Wanting a reno project – here’s some food for thought….

You need to consider a few aspects before starting a renovation – and plan accordingly.


People usually wait with upgrades until they want to sell before doing so – depriving themselves of the enjoyment of those improvements whilst still living in the home. Refurbishing your home will visually reward your efforts and living there will be even more enjoyable.

DIY or hiring a contractor

Smaller projects can easily be done if you have the skills and can persevere through the ups and downs of the task ahead. It is very rewarding to see the transformation, but if  unsure whether you can pull it off, rather engage a contractor for a professional result.

Renovation or add-on

Creating space by adding a room is costly and this should be measured against the value that will be added before setting out. It needs to boost the re-sale value of the property to make it worth spending a large amount of money in the first instance.                                       

It will be less costly to change an area to create a functional space e.g. an under-cover entertainment area which flows off the dining / lounge area enhancing outdoor living. Summer is about family and friends and a the garden will serve as extended living area.

Kitchen vs bathroom

These are the rooms that create a Wow! from buyers, but the kitchen can probably be the deal maker if within budget. A tired kitchen is off-putting because of the expenses and the disruptive nature of work to be carried out. A well planned, functional kitchen ensures top dollar when buyers are looking.

A bathroom revamp might be slightly cheaper and quicker, but not necessarily on par with an updated kitchen as more time is spent in the latter. After all – the kitchen is the heart of the home…

Gas or electric

Thinking of upgrading your stove? Electric seems to be favored for easy cleaning and safety around small children, but gas units are popular for their performance. It comes down to personal choice, but running costs should be factored in too.

Granite or quartz

Quartz counter tops seem to be the front-runner for many in the know. Granite has lost ground and is not the preferred choice anymore –  future buyers might not be too keen on it.

Grey or beige

Beige is out and grey has slowly taken over. A subtle mixture of the two colors seems to be popular as it tones the beige down whilst it warms the grey for the perfect neutral color.

Tiles or wood

Flooring trends include classic, easy care wood, but take scratching – depending on the type of wood and the finish – into consideration.  Tiles are easy to clean and are growing in popularity, but can be cold under foot.

Upgrading your home reflects your taste and needs. It is great to admire your handiwork once completed – and it might just inspire you to tackle more ambitious projects in future.   

About Linda Dobson

Linda Dobson - REAA Certified - is a sales consultant at the Rototuna branch of Harcourts - one of the six offices in Hamilton. She markets and sells residential properties with dedicated service to vendors to fetch to best possible price for their real estate. She gladly assists as a buyer's consultant to purchasers to find their ideal homes or investment properties and is results driven. She has a passion for real estate and see beyond the brick and mortar to address the needs and wants of both vendors and purchasers. Call Linda today for friendly, professional service, information and assistance with your next home or investment property. Mob: +64 22 64 50588 www.property-spectrum.com
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