Whether you’re looking to sell in the near future or simply want to double down on your investment, making some simple improvements to your property will pay off in the long run. Keep reading for tips from Australia’s leading home improvement experts.
Boosting kerb appeal should be the first thing you consider when trying to add value to your home. Suzanne Burke from leading home renovation builders Amerex Renovations and Additions says “By increasing the kerb appeal of your home, you can add considerable value. The simplest tasks such as pruning, planting blooms, tidying up the yard and pressure cleaning your driveway can be done yourself at very little cost. Other external improvements can include roof restoration, rendering of old and dated brickwork and repairing or repainting fences. It is amazing what a big clean-up can achieve!”
Chris Martin, owner of DJL Services, also stresses the importance of first impressions: “When a buyer arrives at the home and there are grease stains, or leaves piling up on the lawn, it is noticed before they've even entered the house. High pressure cleaning your driveway, roof and walls creates a clean, professional look to your home that is noted by prospective buyers.”
Want an even easier way to improve your home’s kerb appeal? Simply install some quality artificial grass!
Never underestimate the power of a thorough clean! Any would-be buyers will immediately have a more favourable impression of your home when it is neat and tidy than when it’s cluttered and messy. Even if you’re not actively looking to sell your home right now, regularly tidying up and cleaning it will help you avoid serious maintenance issues later down the track, like mould which can quickly become a major health concern that will devalue your home.
Convert a disused space
As your family’s needs change, it’s quite likely that you will end up with a disused space in your home that you could turn into an asset. In the case of most family homes, this will be the garage or garden shed. You might have sold your car in favour of a slower life, your children may have taken their vehicles with them when they moved out, or your husband might have ditched his woodworking hobby - whatever the case, see if you can turn your garage or shed into a living space, studio or personal haven.
Before commencing, however, check if your space is structurally sound for a conversion and get all necessary planning permissions. While this is a more involved home improvement project, it also offers the highest possible return if you were to resell your home or rent out the space.
Focus on the details
Even the smallest touches can have a big effect on the appeal of your home. Emma Deriu from Rate Comparison suggests “Rather than focusing on renovating whole rooms (which can be costly) focus on upgrading doors, knobs/handles, light fixtures and flooring. Walls and cabinets can simply be painted if they need refreshing, too. Focus on brightening and opening up your home by removing unnecessary furniture, using neutral tones like white or magnolia, changing blinds to let in more sunlight and undergoing a deep clean. Bright, open spaces instantly lift the home.”
Hire a professional home inspector
To make sure no detail is overlooked, consider hiring a professional home inspector, especially if you’re looking to sell your home very soon. A home inspector will be able to pinpoint any areas that need maintenance or can be improved to boost the value of your home. By having home inspection records on hand, you can also prove to prospective buyers that you have consistently maintained your house. With the knowledge from a professional inspection, you can make an informed decision on how best to spend your money on your home.
Use these tips to ensure you get the maximum return possible on any home improvements you make, and without all the hassle!