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Paula and Ser­gio’s ren­o­va­tion in Morn­ing­ton cost them about $70,000, but with the ex­pe­ri­ence of many ren­o­va­tions, the cou­ple are very spe­cific about where their dol­lars are to be spent. “If your plan is to re­sell, then you have to spend your money on things that will really win over buy­ers,” says Paula. “Get­ting the kitchen right and look­ing great is cru­cial – much more im­por­tant than ex­pen­sive cur­tains that you may love but your buyer may hate.” Paula al­ways pays ex­tra at­ten­tion to the front en­try of the home. “It sets the mood for the rest of the house,” she says. “I also really be­lieve in ded­i­cat­ing a lit­tle bit of the bud­get to things like gor­geous bed linen and hand tow­els; you really want to show off your prop­erty in the best light and you can’t do that if ev­ery­thing in­side looks tired and dated.”

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