Get your house in or­der, peo­ple

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I see a lot of prop­er­ties in my job and a lot of things that could so eas­ily be fixed or im­proved to add value to a home.

So here goes, a list of my per­sonal pet hates in real es­tate.

A rear out­door area or ve­randa fully en­closed, or fully screened, risks be­ing dark, gloomy and, well, like the inside.

If you need an out­door room space, en­sure those screens are re­tractable. If your out­door area looks like an inside room, it is point­less. Here I am tar­get­ing older homes again.

If the fa­cade of your prop­erty is void of its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter win­dows, typ­i­cally tim­ber case­ments, and in­stead shows-off generic alu­minium slid­ing win­dows, you need to put it right. It may be ex­pen­sive, but the cost will be out­weighed by an al­most cer­tain value gain from the more el­e­gant street ap­peal. view, tap into it. It’s an easy way to add value and if you’re about to build, please think as­pect. Please embrace small, but in­sist on cre­ative, good de­sign. It’s sim­ple: all states should have the same prop­erty laws now. There’s no gen­uine jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to have it any other way, other than we love ex­ces­sive bu­reau­cracy and wast­ing tax­pay­ers’ money. but New South Wales ban­ning the terms “of­fer over” and Queens­land de­cid­ing that any prop­erty listed for auc­tion can­not carry a price and ban­ning agents from dis­cussing a price, are ex­am­ples of mad­ness.

The world’s top real es­tate mar­kets look at that and have a real gig­gle. Such poli­cies of­fer no gen­uine help to sell­ers or buy­ers.

Un­for­tu­nately I could con­tinue, but I can al­ready see in my mind the emails flood­ing in so best I cease at this point.

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