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Gary Thornton

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Introducing Gary S Thornton BCA

“A Better Future” 

My role is to provide the professional expertise to assist people improve and enhance their lives and lifestyles.

Originally from Christchurch, I was educated at Wellington College and completed a Bachelor of Commerce and
Administration at Victoria University. I have had a number of Private Sector Management Roles which provided me with financial and management skills.

Having fulfilled a personal passion for renovating

properties I can offer solid, practical advice based on my own first-hand experience.

For free, friendly, professional advice,


  • Be honest.
  • Treat you with respect.
  • Tell you what’s going on.
  • Report weekly progress on the marketing of your home, and buyer’s feedback.
  • Advise you before you respond to any offers on your property.
  • Be available at any time to discuss any queries or concerns you might have.
  • Spend the time it takes for you to feel totally confident that I am the best person to handle all your Real estate needs.
  • To carry out an in-depth appraisal I may need to visit your home twice

I will

Tour your home inside and out taking detailed notes

Interview you to determine your needs and your family’s needs

Answer any questions you may have about Ray White and will personally take you through the service we provide

Provide you with an adequate marketing programme that is a detailed plan of how your home could be marketed for sale

This schedule is flexible and we will welcome your input to suit your needs

Provide you with a current competitive market analysis to discuss with you a price range for your home and a suitable listing period

Offer presentation suggestions to help you sell your home

Ensure any commitment to provide excellent service that will exceed your expectations of a Real Estate Consultant

If necessary I may need to arrange a time to come back to complete the appraisal.

At the end of these visits, if you are confident that I am the best person to help you, then you can employ me by signing the listing agreement. This document gives me permission to market your home for the length of time stated and to receive payment for services when a sale has been achieved.

Employ a professional for a stress free, satisfying experience.

Gary S Thornton BCA        Mobile: 027 956 9946      Email: gary.thornton@raywhite.com  

Preparing your house for sale

  • KITCHEN: Stove, refrigerator and sink should be spotless and all workspaces should be clean
  • BATHROOM/S: Should be neat, spotless and fresh. Repair any broken tiles, reseal around bath and basin if necessary. Put some smelling oil or scents around
  • WARDROBES AND CUPBOARDS: Have a good clean out. Untidy or overly crowded storage areas can suggest inadequate space
  • CHILDREN AND PETS: Can distract buyers from thinking positively - keep them busy in another room or out of the house if possible
  • LAWNS AND YARDS: Remove clutter, mow the lawns, trim path edges, trim hedges and weed gardens
  • FRONT OF HOUSE: Paint, fix or wash fences, steps, windows, screens and front door
  • OTHER EXTERIOR:  Paint, fix or wash side or back door, gutters, wash windows
  • GARAGE: Straighten up, paint fix or wash doors and windows
  • PLUMBING Repair dripping taps, leaky toilets
  • LIGHTS: Replace all burned out bulbs and fix faulty switches
  • HALL AND STAIRS: Remove clutter to give a wide appearance 

Which renovations offer the best return when  you sell?

Not all renovations will make you a tidy profit when you come to sell your property. Some projects will cost more than they will ever give you back. So what are the most lucrative projects to add value to your home and give you the best return come sales day?


Updating or replacing the Kitchen is one of the top renovations for profit. Modular Kitchens can be a cost effective and a fast way to update the livability of a property. Use a custom kitchen builder wherever possible, as he will supply and install the cabinets as well as offer a warranty. Costs for a basic custom kitchen installed with all plumbing, electrical and tiling can be as little as $10,000. This can add enormous appeal and value to a property, with the increase in value sometimes being as much as $50 to $60,000.

The emotional connection between buyers and imagining living in the house they are buying is a big driver, so when renovating it is vital to spend money on the design of how the occupant will live in the area. For example, kitchens are now a lot larger areas with bigger fridges and ovens for entertaining and more casual dining.

However when setting aside a budget for renovating it has to be consistent for a good return. An expensive oven with DIY cupboards does not work. Be consistent, realistic and look at the big picture.


Update or add bathrooms. The average number of bathrooms in new dwellings has been increasing over time and this is being reflected in the renovation market as well. There are now, on average 2.6 bathrooms per new home.

If you are going to renovate or add a bathroom it is important to have a clear budget set out from the beginning of the project and always work to a fixed price. Buyers and tenants demand bathrooms to be modern and up to date with clean and stylish fixtures and fittings. Be careful not to over capitalise.


Renovations that help show off a home’s qualities rather than detract from it have the best chance of providing a good return. Painting is always a great option to give a home a lift, with modern colours and shades. Paint is the most powerful renovation tool. You can instantly modernise and refresh in a contemporary colour scheme.

Street Appeal

When renovating a home with resale in mind, improvements that add to the street appeal of a home are always beneficial. Maximising the number of potential buyers that are enticed through the door is the first step towards ensuring that the sale price meets your expectations. Consider elements such as the garage or modernising cladding materials or colours.

The front door is an important element in the street appeal. Replacing, with a new modern door, can add “wow” or painting with a rich oil based paint. Make sure the front garden is tidy, lawns mowed and beds weeded. If garden beds are bare, garden mulch is an easy way to spark them up. Repair and paint the front fence. Add a new house number and letterbox.

Outdoor Area

There is a definite trend towards upgrading outdoor areas to more indoor/outdoor living. An  alfresco area, in the past, was a Barbie on the patio, where as now the outdoor area is an extra room, an all-weather extension of the house. The money spent on a well designed all weather area brings its returns when the sale sign goes up. The outdoor area is an emotional driver for buyers. They see the area, imagine themselves using it and already they are sold on the lifestyle it offers.


With any home renovation for profit, plan renovations with a broad audience in mind, rather than injecting too many personal tastes and preferences. The last thing you want is for buyers to factor post-sale renovations into the equation.

The same goes for poorly done DIY renovations, particularly in the kitchen or bathroom, which can be off-putting for buyers. Consider using a professional so that potential buyers can picture themselves in the area for many years to come. 

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