If your home is what estate agents like to describe as "classic" - such as a traditional red brick home, Californian Bungalow or Fibro cottage - it may be worth investing some money in some simple renovations, to maximize your return when you sell it.
Make sure you ask the advice of your agent before you head off to Bunnings on a spending spree - because you do need to be able to recognise if your buyers are will see the renovations as improvements or if they view your home as a knockdown anyway, in which case it may be worth leaving well alone.
Obviously, a new kitchen or bathrooms will be your first priority, but what other affordable ways are there to update your property, to bring it in line with other, similar properties on the market?
Understandably, some renovations are more costly than others, but if you have the budget and your house would benefit from a more serious makeover, changes such as these may still be worth considering:
1. New windows:For the main part, this only applies to houses. I will stick my neck out and say that most timber windows are fine as long as they are in good repair. Aluminium windows on an older property, on the other hand, can make it look dated, although you will see them used widely in contemporary homes for their style, insulation benefits and durability. Admittedly, to replace windows is a massive cost, but in a large property, it may just be worth it.
2. Rendering and cladding: Concrete rendering and timber cladding are not cheap updates, but both options will transform and update the exterior of your property, particularly 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 the perfect 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 it and invites the outside inside. There are 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 there are existing boards under your carpet. There is a wealth of timber, laminate and vinyl options to suit most budgets. But if you already have them in your home, simply sand them back and either stain them, or varnish or seal them in their natural tone. Wide oak boards are on trend right now.
5. Landscaping:By this, I don't mean a new layer of mulch and a good cut of the lawn, I'm referring to a complete restructure of your outside areas. This may involve tiering sloping ground, new drainage, new terraced areas, or the redefinition of certain areas of your land. Although costly, the advice of a good landscaper and their in-depth knowledge about drainage, weather patterns and soil can be an invaluable way to transform the appeal of your home and prepare it 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.