Adding Value to Your Home with Cosmetic Changes - dummies

Adding Value to Your Home with Cosmetic Changes

Part of Selling Your Home For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

Repaint your property inside and out in a fresh neutral colour to lift its value (proportionately by more than many pricier renovations). Paint or replace tired-looking cupboard doors in kitchens and bathrooms, swap dated cupboard handles and taps with smarter modern versions, replace broken tiles and cracked glass. Tear up worn carpets to sand and polish floorboards.

For really outdated kitchens and bathrooms, replace the stove, sink, bath and basin with quality local products. Forget the granite or stainless steel workbench. A neutral laminate or timber bench top gives the new owners the option to upgrade if they wish.

Leave larger scale structural improvements to the new owners. You’re unlikely to get the money back you spend on upgrading the infrastructure such as re-wiring or re-blocking (replacing the foundations of your property).