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
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
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
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
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.