TOUCH AND FEEL COUNTS
WHETHER you are about to sell the family home or renovate a new investment, do you ever just want your home to “feel” a little upgraded? As a frequent flyer, I describe this as taking your home from economy to business class –for just a premium economy rate.
But can this really be achieved?
It can, but viability is the challenge here. If you are sure this is your forever home, the exact budget is not as crucial, as time and long-term market growth may cover a blowout. Please note though that market growth may not always cover your mistakes. It depends on the market cycle and when you decide to sell.
If you live in a suburb where values are high and your property sits towards the middle or lower range – say your home is worth $1.5 million, while others sell for $2 millionplus – this can mean a larger spend is warranted.
Conversely, if your home is at the top end of a modest market, getting carried away may result in lost dollars.
Products, fittings and materials of similar type and brand cost the same almost everywhere, so those musthave taps that are a sensible buy in some instances are a crazy extravagance in others.
So, what are the key areas to focus on to enhance the quality feel of your home? The whole touch experience should be combined with the aesthetic: what we can see. The secret to adding quality is ensuring the money is spent in areas that can be touched and seen. This is a fundamental element of our housing market. Here is how you can play the game, too: •Avoid standard vertical blinds; they have had their day. Spend the extra money in key areas such as living spaces and master bedrooms. Full height and full wall coverage curtains, sheers, plantation shutters, or a whole array of stylish blinds now on the market are good buys. • Lighting should be given very careful consideration. If budget is tight, focus on entry areas, living spaces and kitchens. Bedrooms can use soft mood lighting in the form of table lamps to keep finances on track. • The colours you use can have a substantial impact on your home. The single coloured feature wall trend is very last decade. It’s now whole-room colour or two walls, wallpaper or feature alternative materials. Trawl the interior magazines and online sale listings with hefty price tags for inspiration, then seek cheaper alternatives. • The standard aluminium sliding windows are absolutely fine, but we all know they are the basic product. To upgrade, consider prime sections of the building such as the windows on the facade, the front door and living areas. Here you can spend more and create impact. The design options are infinite, not just in style but materials. Timber, whether in a natural finish or painted, is associated with a more expensive finish. • From your kitchen sink, the taps, to flooring choices, light switches, even robe doors, internal doors and handles, fittings are both visual and tactile and play a major role in that high-end finish perception. The list is endless, and so can be the cost. Shop around and start with the spaces most often seen, such as living and kitchen areas.
The common thread is the focus on prime areas of the home, but also on what can be seen and what can be touched. Consequently your double brick construction, highspec construction materials and methods, plus even green elements such as solar panels and water tanks, while being strong selling features, are not under the touch of class category.