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Affordable ways to upgrade your braai spot


The summer festive season is on our doorstep and our calendars are likely to be filled with braais and pool parties.

Homeowners who plan to host outdoor gatherings this December could try a few affordable upgrades that could not only bolster their enjoyment of the space, but increase property values.

RE/MAX Southern Africa regional director and CEO Adrian Goslett says an outdoor home improvemen­t project can add to the appeal of the home when it later comes time to sell.

“Upgrading the outdoor entertainm­ent area is likely to increase the resale value of the home, but just be sure not to over-capitalise and spend above the ceiling price of the neighbourh­ood,” he advised.

For those looking for affordable outdoor upgrades easily be recouped once it’s time to sell, here are some ideas:

● Wash walls, repaint or create a feature. The most affordable way to upgrade your outdoor entertainm­ent space is to clean the exterior of the home.

Hire a high-pressure hose and wash down all exterior walls – especially those visible from the outdoor entertainm­ent area. If the walls are painted, touch up any cracks and repaint.

Create a feature wall by choosing a bold colour to paint on just one section of the exterior; or, for those handy with power tools, a timber-cladded exterior feature wall could upgrade the look of the space.

Tackle simple maintenanc­e issues.

Well-maintained, neat outdoor spaces add value. Clean out gutters and fix damaged outdoor pipes or drains. Get the roof profession­ally cleaned and make sure it is in good condition. Use a high-pressure hose to clean paving, and repair any damage. Tackle weeds and prune overgrown hedges and trees.

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