5 Tips to Increase the value of your home

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1. Freshen up with a new coat of paint – by Adriano Persichetti

A new coat of paint is the easiest and most cost-effective way to refresh the look of your home while boosting perceived value. It will bring a fresh new smell to the house, making it look brighter and cleaner. As for the colour, it’s been said that ivory is one of the best colours that will add value to your home. White is also the common and most effective look of colour which will match with any other colour you put in the house for furniture styling and more. Don’t use dark or bold colours in small spaces, using dark/bold colours in a small place will make the room look even smaller then it originally is.

The colour choices for hallways are light tan, taupe, creams and light grey. Choose colours that are more on the cool side of the colour wheel. Avoid the deeper shades of these colours to keep the room feeling open.

Keep the same colours through your living, kitchen, dining and bathroom areas. Different colours throughout the house may make it feel chaotic and unorganised and take away from the clean effect. Keep a flow going throughout the home, remembering to match the colour of your wall for the flooring and carpet throughout the house.

Here are 9 Interior Painting tips for DIY painting:

  1. Don’t let your paint dry out. A half-empty can of paint will dry out.
  2. Use the appropriate primer paint
  3. Avoid lap marks.
  4. Stir paint with a modified stirrer.
  5. Add texture, if you want.
  6. Don’t wash your brushes or rollers.
  7. Deal with problem tape.
  8. Determine the kind of paint on existing walls.
  9. Apply multiple coats after its dry.

For your supply of paint we recommend Bunnings as they have a large selection of quality paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences to walls a new lease on life.

2. Decluttering and Removing Rubbish

You’ve no doubt heard that a tidy home is a happy home. To add more value to the sale price, you must have a home that is clean, tidy and presentable. Decluttering and removing rubbish will make it look well looked after, more spacious and easier to style. The trick is to make every room or space in the house have a purpose. By removing excess furniture excess will create a story in every room. Decluttering every so often is an important job for all homeowners, but if you decide to sell, it can become more pressing. When you put your home up for sale you want to showcase the house and not its contents. Or rather, you want the contents to make the house look as good as possible. But if your home is packed full of your possessions it can make your home look not just messy, but smaller and overly-personalised – a real turn off for potential buyers. 

So, before you deciding to sell your home, decluttering is a must-do. Here are some key areas for decluttering:

  1. Hallway; Hallways are generally narrow and so can easily become overwhelmed by contents. As the entrance to your home, they are one of the first areas to make an impression. Decluttering your hallway will ensure it does just that – and it will make that narrow space look. Nothing is better in this area.
  1. Living room; The living room needs to feel welcoming – prospective buyers need to imagine themselves unwinding there – but it needs to feel spacious too.
  1. Kitchen; The kitchen is the biggest influencer on prospective buyers, so working hard to declutter yours makes good sense. Nothing on benches, tables, fridges or on top of cupboards is a must.
  1. Bedrooms; Don’t think for a minute that viewers won’t open cupboards to see how much space there is inside. That means bedrooms – and any rooms with fitted furniture – need to be decluttered and tidied to make a good impression. Some minimal furniture like a sitting chair in a corner is ok if your room is big enough.
  1. Children’s room; It can be difficult to keep your home tidy for viewings when you have children. And it can be hard to get them to agree to throwing things out and cleaning up. However, it’s a must in cluttered rooms. Simple is more.
  1. Home Office; Whether yours is a dedicated room or a desk in the corner of a living space or bedroom, keeping it neat is a must during viewings. You might also like to hide away paperwork, out of sight of particularly nosy viewers.
  1. Garden; Often the garden gets forgotten but it’s important to tidy it as well as this is the first impression buyers will see when they arrive. Mow lawns, sweep up leaves and bark, add new mulch to garden beds, remove cob webs, pull out any weeds and trim hedges and plants.
  1. Garage; Think no one will look in there? Yes, they will, and a messy garage filled with all your unwanted things can make it look smaller than it is. Ensure a tidy space by putting away tools and cleaning oil stains.

3. Styling & Furnishing

When selling your home make sure you house is clean, styled and furnished. Presentation is a key selling point. Making sure nothing is on benches and on top of cupboards will make the house look neat and tidy. Beds are to be made in a presentable look, nothing on the floors. Take down family pictures and put up picture of art work. When buyers are walking into a home they don’t want to see family pictures and personal items, they want to see them self-living in the home. Personal items will make a potential buyer feel like they are in someone else’s home. By putting up artwork, the walls won’t look empty, but filled will style.


Make sure each room is styled and has furniture inside to look presentable.

Make sure everything is displayed and what you don’t use, hide away in draws and cupboards. Pillows throughout the house will make the house look comfortable and appealing. Keeping up with the latest interior trends or striving to make your home look magazine-worthy can be a costly and wasteful exercise, but it doesn’t have to be. Most people will choose standard lighting fixtures, which are probably the same they have used over and over again in all the homes they have lived. However, designer light fixtures will add more elegance to your home than the standard chandelier. Some lights may require a little buffing or a new paint job around the light, but can look like a million dollars. In addition, be sure to have several different light sources, including table lamps and floor lamps throughout the home to increase the elegant feeling.

Click the link below if you would like to read some styling advise on decorating each area of the house;

Room by Room Decorating Basics!


4. Gardening

If you are planning to sell your house today, plan with a landscaping that will mature over time. Plant shade trees — mature trees make your home more desirable. Again, Bunnings or local nurseries are an affordable place to buy your plants and gardening maintenance tools. Ensure that if you do have your garden already landscaped, to make it tidy. Lawns mowed, you may want to lay turf or put down some grass seeds. Ensure garden beds are free of leaves and debris, bark is swept up, concrete is clean, cob webs removed, plants and hedges trimmed. Garden maintenance will add value to your property.

Always start with tidying and key maintenance. Focus on what buyers will see first. Once your garden is tidy, it is time to make it into a key selling point that potential buyers will love. 

5. General Maintenance

Walk around your home and make a list of all the little things that are broken or in need of repair. Making sure no taps are leaking around the house, no holes in the walls or doors, hinges are all screwed. Replace any globes and lighting including range hood, outdoors lights that are broken or not working. Individually, small repairs might not seem important, but if every room has just one thing wrong, those small things will add up to create the impression that your home has been neglected. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the repairs yourself, hire a handyman for a day and watch your “to do” list disappear. Staying on top of maintenance today eliminates problems down the road should you decide to sell.

Take a look at your home’s soft flooring. Are your carpets and area rugs stained or worn? Nothing turns buyers off more than the thought that they will immediately need to replace all of the flooring in a home. Ideally, you may want to replace them all, but if a limited budget puts a snag in that plan, start by replacing the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear and replace the others as your finances allow.

It is also important to make sure all windows and glass are cleaned inside and out, including mirrors and shower. 

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