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Home Living : September 30 2008
2 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 30, 2008 HOMELIVING RENOBROTHERS Renovation experts Matt and Simon Judkins show you the way to make DIY easier Build on investment Revitalise floorboards. For many, the home is their largest investment so when it comes to selling, most want to maximise their return. Spending a little in the right places can go a long way to achieving this. Low- cost cosmetic renovations such as painting, pulling up carpets and polishing the floorboards can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your home. Here are the top 10 cost- effective cosmetic renovations you can undertake to add value to your home. Repainting A new coat of paint is the best way to add value. Keep the colours neutral but light and bright. A feature wall can work but be careful of your colour selection. Too much personal taste can detract from the value. Patching cracks Patch and fill gaps and cracks with a flexible sealant. Sand and paint with a colour matched to the existing finish. Polishing floorboards Revitalised floorboards are better than worn carpet. So pull up the carpet and sand and polish floorboards. A natural clear finish or a slight stain will really enhance the richness of the boards. Add a pergola Pergolas are a great addition. They provide shade to windows, define outdoor entertainment areas and provide a simple, but effective, flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Repair or replace fencing Fences can be cheap but make sure the fence is consistent with your home's style. Picket fences can enhance a period-style home but modern homes may require something more striking. Benefit from orientation North-facing gardens can flourish on a sunny day. However, regardless of orientation, set up some outdoor furniture and a barbecue. Create a vibrant garden A landscaped garden is like having an extra room. To maximise value, create an attractive ambience by enhancing facades with carefully chosen vegetation. Keep the garden looking clean and bright. Cleaning roofs Cleaning tiles, gutters and roofs can make the roof look new. Replace rusted sections and remove cobwebs. Unclutter your home Keep surfaces clean and neat. Remove knick-knacks, children's artwork, sporting equipment, toys, pet food bowls and baskets. A sparsely-furnished layout equates to good living. Create ambience Decorate the interior with plants, vases or sculptures. Open the window to capture a breeze. Details: Visit www.renobrothers.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org Free Measure and Quote • SLIDING OR HINGED DOORS • LIFETIME WARRANTY • WE SERVICE ALL AREAS Lic: 185684C 2262271i hln wk37 9838 9090 www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au Built In Wardrobes 'Designed to suit your budget' 2373402i hln wk11 Affordable Quality... ...without the high price tag! •Awnings •Blinds •Shutters Great Workmanship. Great Service. Great Prices. www.absol.com.au Ph: 1300 16 17 18 8/101 Darley St, Mona Vale 15%* off Horizon Shutters *Excludes installation. Valid to 30/9/08 Ring for other specials CUSTOM MADE Call now on 9869 3336 or mobile number 0424 234 266 for an obligation free measure & quote. Fax: 9654 0689 Email: email@example.com 20% OFF ALL BLOCKOUT ROLLER AND ROMAN BLINDS 2113800i hln wk14 SELECT FROM QUALITY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND IMPORTED PRODUCTS BLINDS SHUTTERS & AWNINGS UPTO10 YEARS WARRANTY AUSTRALIAN OWNED COMPANY Mona Vale 74-78 Darley Street 9979 3246 Drummoyne 150-158 Victoria Road 9719 9231 2262572im 30/9 wk14 www.naturallycane.com COAST LOUNGE 1+1+2 from $3260 Choice of fabric and choice of cane colour • New Cushions and Covers • Indoor and Outdoor Furniture/Fabrics • Lounge, Dining and Bedroom • 10 year guarantee • Décor accessories • Garden and Patio Furntiure we specialise in: Semi-Frameless Shower Screens Splashbacks Pool Fences Balustrading All Mirrors Reliable service High quality products Factory direct prices Free measure & quote 2160128i hlc wk35
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