Melville Times - - Residential -

WHEN spruc­ing up your home 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, de-clut­ter, lose out­dated win­dow dress­ings, en­sure win­dows are clean, make sure the front door is nice and any bro­ken or old ap­pli­ances are re­placed – it costs 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; does the gar­den gate fall off or is it dam­aged?

“When you come to the front door, have you got one of those hideous screen­doors 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? Then work your way around the house.”

Mr Win­ter said it was nec­es­sary to 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.”

What did not mat­ter, ac­cord­ing to Mr Win­ter, was the at­tic and garage space.“They can be filled to the gills with stuff if you need them to be, to make sure the rest of the house is very tidy,” he said.

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. “We’ve got to the point now with stag­ing, that if a home looks too staged, it just looks too staged,” he said.

“Good home stag­ing is about bring­ing in a few key items but re­tain­ing some of your own stuff.”

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 owner 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’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-at-large and The Block judge Neale Whi­taker.

The new se­ries aims at help­ing own­ers make one of their big­gest, most life-chang­ing de­ci­sions: to ren­o­vate their house or sell it.

The pro­duc­tion team are look­ing for WA home­own­ers to take part in the sec­ond se­ries.

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Real es­tate ex­pert An­drew Win­ter says own­ers should try to limit spend­ing when pre­par­ing their homes for sale.

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