Looking to give your home a makeover before putting it on the property market? The better a property looks while it’s on the market, the more buyers it will attract – which equals a higher sales price!
The key to sprucing up your home is to concentrate on the areas that will give you the most bang for your buck. You don’t want to spend a fortune renovating your home before selling, but a few simple improvements can make a big impact.
Here are some ideas:
- Paint, paint, paint – One of the easiest ways to update a home is to add a fresh lick of coat. Painting both the interior and exterior of a property can make it look like new again. It’s best to opt for light, neutral colours inside the property. Outside colours should fit in with the colour of other properties on the street. If you need assistance choosing colours, a colour consultant can help.
- Pressure wash – A pressure wash will wash away all of the dirt and muck that has built up on exterior walls, driveways and paths. A pressure washer can by rented or bought. You can also hire a professional to pressure wash your house for you to make sure the job is done correctly.
- Resurface the kitchen and bathroom – Kitchens and bathrooms help sell homes so it’s well worth getting these areas up to scratch. A cost effective way to do this it to resurface old cupboards, tiles and bench tops to help brighten up the areas or disguise retro colours. Resurfacing is best left to the experts if you want quality results.
- Replace old handles – Whether its for doors, cupboards or draws, handles are a surprisingly easy way to modernise an older home. Keep choices consistent throughout the house and match them into the character or heritage of the home.
- Update old kitchen appliances – New appliances can instantly updated an old kitchen. Brand new stoves and range hoods can be found fairly cheaply and will make a big impact on the overall look and feel of the kitchen.
- Switch out old electrical outlets – If the property’s light switches and power points are looking old and faded then it could be time to replace them. Basic switches are cheap and easy to find from most hardware stores, but you should get an electrician to come in and change them for you.
- Change lights and fans – Old light fixtures and fans can let down an otherwise attractive room. There’s no need to opt for the most expensive lights and fans you can find, sometimes plain and simple is best. However keep in mind how much lighting a room needs, and whether softer or brighter lights are more practical.
- Find new window treatments – Replace daggy or mismatched window treatments with something simple that suits the style of the property. Consider the lighting or privacy needs of each room, but try to keep a uniform look throughout the house.
- Don’t neglect the outdoors – The outdoors is just as important as indoors when it comes to property presentation. Aim for neat, green lawns and keep garden beds and hedges well manicured. It also won’t hurt to clear out gutters repair any damage outside.
- Pay attention to the entrance – First impressions count! Aim for a warm and friendly welcome to your home. A few things that can help include adding a couple of pot plants by the door or investing in a welcome mat.