Author: RossM

Top Tips For Cultivating Your Street Appeal

If you are selling your home or just want to improve the street appeal, these top tips will give you all the tools you need to create a magical front yard.

1. Prune
Pruning your plants not only makes them look tidier but encourages growth and health. But when is the best time of year for your plants? A good rule of thumb is to always prune after flowering.

When pruning, cut just above new shoots and constantly stand back to ensure a nice, even shape.

2. Weed
Weeds can take over your garden and lawn very quickly. They steal water and nutrients from other plants and make any garden look unloved. Look after your back by using long-handled tools or paying the kids $5!

Start with hand tools making sure you remove the roots. Use a solution of salt and vinegar for persistent weeds. It’s actually quicker, more effective and kinder to the earth than chemical weed killer!

3. Plant
Gaps in the garden can be filled with a couple of larger plants rather than many small ones. It looks more effective and can be cheaper.

Add compost, manures and fertilizers around the base of new plants to give them the best start in your garden.

4. Water
Some plants can survive without regular watering, but most plants will thrive if given a drink 1-2 times a week.

Use a mixture of seaweed solution, worm wee and water in your watering can to use on your plants once a week. This will keep your plants healthy and lush.

People love the look of a lush, green lawn and the feel of fresh new growth under their feet.

5. Mulch
Mulch improves soil, suppresses weeds and holds in moisture.

For veggie patches and small areas, use sugar cane or pea straw mulch. For more decorative areas and especially front gardens, use a woody mulch like pine bark.

6. Mow
People love the look of a lush, green lawn and the feel of fresh new growth under their feet.

Make sure you set the mower lever to a higher setting so you don’t scalp the lawn and lose the green tips. Remove dead patches of grass and sprinkle over a little compost. Use an edger rather than a whipper snipper for clean cut edges.

7. Clean
The cleanliness of the outside of your house reflects the cleanliness of the inside. All paved, decked and cemented surfaces should be clean. Railings, doors, windows and ledges should be dirt and spider web free.

Using a powerful high pressure cleaner will save you time and give you a spotless result. First, check your local council water restrictions for when you can use a high pressure cleaner.

8. Style
So now you’ve improved the look and feel of the front of your home, captivate potential buyers with an inviting and relaxing place to sit and enjoy the tranquility.

Carefully place a few stylish pots with gorgeous scented plants. Use some eye-catching features and luxurious cushions to suggest comfort and warmth.


Christine Dodd

Property Makeover Dilemma – To Renovate Or Not To Renovate

As a Property Makeover Specialist I regularly speak at property presentation seminars, and often hear the same questions.

Last time I shared with you a very common dilemma people can have – should I renovate or do a property makeover if I’m in a popular development area? You can read that article here.

Another very popular question is: “A friend of mine has recently made-over their place to sell, they put in a kitchen, they painted and landscapers were there for days. Then someone bought it and they are now pulling the house down or they are now installing their own kitchen – isn’t that a waste of money?

The first thing I say is; if you made those changes in your home without listing for sale and you decided to pull them out or you chose to demolish the property, then I would agree with you!

However, it is important to understand what the actual expected reward from the makeover investment was. It actually really wasn’t because the kitchen would be used for the next 15-20 years, it was the fact that the kitchen was a drawcard to get more people through their home and created competition – that is how it has paid them back.

By investing in some cosmetic changes you are more likely to up the potential target market appeal from what might be 50% to 100% of your available buying audience.

There is a very limited market for ‘renovators’.  There are fewer people like me who will buy a place with the intention of renovating, so if your home is in need of a makeover and it is only going to appeal to people who want to take a renovation on, then you are narrowing your market significantly.

By investing in some cosmetic changes you are more likely to up the potential target market appeal from what might be 50% to 100% of your available buying audience. The family who want to move in and just go to work and are scared of renovating, the investor who wants to get a tenant in immediately, the family who want to buy and sit for a while until they renovate, that is the other 50%.

The list goes on.

I have a really interesting scenario at the moment with a house I’m working on. It is on a great level block of land, and the property in its current form has been appraised by the agent as land size minus demolition.  So there is that figure to start with – appealing only to those who are prepared to do that or renovate it so it is liveable.

Right now we are working the figures with the agent for a second scenario – what if we spend $50k, did the paint and kitchen and landscaping – what would it get then?  We would draw in the other potential half of the market and that’s exciting!

Belinda Woolrych