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Renovating? How you can save and score on Australia’s local marketplace

Renovating is an expensive process, but savvy selling and shopping can help keep costs down.

Whether you’re selling to help fund your renos or looking to re-style once they’re finished, Gumtree has plenty to offer.

So, with the renovator in mind, we’ve collated a series of tips for selling and re-styling with Gumtree.

Selling:

According to our friends at Gumtree, the average Australian household has about $5,300* worth of unwanted goods lying around. Here’s how you can narrow down what gets sold and what stays:

If in doubt, sell

If you haven’t used an item in the last year, chances are you won’t in the coming one. Start by making a list of all the items around your house that you don't use anymore. Start by culling larger, high value items that take up lots of space; white goods, bikes and surfboards. Where possible, when listing include details such as how much you bought them for and what condition it’s in.

Be descriptive

Describe the product you're selling, including its features, dimensions, condition and a brief history. The more information you provide, the more likely you are to make a sale at the price you're looking for.

Sell items you’ve recently updated

Renovations and re-styling go hand in hand, make a habit of listing your old items as soon as you purchase new ones. Your old sofa could help contribute to the new one, and save you valuable storage space.

Make your ad visual

Just because an item has lived in the garage for the last year doesn’t mean you have to take the photos of it there. A quick bit of styling can help inspire buyers with its potential.  We recommend shooting against a clear, uncluttered wall and look for a bright, well-lit spot.

Set realistic prices

Compare your item with existing listings on Gumtree to help guide you set a fair price.

Buying:

If you’re looking to cut costs Gumtree is an essential resource for renovators, but it’s not all about saving. Gumtree is great way to score beautiful one-off pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are some savvy shopping tips:

Make a rule of checking Gumtree first

Chances are what you’re after is listed on Gumtree right now, so before you jump in the car, or checkout online be sure to do a quick Gumtree search.

Look for potential not perfection

Buying new will give you the freedom to buy exactly what you want, but it’ll come at a cost. When it comes to high value items like furniture try imagining them with a lick of paint, or styling with some soft furnishings that suit your space, such as throws or cushions.

Measure your spaces

Shop with your head not your heart, buy items that work with your existing furniture and make sure they fit your spaces! Most large items on Gumtree will have their dimensions listed, and if not feel free to ask the seller to measure up for you.

Consider shipping and/or travel costs

Put a value on your own time, and use Gumtree’s location-based services to find items in your area. You might be willing to travel a little further for a unique one-off item, but you’ll also be able to make some great value finds in your local area.

Pair something old with something new

Pairing something old with something new will add interest to your space. For example, if you’ve just installed an island bench in your kitchen you could considering picking up some complimenting stools on Gumtree, or an antique wall clock to add something unique.

*Gumtree commissioned YouGov Galaxy to prepare the Second Hand Economy Report 2019

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