If your home is what estate agents like to describe as "classic" - such as a traditional red brick homes, Californian Bungalows or Fibro cottages - it may be worth investing in some simple renovations to maximize the return when you sell it.
Check out your ideas with the experts before you rush off to Bunnings on a mad spending spree. Your agent will advise you if your renovations will be be an improvement or not.
While bathrooms and kitchens might seem obvious areas for an update, there may be other, more cost-effective ways to update your property to bring your property in line with other properties on the market.
While some renovations are more costly than others, in the right area, your house may still benefit from a more comprehensive makeover, so in some cases more major changes may still be worth considering.
Here are some of the improvements you may consider:
1. New windows: For the main part, this only applies to houses. In general, most timber windows are fine as long as they are in good repair. Aluminium windows on an older-style property, however, can make a property look dated in spite of their insulation benefits and durability. Replacing windows is a big investment, but if you've got a large, period property, it is probably worth it.
2. Rendering and cladding: Concrete rendering and timber cladding are not cheap updates, but both options will transform and the exterior of your property, especially if it is a traditional, red brick home. For a more contemporary finish, render it; for a more classic, Hamptons-style or coastal look, cladding is a good option. Or try a combination of the two.
3. Glass balcony fencing or pool fencing: Traditional wrought iron fencing can look dated, whereas glass fencing maximises the space behind and frameless glass makes it disappear. There are many different options in terms of cost, so don't be afraid to consider what may make a huge difference to the appeal of your property.
4. Timber floors: What's not to love about timber flooring? It is stylish, practical and sustainable and it may be a cheaper option than you think if you have existing boards under your carpet. There is a wealth of timber, laminate and vinyl options on the market to suit most budgets, but if you are lucky enough to have them already in your home, simply sand them back, stain, varnish or seal to the desired colour and finish. Wide oak boards are on trend right now.
5. Landscaping: A new layer of mulch and a good cut of the lawn may suffice for some properties, but others require a completely new design. Tiered slopes, new drainage, and new terraces are only a few things to consider to maximise the appeal of your property. While costly, the advice of a good landscaper and their in-depth knowledge about plants, drainage, weather patterns and soil can be an invaluable way to prepare your home for the impacts of climate change. Don't make the mistake I made and put a shed at the bottom of the garden that was constantly waterlogged in bad weather.
Images: Sourced from Pinterest 1. Renovated Californian Bungalow from homestolove.com.au 2. Timber flooring found on Homestolove.com.au 3. Landscaped front garden from avionale.com. 4. Rendered classic home from realestate.com.au.