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Where to splurge when selling

Where to splurge when selling

By Sarah Lefebvre on Nov 15 2017


If you’re looking at selling undoubtedly a key priority will be to make the most amount of money possible.  But the flip side of this is you will need to spend some money preparing your home for sale.  But where should you spend your money, where should you splurge knowing it will make a difference to your sale price?

Splurge in your Kitchen

The kitchen is the one room that can make or break a sale. It’s usually the most expensive room in  any house, so prospective buyers don’t want to see a kitchen that needs a total upgrade.

This doesn’t mean a total re-fit, but there are some small things you can splurge on that will help make your kitchen more appealing.

Add appliances - Buyers know just how expensive a new oven or dishwasher can be, so they may shy away from your house if they think they will need to spend up big on replacements for these appliances.  If your appliances are out of date, consider replacing them. It may be a worthwhile investment.

Fresh coat of paint - A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in a drab kitchen, especially if cooking splatters have become a feature! Don’t forget your worn tiles, a little primer and paint can make a huge difference.
Do up your doors - Swapping cabinet doors can give your kitchen a whole new look. If entirely new doors are outside your budget you can make a huge difference by simply replacing the handles of your cupboards and drawers.
  • Lift the lighting - The lighting in a kitchen is something buyers will take careful note of. Installing fluorescent or spot lights under the top cupboard can provide light for benchtop work areas or consider adding a pendant light above your benchtop for some visual interest.
  • Benchtops - Many people think that replacing a scratched and stained benchtop is just too costly, but not all benchtop materials are that expensive. Consider using laminate or the slightly more expensive options like corian. This small investment could save your sale!
  • Fix the floor - If your kitchen floor is a little worse for wear, lift the lino and if you have them, polish the floorboards underneath - if they are in good enough condition - otherwise lay vinyl flooring, which is easy to clean.  Alternatively, you may like to use tiles for a contemporary cool feeling.
  • Add some personality - Add vases of cut flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit or lemons on the bench. These personal touches will add something special to the room.

Splurge in the Bathroom

Buyers today like beautiful bathrooms - they want a room they can relax and pamper themselves in, no matter what size or condition your bathroom is in. It is Ok to splurge a little bit in the bathroom to make the most of what you have.
  • Fix the fittings - Cracked basin, toilets or tubs give the impression the room is unhygienic, so consider replacing these. It’s not that expensive provided you don’t change the plumbing.
  • Replace your vanity or mirror and add new lighting fixtures to make a really good impression on your buyers.
  • Buyers will lap up luxury - Today luxury spa bathrooms are very popular, but we don’t all have this look. You can however add a little luxury to any bathroom.  Fresh plump towels, some handmade soaps, plant or fresh flowers and some boutique bath products set out in your bathroom will give that feeling of luxury.
  • Space savers - If you have a small bathroom don’t clutter the limited wall space with towel rails, put them on the back of the door. If you are renovating a small bathroom, consider wall mounted sinks and toilets. Use big mirrors to make the room appear twice the size, not only will they enhance the feeling of spaciousness, they are also very practical.  Consider replacing a cabinet sink with a pedestal sink - it will make the room feel much bigger.
  • A new coat - Stained or chipped bathtubs and basins can be easily fixed by enameling companies that can give your fitting a whole new look. They can even enamel old tiles, so if your bathroom’s colour scheme is straight out of the 1970’s this simple inexpensive process could save your sale. Add to this a fresh coat of paint on the walls and you have a whole new bathroom.

Splurge on paint and first impressions

Paint can totally transform your property and help catapult it from the 70’s or 80’s into the 21st century.  Consider re-painting the façade of your property if it is looking a bit tired, or if you have exposed brick you could render the façade and paint it.  This will help create a good first impression and set the tone for the rest of the property.  Don’t stop there, re painting the walls inside also has a positive effect on buyers as it instantly refreshes the entire home. 

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