Renovations can be an effective way to increase the value, or improve your enjoyment, of your home.  It can be big – like adding a new room or extension or small like repainting or replacing door handles.

But be careful when choosing what kind of renovations to do. Unnecessary or expensive work can sometimes add little to the market value, while increasing the amount of capital you have invested.

Here’s a list of some top renovations tips that will add value to your home.

Add a Deck

A deck is a great ways to create ‘indoor-outdoor flow’ which is very popular as it increases the amount of liveable space and are great for entertaining.

The cost of adding a deck to your home varies depending on the materials used and whether you add features like built-in seating, multiple levels, built-in plant pots etc and of course the size of the deck.

Update the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home, so a tidy, modern looking kitchen can seriously improve the value of a home. Even updating cupboards and handles can make a difference. Invest in quality appliances that will appeal to most people, but don't go over the top with high-end commercial grade appliances that appeal to the budding chef in you - unless they go with the rest of the house.

Refresh the Bathroom

As with the kitchen, the aim here is something modern and clean appearance. Replace worn fixtures like taps and lighting, install storage if there is none there already, but don't try to put full-size fixtures in a tiny bathroom, as it will just become crowded and frustrating to use.

Let there be light

Brighten up a dark home by adding skylights and replacing small windows or walls with bigger windows that let the sunshine in. You could potentially replace lounge windows with doors out to a new deck – this will add light and that indoor/outdoor flow. If windows aren't an option, try adding additional wall lights and lamps to add accent or ambient lighting – this can completely change the feel of a room.

Spruce up the garden

Unkempt bushes and trees might say 'au natural' to you, but to others it looks messy and can also cut out sunlight into the home. You could also be missing out on recreational space if trees and bushes are crowding in on the lawn areas.

Your front lawn or garden is usually the first thing people see when visiting, or when buyers are looking at your home - and first impressions count!

Insulate

Good insulation is considered an absolute necessity as without it your home can be damp and unhealthy.

Hire professionals

And avoid DIY disasters - if you aren't confident and skilled at DIY, get the professionals in!

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