Maximise Your Returns with a Full Home Renovation in Hamilton

Looking to sell your home? Get advice on what renovations to focus on from the experts at Refresh Renovations, Waikato.

Whether you intend to sell your Waikato home right after you renovate or plan to stay and enjoy the fruits of your labour a bit longer, learn the most effective ways to maximise the returns on your full home renovation. We’ll break down all of the factors to consider before embarking on your renovation journey.

What are your renovation goals?

Renovating is expensive, so before you get caught up in planning a home renovation, you’ll want to consider a few factors to ensure you get the best value for money. To keep it simple, we have split these considerations up based on when you might choose to sell your home post-renovation.

You’re ready to sell right after you renovate.

Ready to sell right away? Before you make your renovation plans, think about your location. Take a look online at what other homes in the area are selling for. You might also do a bit of research to see what these other homes on the market have done in terms of renovations.

If you live in an area where development is on the rise, keep in mind that land area might outweigh full home renovations, so you may choose to not invest as much in the renovation itself.

Bathroom with floor to ceiling tiles

You’ll be ready to sell in the near future. 

If you plan to sell a little while after the renovation is complete, there are a few key elements to focus on that will make your investment stand out on the market:

Kitchen and bathroom

These two rooms see the most wear and tear over time, so it makes sense to start here. Plus, potential homebuyers usually look to these rooms first when evaluating a home. You might consider going for a clean, basic, and modern design, since everyone has different tastes. If you’re trying to get the most value for your renovation, you don’t want to pigeon-hole yourself by choosing eclectic or niche designs. The owner of this Hamilton villa decided to elevate his bathroom with a sleek, contemporary look that will likely be a fresh, timeless selling point for the home. 

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Another tip to save costs is to keep the plumbing where it is, especially if your home has a concrete base. There is still so much you can do with your kitchen without moving plumbing around. Case in point, this home underwent a stunning full kitchen remodel which included knocking down a wall to create an open-plan layout, but the plumbing remained untouched.

Cosmetic touch ups

Smaller cosmetic touch ups can go a long way to freshen up your property instead of undergoing a massive full home renovation in Hamilton. Replace your curtains and blinds with simple, sleek options that’ll make your home appeal to a wider audience. You might consider adding fresh coats of paint around the interior and exterior of your house, as well as replacing your carpets and fittings for a cleaner, new-home feel.

Flooring upgrades

You might decide to go beyond carpet removal and instead upgrade your flooring. If your rimu timber flooring looks a bit worn and dated, there’s a higher chance of it being brought back to life with sanding.

Some older character homes in the area might have old asbestos lino flooring, so it’s worth having your home inspected. 

Learn more about buying to renovate a do-upper in Waikato.

Living room with fireplace

You’re planning to stay long term

If you don’t have plans to sell anytime soon, take the opportunity to ramp up the customisations to make your house a true reflection of your taste and lifestyle.

Curated kitchens

Get creative with your kitchen layout so that it works best for your specific needs. Options include custom cabinetry, walk-in pantries, or even the addition of a scullery. When you choose to work with Refresh, a Renovation Consultant can help you curate your bespoke kitchen.

Reimagined bathrooms

Turn your bathroom into your personal oasis with signature touches like a full tiled bathroom, walk-in shower, and more. Since you’ll be here a while, you may as well make the most of the space and really make it your own! Our local Renovation Consultants have access to the best builders in Waikato to bring your dream bathroom layout to life.

Spend time outside

Make the most of your Hamilton property by building space to enjoy the outdoors. Consider a deck with a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, zen garden, and more. Plus, integrating indoor / outdoor flow within your home is a highly coveted feature that can help when it comes to selling down the track.

Add an extension

Extending your current home can add value to your property, both monetarily and by enhancing your lifestyle whilst living there. Extensions come in all shapes and sizes, but most commonly we see the addition of new rooms like bedrooms, living spaces, and home offices. Consult an expert at Refresh Renovations on the kind of extension that would best suit your budget and lifestyle needs.

Cut energy costs

Double glazing and insulation don’t typically add a lot of value when you’re about to sell, but if you plan to stay in your home long term, that’s a different story. Adding insulation and double-glazed windows can reduce your electricity bills, so they could be a worthwhile investment.

Indoor outdoor flow


How much does a full home renovation cost?

While your Renovation Consultant will be able to give you a clearer approximation for your property, check out our estimates for home renovation costs in Waikato.

Where can I find a renovation calculator?

Consult our version of a whole house renovation cost calculator that can give you insight into how much you might expect to pay for your home renovation.

Ready to maximise your renovation in Hamilton?

Get in touch with a local Renovation Consultant to discuss your plans to renovate. We have connections with exceptional house builders in Waikato to help you get the best value for your money when it comes to home transformations! We look forward to connecting with you.

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