Cherie Bar­ber’s must-dos to add value to your prop­erty

Australian House & Garden - - Advice -

Top five in­ter­nal es­sen­tials

1 Paint­ing.

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.

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