If you are in the fortunate position to to afford a complete makeover of your home or investment property prior to its sale, you will have the pick of modern finishes and special touches to ensure that it stands out from the rest.
But what if you don't have the budget to get your property professionally styled? Or what if that additional investment of money seems a bit risky in a volatile real estate market? How can you give your property the same WOW factor on a limited budget?
Well, read on for my 5 top recommendations of where you should target your money, in order of priority:
1. Cleaning and decluttering:Sounds obvious, I know. But if you had seen what I've seen, you won't be surprised that I'm adding this to my list. Fact: we lead busy lives and some of us have young children and pets, so not all of us have the time to get our property ship-shape for those all important property inspections. My advice: get someone in to give your property the shine it deserves. As for decluttering - well, that's just common sense - part of what you are offering your buyers is space, so what better way to show it off to maximum effect?
2. Outside: Everyone understands the importance of first impressions, so make sure your outside areas - gardens, balconies and terraces - are tidy ie. lawns mowed, borders weeded (and preferably mulched), and bushes cut back. Also, don't forget about the fencing or walling, which frames your property. A new coat of paint will make that first impression so much sweeter for your buyer.
3. Flooring: New carpet works wonders for presentation, particularly when it comes to a tired, older, or underwhelming property. If a steam clean will suffice, that's fine, but if your existing carpet is mismatched, threadbare or heavily stained, replacing it with new is a wise investment and a cost that won't break the bank. As a rule of thumb, we tend to specify warmer, neutral tones for new carpet in older properties and greys for new.
4. Window Treatments: Poorly fitting, stained curtains and blinds hanging off broken rails and window frames give the wrong impression. If that's the condition of the window treatments in your property, I advise you replace them, or at the very least, remove any broken ones down. Vertical blinds are an affordable replacement option and the beauty of their design is that they allow light in and filter what you might not want your buyer to see outside. Muslin curtains are another great way to hide that ugly brick wall next to you.
5. Kitchen and bathrooms:It may come as a surprise to you that the two most important areas (in the minds of many buyers) come last on my list of priorities. But think about it - a complete overhaul is only really worth the cost for a full house renovation. If your kitchen really needs to be ripped out, your buyer will see that and account for it in their budget and negotiations. If, however, these areas don't present particularly well in your home and you have the spare funds to breathe new life into them, a new bench top can work wonders, as can resurfacing the bath tub or replacing old vanity units.
Photos found on Pinterest:1. From dwell.com 2. From mydomainehome.com.au 3. From primcousa.com