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Tips and tricks for DIY home renovations

Wed December 06, 2017

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The property market may quieten down a bit over the Christmas holidays, but this certainly doesn't mean there isn't plenty to be done before things pick back up in late January and early February. Instead, summer is a fantastic time for homeowners to start looking to the future, particularly if they're planning on selling a Sydney property in the New Year.

One of the best ways to get ready for a sale and achieve a better price is to complete a few simple renovations. It's easy to think these sorts of jobs will require time, money and skill, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of easy tasks that can be completed quickly with a few basic tools.

So, let's take a closer look at a few tips and tricks that will make your summer DIY schedule fast, easy and simple. 

A few bits and pieces from your local hardware store will make all the difference around your home.

1. Get your DIY kit together

One of the most common barriers to completing a DIY renovation at home is a lack of the proper equipment. We're not talking about investing in high-end tradie tools here; merely the basics that will serve you well for years to come. A great place to start is by taking a look through your existing toolkit to work out where you may be lacking.

Whether it's a decent set of screwdrivers, a high-quality rust scraper or even something as simple as a proper tape measure, picking up a few bits and pieces from your local hardware store will make all the difference when it comes to little fixes around the house. 

Once you've put your toolkit together, take a look around your home to find any small jobs that you may have been putting off. Chances are, there will be all sorts of different places around the house where you can make a quick improvement with the right tool. A few common examples include loose doorknobs, leaky taps and stuck windows, all of which can be easily fixed with the right equipment, markedly improving your home's appeal to potential buyers

Be sure to complete a few basic renovations before selling your Sydney home. Fixing a leaky tap can make a real difference to how potential buyers view your home.

2. Choose your jobs wisely

Much of the challenge of DIY renovations comes when you move on from simple jobs like replacing rusty hinges to more significant projects. There's no reason why bigger tasks such as fixing up a bathroom need to be completed by a professional, though, as long as you are confident with your level of DIY skill and experience. Of course, if you really do feel you're not up to the job, it's always best to employ an experienced tradie, so you don't end up causing any unintended damage and having to fork out even more cash for repairs. 

Unless you've got electrical experience, it's always better to leave any wiring work to a professional.

This is why it's so important to select your renovation projects wisely. For example, unless you've got electrical experience, it's always better to leave any wiring work to a professional, as attempting to do it yourself could put you in danger. 

A great way to decide which tasks are within your skill level is to think about the small, nagging jobs that have annoyed you for months, or even years. Chances are, if you've noticed these and made a note of them, you may be able to fix them, but have simply been procrastinating. The summer holidays offer a great chance to remedy this, so make a list, check it twice and then head on down to the hardware store to get anything that you need to fix the problem. 

Once your home is looking its best, get in touch with the Laing+Simmons team to discuss its value and how to get the very best price on the market. 

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