Top 10 renovation tips – to add capital gains and rental income to your property portfolio

Top 10 renovation tips – to add capital gains and rental income to your property portfolio

Despite the major pitfalls associated with renovating, countless investors have used this strategy to manufacture capital growth and increase rental returns.

Remember your best renovations will occur when you do your research, buy under market value, buy in suburbs with high rental and resale demand, stick to your budget and take the emotion out of your decisions.

I have personally completed three renovations on three separate properties and made positive capital and rental gains as a result. These renovations were based on the top 10 renovation tips below.

Ben’s 3rd investment property – 3 bedroom house in QLD – 2012

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Ben’s 2nd investment property – 5 bedroom house in NSW – 2011

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Ben’s 1st investment property – 2 bedroom unit in NSW – 2011

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At the end of the day you should look at renovating as spending money to make money.

Here are our top 10 renovation tips – designed to add capital gains and rental income to your property portfolio:

  1. Replace front door with something more modern.
  2. Undertake some basic landscaping. Remember not to overcapitalize here. Look for low maintenance plants, easy care gardens and some new grass.
  3. Replace carpet with polished timber, timber look or tiled floors.
  4. Paint all internal walls.
  5. Resurface the kitchen cupboards and replace bench tops and handles.
  6. Consider building a deck to create an external living area.
  7. Add bedrooms and bathrooms where possible.
  8. Look at turning strategically placed windows into external doors to create a feeling of openness.
  9. Consider turning the laundry into a bathroom, and the linen cupboard into a laundry.
  10. Consider enclosing the carport and converting it into a living area or additional bedroom and bathroom.
  11. Add wardrobes to the bedrooms where possible.

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Ben Everingham


Ben founded Pumped On Property after building a multi-million dollar property portfolio over a 5 year period. His mission is to show you how to replace your income through property investing so you can do what you love…full time.