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Are you looking to sell your home but are worried that it looks a little worse for wear? Or did you buy the worst house on the best street? Either way there are options to help you turn your ugly-duckling home into a swan.
If you’re looking to jazz up the appearance of you house you essentially have 3 options – you can demolish and start over, renovate, or simply refurbish.
If you’re going to go with the first option then know what you are getting yourself into. Rebuilding a home takes a lot of work, and you will need to get council approval. Rebuilding is also an expensive option to take, so ask yourself whether or not the home is salvageable and whether or not you can make a handsome profit with a nice, new home on that particular spot of land. Remember too that if you build a new home on a street with old buildings that it might not quite fit in.
If you don’t think you need to rebuild, renovating is another option. Renovations and home additions can sometimes be as expensive as building an entire new home, but are often done because it is an easier way to hold on to a property’s original character and charm. One major benefit of undergoing a renovation though is that it can be done in stages, so you don’t need one big outlay of funds.
If you are going to renovate a home, make sure that you have a master plan, and if you are living in the home consider whether you can live through weeks or months without a proper kitchen and with tradesmen at your house at 7am in the morning.
The last and easiest option in making over your house is to simply refurbish it. Simple things like repainting walls or replacing floors can make a huge difference to a home’s appearance and can hike up the value of a home quite a bit too.
Before you make any changes to your home though, ask yourself why you are doing it and what you want the outcome to be. If it’s to sell for a better price then be careful not to overcapitalise, but if you are making over your property so you can better enjoy your surroundings, then make the changes that will make you feel more at home.