DIY shows arm buyers with better knowledge
The array of Do It Yourself and renovation programs on television have emboldened many home owners with the confidence to improve their homes themselves.
It has also better educated buyers on how to look out for sub-standard work and even illegal alterations.
If preparing your home for sale, make sure everything you do is appropriate and in accordance with relevant building codes and local planning laws.
A buyer’s pre-purchase inspection will be likely to turn up anything without necessary approvals and may cost you a sale or dollars in the sale price negotiation.
DIY wiring and plumbing can be dangerous and, in many cases, illegal.
Short cuts or superficial make-overs
Renovations must be structurally sound. Tackle the root of any visual defect rather than trying to ‘cover it up’.
Buying the ‘worst house, best street’ may be good but don’t overspend so it becomes the reverse. Don’t spend up too big on fixtures and fittings because your crystal chandeliers and solid gold tap ware might not be what the buyer in your suburb is looking for.
Take into account the finished streetscape and don’t alienate buyers by obvious add-ons that are not sympathetic to the original building. Don’t start with one ‘ugly duckling’ and transform it into yet another.