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Home Living : September 30 2008
2 HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, 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 built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No, 160400C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au 2156706i hls wk1 We specialise in Brick veneer and clad timber frame extensions Sunrooms Quality home extensions and additions at affordable prices! Bld Lic R99697 2379044i hls wk33 Family Company Est. 15 years with over 30 years experience in the Building Trade ALL AREAS BEFORE AFTER Chesworths Home Improvements Pty Ltd 9831 5984 www.chesworths.com.au • 10 Year Warranty • Hail resistant • High performance natural light system • Leak proof • Absolute satisfaction Guaranteed www.solarbright.com.au 2047180i hlc wk13 We wont be beaten on price and quality SKYLIGHTS QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES MANUFACTURER DIRECT WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au 2158952i hlw wk41 C/L 196633C 2075397i hls wk10 9755 1622 4677 2301 21 Governor Macquarie Drive Chipping Norton Bld Lic 118223C PREMIER IMPROVEMENTS Specialists in: CARPORTS • AWNINGS • SUNROOMS INSULATED/GLASS/SCREEN ENCLOSURES • Over 25 years as a family owned & operated business • Experienced Tradesmen • All Insurances & Warranties Call for free measure & quote 12 YEARS EXPERIENCE All the planning, designing, and building of your new kitchen are taken care of with the personal service of Davco Kitchens. Please contact for an appointment or an obligation free quote. DAVID WATSON Unit 2, 8 Saggartfield Road, Minto PH: 1300 4 KITCHENS 54824367 www.davcokitchens.com.au Email: email@example.com Licence No. 143066C Custom made KITCHENS modern and innovative designs 2044421i hls wk10
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