“Home owners should remember that their home’s materiality is directly correlated with its intrinsic value and re-sale potential,” explained Caesarstone’s marketing director, Trevor King. “Choosing top quality, hygienic finishes like Caesarstone that retain their design longevity, helps to position a house as a good investment in the minds of estate agents and buyers.”
Caesarstone is a leading manufacturer of kitchen surfaces and co-sponsor of Decorex Joburg, taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. This four-day exhibition will feature the best range of home improvement products with experts across the décor, design and lifestyle industry on-hand to guide homeowners on practical renovations, as well as offering insightful DIY tips that could prove very cost-efficient.
“Home improvements are always worth investing in but the true worth really comes into play when an owner is looking to put the house on the market,” said King. “Where simple acts such as de-cluttering, re-painting and completing minor repairs before prospective buyers take a look definitely creates a stronger first impression; updating the home’s more functional and ‘lived in’ spaces is often the clincher.”
Two key points to consider tackling first are the kitchen and bathroom areas as these improvements are known to speed up the sale of a home while adding thousands to the selling price.
“Because of the move towards open plan living, the kitchen has become the focal point with the feel and look of the house emanating from here,” explained King. “This essentially makes the kitchen the home’s most valuable point. Buyers are looking for modern finishes, quality material and functionality when they assess the kitchen.”
However, King said re-modelling the entire kitchen is not the only option. “You can refresh its look and feel by re-spraying the cabinet doors and improving the existing plumbing fixtures. Upgrading your countertops and backsplashes to genuine Caesarstone quartz surfaces will add that ‘wow’ factor, but will also add serious value to your property too.”
The bathroom – which is the most personal space – is the second most impactful area in a home when it comes to influencing a sale. An impractical or outdated design, old or faulty sanitary ware, stains or general grime will create a negative impression with potential buyers that will be difficult to shake.
“Once you’ve decided on the functional home areas that you want to upgrade, it’s worth investigating current trends in the design industry for the best look and feel, as well as functionality,” explained King. “Elements such as energy efficiency and longevity are extremely important to note.”
Visit Decorex Joburg at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August to view the best home re-modelling products, tools and services. Tickets are sold through www.computicket.co.za and at the door.