Selling Houses Australia Season 12, Episode 12 Recap
The Central Coast Home that Needs More Than Good Vibes
Bensville is a beautiful town sitting on the glorious Central Coast of NSW. A place where Margie and David have called home for 16 years, where they have raised their family and escaped the bustle of the big smoke. Times have changed though and they crave even more peace, somewhere to continue their yoga practice and maybe even plant some veggies. With the kids gone, it’s time to sell the family home.
The home is structurally sound, surrounded by beautiful trees, but the large block and home are hard to maintain and it’s starting to show. A second-hand kitchen which doesn’t quite fit the new space, broken granite bench tops, dark rooms and under-utilised spaces are not bringing in the offers. Shaynna and Charlie have their work cut out for them, but luckily it seems to be more ‘surface’ issues, rather than large, structural changes.
Charlie works wonders outside, particularly in the outdoor entertaining area. A new space flowing off the kitchen/living areas from lovely bi-fold doors. It’s a real oasis. Indoors, Shaynna erases the kitchen completely, replacing it with a stunning, bright family-friendly kitchen appropriate for the home. Importantly, the hodge-podge of flooring is banished, replaced with our beautiful Vineyard Oak engineered boards. The character-filled material brings light and warmth to the rooms.
Multiple flooring finishes in one space may have saved money in the DIY process, but it can impact on the sale of the home. If you’re selling a home with several flooring types in an area, consider the following:
- Without flooring consistency, the space can feel unfinished therefore the potential buyer may see ‘jobs’ rather than ‘just move in’.
- Visually, multiple flooring looks busy and confused. It could even change the illusion of space, making it feel cramped or smaller.
- Seamless flooring throughout kitchen/ wet area spaces and living zones feel fresh, clean and open. A material like hybrid flooring will allow the flow from wet to dry areas possible, making it a selling feature.
- Having clashing materials on the floor draws the eyes down as a distraction. If you want a potential buyer to see the features of the home such as a large entertaining area, a beautiful view or architectural details, having one flooring throughout will set the tone of the room, rather than become the focal point.
- Fads and trends are not everything when selling a home, appealing to a broad range of buyers opens up more sale possibilities. Having something as unique as multiple flooring may only appeal to a small sector of the market, When buyers inspect a home, they take in all the details, sometimes even subconsciously. Small issues (such as a distinct paint colour or worn flooring in an area) may put a buyer off without them even realising it’s a simple fix.
Seeing the response from the return buyers to Margie and David’s home post-renovation is a delight. Everyone cannot believe the transformation, with the kitchen and outdoor entertaining areas particularly well-received. Before long, the sold sign was up after a healthy offer, freeing up the couple to move forward with their dream plan. Namaste!
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