ONE KEY RULE FOR SELLING A HOME
WHEN sprucing your home up for sale, the golden rule is to spend as little as possible, according to real estate guru Andrew Winter.
He was in Perth last week filming for the 11th season of Foxtel’s Selling Houses Australia.
“You want to do everything that doesn’t cost much,” he said.
“Tidy the garden, paint inside and out, declutter, lose outdated window dressings, ensure windows are clean, make sure the front door is nice and make sure any broken or old appliances are replaced; it costs you next to nothing to get a new oven now.
“Replacing benchtops, taps, kitchen cupboard doors and having the bathroom sprayed are all cheap fixes that can have a major impact.”
For those on a strict budget who did not know where to start, Winter recommended enlisting a trusted mate to walk through the house and provide feedback.
“It’s about looking at the house overall,” he said.
“Look at the home from the street, have you got a garden gate that falls off or is damaged?”
Pay attention to the main living area and kitchen, and in a four-bedroom home, the master bedroom and bedroom two.
“If you’ve got two bathrooms, both very old, focus on the shared family bathroom,” he said. “A buyer can move into the home and everyone can use the nice bathroom while they do the ensuite.”
When it came to buying and selling in the Perth market, he said not to panic because the market was just going through a natural cycle.
“If you’re a typical owner in a typical Perth suburb and want to downsize or upsize, just carry on because you sell low and you buy low,” he said.
“If you are an investor trying to cash in, it’s the wrong time to sell.”
Winter is currently hosting season one of Foxtel’s Love it or List it with Vogue Living editor-at-large and The Block judge Neale Whitaker. The production team are looking for WA homeowners to take part in the second series. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Real estate expert Andrew Winter.