As Australians, we love property. Often our investment and wealth-building efforts are focused around property alone. While renovating is a smart strategy to help you add significant value to your home in relatively short timeframe, many of us simply don’t have the budget, or the time, to dedicate to major renovations. Fortunately, there are many easy and affordable things you can do to maximise the value of your property.
Do a Spring Clean
A clean home tells people that the house is well cared for and well maintained. It will also make the house smell fresh and remove any damp or musty smells which can deter potential buyers. Tackle each room and work from top to bottom, dusting ceiling fans, cornice and pendant lights, wash down the walls and scrub skirting boards and door frames. Keeping a clean house will also extend the life of everything from the kitchen to the exterior paintwork.
A great way to make your home appear bigger and ultimately add more valuable is to get rid of clutter. Take the ‘less is more’ approach, remove masses of photo frames, books and even furniture pieces that you seldom use. Cluttered houses not only appear smaller, they indicate a lack of storage and make the house feel old.
Refresh with Paint
One of the easiest ways to modernise and freshen up a home is with a new coat of paint. While it does cost money to buy the paint and if you don’t want to DIY, you will need pay a professional, with the right choice of colours it can dramatically change the feel of the home from old and tired to new and modern. Give skirting boards, doors and window and door frames a good clean with sugar soap and if the colour matches the walls, you may not even need to repaint these.
Quick Kitchen and Bathroom Fixes
If the bathroom and kitchen are in good condition but just look a little out of date, fitting new taps is a quick and affordable way of modernising the space. Good taps also suggest good plumbing. New cupboard doors and handles can also update a room in a budget-friendly way. If the cupboard doors are in good condition, you may even be able to paint them to give them a fresh new look.
Update the Light Switches
Don’t forget the smaller details like light switches. White switches can turn yellow over time which can age the whole home. Getting an electrician to replace them shouldn’t be too costly and you can often pick up everything you need from local hardware stores. There are many brands of white, coloured or metal switch plates, so you could even make a feature of them by selecting bold black switches or a traditional brass look if it suits the house.
Tidy the Garden
An overgrown garden is an indication that the whole house may not be very well maintained so get outside, pull on the gardening gloves and get stuck into both the front and backyards. The front yard is the first thing people see, so to maximise curb appeal, do a general tidy up and then look at any gaps in planting that need to be dealt with and get planting. Put down some lawn seed, pressure wash paths and paintwork and add some mulch to the garden beds for a sleek aesthetic. Repeat the process out the back, make sure fences are in good order and add some trendy plants or vertical gardens to cover any unsightly walls or fences.
Create an Outdoor Living Zone
Australians love living and entertaining outside, so one great way to maximise the value of your home is to have a comfortable area to sit and eat outdoors. If you don’t have any such area, it’s wise to invest in some paving and a shade structure such as shade sails, a pergola, or waterproof awning. Add in some finer details, like a fire pit, pizza oven and outdoor heaters. An outdoor living space creates another usable area and can add significant value to your property if done right.
Do you want to understand the value of your home in Wagga? Get in touch with the team at PRDnationwide Wagga today.