Home improvement is big business. In 2016 alone, Australians are estimated to have spent $32.6 billion on home renovations. But while we’re spending more than ever on upgrades to our properties, there are still plenty of things you can do to add value to your house without breaking the bank. In this guide, we’ll highlight the Top 4 home improvements you can make for under $1000. This will provide you with a great starting point when it comes to organising your home improvement budget and priorities. Plus, if you’re selling your home, these tips can help to make your home significantly more attractive to potential buyers.
1. Beautify the bathroom
Your bathroom doesn’t need to be extravagantly designed with Italian marble to make a great first impression. Sometimes a simple – and cheap – tidy can be enough to do the trick.
Small upgrades are cost-effective and can take your bathroom from tired to fresh. If your bathroom is looking a bit neglected, try a combination of the following:
- Retile cracked or outdated tiles and coat them with specialty tile paint
- Update fixtures including taps, showerheads, towel racks and light fittings
- Fix discoloured or cracked grout between tiles
- Replace an outdated basin, vanity or toilet with something more modern.
Finally, if you’re looking to sell, make sure your bathroom is freshly cleaned prior to any house inspections or appraisals. Remove clutter and add a luxury hand soap and fresh hand towel for the perfect finishing touch.
2. Add a fresh coat of paint
New paint can really brighten up your home and create a more enjoyable atmosphere. Depending on your preferences and budget, you can even repaint the interior of your home as a DIY project – allowing you to keep the total cost well below $1000. If you do decide to go down the DIY path, get someone experienced involved and make sure you’re well prepared with the right materials. That way, you’ll have the guidance to do a good job from your first try.
When choosing paint colours, lighter shades help to make rooms appear more spacious. Colour choice is a complex art, so it’s a good idea to consult someone who has an ‘eye’ for colour and design. You can even ask a paint sales representative for some free advice. Tools like Pinterest can also help when piecing together your ideas for colours and textures.
3. Define your outdoor space
If your property includes a backyard, courtyard or garden, you’re in luck – homes with an outdoor area are much more attractive to perspective buyers. That’s why property investment experts always emphasise the value of defining outdoor spaces.
If your outdoor area is lacking in style or character, there is a huge range of design features you could introduce to set your space apart — vertical garden walls and water features are two affordable updates that can have an eye-catching impact. You could even consider building a private space within your existing outdoor area or pergola through the clever use of materials such as an Amplimesh® folding door. A custom outdoor room is ideal for creating a sense of calm and seclusion for small gatherings or private relaxation for the bug-free outdoor / indoor look.
4. Install security screens
Strong home security is high on the priority list for many buyers. That’s because people are highly security conscious and are looking to buy properties that are safe to live in or to attract tenants if they are property investors.
A lack of quality security screen doors can be a red flag to someone inspecting your home. Damaged fly screens or poor quality screens simply won’t cut it when you’re looking to increase the value of your home. New Security Screens are now modern, so no property needs to look like a prison.
In addition to the many quality Australian-standard security benefits, installing Amplimesh® security screens can help you qualify for a decreased home and contents insurance premium. That means you’ll save money on your insurance while keeping your home and family safe.
You don’t have to break your budget to increase the value of your home. If installing new security screen doors is part of your home improvement plan, take a look at the Amplimesh® product range or get in contact with a local Amplimesh® authorised dealer. We’d love to chat about how we can add value – and extra security – to your home.