Top 5 renovation ideas to boost your home value
You're selling your house and you want to make an effort to attract buyers willing to pay top dollar.
Here are five things that will help you make that happen:
Everyone wants to feel like they live in a tiny slice of paradise so invest a few thousand dollars in your garden and you’ll add instant value. You’re aiming for a lush, yet low-maintenance, look.
Buyers see green as serene so pile in the plants. Palms, palms and more palms. Bromeliads are fantastic as they multiply naturally and you can split them and replant. Frangipanis look amazing and you can take cuttings from a friend’s tree for next to no cost. Simply let the branches dry out for a couple of weeks then replant. Star jasmine is always a winner - especially if you manage to get your house on the market in spring.
2. Paint it white
Everyone likes to work with a blank canvas. You may love your terracotta wall with purple accents but the fastest way to turn off a potential buyer is to overwhelm them with colours. You want them to imagine themselves in your space. Go with Natural White or Antique White. Sure add colour - but with cushions, throws or doona covers which are not permanent.
Yes, they can be expensive but if you have a dark south-facing room you really do need to find a way to introduce some natural light. Get light into your house and you’ll woo buyers. Everyone feels happier in rooms flooded with natural light. And if you can’t afford skylights then strip back window dressings.
4. Kitchen upgrade
It’s the room we spend the most time in so whether it’s a full-scale renovation or some cheap Ikea tweaks adding value to your kitchen will reap rewards. DON”T go for crazy splash backs or idiosyncratic tiles.
This is the time to appeal to the masses. Clean, lots of bench space and good storage are vital. Proportions and a great layout are a better investment than the top Euro appliances so get that right.
And make sure your kitchen design meets the “triangle test” - that is, the fridge, dishwasher and stovetop are positioned in a triangle shape. It’s a time-honoured principle for great functional kitchens.
5. De-clutter and clean
Your ornaments may be precious but to potential buyers they’re something you have to get your eyeballs around. Unless you have the talents of a stylist and can make your stuff look gorgeous and aspirational then put it in storage. Clear the walls and surfaces so people can imagine their own belongings there. And scrub everything - walls/floors/windows - until they shine. Sugar soap wipes are your best friend if you can’t repaint. But consider just one coat - it’ll freshen everything up. Finally, add a lovely indoor plant - they’re less contrived than flowers.