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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Guides & Projects A–Z of painting terms Painting is the easiest way to transform your home. Knowing the terms associated with painting will help you get the right products and tools to give you professional results.

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Guides & Projects Create a colour scheme for your home A new coat of paint can make a huge difference to your home. Colour Expert from Dulux to get some tips on how to choose the colour scheme that’s right for you.

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Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost anything with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. However, because not everything is made from the same materials, it’s...

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Preparation How to choose a paint colour for your indoors A new colour on your walls can transform your indoor spaces. However, there are loads of popular colours to choose from. Andrea from Dulux provides some tips on how to get the right colour for you.

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Preparation How to choose paint brushes and rollers In this video, Bron from Bunnings Warehouse describes the different types of paint brushes available.

How to choose white paint

Preparation How to choose white paint With dozens of white shades on the market, here's a few tips on how to choose the white that’s right for you.

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How To Paint How to paint Preparation is the key to successfully painting a room. We’ll show you all the things you need to do before you get started.

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How To Paint How to paint a door It’s easy to freshen up your doors with a new coat of paint. We’ll even give you some tips on how to make sure you end up with a great finish.

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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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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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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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Flooring Ideas How to make the most of your rug Rugs are a great way to add colour and warmth to a space. There are a few simple things you can do to look after them and make them last for years.

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Carpet How to lay carpet Anyone can learn how to lay new carpet. We show everything from preparing the space to attaching your under felt and carpet securely.

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Timber Floorboards How to achieve flawless flooring Nice flooring can make or break the overall feel of your home. The team at Intergrain share how to achieve flawless timber flooring—and maintain it.

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Timber Floorboards How to clean wooden floors We’ll show you an easy way to protect your floors from scuff marks, damage and stains when you’re having work done in or around your home.

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Timber Floorboards How to protect your floors We’ll show you an easy way to protect your floors from scuff marks, damage and stains when you’re having work done in or around your home.

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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