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Home Living : September 30 2008
2 HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, 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 creatingbetterliving Clunies Ross Street, Prospect NSW 2148 Phone: 9840 2334 Email: email@example.com Opening Hours Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. A wide selection of bricks, blocks, pavers and retaining wall seconds is on sale for up to 40% off the recommended retail price! Visit www.boral.com.au/factoryoutlet 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 2156783i hlw wk1
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