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Best home improvements – those that sell well – and those that don’t.

2 August 2022 | Insights Team


We chat with Ronel du Plooy, an experienced and accomplished Leadhome Properties estate agent for Kempton Park. We ask Ronel to weigh in on this topic. Take a listen.

Think like a buyer

As a savvy homeowner, are you continuously evaluating ways to add value to your home, so as to realise the highest return on your investment when you decide to sell it in 5 – 10 years? Here at Leadhome Properties, our experienced estate agents will tell you that upgrades tend to fall into two categories – those that add value to a property  – and those that while they are nice to have –  just don’t. 

Start by thinking like a potential buyer. View your home critically to identify areas in need of attention. Then gradually implement the work in your home.

Don’t over-capitalise

Over-capitalising is when the total amount you have spent on your home, including the purchase price and the cost of improvements, exceeds the amount the property could be sold for in the future. Remember that most neighbourhoods have a ceiling value which is the threshold that buyers or renters are willing to pay.

Improvements likely to add value to your home

  • Updating the kitchen and bathroom
  • Increasing floor space or adding accommodation i.e. a cottage (Submit plans to obtain council approval prior to commencing building.)
  • Open plan living
  • Security
  • Energy-saving features (Solar geysers, solar panels)
  • Fitting a borehole
  • Painting in a neutral palette (white, cream, stone, caramel)
  • Installing modern flooring surfaces
  • Paved driveway

Those that don’t

  • Carpeting
  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor entertainment area
  • Landscaping

Ask Ronel

Ronel du Plooy Leadhome Properties Real Estate Agent for Kempton Park.

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Read more:

10 ways to improve the value of your home

How to add value to your home 

10 things you can do to your home that will actually lower its value

Insights Team

We're the "thinking arm" of Leadhome, combining expertise in data analysis, modelling, sociology, geography, and philosophy to interrogate current trends in the South African residential property market. Proudly contemplative since 2015.

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