A little elbow grease and some clever re-designing or re-decorating could be the only thing standing between you and a healthy boost to the sales price of your property.
Whether you want to add value to your unit or home, we’ve outlined some simple and effective things to do that will give you plenty of bang for your buck.
You can do a lot with sweat equity if you know what you’re doing. Know your strengths. If you don’t have the skill set or resources to tackle a project yourself, you are definitely better off shelling out a bit more for experts to do the work.
Interior Designer, New Build Expert, Author and Public Speaker, Frances Cosway has over 15 years’ experience in renovating and building and now specialises in helping people design and build their dream home. She is founder of White Pebble Interiors and author for ‘Your Forever Home’.
Frances shares with us her top four ways to improve the value of your property.
Paint inside. A home always looks much fresher and brighter when it’s freshly painted. It certainly will stand out from a tired home which is full of buffs and scuffs on the walls. Painting will also enable you to modernise the home with an updated colour scheme.
A well maintained and landscaped garden. There’s no doubt that a stunning garden can assist in selling your home, and increase its value. Ensure it’s well maintained, is neat and tidy and free of weeds. Remember your garden is an extension to your home, and acts like another room, so treat it as such and make it lush and beautiful. It can definitely add to the value of the home and makes it easier to sell.
A modern kitchen. There’s certainly truth in the old adage that kitchens sell homes – so a cosmetic update to your kitchen can definitely add value to your property. There are plenty of ways to improve it aesthetically, without having to rip it out and start again. New splash-back, painting cabinetry or replacing door fronts, can alone make a huge difference. A stone overlay can even be applied to old laminate bench-tops.
Declutter. Allow a buyer to visualise themselves in the space, and not be distracted by too much stuff in the home. Keep things simple so others can see their own possessions in the home.
A FEW MORE SIMPLE IDEAS
Vision Board. Create a vision board to stay on track. Whenever you choose an item, whether it’s a tap, a plant pot or a chair, go back and check it against your vision board to make sure it fits the style. The best visions can go rogue if you’re not staying true to it.