Selling Houses Australia

Simple ways to update a 1980s project home

Kayla Brandt and Paul Roberts had a seemingly unsellable 1980s project home on their hands. They were in serious need of some magic from Shaynna, Andrew and Charlie to finally sell up and move to their coastal dream home.

Kayla and Paul are both paramedics who've been together for five years. Kayla worked hard to purchase her three-bedroom Silverdale property before she met Paul, but two years ago, their careers required a relocation to the Central Coast in NSW.

They fell in love with the area and bought a block of land with plans to design and build their own home. They soon got engaged and planned to get married in February 2018, but with a house on the market and building plans underway, their finances were too stretched to include a wedding.

The house was on the market for seven months. They finally received an offer, which they accepted, but it was withdrawn at the final hour. From there, the offers only got lower and although Kayla and Paul accepted them, all were withdrawn.

Looking forward to completing the build on their Central Coast home, Kayla and Paul needed some help from Selling Houses Australia to shift their Silverdale burden and move on with their new life together.

Summary of works - Interior

The big change inside was removing a wall in the living/dining area to create much better flow through the house. The new open-plan space allowed for a kitchen extension, as well as a large combined lounge/dining room.

The majority of the other changes were cosmetic but made a huge impact. Removing the peach carpet throughout the house and replacing it with laminate flooring in the living/dining room and grey carpet in the bedrooms and second living room helped bring this 1980s home into the new century.

The dark interiors were brightened up by painting out the dark timber trims, installing better-placed downlights and window shades that stacked up nice and high into the window frame.

Summary of works - Exterior

Small jobs out the front, like trimming the hedges, removing the balustrade along the patio and painting the gutters and downpipes in white helped modernise the frontage.

Out the back, the patio was revamped with new pavers, roofing panels, outdoor setting and feature plants. Below the deck area, Charlie created a lush and verdant garden bed.

Most importantly, the pool's non-compliance was addressed by removing a tree and fixing the gaps in the fencing. After a visit from the pool cleaner, it was sparkling and ready for its new owners.

The verdict

Kayla and Paul couldn't believe how much the subtle changes helped transform their Silverdale home. Shaynna and Charlie's updates meant the property could compete against more modern houses in an increasingly competitive real estate market.

The couple was thrilled to receive and accept an offer for $775,000 and their future life in tranquil McMaster's Beach on the Central Coast was finally in sight.

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