Thinking about upsizing or downsizing in 2019? Whatever the reason, if you’re planning on putting your home on the market this year, we’ve got some great tips to help you present your house in a super-appealing manner so you get the best possible sale price. It’s all about focussing on those elements that will catch your buyer’s eye and make them fall in love with your property. And even if you’re not selling, these quick and simple renovation ideas and decorating tips will make you enjoy your home even more than you do now!
First impressions really matter, so when your potential buyers pull up outside you don’t want to give them a reason to keep on driving. It goes without saying that you should make sure the gardens are tidy and the lawn is mowed, but you can add some extra appeal by replacing a tired looking letterbox or investing in a new front door.
Don’t forget to take a look at the driveway and your roof – if they’re covered in mould, now’s the time to get the water blaster out so you can get them back looking like new.
Nothing turns a buyer off faster than walking into a home that’s full of too much stuff. You want your prospective buyers to imagine living in your home themselves, and that’s not easy to do when the bedroom has overflowing boxes, the lounge has too much furniture and the bathroom vanity is covered in lotions and potions. It’s definitely worth investing in a little temporary storage space to clear it all out before your first open home.
Do a little lightweight cosmetic surgery
Small things can make a huge difference and a coat of paint is the easiest thing you can do to give your room a makeover and transform your living spaces. Stick with a neutral palate and you’ll please just about everyone. If you have worn lino or carpets take a look at what’s underneath – many older houses have the most amazing floorboards that will add heaps of value to your property when polished up. If you’re not lucky enough to have any hidden boards, think about investing in some medium quality tiles or a floating timber floor.
In the kitchen and bathroom you can make a huge difference by replacing your old cabinet doors and handles with new ones, and there are loads of products on the market that will help you to get your benchtops looking like new (or even like marble). You can also buy tile paint so if your tiles are looking a bit dated, give them a fresh new look with a coat of white paint.
Brighten things up
No one likes a gloomy house and if yours doesn’t get as much natural light as it could, think about installing some skylights. They’re cheap and relatively simple to install, and they bring light into any room you install them in.
Add more storage
Storage never goes unnoticed and can make or break a sale. If your home is a little light on storage, you might be surprised at how easy it is to add some. The space under the stairs and the roof space are good places to start but you can also buy storage cabinets as long as you have somewhere to fit them. A big garden shed in the back yard will add value too.
If you don’t have an outdoor entertaining area, create one by paving a section of the backyard close to the house. Check Gumtree or eBay for some inexpensive outdoor furniture, and here’s a great decoration idea - add some colourful scatter cushions and a few potted plants and you’ve instantly added appeal and made your house feel more liveable.
Need a hand?
Even though we’ve stuck to relatively inexpensive changes, they can still set you back a bit, particularly if you have to pay a tradie to help you out. It’ll all be worth it when you make the sale though and if you need a little financial help to make it all happen, we’re here to help. Just check out our flexible mini-loans up to $5K to find out how quick and easy it is to get your hands on some extra funds. Once a loan is approved, we can usually deposit the cash into your bank account within a few hours - so you can start planning those cosmetic changes that will make all the difference to your sale price!