1. STREET APPEAL
From street level it really can be love (or loathe) at first sight, so it pays to create a lasting positive impression. Replace your letterbox if your current one is looking shabby, tidy up the front fence with a lick of paint, ensure all gates and hinges are in good working order as well.
2. MAKE A RED CARPET ENTRANCE
While we’re on the topic of first impressions, aim to create an enticing entrance from the street, up the drive and inside. Paint your front door a bright and vibrant colour to make your home look more inviting. Add a few pot plants and clear the entrance of any cobwebs or debris—clutter is the enemy of the welcoming home.
3. REPLACE HANDLES AND LIGHT SWITCHES
Light switches tend to become yellow-tinged over time. Replace your switches to modern ones and you’ll instantly liven up your home. These can be picked up from your local hardware store for less than $10 each. Replacing all door handles is also a cost effective way of instantly modernising your home, for around $40-60 per set.
4. UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN AND BATHROOM
Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. Replace an out-dated vanity in the bathroom or add a modern splash back to your kitchen for an instant lift. Replace dated cupboard handles with modern ones from your local hardware store, and, if the budget allows, add a coat of paint to instantly freshen up the kitchen.
5. CLEAN AND DECLUTTER
A recent UK Survey here states that decluttering your home will add an additional 11 per cent to its value. A cluttered property will generally seem smaller and, therefore, worth less at the bargaining table. so it pays to keep clutter to a minimum. And while you’re clearing out the junk, give your home a good clean to really bring out that welcoming-come-and-buy-me shine!