22 Sep 2017

9 DIY Tips for Increasing the Value of Your Home


When you think of home renovations images of glistening new kitchens, spacious back decks, and spas in the bathroom often spring to mind - all of which are time-consuming, messy projects that generally cost thousands of dollars. So what happens when it’s time to sell up and the realisation hits that your humble little home just isn’t worth what you’d like it to be?


Fortunately, you don’t have to get out a personal loan to add a few extra bucks to your property value. We’ve got a few helpful do-it-yourself tips that will not only increase the value of your home, but will spruce it up so much you’ll consider buying it yourself!


1. Floating shelves

This is about as simple as it gets, folks. Clear the clutter from desks, bench tops, kids’ rooms or bathrooms, by installing a few floating shelves. They’re cheap, easy, and visually appealing, and best of all they can be used from anything between home décor, storage, or even bookshelves - absolutely anything you like, and easily removed without any fuss or structural damage.


2. Change light fittings

Instantly give your home a face lift by swapping out those ancient, dusty, moth-graveyard light fittings for something a little more contemporary. That said, don’t go all the way to the other end of the spectrum with something outlandishly arty either, it should be complementary and in-keeping with the rest of the home. Replacing big, clunky fans for ones that are a bit more decorative also brings a little extra pop to a dated room.


3. Windows to the soul

Yellowed lace curtains, crunchy drapes, and murky glass windows are all tell-tale signs to a prospective buyer that this house is undeniably more drab than fab. However, this is one of the easiest features to fix! Replace old windows with fresh glass and hang some vertical blinds instead of old curtains. Blinds are a great way to let more light in which helps make a room look bigger.


4. Revamp the floors

Threadbare carpet or scuffed floorboards really detract from any other eye-pleasing features your home may have. You don’t need to spend loads of cash, but re-carpeting old floors or slapping on a fresh coat of varnish will really lift the feel of the property. And if you have matte or stained concrete, consider giving it a gloss of paint, or get creative with an attractive stencil design for something a little different.


5. Fence the yard


Having a fenced yard is more than just visually appealing; it offers privacy and security, which are huge key factors for any potential buyer who may have young kids or pets. And the best part is you don’t even need to be too fancy about it. Something as simple as a corrugated iron fence can add an artistic post-modern element to the yard and requires very little maintenance over time.


6. Landscape like a boss

An overgrown jungle is just as unsightly as a patchy, dead lawn; and unfortunately, having either will make your home stand out for all the wrong reasons. On a positive note, the solution will probably cost you more in time than it will dollars; but with a little pruning, weeding, planting, and watering, you can bring your yard back to life and rack up the dollar signs on your property’s value.


7. Mosaic splashback for a fancy touch

We’ve already established that a full kitchen reno is probably not the most financially viable option, but getting rid of that old, ugly splashback and replacing it with trendy mosaic tiles will bring a stylish, contemporary vibe to the room for very little effort. Test a few sample tiles first to make sure the colour scheme enhances the kitchen’s features rather than conflicts with them.


8. Make your walls stand out with stencils, paint old walls

And lastly, a guaranteed way to jack up the value of your property is to give the walls (and ceiling if need be) a new lease on life with a bit of fresh colour. Keeping the tones neutral is always recommended, but don’t be afraid to experiment a little. A well-placed stencil design or a wall-paper feature can really make a room sparkle with personality, or perhaps consider transforming a dull wall into an impressive bookcase if there’s just a little something lacking.


9. Create more places to stash your things

You can't ever really have too much storage space. For some people it's a big consideration because you don't want to move into a home and have to get rid of things simply because there's no space. If your property is big, you can assume that the new tenants might have a larger family - so they're going to need the storage. If your proeprty is small - perhaps the new tenants are downsizing from a larger home and so they'll also need the extra storage space to make their belongings more compact.


So if you’re looking to join the market with a property for sale, take a look around and see what DIY improvements you can make, and help maximise it’s buying potential to get the price you know your home truly deserves.


If you've been thinking about buying or selling your home feel free to contact us for more information at fgregory@sunshinestateagents.com.au or call us on 0431 366 364. 


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