In the News – Renovate Before You Sell
A recent article by Karina Barrymore appeared in the Herald Sun and other New Limited publications. It starts out like this: “Property prices might be falling or stalling in most areas”. This opening phrase is being repeated everywhere in the news. Property prices are stagnating and falling and the pundits agree that if you want to get the best price for your home, renovate before you put your home on the market is the way to go.
Ten tips to sell your home for more
The Herald Sun article goes on to offer Ten tips to sell your home for more. The tips begin with the cheapest yet often hardest to accomplish tip of all: “Remove the blinkers.” What the author means by this is that it is often very hard for us to take an objective look at our own property. While you may have gotten used to a “dodgy back door”, it will stick out like a sore thumb to a potential buyer. While Barrymore recommends “fixing these small things,” it may even be a better idea to replace those “dodgy” doors with quality timber doors. An investment in a new timber entry door, for example, can add more than its cost to the value of your home, especially if you follow some of other advice offered in the article.
Numbers Two and Three on the list have to do with tidying up your front yard and touching up with paint. These are both low cost ways to add significant value to your home. As the article suggests, “first impressions” count and it’s when potential buyers first lay eyes on your home that they begin to size up its value.
Number Four on the list of ten tips is worth a mention because it is something many homeowners often overlook. The author recommends replacing old door handles. While she limits it to interior doors, a better idea is to take a long, hard look at all your architectural hardware. Allkind Joinery Brisbane is not primarily in the business of selling hardware, but they use only the finest architectural hardware on all their joinery products. Why? Because quality hardware reflects the quality of their work and the good taste of their clientele.
Tip Number Eight deserves special mention because it is arguably the best and cheapest way to add tremendous value to your home: “Adding a wall of glass folding doors will also open up a small house to the outside – even if it is just to a lightwell or side walkway. This can enlarge your living space to include the outside area when the doors are open.”
Some of Allkind Joinery’s biggest selling products are timber sliding doors and timber bifold doors. Sometimes these are incorporated into small spaces leading out into meticulously maintained mini-gardens. The effect is to renovate a previously “pokey” room into an intimate indoor-outdoor living space with a spa-like atmosphere.
Speaking of spas, tip Number Nine recommends “Better Bathrooms.” Next to the laundry room, the bathroom is often the least inspiring room in the home, but leading interior designers are now saying that the age of the utilitarian bathroom is over. With so many great new shower heads and other bathroom fittings available, home buyers are going to be far more impressed by a spa-like bathroom than an old-fashioned “water closet.”
Tip Ten is concerned with “outside areas,” suggesting they should be made more functional. One way to do that is to renovate and add sliding doors or bifold doors as suggested above. These, combined with a patio or deck, even if a small one, greatly enlarge the functional space of your home and enhances its value.
Renovate – Make Room To Improve
Financial Review isn’t generally regarded as a home improvement publication, but even this sometimes dry financial journal recommends that homeowners Make room to improve. Echoing the sentiments expressed by the Sun Herald, author Ben Hurley says, “home values aren’t heading north any time soon” and recommends a number of strategies for home and income property investors. Amongst those recommendations is one to “carefully consider property upgrades which may increase the rental value.”
Allkind Joinery Brisbane has its finger on the pulse of the Queensland property market. Because this prestige joinery works together with Brisbane homeowners and property developers on a daily basis, they agree with the sentiments expressed in the news. Whether you’re selling your home or own an income producing property, the best way to enhance its value today is to renovate. Those who buy joinery products from Allkind consider their purchases to be investments, not expenses, because they know from experience that an investment in quality joinery products is an investment that pays dividends.
Please call us toll free on 1800 757 949 with any questions you may have on timber joinery products, our friendly staff are always happy to help with any advice you need.