Canada – Renovations begin at the CBSA’s Regional Processing Centre in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle

Renovations begin at the CBSA’s Regional Processing Centre in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle

October 12, 2021                Montréal, Quebec                           Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today began renovations on two buildings, situated near the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle port of entry, to consolidate its operations and house its Regional Processing Centre (RPC).

The renovated premises will be transformed into multi-functional spaces to better meet the operational needs of the Agency.

Under a five-year lease agreement with the landlord, Guay Industries (GIL), over the next few months the CBSA will be moving out of the temporary facilities it has occupied since 2017.

The work is not expected to interfere with operations at the border.

Which home improvements add most value to your property?

Spending on home improvements makes your home a more enjoyable space, enhances it’s visual appeal and increases the long-term value of your property. On average, home improvements will add 10% to your property, however, more extensive works, such as conservatories could add up to 108% to your home’s value.

We take a look at the different return on investment from various home improvements.

A conservatory increases the amount of indoor space your home has – however, is often at the expense of reduced garden space. Unlike an extension, building a conservatory does not required planning permissions (as long as no more than 50% of the original land is covered). Equally, when building a conservatory, you will be exempt from any building regulations, as long as half of the new wall and 3/4 of the roof is either glazed, or a similar translucent material.

The average cost of a conservatory is £5,300.
The average return of investment is £5,750 – that’s an impressive 108% increase in value.

Gardens are often neglected by homeowners – especially in winter months – where the front garden is subject to overgrown grass and unmaintained plants. However, the front garden is the first thing a potential buyer will see when viewing your home, so an unkept lawn will surely detract potential buyers. Instead, a well looked after garden will give your home a welcoming feel.

The average cost of garden works is £4,550.
The average return on investment is £4,000 – that’s an 88% increase in value.

Home Exterior
Similar to your home’s garden, your property’s exterior is one of the least maintained and updated areas of a home. Cracked render, dirty windows, unpainted woodwork, chipped doorframes and broken roof tiles all add up to a worn-out and dull looking home. 

However, your home’s exterior is one of the first things a potential buyer will see, therefore, it’s important to make sure it looks it’s best. Spending a bit of time and money on decorating and repairing any exterior damages could make a big difference in the appearance and value of your property.

The average cost of exterior works is £6,000.
The average return on investment is £4,500 – that’s a whopping 75% increase in value.

The kitchen has long been regarded as the most important room in a home – and is often the first thing buyers will look to renovate, in order to add their own personal stamp on a property. Therefore, providing a thoughtful, attractive and functional kitchen space is ideal for attracting buyers and adding value to your property.

According to HSBC, a new kitchen will add at least £5,000 to a home’s price tag.

Direct Painting Group are a leading home improvements company in Surrey – for more information on how you can increase the value of your home, visit their website.