And our List for our New Home in the Hills!
Moving into a new home can be an exciting time, but it can also be a lot of work. One of the best ways to maximise the value of your new property is to stage any necessary building work strategically. By making the right renovations and upgrades, you can increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers in the future.
In this article, we’ll share 7 key tips for staging building work to maximise the value of your new home.
Before starting any building work, it’s important to have a clear plan in place. This means understanding what changes you want to make and how they will impact the overall value of your home. Consider factors such as budget, timeline, and potential return on investment.
Focus on High-Value Improvements
When deciding which improvements to make, focus on those that will add the most value to your home. This could include updating the kitchen or bathrooms, improving energy efficiency, or adding outdoor living spaces.
Don’t Overdo It
While it’s important to make strategic renovations, be careful not to overdo it. Over-improving your home can actually decrease its value by making it more expensive than comparable properties in the area.
Invest in Quality Materials
When making improvements, invest in quality materials that will last and stand the test of time. This includes things like high-quality flooring, appliances, and fixtures.
When making renovations, think about how they will benefit you in the long term. Will the upgrades help you save money on utilities or increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell?
Consider Professional Help
Depending on the scope of your project, it may be wise to hire a professional builder, interior designer or architect to help with the planning and execution of your renovation. A professional can help you make informed decisions and ensure that your renovation is done correctly.
Prioritise Street Appeal
Finally, don’t forget about the importance of street appeal. The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see when they come to visit. Consider ways to improve your landscaping, add a fresh coat of paint, and improve your home’s overall aesthetic appeal.
By following these 7 key tips, you can stage your building work strategically and maximise the value of your new home. Whether you’re making small renovations or undertaking a major overhaul, remember to plan ahead, focus on high-value improvements, and invest in quality materials. With the right approach, you can create a beautiful, functional home that will provide long-term value and enjoyment for years to come.
Don’t be afraid to chip away at your changes! Have fun with the projects and love the process – a big masterplan should help you order tasks and the impact you will derive from them. If it gets overwhelming pause, life is for living and a lovely house is important to me, but then so is enjoying the process!
Here are the items we will be focusing on in the home we moved into in Panton Hill.
- Removing mouldy shade cloth
- Removing curtains to areas that don’t need it – gosh this has lifted the space already – I am so happy with the impact this has made!
On the list as ongoing, smaller and larger items but mostly very cost effective with bang for buck!
- Internally bagging the brick to lighten the rooms and make it all feel more on trend
- Removing the dropped ceilings and bringing back the big vaulted ceilings.
- Changing the curb appeal from outside which will include liming the home and replacing the roof eventually with a Colourbond roof.
- Improving thermal performance by replacing windows.
- Taking the heating system off gas – it is currently inefficient and a drain on resources, so moving this to an electric system will be preferable.
- Improving the landscaping and function of the external areas. This could also be its own blog post, but adding compost heaps, chicken coups, refreshing and adding to the planting, native plant beds and a kick arse vegie plot are on our fun list here! (We have moved from our 350m2 in Northcote to 20 acres, so this is the family living we are looking to embrace!)
- Updating the sight lines and views, which currently have a timber rail and sit right at eye level, but changing these to glass, the vista will feel nicer. Glass is an easy change and win and very cost effective.
- Bedroom joinery – this is probably me just wanting a little bougee in the bedroom. It’s a fun joinery project with some lacquered cabinets, stone offcuts and a bit of fabric bedhead! Not a necessity, but a fun project -also not on the cost effective end, which will make massive impact, so perhaps lower on the list!
- Kids bedrooms – each child will have a fun bedroom makeover – cost effective with use of drawer units and paint, laminex surround panels, new curtains and wallpaper. This is more about working with the kids on a project and so they have their own sanctuary.
Longer term items:
- Bathroom update – for the moment the bathroom is fine, but with a few small tweaks – painting of cabinets, changing of hardware, sinks and mirrors it could be amazing! The kids bathroom is a real thing, but as I am unsure they care – it’ll happen when it happens.
- Kitchen update – I will do this, but again, this is about the when and impact. Right now the kitchen is functional and any change would start to unravel the fabric and end up in a massive project. As a 4 week project (realistically) this will happen further down the track, but will be the icing on the cake when everything else is complete.