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Four simple DIY projects

By Rebecca Zhang

If you are seeking ways to make your property for sale look market-ready, then renovations are the way to go. However, renovations can take up a lot of your time.

Listing a house for sale can often be a stressful process, so most people do not have the time to renovate parts of their home. However, if you have open inspections coming up, but you are limited with your time, there are actually many tasks that you can do in only a matter of hours.

Here is a list of four ‘DIY’ (do it yourself) home projects you can complete in a day.

1. Paint the front door

The first sight that prospective buyers will see at open inspections is the front of your property. Therefore, it makes sense to make sure that your home has “kerb appeal”. Here are a few ways to do this:

  • Planting bright flowers
  • Giving the lawns a manicure
  • Making your front door stand out.
If you want to make a statement at the front of your property, then bold colours (such as a fiery red or orange) will do the trick. However, if you are looking to create an elegant feel, then colours like maroon, black or navy are the way to go. Just make sure that you choose a colour that ties in with your home’s colour scheme.
If you want to set your property apart from the rest, then you could replace the existing handle on the door or add a unique knocker.

2. Fix up the garden

On a day when the sun is shining, spend a few hours sprucing up your back yard. If your space is limited, then buy a few pots and fill them with potting mix. This way you can plant some colourful flowers or native grasses.

Another simple idea is to hang baskets with flowers in them. Install a few hooks in your porch or verandah, plant some smaller flowers then hang up the basket.

Since these baskets are small and above the ground, you will need to remember to keep them watered, or they will dry out. If you have young kids, then strawberries will make a great choice to hang up in baskets. Make sure you keep bird netting over them at all times or else the birds may beat you to the fruit!

3. Get a new backsplash

Backsplash are useful to have in the kitchen. It is basically a hard material, usually glass or tile, that can be placed on the wall behind your stovetop. It is used to prevent damage from oils and food that you are cooking.

Tile backsplashes may take up a bit more time, as you’ll need to clean the area, apply grout and organise your tiles in the design you want. However, the alternative is to buy a peel-and-stick backsplashes.

An easier option is to get a simple screen of glass, that can be measured and glued behind your stovetop.

4. Tidy up your kitchen cabinets 

If your kitchen cabinets are looking a little shabby, have a few broken handles or a chipped paint job – then not to worry, because this will not take too long to fix!

Simply remove the handles, sand down the old paint, apply a primer and undercoat then start painting your new shade.

Before you begin painting, remember to lay down a drop sheet on the kitchen floor.

Cabinet handles are very easy to replace and can make your cupboards and drawers look modern. You can either pick up some brand-new ones at your local hardware store, or buy some secondhand ones for a more vintage look.

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