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    It looks like we will be selling up in the next 6-9 months. This means we have time to makes some final improvements.

    We have a 3 bedroom Californian bungalow, 1 bathroom. Kitchen and bathroom renovated.

    So far on our list;

    - new roof
    - fresh paint/carpet
    - plant out the garden
    - general tidy up of unfinished corners

    In terms of configuration of rooms and styling what do people think will work better:

    2 main bedrooms with double beds and study

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    1 main, 1 children's room and study

    Other ideas and thoughts most welcome

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    I would style the rooms as 3 bedrooms. I would also recommend removing as much furniture as you can, really decluttering and simplifying things. Try to style/paint your house quite neutral so people can imagine their own furniture in it. My pet hate when inspecting a home is when people have cluttered houses. It makes the house feel smaller and I can't get past looking at all the mess.

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    Also question the new roof. You may spend 10k to only add 10k to final price.

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    yep as little clutter as possible

    fresh coat of paint is always good

    style the rooms as bedrooms. neutral is always better. people can put their own touches.

    if its the size of a bedroom, style it as a bedroom. If it is too small, then use it as an office.

    tidy up the garden and keep it neat

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    I wouldn't spend much money. Repair and tidy up only.

    Nothing puts me off more than el cheapo rennos done just to sell a house. I would rather pay less for the original state and then add my touches.

    Why the new roof?
    If there are cracked tiles, I would just the broken tiles replaced and the tiles repointed.
    The house is 90% renovated we just needs to finish off a few things. It hasn't been done on the cheap, it's been a considered renovation honouring the era of the home. We have gutted it and reconfigured the entire living lay out.

    The roof is iron and needs replacing which we were doing anyway. We were doing it all but now doing it sooner than we thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilypily View Post
    Also question the new roof. You may spend 10k to only add 10k to final price.
    DH works with a licensed roof plumber so we're only paying for materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    yep as little clutter as possible

    fresh coat of paint is always good

    style the rooms as bedrooms. neutral is always better. people can put their own touches.

    if its the size of a bedroom, style it as a bedroom. If it is too small, then use it as an office.

    tidy up the garden and keep it neat
    I was planning neutrals and do you think it matters whether it's children's or adult bedrooms?

    We plan on moving our "stuff" out first and only leaving items we need to furnish it.

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    Agree with de-cluttering, even in cupboards. A large linen cupboard which is bursting at the seams will make people think "is this big enough for all of our stuff?" But if there is a bit of free space they'll think "wow plenty of space for our stuff!" That's what a real estate agent told us when we were selling ours.

    Something I noticed when we were looking to buy was attention to detail. So kids finger prints on the walls in the hallway and dirty / poorly cleaned windows made me question how the home was maintained usually.

    Don't spend much on your carpet, and get a light colour to make it look bigger but not too light because it will seem impractical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    Oh I didn't mean to insinuate that your renovation was cheap. I meant don't feel obliged to spend lots money on things just to sell the house.

    I've been looking on and off at moving for ages now and have seen a lot of houses that have very obviously done up just to sell and I do find it off putting because I would have to pay more for and most likely would want change things anyway, so it just seems wasteful.

    I've had a few real estate agents through mine and the first thing they say is don't spend too much money prior to selling as I probably won't get it back.
    No didn't think that, just offering more background to what we've done - I agree with you in terms of cover up jobs in houses and is good advice on not spending too much money! It's just finishing off the things we started but haven't gotten around to completing

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    I would get furniture specialists in to match your decor to home (depending on your budget of course).

    Declutter yes but still make it look like a home. You want to sell it to the market who it appeals too. (Iykwim). Also I would definitely finish it off or even just paint the roof of no leaks etc

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