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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Flooring Ideas How to choose the right rug for any room A rug can add warmth, personality and really affect the look and feel of a room. The trick to finding the right rug for any room comes down to three things: size, colour and material.

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Flooring Ideas How to choose the right type of flooring With so many different types of flooring available, choosing the right type for your home is not easy. Whether your priority is function or style, there's a flooring option to suit every room in your home.

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Flooring Ideas How to choose floor coverings for a beach house Choosing the right floor covering for a beach house is important. Find out the best floor coverings and how to clean them.

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Laminate & Vinyl How to lay laminate flooring Laying a laminate floor can be a relatively cheap, quick and easy way to update a room in your home. It’s relatively easy to do yourself and we’ll show you how.

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Laminate & Vinyl How to remove vinyl floor An inexpensive way to help give an old room a facelift.

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Tiles How to lay floor tiles Tiles are a great way to bring colour and style to a room. We’ll show you how easy it is to lay floor tiles with this easy to follow guide.

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Tiles How to replace a broken floor tile A broken floor tile in your kitchen or bathroom can be a real eyesore and potentially dangerous. Learn how easy it is to you can replace a tile yourself.

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Subfloor How to lay chipboard flooring Tongue and groove chipboard flooring is a common building material. Learn how quick it is to install yourself.

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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