We have renovations on our minds and whether your reasons include selling your home or simply updating a space, there are some budget-friendly tricks of the trade that can assist in increasing the value of your home in as little as a few hours. Santam turned to Jeanne Botes, Freelance Décor Stylist for House and Leisure for some expert advice on how to achieve a quick stylish update:
In 1 hour:
‘If you don’t have time to repaint cupboard doors, you can still give wardrobes or kitchen cabinets a fresh look by simply unscrewing handles and adding new ones’.
Add flowers and plants
‘Fresh flowers add a lot of life to your home. You can also give your garden an instant fresh look with some potted plants or pretty hanging baskets’.
In 2 hours:
Reassess a room
‘If you have one of those playrooms/office/guest bedroom types of rooms, pick one use and style it that way so that a buyer can clearly imagine what it can be used for’.
In 3 hours:
Replace light switch and plug covers
‘Old, discoloured light switches and plug covers make a house look tired, by replacing them they’ll look as good as new’.
‘Less is more in a space so, start decluttering your rooms and get unnecessary stuff out of the way’.
‘Get a professional cleaning company in to steam clean curtains, shampoo carpets and give cupboards, walls and shelves a proper cleaning’.
In 4 hours:
Magic paint job
‘If you have dark pine ceilings, consider painting them white. It will immediately lift the space. Or paint a feature wall a bright colour to add interest to a dull corner’.
In 7 hours:
Take a close look at your flooring – for example, if you have original wooden flooring hiding under old carpets, then take them out and give the floor a light sanding. If you have a mishmash of flooring, give them a similar white or ebony colour wash – just ask advice at your hardware store for the correct products to use’.
[Please note: Times given are estimates based on the assumption that you have all relevant supplies. Pick a project that you have the time for and schedule others for another weekend.]
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