Five Ways to Add Value to your Home

When it comes to selling your home, it needs to stand out from the competition, especially in today’s market where buyers are presented with an abundance of choice. Before you think about selling, we look at some value-adding tips which could help yield the best return on your home.

1. Replace Splashback
Sometimes making minor changes to an area can lift the whole room, especially when it comes to kitchens. If you don’t want to mess with the cabinetry, we suggest you take a look at the splashbacks. This will assist in injecting some personality into the room and we advise making a splash with colour to modernise the room.

Keep a close look out for acrylic splashbacks, as a cheaper alternative to glass. There is a great colour range available to tie in with any style of décor, and you can even get your hands on clear which allows for customisation with wallpaper or paint. But, take note, acrylics can’t be used directly behind stoves.

2. Refresh with paint
An often cost effective home refresh (if you’re willing to put in the work) is in the form of a fresh lick of paint. Painting the interior of your home can lift the mood of each room, and assist in adding a renewed feel throughout your property.

If your budget allows, we suggest tackling walls yourself, but leaving the ceilings to an expert, as these can be tough on the body for newbies!

If you are taking the DIY approach, you may be able to get away with giving skirting boards, doors, door frames and windows a good clean with sugar soap or a natural alternative such as washing soda. Keep in mind that you only want to tackle one room at a time and choose a warm, dry day to start. Bigger rooms will take more time, but attempting one room at a time minimises disruption.

3. Groom the garden
Winter in Australia is the perfect time to get in touch with your green thumb, pull on those garden gloves and get stuck into the back yard. After an all-over tide up, look at any gaps around the garden that need to be addressed.

If you’re putting the house up for sale, use reasonably established potted plants to fill up spaces as you can take them with you when you move. Try and get hold of a high-pressure hose and give paths, paintwork and the exterior of your home a once over. Clean the barbecue and give outdoor furniture a scrub as the warmer weather is just around the corner!

4. Update the entrance
First impressions always count, especially if you’re about to put your house on the market! By revamping your front entrance, you are giving your home a new lease of life.

Consider giving your door a renewed paint, updating doorway furniture or the welcome mat. Give the areas around the entrance a once-over by cleaning the path, removing any cobwebs and trimming surrounding plants. Consider checking the letterbox isn’t too scruffy, and fix any loose pavers in the driveway. These refurbishments will let buyers know that your home is well maintained and up-to-date.

5. Fit new taps
If the bathroom and kitchen are in good shape, but could do with a little updating, we suggest taking a look at the taps. By fitting newer, more modern matching taps throughout your home, you’re bringing a sense of consistency to the house and good taps also suggest good plumbing, something buyers will love!