Improving the value of your property doesn’t require elaborate renovations, second story extensions or the addition of a swimming pool – DIY reality TV shows have definitely proven that.
Cosmetic changes can go a long way in helping to turn your home from rundown to glamourous all while saving you money and adding a few more dollars to your sale price.
Paint your home:
It is incredible how a lick of paint can completely transform your home. Cost-efficient paints in neutral colours can be a great way to breathe life into a tired looking property, especially if the interior or exterior walls have been yellowed or stained by age. This is also a great selling point for your agent to include when showing through prospective buyers, a recently painted house means less work for them to do once they’ve moved in.
Update your bathroom tiles:
This is not as extensive as it sounds. Many bathrooms feature decorative tiles or dirty grout that for many buyers can be a real turn off. A quick fix for this is to either have the grout pressure cleaned or redone and have your tiles painted with specialised paint. Neutral colours are another great option here as it allows buyers to imagine putting their own mark on the property. Going from darker to lighter colours also helps to open up a room.
Breath life into your kitchen:
The kitchen is the heart of any home and for many buyers, it can make or break a sale. While a major kitchen remodel may be out of the question, you can definitely make small changes that will go a long way. For dated kitchen cupboards, consider stripping and repainting them and changing the knobs. You can also consider painting any splash back tiles and getting in a new tap which you can find at affordable prices in stores like Bunnings.
Clean it up:
It may seem like a given, but making sure your home looks clean and tidy can help in a buyer’s eye. Make sure to clean marks off walls, try to get stains out of carpets and don’t forget to give your rangehood above the stove top a good clean. Leaving everything sparkling will once again allow a buyer to picture themselves in this home. Another great idea is to make sure anything broken is fixed such as doors that won’t shut properly or broken tiles on balconies.
Swap out your furniture:
It can be hard for some buyers to look past dated or overly decorative furniture and see the home itself. It is really important to make buyers feel a connection with the home and imagine themselves cooking in the kitchen, dining at the table or watching TV in the loungeroom. For this reason you should keep in mind how the home is decorated. You can look into cost effective ways to lease furniture for your open inspections. Try to opt for classic and neutral furniture. Also remember to hide away any personal effects and photos as that distracts buyers and reminds them that this house is already someone else’s home.
Don’t forget to garden:
Of course you can fix up the inside of a home all you like but that first impression will come from the outside. Overgrown gardens in the back and front yards can be a little alarming, so make sure to mow the lawn and keep the gardens tidy. This is a great way to attract young families looking for safe spaces for their children to play.