The 10 most popular home improvements

Angus Kidman 16 March 2016

The 10 most popular home improvements

Want to increase the sale price for your house? Start with the air conditioner.

If you want someone to pay more for your house, make sure it has air conditioning, a garage and a decent backyard -- but ditch the gnomes.

Air conditioning is by far the most desirable feature enhancement in a home, a survey of 1,043 Australians by finder.com.au found. Almost two-thirds of us (65%) listed that as desirable. A carport or garage wasn't far behind, which isn't surprising in a country where we purchased more than a million new cars last year.

We also clearly like our outdoor living (that might be the fault of The Block, with more than half of us (52%) demanding a garden or backyard and just under a quarter (24%) keen for a deck or pergola. Those can be costly improvements, however.

A dishwasher is a less popular choice (17%), which might reflect the high costs of running one if you're not careful.

Water restrictions are clearly having an impact: just 17% wanted a swimming pool and only 2% fancied a water feature. Nor are we keen on garden gnomes, which seems fair enough.

Here's the full list of the top 10 most desirable features:

Even though these enhancements are popular, it's important not to overcapitalise when you renovate. Check out our complete guide to renovation to find out what everything costs and how you can add value for less.

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