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 li­oli_­cast­ing@be­

Real es­tate ex­pert An­drew Win­ter.

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