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Increase the value of your home without spending a fortune:

Tips when putting your house on the market
By Expert Tips
Date: January 23 2017
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If you’re looking to put your house on the market, or you simply want to update the look of your abode without spending a fortune – rather than undertaking a big renovation project and interior design makeover, it may be useful to start small.

There are multiple budget-friendly ways to increase the value of your home and have it appear more visually appealing. Here are five affordable ways to add value to your home:

1. Revive with a splash of paint

Just like fashion trends, interior wall paint colours can change. Re-painting the walls can lift the whole mood and atmosphere of your home, while appearing in-style and modern. Redesigning the colour scheme of your walls, while considering your current decor, can completely transform the look and feel of your home without spending a fortune.

2. Update your outdoor space

Australians love outdoor living areas. Adding a deck to your outdoor entertaining area can exude a laid-back and modern atmosphere, perfect for any occasion. Hiring the right expert to build and design your decking will certainly increase the value of your home, and the main positive is that decking can sometimes be one of the more budget-friendly options for outdoor living areas.

Another outdoor aspect is the garden. Arranging a garden clean-up is simple, and it can do wonders to the street appeal of your home. Clean-ups by themselves are effective, but they can also provide a blank canvas for adding any new shrubbery or trees, which can definitely lift the overall impression of your home.

3. Clean your carpets

Hiring a professional to deep clean your carpets is a cheaper option than replacing your flooring altogether, and it can still increase the value of your home. Most of us tend to vacuum our carpets, without much regard for the hidden dirt that has accumulated over the years. A deep clean can make your carpet to appear brand new, which not only makes a difference in the look of your carpet, but also the scent of your home.

4. Small and quick kitchen fixes

Rather than renovating the whole space to increase the attractiveness and value of your kitchen, consider the smaller details that can really lift the space. If you’re on a budget, think of replacing cupboard doors or handles. Or if you’re willing to spend a little more on improving your kitchen area; consider replacing kitchen benchtops and appliances.

5. Change the lighting

Something so simple as changing the lighting can make a difference in the eyes of potential buyers of your home, or even just the impression of your friends if you’re not looking to sell.

The installation or upgrade of light switches is one of the services that electricians provide. Standard white switches can tend to look yellow over time, usually only noticed when they are replaced. Head to a hardware store and perhaps opt for coloured or metal switch plates instead of a standard white switch to spruce up your home in a subtle way.

With just some simple changes and work, it is possible to transform the look of your home without spending a fortune. Think about these tips when you’re thinking about giving your home a spruce up.

Michelle Tucker is the CMO of Oneflare, an online marketplace that connects people to more than 90,000 businesses in over 150 categories to quote for jobs needed around the home, from cleaning to pest control, gardening, painting, building, interior design, pet care, beauty services, accounting and everything in between.

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