Hi Ozbloggers. As some of our readers might know, I’ve recently bought a house here in Perth, but what you might not know is that I’m not the handiest guy with a hammer. In fact, if you asked my partner, she’d tell you I’ve got ‘two left thumbs’. Whilst it might be a man’s job to make sure everything functions in the house, I’d much rather be riding my bike or walking the dog than patching walls and cleaning gutters. Unfortunately however writing articles on those topics wasn’t on this month’s editorial calendar. So what we do have for you today are a few easy and in-expensive ways that you can add value to your home (or apartment) without busting the bank or paying for expensive renovations.
First of all, these tips can be utilised by most, and could potentially increase the value of your house by thousands of dollars for a few hours of time and effort. If your like me, and the only ‘cutting in’ you want to be doing on the weekend involves a large breakfast and a newspaper, then there are people out there who can help, a resource of potential handymen, painters, carpenters and professionals is located at the bottom of this post.
But first here are the top five quick and simple ways to increase the value of your home – without busting the bank (or your back)!
Tip No 1 – Patch and Paint
When I purchased my home, the first thing we did was give the whole house a new lick of paint, top to bottom. It’s amazing how it freshens a place up, changes the look and makes it feel new. Houses with a few years under their belt especially start to look there age when the paint starts to fade, crack or peel so for the cost of a couple of hundred dollars – you can make the place look, smell and feel brand new.
Professional Tip – If you are inexperienced or if you have never painted a house before, definitely talk to an expert about the process. Ensure that you clear everything from the room your painting and cover the floors with ‘drop mats’ before you take up a brush.
Tip No 2 – Exterior Gardens
Believe it or not, sometimes a persons mind is made up on a house before they even step inside. Right location and right look are major factors for influencing a person’s opinion on a property. Whether you’re looking to sell, or just looking to bump up the perceived value, having a good exterior can make all the difference.
Professional Tip – Consider installing a garden and lawn where possible. A garden of fresh flowers will certainly make the exterior look fresh and maintained. A freshly mowed lawn also gives people the impression the house is well kept. Try to keep the front of your house free of clutter.
Tip No 3 – Fix up your Floors
Your houses flooring is key to the opinion people have of your property. Quite often people think of re-carpeting a whole house as an expensive endeavor; however, there are a few options you have to spruce up the old carpet or flooring to boost the perceived value of your property. Firstly, if you have old or dirty carpets consider having them dry cleaned. You can have this done by a professional business who often advertise competitive rates, or hire the machine yourself for extra savings. The cost isn’t much to get all the dirt and animal fur and hair from the carpet, and it often leaves it smelling fresh and clean.
Alternatively if your carpet is beyond repair consider the option of floating floorboards. I have my new house completed re-floored with ‘floating floorboards’ which cost around about $3000 installed. The job took 2 days and it left the house looking brand new.
Professional Tip – It might be easy to hire the carpet cleaner for the weekend, but you would probably want to consider using a paid professional who knows the job better than you might. The same should be said for those people interested in sanding back their wood floors, caution should be given to nails and safety equipment is necessary.
Tip No 4 – Air Conditioning and creature comforts
There’s nothing better than walking into a cool house in the middle of summer, or snuggling in on a cold winters night. If your trying to sell your place, making potential buyers comfortable when they inspect might be the leverage you have over the competition. Little creature comforts mean a lot to potential buyers and the inclusion of air conditioning might just be the incentive they need. I know when my partner and I were looking for our house, for her the most important factors were Kitchen, Bathroom and Air-conditioning –in that order!
Tip No 5 – Lighting
Here it is, plain and simple – bright is better, dim is dumb. The lighter and brighter a room or house looks the more it looks cleaner and pleasant to live in. Sometimes it takes only changing a light globe or removing a dim shade to increase the illumination in a room.
Alternatively, having ‘down lights’ installed can be a fairly inexpensive and modern way to increase your houses light situation and brighten things up.
Professional Tip – It should be common sense, but ensure you use a qualified electrician if you decide to install new lights into your home. Consider also the shades you use around your globes, switching to shades that allow for greater light can be simple and easy fix to dim spaces.
So there you have it Ozbloggers! 5 quick, simple and cost effective ways to increase the value of your home – ensure to seek advice before you do any ‘permanent’ changes, and if you want further information please see the list of professionals below: