Renovating on a budget before selling the house

Kitchen open plan

Renovating on a budget before selling the house

A common question before selling a home or apartment is "should I renovate it before selling or not?"

Selling your home can be an emotional process so all the decisions you make need to be made carefully. One of the first things that we always think about, is the cost. How much do we need to spend to make the place more appealing to the prospective buyer? That depends on the condition of your house and it's important to keep in mind not to eat into your profit. There is no point in putting in more money into fixing up the place than the place is worth. Do the research on the market and know what to expect.

For this client project, the brief was to fix and give a makeover to the kitchen and laundry. For many people, the kitchen is the most important area in the house and it needs to be in great condition and very functional, so we recommend that you don't even start thinking about the bathroom if you know that some work is needed on the kitchen.

Here are the updates we made to this kitchen to meet the brief of renovating to sell:

  • Simple kitchen joinery - polyurethane finish, flat panels, finger pulls.
  • We kept all new cabinets in the same locations as before.
  • The fridge was initially in a laundry area, so we created a space for the fridge in the kitchen to improve the functionality and flow.
  • Splashback tile has been updated into a neutral white subway that would appeal to a broader market. (Avoid picking unique or very bright colors and patterns - it's not about your taste or what you prefer).
  • New tapware - make sure you have quality tapware and everything is working properly without any leaks or rusts, etc.
  • New sink for the kitchen and the laundry.
  • New powder room vanity and a mirror.
  • New floor tiles for the powder room - encaustic tiles with green and white.

When considering all the changes that need to be made, make them according to the priority and think whether it will add any value to the asking price or not.

If you're stuck on how to go about renovating to sell, give us a call  or visit us at our Belrose showroom and we'd be happy to help you through the process.

You might be surprised at what's possible on a limited budget with clever design!

Kitchen open plan
Kitchen remodel
Laundry Nook
Encaustic Tiles

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