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Balance: While pools can be divisive, most agents agree a well maintained pool, in the right setting, can add value to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.
Balance: While pools can be divisive, most agents agree a well maintained pool, in the right setting, can add value to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

When it comes to selling your home, presentation is key. Buyers are generally looking for well maintained spaces, no nasty surprises and a home that is clear of clutter and inviting.

Investing in aspects of your home, particularly if you're looking to yield top dollar, can be well worth while but knowing where to spend is crucial to making the most from your time and money.

Most of the agents we spoke to agreed that the kitchen continues to be one of the key rooms to make a sale when it comes to property.

Rebecca Dean and the team at PRD Shoal Bay said, "The kitchen is key to selling a home. It's the heart of the home and must be functional, practical yet attractive to the eye.

"The bathroom is also important as it is one of the more costly renovations people would need to undertake if it needed to be updated."

Michele Jones, The Real Estate Lady, begs to differ stating that marketing a property is never just about one room.

"It's about the best each property has to offer - yes that might be the kitchen or the location, sometimes it's the shed. It's really about marketing the selling points of a home correctly so you find the perfect buyer.

'What is important to one buyer may be less so to another, so there are no hard and fast rules."

While the debate continues about the true value of adding a pool to your back garden, they do hold appeal for many buyers.

Kim Wescott, Sales & Marketing Consultant at O'Meara Property explains.

"Swimming Pools are a great feature of a home and a fantastic centrepiece for entertainment, they are particularly conducive to lifestyle and climate.

"Although not on everyone's requirement list, if the majority of the homes' features suit what the buyer is looking for, then a pool is not a deciding factor."

Debra O'Neill, Licensee and Director of Raine & Horne, Nelson Bay agrees but says by far one of the best features of a property is a good view.

"A view is always on every ones dream list, a good outlook will naturally always command a higher price."

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