As the 2017 season of The Block came to an end on Sunday night, we took a look at ideas on where to renovate or touch up prior to selling. Whether you’re a first-time seller or you’ve got experience in the market, minor works can always make a significant difference to your listing. The youngest competing couple, Josh Barker and Elyse Knowles sold their house for a hefty $3.067 million ($447,000 over the reserve price). The couple walked away with $550,000 including $100,000 in prize money. Josh and Elyse’s renovation was a favourite from early on and the property was purchased as an investment property by comedian Dave Hughes, who one day plans to move into the property with his family.
5 value-adding ideas to take away from Josh and Elyse’s renovation
Every buyer is unique, but here are some ideas you can take away from Josh and Elyse’s renovation that’ll be favoured by many:
1. A picture perfect curb appeal
Curb appeal is critical when selling. You’re going to get prospective buyers driving past, so it’s super important to give them a memorable first impression. Tidying up your front garden, re-doing your deck and giving the front of your house a paint job will get buyers in the door. Not only that, it’ll create a better atmosphere on auction day if you decide to sell under the hammer. You can create a beautiful front yard on a small budget, just like Josh and Elyse did here.
2. Simple, light tiles
An inexpensive way to make a huge difference to you bathroom is to re-grout your existing bathroom tiles, or add in new tiles if you haven’t got any. We saw many extravagant tile designs across The Block 2017 season. But a simple, fresh design like the small white tiles above will lighten up the room. You’re also leaving prospective buyers with a blank canvas to work with – white goes with everything.
3. A wood fire heater
If you’re in an area that cools down in winter, especially at night, you can’t go wrong with installing wood fire heater. For a reasonable cost, you can create a cosy space where buyers can envisage themselves. But make sure you comply with the Australian standards and whoever’s installing it is qualified to do so.
4. Large windows to let natural light in
If you’ve got sunlight hitting one side of your house, installing a large window to let the light in will do the room wonders. It’ll also help to create a larger looking space in listing photography and open for inspections.
5. Bifold doors
If you have an outdoor area, installing bifold doors gives you the opportunity to combine two living spaces into one. If you’re selling in the warmer months, having bifold doors is great for inspection time as you’ll be able to let lots of fresh air through your property.