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Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -

1 BE­GIN WITH THE BA­SICS

From a to­tal eye­sore, the only way is up. Start by de­clut­ter­ing, tidy­ing, trim­ming and go­ing to town with the clip­pers and even a high-pres­sure hose. Re­mov­ing rub­bish and tack­ling the over­growth and re­dun­dant out­build­ings will trans­form an un­sightly ex­te­rior, leav­ing you with a blank slate so you can clearly see what to tackle next.

2 RE­AL­IS­TIC PRI­OR­I­TIES

On a low-bud­get prop­erty, buy­ers don’t ex­pect high-bud­get glam, so for­get elab­o­rate paving, ex­otic plants and award-win­ning land­scap­ing. For a mod­est sub­ur­ban house, pri­or­i­ties like an out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, a safe place for the kids to play and a neat, wel­com­ing fa­cade will win buy­ers.

3 PRAC­TI­CAL CHANGES

Just like tweak­ing the in­ter­nal lay­out to cre­ate a much bet­ter flow, ex­ter­nal changes can greatly im­prove kerb ap­peal. Re-rout­ing a front path to make a more prac­ti­cal en­trance, re­lo­cat­ing gar­den beds or adding a drive­way or perime­ter fence for greater se­cu­rity can trans­form a front fa­cade. Be sure to weigh up cost ver­sus re­turn.

4 RE­PAIR AND RE­MODEL

Rusted gates, bro­ken hinges, peel­ing paint, dead lawn… they’re all turn-offs you need to deal with. Paint is avail­able to trans­form just about ev­ery sur­face, from roof tiles to con­crete drive­ways, rusty sur­faces and wood­work, bricks and ren­der. Think about a bright colour for the front door to put your stamp on the facelift.

5 BRING ON THE BLING

Low-bud­get ex­tras can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence. Any­one can get cre­ative and spruce up old fur­ni­ture, or find one-off pieces at garage sales or auc­tion sites. Af­ford­able up­dates in­clude so­lar lights for gar­den fea­tures and paths, a new let­ter­box and house nu­mer­als, and maybe a colour­ful urn or feature wall for the front porch.

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