Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

There's No Need to Blow the Budget

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

There's No Need to Blow the Budget

Article excerpt

YOU don't have to spend a lot of money to get a good price for your home.

All you need to do is put some time and energy into simple jobs that will increase your home's value without blowing the budget.

De-clutter

Throw out anything lying around that you don't need anymore.

It will make your home look bigger so that potential buyers can imagine it filled with their own stuff.

Store all your clothes, books, DVDs, CDs, toys, photos and anything else that's lying around into shelves or cabinets.

You can also sell or donate the things you don't want or store them away in boxes.

Street appeal

There are lots of little things you can do to make the front of your home look better.

Replacing your letterbox and house number, trimming your hedges and mowing the lawn can make a big difference.

You can also replace front doorknobs and hinges with shiny new ones, fix up or pave your paths and fill any empty spots with potted plants or flowers.

Patch and paint

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve your home. You can make old walls, cupboards or furniture look new again. Light colours will make rooms look bigger so steer clear of dark colours because they will make your home look smaller. Use the same colour scheme in every room so that your home feels the same throughout.

Fix up cabinetry

Old scratched or faded cabinetry doesn't look good and it's one of the first things a potential buyer will notice. However, they can be easily fixed for just the cost of a few cans of paint. Replacing handles with something simple and modern will also improve their look.

Fix your floors

Choose flooring that's simple and practical or just fix up your current floor. If you have carpet, hire a steam cleaner to get rid of any dirt and stains or just rent a steam-cleaning machine and do it yourself. …

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