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Published May 5th 2014
Renovating, repairing and maintaining give value at home
Have you ever watched Selling Houses Australia? Are you a Block head? Do you yearn to renovate?
With a little know how, you can do all kinds of small renovations, one at a time. Nothing says you have to renovate the whole house all at once. This should be fun and rewarding, not stressful and overwhelming and all designed to maintain the value of your home.
A wonderful man, a plasterer by trade, used to say "pick one room and finish it before you start another." These are wise words to live by.
The first thing to do is look objectively at your home. Walk around with eyes open. That screen door needs a new screen, your outdoor furniture could use a sanding and coat of paint, the downstairs bathroom could use some freshening up.
List the things that need to be done, put them in order of importance. Once you have established which will go first you can begin. There are things that need to be done once or twice a year, like staining or oiling your deck.
How much time do you have? You can do something that will take only a couple of hours. Starting with small jobs is the best way to complete it in a short time. A weekend that you have nothing planned is a good time to schedule these jobs.
Your outdoor furniture is looking kind of shabby, this could be the first job you tackle. Maybe paint the bedroom, living room or kitchen.
Determine what colour and type of paint you need. Water based paint will not stick to anything previously painted with oil. Outdoor furniture may need a clear coat over top of stain.
Try to narrow down your colour choice before going to look at paint or stain. Check out magazines for colour trends or look outside your windows, be inspired by nature. A piece of artwork in your living room could be your inspiration.
If you have a hard time determining colour the paint centres can help you, they have a great eye for colour.
Take some paint samples home, apply a patch to the wall. Look at it for a while at different times of day, the light will change the colour.
Once you determine colour, do your preparations. Remove or cover your furniture, use drop clothes and protect the carpet, flooring or patio. Sand where it is needed, wash what needs to be washed.
Painting takes two coats for good coverage, needing time to dry in between.
Hardware stores like Bunnings, Mitre 10 and Masters have everything you need for the job at hand. Check out their websites for usefull information. The Australian Handyman is a good magazine for step by step instructions on the projects they are showcasing.
You can always hire someone with the skills to do the jobs that you aren't comfortable doing. Places like Dulux have accredited painters, making the choices easier with reputable tradesmen.
Let your imagination soar, let yourself learn and grow, maintain your home and keep its resale value at a premium so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour while you live there.