Home maintenance hacks

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home. Buyers can take one look at an untidy home with slight damage and instantly be turned away so home maintenance is extremely important. We had a chat to Stafford from Peninsula Property Inspections on some of the most common issues he sees at homes when conducting building inspections. He gave us the following tips that require minimal time and cost, ultimately adding value to your home.

# 1 – Leaking or damaged tapware When taps are leaking water, they can leave unsightly stains not to mention the wasted water. New tapware will also help to update the look of your wet areas.

# 2 – Damaged cabinetry Damaged cabinet doors in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry can make the room look older than it is, and buyers may think a total renovation is required. Tightening or replacing hinges is a low-cost fix that will ensure all doors open smoothly. Painting cupboard doors and replacing handles will provide an instant face-lift and a more contemporary appearance for minimal cost.

# 3 – Benchtops Kitchens sell homes and benchtops are an important aspect of the kitchen. Chips, stains and cracks can easily be repaired with DIY benchtop transformation kits available at hardware stores.  It’s relatively inexpensive to replace a benchtop if it’s severely damaged which can make a significant impact on this crucial space.

# 4 – Cracked walls When interior and exterior walls have cracks or holes it can influence how a home presents.  Cracks may unnecessarily alarm potential buyers as they often don’t indicate any underlying problem. Superficial cracks can be easily filled, and rooms painted, which will improve the overall appearance.

# 5 – Doors and door handles In older homes, one thing we find is that doors are often overlooked during home maintenance. Holes, damaged or binding doors and door knobs are common. Replacing door handles and repairing/repainting doors can transform a room.

# 6 – Roof leaks A damp spot or stain on a ceiling may be a sign of a leaking roof. Often a roof leak can be caused by cracked, broken or dislodged tile(s). Viewing the roof from inside the ceiling or from on top of the roof may assist in determining the cause of the leak and allow you to then make necessary repairs.

# 7 – Bathrooms Dirt, grime or mould in bathrooms is unsightly and mould can be a health hazard. Cleaning shower screens, baths, and removing mould with bleach or tea tree oil, can dramatically improve the presentation of the room. A fresh coat of paint treated with mould inhibitor will work wonders for the room and re-grouting can also improve the presentation dramatically.

# 8 – Cleaning gutters and downpipes Spending some time to regularly clean your gutters and down pipes is a worthwhile exercise – particularly when it comes time to sell. Repairing damaged down pipes at ground level can reduce the chances of any potential structural damage and trimming back garden beds from the foundations will allow the external walls to breath and ventilate and remain in good ‘health’.

For more tips to help ensure your property inspections are a success, contact a property consultant from Bonaccorde on 5974 8900.

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