Eastern Reporter - - Residential -

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 up, paint in­side and out, de­clut­ter, lose out­dated win­dow dress­ings, make sure 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.

“With spray­ing, use pro­fes­sion­als, don’t use a DIY kit – it will knock 20 grand off the value.”

For those on a strict bud­get who did not know where to start, Mr 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? Walk down the gar­den path and look at the state of the bor­ders.

“When you come to the front door, have you got one of those hideous screen doors that I hate, the stan­dard ones? Take it off, put it in the garage; reawaken the front en­try point.

“Would it look bet­ter if you had a nice planter by the front door, are the win­dows clean, are the dress­ings look­ing old?

“And then work your way around the house.”

When it came to kitchen ren­o­va­tions, Mr Win­ter said stone bench­tops and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances had been done to death.

“You’d be bet­ter off get­ting a re­ally nice stone bench­top for a part of the kitchen and then go for a re­ally cool tim­ber lam­i­nate in an­other part – that’s more stylish and costs less money” he said.

“Same with taps; look at al­ter­na­tives to chrome.”

Mr Win­ter said the key was to make sure ev­ery­thing looked fairly sleek with­out los­ing the feel of the home.

When it came to buy­ing and sell­ing in the Perth mar­ket, Mr Win­ter said not to panic be­cause the mar­ket was just go­ing through a nat­u­ral cy­cle.

“First-home buyers and in­vestors should not be wor­ried, they should be jump­ing up and down,” he said.

“In fact, if you’re a typ­i­cal home­owner, in a typ­i­cal Perth sub­urb and you want to down­size or up­size, just carry on be­cause you sell low and you buy low.

“If you are an in­vestor try­ing to cash in, it’s the wrong time to sell.

“If you’re try­ing to make a killing or flip a prop­erty, again it’s prob­a­bly the wrong time to sell.”

Mr Win­ter is cur­rently on our screens host­ing sea­son one of Fox­tel’s Love it or List it with Vogue Liv­ing ed­i­tor-at­large and The Block judge Neale Whi­taker.

The new se­ries aims at help­ing home­own­ers make one of their big­gest, most lifechang­ing de­ci­sions: whether to ren­o­vate their house or sell it.

The production team are look­ing for WA home­own­ers to take part in the sec­ond se­ries. To ap­ply, email li­oli_­cast­ing@be­

Start gate for sell­ers: An­drew Win­ter.

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