Cherie Barber’s must-dos to add value to your property
Top five internal essentials
2 Ripping up carpet and polishing floorboards or changing the flooring.
3 Cosmetically updating the kitchen.
4 Cosmetically updating the bathroom.
5 Changing window coverings (replacing them with modern blinds, plantation shutters or new curtains).
Top five external essentials
1 Cement-render old brick houses. Partial render: $2500 to $3000; whole-house render: $10,000 to $15,000.
2 External painting.
3 Garden beds and landscaping.
4 Roof spraying/painting/cleaning.
5 Adding decorative features such as a pergola to the front of the house, and decorative timber work.
Premium considerations for a ‘forever’ home
1 Pools and spas.
2 Fancy laundries.
3 Designer fixtures and fittings.
4 Rip out perfectly good kitchens and bathrooms for a completely new look.
5 Rip out fittings, such as skirtings and internal doors, instead of just giving them a refresh.
New benchtops, cabinet fronts and handles can give your kitchen a fresh new look for relatively little outlay.