Using neutral colours and standard designs for the reno is common but you don’t always have to play it safe to appeal to buyers down the track, says Andrew Winter, host of the LifeStyle Channel’s Selling Houses Australia.
“Renovate your home the way you want to enjoy it but remember that for long-term gain you need to cater for the mass market, so don’t make it too hard or costly to alter,” says Andrew.
1. Making lifestyle choices
Renovating for long-term gain is about lifestyle as much as financial benefits.
Says Andrew, “With high energy costs, homeowners don’t want to spend a fortune on air-conditioning so they might move a few doorways and add windows for cross-ventilation.
“The outlay is small and while it may not be an obvious value-adder it makes for a more comfortable home.”
He says a long-term renovation on any property, regardless of vintage or location, needs three elements.
“It should include things you’re going to enjoy and benefit from. If designing for personal style then make sure it can eventually be changed to have mass market appeal when it comes to selling.”
2. Do a professional job
The key is doing things properly or not at all, says Andrew.
A job well done lasts longer and won’t have to be refreshed or ripped out and redone, especially when it comes to resurfacing walls and floors.
“If it’s something you want to do yourself like painting or tiling then make sure you do it right.
“Prepare the surface by repairing and cleaning it, remove switch plates, and make sure you use the right tools.
“You want a proper finish every time so if you’re not able to do that then get a professional in.”
3. Don't get structural
Getting the balance right between personal style and a home that appeals to others is about practicality and making the design adaptable rather than generic.
Says Andrew, “Instead of installing a feature that isn’t mass market and costs too much to change, like a kidney-shaped pool, employ design tricks to get the same effect using plants and rocks around the edge to create curves and softened lines.”