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Shocking mistakes to avoid when renovating your home for sale

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Renovating your home in readiness for a profitable sale can expose you to some major pitfalls. But with proper planning and advice you can avoid falling victim to the following renovation traps and achieve the best price for your property.  

Your home doesn't sell

In spite of setting a competitive reserve price and staging your property for sale, your home may still pass in at auction. This is one of the biggest disasters associated with selling your home via auction because: 

  • Maintain a consistent design aesthetic across your property
  • Keep your renovation on time: this includes the order/delivery of materials and tradesperson tasks.
  • Budget your renovation effectively.

    You’re not in tune with market trends

    Your property’s resale value will be directly impacted by the design and renovation choices you make. Your home needs to be renovated according to the demands of your target market from the outset.

    Do your homework and borrow renovation ideas from properties that have recently sold for a respectable price in your area. For this you can undertake online research, ask to view houses on your street or speak with prospective estate agents. 

    Some important points to remember about market trends:

  • Only opt for those features that will improve the marketability of your property- e.g. a large conservatory may not be to everyone’s liking. Focus your renovations on the most important value-adding areas of your home: the kitchen and bathrooms. 
  • Play it safe: there’s a lot to be said for neutral colour tones over bold statements.

  • You’ve cut corners or ignored buildings regulations

    On Cutting corners to reduce renovation costs can lead to significant financial ramifications when it comes time to sell your property. You should have full building control approvals in place from your local council before commencing a renovation. You should also avoid cutting costs when it comes to work that will impact the structural integrity of your property.

    Illegal or ‘cheap’ practices such as unlicenced tradespeople, inferior products, fixtures, appliances or fittings will severely diminish the appeal of your property. Even the quality of tools that tradespeople use can lead to poor workmanship in your home. 

    Strategies to reduce costs, yet maintain the quality of your property renovation: 

  • Allocate a specific budget for each room in your house
  • Play it safe: there’s a lot to be said for neutral colour tones over bold statements.
  • Only use licensed and qualified tradespeople

  • Your home is a victim of individuality

    We’ve all seen pink feature walls or impressive marble columns and wondered if such features would work in our homes. Big statement pieces risk putting off potential buyers given they are less likely to envisage themselves living in your home. 

    You can overcome this by applying the lessons learnt from other successful property sales elsewhere in your area to your own home. Local hardware stores, architects and interior designers can point you towards more popular home renovation options. 

    Tips to remember about highly individual renovation items:

  • Unless your property is in a spectacular locale or is making use of a unique space, opt for a conservative colour palate. Your aim should be to achieve the best value from your renovation, not to appear alongside Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs. 
  • Don’t invest in expensive items that may struggle to provide a return on your investment. Pricey fixtures, fittings and appliances may look great but they’re not always reflected in the final sale price.
  • Only use licensed and qualified tradespeople

    You’ve completely upgraded the bathroom

    If that 1970s era shower and bath combo simply isn’t cutting the mustard, then it might be appealing to replace everything. However, upgrading your entire bathroom can turn out to be one of the costliest parts of your renovation. You should instead make use of what you’ve got and opt for new floorings and cabinetry instead. This is particularly the case for investment properties where you are unlikely to ever benefit from a fancy bathroom. 

    In the United Kingdom, it is the kitchen area of your home as opposed to the bathroom that will form the centrepiece of your property. The kitchen has now become an important communal space where food is prepared, meals eaten, television watched, homework completed and parties held. For this reason it’s important that you focus upon the kitchen as a clear priority when renovating. 

    You’ve opted to extend your home and add another bedroom

    So you’ve done your research and it appears that a three bedroom property is worth up to £20,000 more in your suburb. Great. The only problem is that renovating your property to accommodate another bedroom may cost significantly more than this – given architects fees, inspections and planning approvals.

    There are far easier ways to optimise the space in your home: 

  • Install dividers in your lounge room
  • Convert your loft or garage into a bedroom
  • Remove walls to adds to the size of existing bedrooms or living areas

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