DIY Tips And Advice

Ten quick ways to add value to your home


1. Revive with paint

Painting the interior can instantly lift the look and mood of your house.. and it can be inexpensive if you’re willing to do the work. If your budget allows, tackle walls yourself and get professionals in to do the ceilings (they’re the hardest part!)

You might be able to get away with giving skirting boards, doors and window and door frames a good clean with sugar soap or a natural alternative such as washing soda.

It’s best to paint in warm, dry conditions, and to do your first coat first thing in the morning. That way, you’ll be able to do the second later in the day and have the room finished by the evening.

2. Quick kitchen fixes

An instant pick-me-up can be done with new cupboard doors and handles, check out places like Bunnings to see what will work best for your home.Also consider just painting the doors to freshen the look.

Another option is to replace the benchtop, but consider what will work with your floor and if the cost justifies the expense.

3. Update the flooring

Getting carpets cleaned is almost a must, it’s a highly effective way of getting the house looking and smelling cleaner. However, there are some instances where a carpet cleaner won’t quite cut it, getting new carpet or flooring might be worthwhile in the long run when trying to sell.

If you have floorboards, get them re-sanded, which opens up numerous options to getting them lime washed, stained, painted or simply resealed.

If you decide to rip up old carpet and find old dirty floorboards underneath, mix up a solution of boiled linseed oil, turpentine and white vinegar in equal parts and test a patch with a lint-free cloth to clean and feed the timber. If the wood looks good, you may have unearthed a gem.

4. Consider replacing your kitchen splashback

You may be able to get away with just an easy splashback replace in your kitchen, it’s a simple way to inject some personality into the room without going over the top.

Glass splashbacks are still popular but, at about half the price, acrylic is a cheaper alternative. There’s a great colour range on the market as well as clear options so you can personalise your selection with wallpaper, for instance. The only restriction is that acrylics can’t be used directly behind stoves.

5. Groom the garden

Winter is the best time to do some garden maintenance and the soil is easier to work with, and after a good tidy up, look at any gaps in planting that need to be dealt with. If you’re putting the house up for sale, gather reasonably established potted plants to fill up these holes as you can take them with you when you go. Get hold of a high-pressure hose and give paths and paintwork the do-over. Clean the barbecue and give outdoor furniture a scrub.

6. Change the light switches

A small, but handy tip is to get your light switches changed. Over time they tend to get a bit of yellow tinge to them, and replacing them is a cost effective way to liven up your house. You can usually pick up everything you need at a big hardware store, so the major cost will be labour, which even then, isn’t too expensive. Many brands also offer coloured or metal switch plates, so if you think it will work with your décor, try it out.

7. Rethink window treatments

Sometimes, you don’t realise how grubby a window is until it’s obvious. In the meantime, the dirt is building up and affecting the quality of light. Get the glass sparkling by doing a big, proper clean, check latches are working correctly and contact a glazier if any panes are cracked or need replacing. Take a look at the curtains as well, make sure they’re up to date and clean, and whether blinds or curtains work best in the space.

8. Revamp the entrance

First impressions will be the most important during the open home. Consider quick fixes such as painting the front door in a strong colour, such as red or blue, updating doorway furniture and the entrance mat. Remember to also give the entrance the once-over by cleaning the path, removing cobwebs and trimming plants. Check the letterbox isn’t shabby and fix any loose pavers or fence palings. You’ll be surprised how much difference it will make.

9. Fit new taps

Another way to modernize your home for selling is by fitting new, good-looking, matching taps, or taps that look aesthetically good in the room, you’re bringing a sense of cohesion to the house. Good taps also suggest good plumbing.

10. Makeover the bathroom

Think about painting the existing tiles. Now this could be quite a big task, but hopefully it will all pay off. Look out for high-gloss tile paint as well as grout pens for painting over discoloured grout. There are other brands which produces spray-on tile paint that provides two square metres of coverage per can in either white, cream or black.

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