If you’re looking to sell your home or just want to freshen the place up a bit, there are a few small things you can do to give your home a new lease of life and potentially increase its value, without blowing a big hole in your budget.

Check out these tips for each of the rooms in your house.


  • Install a glass walk-in shower to give the feel of more space
  • Paint or spray over existing tiles to save buying new ones
  • Place some pot plants near the window to add some life and colour
  • Make sure any changes you do make fit the existing layout you have so you can avoid expensive plumbing charges


  • Clean all your appliances and cupboards. If you’re installing new ones, think about a matte finish rather than glossy to help hide dirt and fingerprints
  • Make sure there is plenty of space to walk around benches, ovens and other areas
  • Clear out any unnecessary items or utensils to free up storage space
  • Replace older door, draw and cupboard handles with modern ones

Living & dining rooms

  • Painting the walls is a relatively easy and affordable way to significantly change the feel of a room
  • Use accessories like rugs, lamps, curtains, artwork and cushions to shape your rooms
  • Be consistent across colours and styles to create a more open and inviting space
  • Update the light fittings


  • Clean and paint your driveways, paths, fences and gates
  • Keep the garden tidy and contained
  • Consider renovating entertaining areas, including BBQ and outdoor furniture – this can make a big difference if you’re looking to sell

Refinancing or topping up your current home loan are both potential ways to help cover the costs of any renovations you might decide to make to your home.

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Things you should know

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. As this information has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should, before acting on this, consider the appropriateness to your circumstances.