How to get your house ready for sale

Before putting your home up for sale it pays to spend a bit of time getting it in the best shape possible. The good news is there are are plenty of small D.I.Y. jobs that anyone with even basic skills can do to help give their sale price a boost.

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Paint, paint and more paint

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.

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How to make cracks and holes disappear

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.

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Make it shine

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.

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Fix your flooring

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.Yer.

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Liven up your garden

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.

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Don’t forget the deck

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.

Find everything you need to update your home

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.

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Planning & Projects How to create a low-water garden ‘Dry’ or ‘low-water’ gardening is a real art and, when done right, will provide you with an inviting landscape that uses very little water.

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Planning & Projects How to create a green wall using artificial hedge Green walls are all the rage at the moment, but buying and maintaining one can be costly. Why not have a go at creating your own using pieces of artificial hedge – it looks great and will last the distance. Here’s how.

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How To Save Water How to reduce water usage Whether indoor or outdoor, there are lots of ways to be smart about water usage. And there are some simple actions that can make a big difference to your water bill.

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Doors How to install a ring doorbell The Ring video doorbell is a wireless doorbell which allows you to see who is at your front door. Find out how to install the Ring video doorbell yourself.

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Garden Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

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Shelving & Storage How to organise your pantry Create an organisational system in your pantry with these handy storage hints. Trust us – its life changing!

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How To Paint How to paint your front door Make an entrance every darn day of the week by painting your front door a bold, enticing colour!

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Walls The best way to hang pictures on a wall Learn the tricks to hanging your wall decor so it looks good – and doesn’t damage the plasterboard. Create an effortless-looking display by taking the time to consider spacing, proportion, frame styles and colour palettes.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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