Top 5 Reno Updates That Really Pay Off When It Comes To Resale

January 31, 2024 – 4 min read

Ready to renovate but thinking about resale down the track? When it comes to selling houses, there are some easy renovation updates you can make that will pay dividends when it comes to securing a higher price. As the old saying goes, kitchens sell houses – so you might want to start there. We chatted to a top agent to get the lowdown on what buyers are looking for in cooking appliances and outdoor kitchens. Plus, what’s hot in terms of home security must-haves.
Here are the top five renovation updates that could help net you top dollar when it comes time to sell your home.

Two workers renovate a kitchen and install new appliances

Best Kitchen Reno Updates For An Investment Property

Before you set your reno-for-resale budget, it pays to consider your target market – especially when it comes to a kitchen upgrade.

“If you think the house you are selling is more likely to appeal to investors, then don’t opt for luxury appliances,” says Nathan Wunsch, buyer’s agent at Property Pursuit. “If it’s going to be a rental property, it’s better to choose brands that are reliable and cheaper to maintain, repair or replace.”

A simple upgrade of major cooking appliances can deliver some serious bang for your reno buck. Today, even budget ovens deliver superior cooking functions and, similarly, the latest model dishwashers and induction cooktops offer more functionality and greater energy efficiency  – both good points for resale.

Shop Budget Cooking Appliances

Westinghouse 60cm Gas Cooktop - Stainless Steel

Technika 60cm Electric Built In Oven with Airfry

Westinghouse 60cm Gas Cooktop - Stainless Steel

Solt 60cm Freestanding Dishwasher - Stainless Steel

Front on image of a Solt 60cm Freestanding Dishwasher Stainless Steel

Best Kitchen Reno Updates For Dream Homes

Want to optimise your home’s appeal to future buyers looking for their forever home? Given kitchens are where it’s at, you might want to consider a renovation that brings your space into the 21st century. And that’s where next-gen appliances enter the picture.

“You can’t underestimate the allure of gleaming, state-of-the-art appliances,” says Tanya Grillinzoni, The Good Guys Buyer – Cooking and Dishwashers. “Steam ovens, induction cooktops, built-in coffee machines and integrated fridges are no longer luxuries – they are a mainstay of modern kitchen design.”

Other hot tickets for prospective buyers include self-cleaning pyrolytic ovens, warming drawers to heat plates or even slow cook meals, and built-in microwave convection ovens that brown, bake and crisp, in addition to the usual fast cooking and defrosting.

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Electrolux 60cm Pyrolytic Steam Oven Dark Stainless

Westinghouse 44 Litre Combination Built-In Microwave

Fisher & Paykel 60cm Pyrolytic Oven

Front on image of a Fisher & Paykel 60cm Pyrolytic Oven

Best Reno Updates For Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor entertainment areas are another lifestyle essential that home buyers are chasing. Make the BBQ area a permanent fixture or upgrade your current built-in gas BBQ. Consider installing a wine fridge, an outdoor speaker system and outdoor heating to create an entertainer’s paradise that prospective owners will love.

Woman cooks on her built-in BBQ in her outdoor kitchen
Front on image of a Vintec 35 Bottle Wine Cabinet

Best Home Security Updates For Resale

“Home security wasn’t a big issue a couple of years ago but nowadays, anything that gives some peace of mind is viewed very favourably by potential buyers,” says Nathan Wunsch.

Boosting your home security is easy and inexpensive to install thanks to the latest smartphone-synced cameras and doorbell cameras.

“Affordable security cameras can become powerful security systems when linked to large-capacity, cloud-based recording and smartphone apps that give you real-time notifications of intruders,” says David Linehan, The Good Guys Buyer – Tech Accessories.

“Home security wasn’t a big issue a couple of years ago but nowadays, anything that gives some peace of mind is viewed very favourably by potential buyers,”
Front on image of a eufy 2C Pro 2K Security System & Homebase (4 Camera)

Best Heating And Cooling Updates For Resale

“Quality air conditioning and heating is a non-negotiable comfort and home buyers now expect it,” says Nathan Wunsch.

He recommends upgrading the systems in the living room and master bedroom as a minimum for good resale.

Reverse cycle air conditioning is the Rolls Royce of air treatment and is technically two-for-the-price-of-one because it delivers cool air in summer and cosy warmth in winter – great for you and for future buyers!

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Rinnai Avenger 25MJ NG P/Silver Heater Unflued

Hisense C2.5kW H3.2kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Fujitsu C2.5kW H3.2kW Reverse Cycle Split System >

Side angle image of a Fujitsu C2.5kW H3.2kW Reverse Cycle Split System

Planning a mini makeover or a major renovation with resale in mind? See us in-store or online for the latest cooking appliances, home security and heating and cooling appliances to turn your place into a hot property.

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