Selling Houses Australia

Gladstone Park, VIC House

Find out more about the makeover carried our by Andrew, Shaynna and Charlie. 

Greg Brooks lives for bowling. He was a champion of the sport and had dreams of training youngsters to follow in his footsteps. So when the old Bendigo bowling alley came up for sale, Greg jumped at the chance. He invested a massive one million dollars, most of it borrowed, into making the business work. But sadly bowling isn’t the lucrative business it once was. Greg and wife Hamnah now work all the hours that God sends just trying to keep their heads above water. Greg even drives a taxi as a second job, but it’s simply not enough. The bank is calling in the debts, so the only way forwards is to sell their Gladstone Park home. They need as much money as they can get, but the place is so run down and badly presented that no buyer is prepared to take it on.

Summary of Work – Inside

The Brooks’ house was very large (on three levels), so Shaynna decided to focus on the top and entry levels, where the main living accommodation and master bedroom are situated.

When buyers walked through the front door, the first impression was cluttered and dreary. Shaynna felt it was important to have a harmonious, light colour scheme to help the flow and welcome buyers into the home. The existing woodwork was salmon pink and this was absorbing the light, so Shaynna decided to use the same paint colour (Midday Snooze) throughout the house and ¼ strength paint in the same shade for the trims. Ceilings were painted in white to reflect as much light as possible.

The bedrooms on the main floor badly needed re-carpeting as did the stairs. Shaynna chose a durable Stainmaster carpet, which is suitable for high traffic area from Choices, to use throughout. The lace curtains were removed and replaced with dual roller blinds from Luxaflex, as they gave privacy but still allowed light through. New light fittings completed the streamlined look.

The main bathroom was dated and tired and the ceiling was mouldy, so Shaynna repaired and painted it. Resurfacing Australia sprayed the wall tiles, bath and vanity doors and uprights, and the tap-ware and shower fittings were replaced. The wallpaper in the toilet was stripped and the room was painted to match the rest of the house. The existing toilet was avocado green so this was replaced with a new model from Bunnings.

Shaynna felt that the kitchen was very outdated but the budget and house value did not warrant the huge expense of a new kitchen, so the bench tops, doors and uprights were sprayed. A gleaming new oven, cook top from Price Pirate and dishwasher from Bunnings were fitted and an overhead cabinet replaced with a smaller one to allow the fridge to slot in. The existing lino was worn so Shaynna had it covered with Genero Clic from Choices. New wall and ceiling lights and a new sink mixer tap from Bunnings added the finishing touches.

The upstairs floor was converted into a parents’ retreat. The bedroom, seating area and bathroom were painted to match the downstairs. New carpet was laid in the bedroom and seating area and new wall lights and blinds were fitted. Shaynna chose a new bed and matching bedside tables, tallboy and dressing table from Forty Winks, to give the area a touch of luxury.

The ensuite vanity, basin and shower were resprayed and the old taps, shower rose and rail replaced. New blinds and lighting were fitted to the ensuite and landing area.

The lower floor was cleared and the old green carpet replaced with Genero Clic.

The entire house was furnished and dressed with a combination of hired furniture, purchased pieces and artwork.

The garage was large enough to house three cars, but was full of junk. Shaynna cleared it out and fitted a complete Garage Tek storage system around the walls, to house the equipment and tools. This gave space to work, whilst still leaving room for two cars to park inside.

Summary of Works – Outside

Street appeal is key so Charlie replaced the front gate – this didn’t increase the value of the property, but it did create the right first impression for potential buyers.

Next he turned his attentions to the façade. Rotting wood and shingles hardly said buy me, so he replaced them with smart contemporary weatherboard. The aluminium sliders, found in so many Australian properties, did the façade no favours so he framed them. This gave the windows a more solid imposing feel and instantly modernized the house.

Greg had spread a lot of red woodchip around the front yard, but this did nothing for the look of the property. Charlie weeded and replanted the beds, and replaced his pet hate, the red wood chip.

The garden had a small courtyard, which was a tricky space to know how to use. It was in the front yard, so wasn’t totally private, and was a thoroughfare to the front door. Charlie opted for a small outdoor setting from Bunnings to fill the space, add visual interest and practical seating.

The deck out the back was rotten and dangerous. Charlie had no option but to replace it. He decided to go for treated pine and painted it to match the colours at the front of the house.

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