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These cost-effective renovations will get you top dollar for your home


Guest post by interior designer Cooper Klein.

Home improvements are an essential step you need to make once you decide to sell your home. Not only will different remodelling projects help you style up your property, but they can make your sale faster and more profitable. Thus, if you’re planning to sell your home, you should take some time to renovate your space and give it new appeal.

Choose an open layout for the kitchen

The open floor layout has gained enormous popularity over the years, so implementing it into your home is a great way to appeal to prospective buyers. This can be quite a simple and cost-effective way to open up your space and create a more enjoyable living area with a homey vibe.

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You can simply tear down the wall that divides your living room and your kitchen, creating a single, spacious family area that promotes togetherness and closeness.

Clean and declutter

Cleaning and decluttering might be boring and exhausting, but clearing up your home and giving it a fresh shine will truly change the overall atmosphere. After in-depth cleaning and thorough decluttering, your space will seem brighter, airier and even bigger. All the beautiful features will come into focus and you’ll be able to depersonalise your space just enough so that potential buyers can imagine themselves living in your home.

During this stage, you can also apply a fresh coat of paint, which is one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to introduce a sense of novelty to your home. However, make sure to stick to a palette of neutral shades that will give your space classic, timeless appeal.

Maximise space

A smart use of space is one of the crucial factors that buyers will consider when taking a look around your home. You need to maximise your usable square footage by implementing space-saving solutions and finding the perfect layout for your space.

You should consider rearranging your furniture to create a cosier, more functional layout. Furthermore, you should use practical storage solutions, including floating and built-in shelves, furniture with storage compartments, and hidden storage units. You can also consider building a home extension or transforming your basement or the attic into another bedroom. Although these ideas might require more money and effort, they can bring a high return on investment.

Check your drainage

Some of the most profitable improvements are those that can prevent unnecessary expenses in the future and improve the general condition of your property. Fixing any drainage problems as soon as they occur can go a long way in reducing the risk of more serious damage, such as sewage overflowing.

However, keep in mind that some countries, including Australia, prohibit unlicensed work in the field. For example, experts for blocked drains in Sydney are all highly trained and have special, state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring the best possible results.

Thus, when dealing with drainage issues, make sure to contact experienced professionals who can identify the exact cause of a drainage problem and implement appropriate solutions.

Boost energy efficiency

Green improvements are among the most popular and profitable ones, especially if they aim at improving the energy efficiency of a property. Therefore, you should consider undertaking certain home improvement projects that can help you make your home more energy efficient.

For instance, you can install energy-saving LED lighting or motion control lights. You can also go with a smart thermostat that will maintain a stable indoor temperature and prevent energy wastage.

These are affordable upgrades that will enhance the energy efficiency of your home and create a more comfortable living environment that buyers will love.

Freshen up the exterior

Your home’s curb appeal will make a long-lasting impression on your prospective buyers. Thus, you need to make sure it’s a positive one. Take some time to style up your home’s exterior even if this only entails some simple changes, such as sprucing up your greenery, mowing the lawn and fixing up your driveway. You can also replace your doorknobs and locks, repaint your front door and give your fence a makeover.

Renovating your home before putting it on the market will increase your chances of a successful, profitable sale immensely.

Cooper Klein is an interior designer from Sydney. You can find him on Twitter.