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3 ways to modernise a character home

Thu May 24, 2018

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There's something magical about a character home, with older houses retaining their original charm even 50 years after being constructed. For property sellers in Sydney, however, character homes can present a few challenges when it comes to attracting the widest possible range of buyers.

There are a couple of common reasons for this, with the first being a lack of the modern conveniences that many buyers are looking for. Additionally, period properties sometimes come across as 'old-fashioned,' which may put off younger buyers, who are often looking for something a bit more modern.

Luckily, there are a few ways that character homeowners can quickly modernise their property without losing its signature charm, and in this article we'll take a closer look at three possible renovations.

It may not seem to make much of a difference, but the impact of a new coat and colour can be enormous.

1. A fresh lick of paint

Repainting a home is a frequently underestimated renovation, and although it may not seem to make much of a difference, the impact of a new coat and colour can be enormous. Many period homes are painted in tell-tale shades of brown and orange, and while this may have been en vogue at the time of construction, the look is a bold one, and can easily date a property to a particular era.

To modernise things, consider repainting the exterior or interior of the house with a simple, neutral colour such as a cream or grey. Not only will this completely change the house's appearance, it will provide you with a blank canvas for any redecorating that you may want to do. This reduces the potential for garish colour clashes, giving you the freedom to introduce striking pieces of art or furniture for an even more modern look.

Modernise your character home by merging your kitchen and living room into a single space. An open plan kitchen and lounge is a great way to modernise a character home.

2. Rearrange your living spaces

If you're looking for a slightly more intense renovation to really bring your character home in line with modern trends, then one of the best options is to rearrange your living spaces. Open plan living has become incredibly popular since the 1990s, and many older properties simply don't offer the same flexibility that modern builds do.

By knocking down a few walls and merging isolated rooms - particularly the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining areas - into one living space, you'll be able to offer buyers the exact same living experience they'd get in a brand new home, with the added bonus of a character feel. 

If your kitchen still revolves around an old electric stove from the 80s, you'll be limiting the number of buyers interested in your home.

3. Invest in technology

Finally, just because a property was built a few decades ago doesn't mean it has to function like one. Appliances matter, and if your kitchen still revolves around an old electric stove from the 80s, it's more than likely that you'll be limiting the number of serious buyers interested in your home. 

Instead, equip your property with the very latest technology to ensure it can easily compete with what brand new homes offer to buyers. Your main focus areas should be the kitchen and laundry, but if you really want to take things up a level, a small addition such as a smart doorbell - which allows for remote monitoring of package deliveries - can really help your character home stand out.

There's something very special about character homes, and with a few simple tweaks, your period property can easily stand out from the rest of the market, ensuring you get the right price when selling. 

For more information, contact Laing+Simmons today.

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