in your tranquil backyard with all the peaceful surroundings.  Only 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver you are never far from anywhere you want to be with quick access to Lions Gate Bridge and the 2nd Narrows Bridge.

Please feel free to start your North Vancouver MLS Home Search above(right) and don’t hesitate to contact me with any inquiries. If you are think of buying or selling a North Vancouver home, let one of North Vancouver’s born and raised Realtors help you today. Jim Pilkington of REMAX in North Vancouver is a local expert for the North Vancouver area.

Jim Pilkington
REMAX North Vancouver
101-2609 Westview Drive
North Vancouver, BC V7N4M2