Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Before and After - Simple Changes for your Decorative Home

Simple changes can make all the difference when it comes to selling or renting out your property.

My partner and I recently leased out our 2-bed apartment on Sydney's Northern Beaches but before we did, we made some small changes which in the end made a significant difference to the overall look and feel of the apartment. It's these small changes that will affect your bottom line if selling and will increase your return on investment.

Freshen up the walls
A simple coat of paint will have buyers and renters breathing a sigh of relief, that is of course if it's the right shade. You can't put a price tag on the feeling a buyer or renter gets when they walk into a property and realise they can move straight in and not have to stress about creating the right look and feel (because you've done it for them). You will have buyers lining up to inspect.
When we bought our unit, the colour was a lovely eggshell/creamy yellow which to some people is fresh and clean but for the modern buyer, eggshell is so very 20 years ago. Our choice? Ashville (Taubmans) which comprises of a grey base with a hint of lilac.

Before / After Living Room
Before / After Living Room

Floating Shelves
I was once a sceptic of floating shelves and never really thought they looked the goods. It wasn't until I found 'do it yourself' brackets from the local hardware and realised how many options I had open to me, that I fell in love with them. It's so important if you're renting your house out to provide options for your tenants, and shelving is a great one.
We installed floating shelves either side of our range hood in the kitchen, allowing renters (and buyers) to store crockery, glassware, decorative items or simply have their cookbooks close by.

Before / After Floating Shelves

Tile Paint
Bathroom renovations are costly and usually painful so a cheap, quick alternative is using tile paint to freshen up a tired looking bathroom and remember you can use tile paint in the kitchen too. It's a step by step application but if you follow it correctly, the result is amazing.
We used a tile paint in our bathroom and had it tinted the same colour as our living room walls (Ashville). As the bathroom is visible from sections of the living room, by using the same colour we've managed to blend the rooms, creating a seamless transition between the two.

Before / After Tile Paint
Before / After Tile Paint
It may seem daunting at first, but small changes can make all the difference. The key is to simplify each task and not take on too much at once. Make small changes to the significant rooms in the house and you'll be well on your way to making a tidy profit.