Tips

Kitchens and bathrooms are a home’s biggest sale features. If they are clean, sleek and up-to-date a house will sell faster and for more money. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of my top tips for making kitchens and bathrooms sizzle with the “wow” factor.
Cool Kitchens
  • Kitchens today are multi-purpose rooms, and so lighting should not take a back seat—don’t consider it as an accessory or an extra flourish. Good lighting is a great selling feature and one of the fastest ways of improving the look of your kitchen.
    #2: There’s no doubt about it, new cabinets can add the “wow” factor to a kitchen, but they can also be budget breakers. If the cabinets are in good condition but just look a bit rundown, a little TLC by refinishing or resurfacing them is an excellent alternative.
    #3: Renovating a kitchen can quickly become a pain in the “you know where” when you factor in the cost of new appliances. But you do not have to buy high-end appliances unless the neighbourhood you are in calls for it. When going down the cost-effective route, buy the same brand in the same style and colour for every item—do not mix and match. That way it will look like you have a designer kitchen.

    Beautiful Bathrooms

    #1: Bathtubs are pretty sturdy beasts and rarely need replacing unless the cracks or chips are severe. If you don’t like the colour or want a better finish get your tub professionally reglazed.
    #2: If you have dated 200 x 200 tiles, gut, re-waterproof and buy some nice-sized 300 x 600 white gloss tiles for a cheap way to add the “WOW.” And add a feature strip down the middle. It’s cheap, but it’s very effective.
    #3: If you don’t want to put in new lights at least ensure that you have new bright light bulbs. A bright bathroom looks a zillion times cleaner, fresher and more appealing than a dim one.

Reno Tip
  • "The garage should be seen as an extension of the home and not an add-on. Prettying it up will improve the appearance of your entire property."
  • "Use accent lighting to highlight specific objects or features of a room. Concealed lighting behind a pelmet can show off the curtains, and lights above a picture or painting will draw them out to great effect."
  • "The trick to making a mint through property makeovers is not to look at the property as it is now, but to imagine what it is going to be like."
  • "Always buy a property under market value, and you will make your first gain before you even commence your renovation."
  • "More than 50% of buyers will come back to look again at your house at night. So invest in some outdoor lighting to create a stunning effect."
  • "Don't over improve a home. Transforming a modest suburban semi into Buckingham Palace may appear to be an admirable goal, but it's not one that is going to make you rich. Ensure that your renovations meet or slightly surpass what is already available in your area."
  • "Only use trades who can supply you with at least two references from other jobs and are prepared to give you their names and contact details so you can speak to them."