Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Putting Your Home on the Market

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Putting Your Home on the Market

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The floors

How's your carpet looking?

If it's significantly worn, stained or damaged, Bo says you should look at either replacing it, or pulling it up if there are floorboards beneath.

"If the carpet isn't in great condition and there are floorboards underneath, that can be quite an affordable option, because you won't be paying for materials, just labour, because you're just ripping up the carpet," he says.

"The labour cost is just sanding and polishing the floorboards. If floorboards are not an option, new carpet can be good in the bedrooms."

Potential hazards

Over the years you've probably learned to avoid that rogue paver or brick that sticks out slightly from your garden path. In fact, you've probably forgotten it's there.

But first-time visitors to your home will almost certainly find a way to trip on it, so Wilcox says you should fix anything that could trip or impede people as they walk through the house. …

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