10 Steps to a Property Makeover

If you have been thinking about doing a little upgrading with your investment property, now is the perfect time to start planning!

Tip: Before you start, review your expenditure for the investment so far this year with your Property Manager, then speak to your Accountant about what the ideal spend is.


  1. Prune back the trees, vines and garden to allow more light into the property and improve the street appeal.

A good exterior clean – a wash down of the exterior of the property, window washing, cobweb removal and a pressure clean for the paths.

A good interior clean – window washing, fly-screens, light shades, tops of cupboards and window sills and a scrub of the tiled surfaces.

Paint. If you can’t afford to do the entire property, look for the areas that most need it. Perhaps exterior timber window sills, guttering or if you need to do the basics inside go for the hallway, bathroom and bedrooms.

Add storage everywhere. Built-in robes, garden shed or perhaps make some secure under house storage.

Add a dishwasher or air conditioning.

Shower curtains, light shades and blinds from Freedom or Ikea can make a huge difference to the freshness and appeal of the property. They are inexpensive too.

To spruce up worn floor boards buy carpet cut offs and turn them into permanent hallway runners. Cheaper than polishing the floors and replaceable if damaged.

When in doubt, re-grout. New tiling makes everything feel new again. For a fresh bathroom feel, tile the walls and floor.

Security. Fly-screens, security doors and window locks can all add value, and are more appealing for the security conscious.