Selling Houses Australia

New Norfolk House in Tasmania: Take a Tour

Find out more about the amazing makeover of the New Norfolk house in Tassie. 

In 2010, homeowners Ben and Claire moved to Victoria to be closer to family so they rented out the New Norfolk house. They decided to try to sell it in 2011 in order to buy a larger family home in Victoria… but no such luck. The house has since languished on the market and they can no longer continue to maintain two homes in two different states.

The exterior of the 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is a ramshackle with a rotten pergola, rusted lattice, and rundown courtyard. And the dated interiors have also fallen into disrepair.

Almost six years on, with two mortgages and two more children, Ben is forced to work weekends and often 18 days straight to make ends meet. The SHA makeover could be the lifeline they need to sell the house and shake off their growing debt.

See all the Before and After photos 

Summary of Works – Interior

The house has a beautiful outlook, strong bones and unique features. But with a limited budget, Shaynna could only make minor adjustments. Fortunately the kitchen was in quite good condition so a lick of new paint was all it really needed.

The living/dining room had existing archways, so laser cut screens were installed to give the area more definition and character. The bench seat and window seats were re-upholstered, and the built-in bookshelves were freshened up with new paint and wallpaper.

The unique bedroom walls were painted over to give them a fresh, clean look that will appeal to any buyer. New roller blinds and carpet completed the bedroom makeovers. Styling the house with hire furniture and accessories was imperative so it’s not marketed as an empty, lifeless investment property.

Summary of Works – Exterior

Financial restrictions were also a driving factor for Charlie, so he focused his attention on the front and side of the property. The façade desperately needed a facelift and Charlie went about it by repainting the house, replacing the rotting pergola and removing the rusted latticework and yellow window. The front garden also got a good tidy up and new turf.

The courtyard to the side of the property was revived with the exterior house paint, a new outdoor setting and pot plants, and by removing the lattice and gate. And finally the sandbox was filled with new, clean play sand, ready for a family with young children.

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