Have you ever passed by a home built in the 70s or 80s and thought “what were they thinking”?
Well, you’re not alone. As time goes on, it’s easy to forget that homes coated in beige and plastic were all the rage at one point or another. Trends change with the tides, and so do the preferences of homebuyers from generation to generation. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to get a good deal when selling your house, all because the facade of your well-loved home hasn’t quite stood the test of time.
So, what do you do? Luckily, there are a few simple changes that can be made to bring your home back into the 21st century.
Don’t Force It, Flaunt It
Often, when people decide to renovate, they feel like going for the most modern, luxurious interiors on the market will be just the thing to attract new buyers. However, whilst a touch of modernity is never a bad thing, trying to shove hyper-modern design and decor into an older home can make it appear as if your home is having a midlife crisis. This method can just as easily emphasize the bad, rather than compliment the good. So, how do you get around this?
The answer is being selective in your inclusions; working with your pre-existing design to create something uniquely stylish. Touches like timber look garage doors, classic roman blinds, and new light fittings can completely revitalize a home, without compromising your home’s natural style.
The Finer Things
According to realestate.com.au, the most sought-after home feature to Australian buyers is, surprisingly, a pool. This has been a surprising realization for many, given how many homes nationwide now offer this addition. However, given that Australians are known for their love of all things summer, it is easy to see why having a stylish backyard pool would be so desired.
Whilst a pool may seem like a sizeable investment, especially for those that are trying to sell their home in a speedy manner, this is far from the case. In truth, a well-designed pool can add thousands to your price tag, allowing you an easy way to boost the price of your home while likely speeding up the selling process at the same time.
Also known as property styling, home staging can have a dramatic effect on the desirability of your home without anyone knowing that you’re doing it. In essence, home staging is the process of setting up your home’s interiors and exteriors to be as stunning as possible. This allows you to “sell the dream” to potential buyers; creating a beautiful facade that highlights strengths and covers up weaknesses.
While these changes have no permanent impact on the house itself, the decor makeover can be more than enough to attract buyers and increase your property value.
Provide Peace of Mind
As you would expect, many buyers are hesitant to invest money in older properties due to the perceived potential costs associated with their upkeep and maintenance. Issues like leaking pipes, pest infestations and wood degradation can all be quite pricey, especially if they lead to further problems like flooding and structural damage. Therefore, to ensure that your buyers feel secure in their decision to buy, get your property fully inspected prior to putting it on the market. That way, you can fix any underlying issues and provide a full report to ease any concerns.
Making your house more appealing to new buyers can seem like a long and arduous task. However, when it comes to increasing your property value and speeding up the selling process, your efforts will be more than worth it. Good luck!