Adding value to your property during lockdown
By Kirsten Magnusson
If you have a little more time on your hands than usual, here are our top tips to help you to boost the value of your home.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to increase the value of your property. First National’s General Manager Trudy Weston shares her top tips for sprucing up your home during lockdown.
Smarten up your street appeal
“Tip top presentation from the street is one of the most effective and easiest ways to add value to your house”, says First National General Manager Trudy Weston.
Give the hedges a clip, pull out weeds, rake up fallen leaves (pop them in the compost or use as mulch), and prune and tidy up shrubs and trees.
Wash down the house, clean the windows and brush away cobwebs. If you have paint on hand, touch up any paintwork that needs it. Make sure you give the letterbox some attention as this is one of the first things your potential buyer will see.
Fix those little things
Make a list and tick off those odd jobs you’ve been meaning to get to. “Old or new, if your home is well-maintained, it’ll make all the difference to a potential buyer”, says Trudy. You won’t be able to get a tradie in during lockdown, so focus on the DIY jobs you can undertake safely, without putting yourself at risk of injury. Many essential items like light bulbs can be purchased online for contactless delivery during level 4.
Lockdown is the perfect time to “Konmari” your whare. Marie Kondo's Konmari method works so well her books have sold over 11 million copies. Here’s how it works:
- The Konmari method recommends starting with a single category like clothes, books or papers. Start with the easiest category. Once you see some progress you’ll feel more motivated to take on the more challenging categories like mementos.
- The first step is to pull out everything and put it all on the floor. As shocking as that sounds, this step is important because it provides perspective on what you're dealing with.
- Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy. Touch each item individually and ask yourself, “does this spark joy?”. If it does, great - keep it. If not, either throw it away, list it on trademe or put it aside to donate to charity after lockdown has lifted.
- Give every item a home. Do it the Konmari way - a place for everything and everything in its place.
Now that the clutter is gone, it’s time to spring clean. While there’s nothing more satisfying than a sparkling home, the job of cleaning from top to bottom, especially when it’s full of isolating whānau, can be overwhelming. Break it down and go room by room, or even area by area.
“Start in the kitchen", Trudy says. “When it comes to selling your home, the kitchen is a high impact area.”
Give your kitchen a deep clean and make sure to degrease the oven, extractor fan and stove area. Polish stainless surfaces like fridges and stovetops, taking care to remove any fingerprints.
The second most important room is the main bedroom. Give everything a deep clean in there too, including laundering the bedding. Depending on your curtains, you may be able to wash these at home too. If your pillows and blankets have seen better days, take a look online. Bedding is an essential item during level 4.
“If you’re considering selling your property, a great use of this lockdown time is to prepare your home and research your options”, says Trudy.
Our salespeople are on hand to chat through your needs. For local knowledge and expertise, get in touch with your local First National office.