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The three elements of low maintenance, high profit property

By The Lodge Real Estate Team on 2022-04-05
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For most of us, cleaning and maintaining a home is a chore—it’s part and parcel of owning a property. However, there’s more to life than keeping the house clean and in good repair.

Even if you are prepared to give a high maintenance home the tender loving care it needs, the fact remains that many buyers aren’t.

So, if home renovations are on the cards, it’s the ideal— perhaps only—time to switch your home over to better, more efficient systems that keep the bills down and your free time (and property value) up.

In this blog, you’ll find a host of low maintenance solutions that you can incorporate into your next renovation. Even if you don’t plan to sell right now, renovating for low maintenance is a great way to maximise your home’s value and make it attractive to buyers when the time comes.

Think of it as future-proofing!

Top renovations to boost energy efficiency

With the rising cost of living in New Zealand, having an energy efficient home earns major points in the eyes of buyers. If you’re looking to do-up your home before you sell, consider making these energy-saving renovations that will make your home cheaper to run, more comfortable to live in and worth more on the market!

  • Insulate 
  • Install a heat pump
  • Lay carpet
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Upgrade to double glazed windows and install good quality curtains
  • Future-proof for solar

Easy living: renovating with low maintenance in mind

Cleaning is a necessary evil, but with the right design decisions and materials, you could renovate your home to make it an easy, pain-free place to live in that buyers will love.

Here are four tips to get you started:

  • Choose your wall colours wisely
  • Choose durable flooring
  • Opt for durable, stain-resistant countertops
  • Use wall mounted features for easy cleaning

Smarter landscaping: matching your garden to the Waikato climate

If your green thumb is a seasonal thing, or just non-existent, don’t despair. Here are a few ways you can make your landscape design look great without spending hours maintaining it.

  • Climate considerations
  • Less grass, more gravel
  • Choose low-maintenance plants
  • Transform your outdoor living area

You can download the full guide on how to make the switch to a low-maintenance property here.

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