Improving the value of your property

Improving the value of your property
By Scott Bentley


Improving the value of your property

Improving the value of your property doesn’t require elaborate renovations, second story extensions or the addition of a swimming pool.


Cosmetic changes can go a long way in helping to turn your home from rundown to glamorous while saving you money and adding a few more dollars to your sale price.

Paint your home:

First National Marlborough Salesperson Simon Green says it is incredible how a lick of paint can completely transform your home. 

“I have seen houses change from drab and down-at-heel, and uninviting from the curb, to appealing homes tempting people to investigate further, just through a new coat of paint using neutral, up-to-date colour schemes.” 

Cost-efficient paints in neutral colours breathe life into a tired-looking property, especially if the interior or exterior walls have been yellowed or stained by age.

“This is also an excellent selling point when we’re showing prospective buyers through the home; a recently painted house means less work for them to do once they’ve moved in.”

A new kitchen is a tall order - up and coming salesperson Jacob Green will happily give his clients advice to spruce up the home.Update your bathroom tiles:

This is not as extensive (or expensive) as it sounds. Many bathrooms feature decorative tiles or dirty grout that for many buyers can be a real turn off. A quick fix for this is to either have the grout pressure cleaned or redone and have your tiles painted with specialised paint. Neutral colours are another option here as it allows buyers to imagine putting their own mark on the property. Going from darker to lighter colours also helps to open up a room.

Breathe life into your kitchen:

The kitchen is the heart of any home and for many buyers, it can make or break a sale. While a major kitchen remodel may be out of the question, you can definitely make small changes that will go a long way. For dated kitchen cupboards, consider stripping and repainting them and changing the knobs. You can also consider painting any splash back tiles and getting in a new tap which you can find at affordable prices in hardware stores like Bunnings and Mitre 10.

Clean it up:

It might seem like a given, but making sure your home looks clean and tidy can help in a buyer’s eye. Make sure to clean marks off walls, try to get stains out of carpets and don’t forget to give your range hood above the stove top, and your kitchen cupboard shelves, a good clean. Make sure anything broken is fixed such as doors that won’t shut properly or broken tiles on balconies.

Leaving everything sparkling will allow a buyer to picture themselves in this home.

Simon's young assistant Jacob Green believes that it is all in the details.Swap out your furniture:

Some people find it hard to look past dated or overly decorative furniture and see the home itself.
“In my experience, buyers will feel a connection and imagine themselves cooking in the kitchen, dining at the table or watching TV in the lounge when the surroundings are less personalised and kept neutral in style,” Simon says.

You can look into cost-effective ways to lease furniture for your open homes. Try to opt for classic and neutral furniture. Also remember to hide away any personal effects and photos as that distracts buyers and reminds them that this house is already someone else’s home.

Don’t forget to garden:

Of course you can fix up the inside of a home all you like but that first impression will come from the outside. Overgrown gardens in the back and front yards can put people off, making them think they would be in for a lot of work to maintain the property, so make sure to mow the lawn and keep the gardens tidy. This also helps attract young families looking for safe spaces for their children to play.