Find out more about the makeover carried out by the Selling Houses Australia team in Episode 1 of Series 7!
There’s nothing like watching the market plummet when you desperately need to sell. But that’s exactly what happened to Gold Coast resident Robyn Siekai. She’s been trying to sell for 3 long years, in the worst market the Gold Coast has seen in decades. Money’s so tight Robyn is literally living day to day, and with mounting debts she’s hanging on by a thread. Her only way out is to sell up, break even and start again. But the house is falling down around her and she desperately needs help.
Summary of Works – Inside
The house in Molendinar screamed of maintenance. To house buyers this can become an overwhelming nightmare, which no one wants to take on. Maintenance was going to be about 80% of our work and unfortunately that is money you don’t see. Shaynna chose to concentrate on getting as much work as we could get done upstairs. This was to create as much impact as possible to the final presentation of the house.
The trims and walls were yellowed from smoking inside and the house was very dark. Shaynna selected a Taubmans Endure colour called Windy Beach for the walls and Cradle White for the trims to brighten the interior and get rid of the stains.
The kitchen cabinetry was in an ok condition. Unfortunately the blue benchtops made it seem very dated. Resurfacing Australia transformed the benchtops by spraying them in a neutral colour called Flintstone Dover White.
Shaynna really wanted to rip out the iron in the shower, re-waterproof and put in new tiles. In saying that she needed to choose her battles. A small budget and being time poor meant that she chose to spend the time and money on finishing off grouting the tiles, resurfacing the bath and iron shower surround and updating the existing tapware and fittings with new ones.
The stairs were the first thing you looked at when you entered the house and having threadbare treads didn’t leave a great impression. Choices Flooring installed new carpet in the bedrooms upstairs and the staircase to give the buyers a feeling to the place when entering. They also installed Generoclic in the downstairs living area as the blue carpet was too dark for the space. We didn’t do much downstairs but at least the flooring gave the area a facelift and brought back the much needed light into the room.
Summary of Works – Outside
Out the front of the property was mostly a clean and a clear up. The shade sails over the carpark were old and dirty and were taken down. New turf was laid down, garden beds were mulched, timberwork was repaired, paint was touched up and the front area was dressed with plants and pots to entice prospective buyers in!
Out the back we cleared and weeded all the garden beds and cut and edged the lawn area. Charlie wanted to keep in line with pool enclosure regulations, so a compliant pool area fence was put up as per the council specifications. The pool pump equipment was boxed in with timber to make it tidy and easy on the eye. Pebbles were also topped up which gave a fresher look.
The back balcony was also a focus for Charlie and was repaired and painted then dressed with furniture and pots and plants, using some of the existing plants as well as new ones.