How to maintain your investment property
Paint is far and away the best value D.I.Y. job you will undertake, inside or out. Few other updates are as transformative, instant and affordable as paint. And with advances in technology, there are few surfaces that can't be painted. From walls to tiles, laminate benchtops to kitchen cabinets, even baths and aluminium window frames, there's a type of paint that is perfect for the job. And if you've still got old wallpaper clinging to your walls, maybe it's time to think about removing it.
Whether it's a crack, small hole or even a large hole, damaged walls are unsightly but surprisingly easy to repair. Some plaster compound, a paint scraper and touch up paint are all you need to make those imperfections a distant memory.
It sounds obvious but giving everything a good clean makes a big difference. Walls, carpet, windows, everything. And if your grout no longer resembles its original colour don't worry, it's possible to clean that too.
There are few things that experience as much wear and tear as floor coverings. Updating flooring throughout your home prior to sale can make a room or hallway feel brand new. There are plenty of affordable options, including laminate, vinyl, tiles and carpet, and all can be installed by the home D.I.Y.er.
Chances are the first thing prospective buyers are going to notice about your home is the front yard. Is the fence in good condition? Does the same paling keep falling off or perhaps it's time to build a new fence? Maybe it just needs a fresh coat of paint?
How about the lawn? A pristine lawn is impressive and achievable. And how about the plants and trees? Now's the perfect time to give them a prune. If your garden is looking a little bit untidy it's a good idea to cover up around the plants with mulch – it not only neatens up the overall appearance but helps to retain moisture, saving you water.
A great looking deck is a strong selling point, so make sure it's in good condition. If it's starting to look a little weathered then a sand and stain may be in order. Also, if your deck doesn't have any undercover areas, consider building a pergola or installing a shade sail to increase the amount of time the deck can be used.
Whether it's a tin of paint, some new flooring or an entire kitchen, we have everything you need to rejuvenate your home and plenty of easy-to-follow advice to help you get it done.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.