There’s plenty small, low-cost improvements that could make a huge difference to your property’s value. Fresh paint, new light fittings, new bathroom fixtures, door and window handles can all help a place command more for rent or sale.
What do you want from your renovation? As you write your list, compile the must-haves and potential splurges. This can help with budgeting.
Work out the type of room you want to create. Will your bathroom be a luxurious retreat, a practical family centre or a minimalist designer ensuite? Is your kitchen a communal family hub or a convenient spot to whip up a quick supper for one? Consider your lifestyle needs, available space and budget. These factors will influence the design and products you choose.
Add welcoming planters to entranceways featuring clipped topiary, and fill any other pots in garden areas with bright flowering annuals or perennials to give your garden an immediate lift. If you are selling, you can always take the potted plants with you for your new garden.
Minimizing the number of plant species in your garden will make your garden appear easier to maintain and give it a more uniform look. However, don’t be too dogmatic about restricting your choices.
Ideally, basics, such as paths, garden taps, drains, provision for outdoor lighting, a service area for wheelie bins and maybe a clothesline, should be in place before buying plants. Plan for areas of both shade and sun, to provide year-round comfort and visual interest. And don’t forget the needs of kids and pets.
If the bathroom is in relatively good shape and the shower and bath are good, but it just looks a bit dated, keep it simple by just replacing the vanity with a newer, modern version and installing a fancy tap and a big, square showerheads. “For a very small budget, this can really add style to your bathroom and make it look modern and like new.
Make the shower bigger to give your bathroom an instant glamour upgrade. “Everyone loves a double sized shower and for the sake of spending an extra $1-$2,000, it will leave a lasting impression with the people that inspect your property and give them something to remember.
If you have had water damage in the bathroom, you may need to re-sheet the walls with water resistant board that you waterproof before you begin tiling.
Giving a bath a face-lift is easy. You may not even need to replace it – you could just resurface it for a fresh new look.