Author: Jayde Ferguson

Whether you like getting your hands dirty or not, renovating your home and giving it some TLC is the best way to boost its value.  There are projects you can tackle on your own, with little experience and a healthy dose of creativity, and then some that are better left to the professionals.

Whichever category you fall into, making smart and inspired changes to your investment is the best way to create a home that gives back more than you put in – or at least offers a decent profit for the hard work!

There is no point in undertaking any major renovation if you can’t afford it. So we’ve compiled a list of ways you can add value to your home without breaking the bank.

Whilst some ideas cost more than others, utilising a few of them can transform your space and give you better bang for your buck come resale time. Here are the most popular and cost-effective ways to add value to your property:

Create an All-Year-Round Outdoor Patio
For a home to thrive, an outdoor patio is a core part of the design. Aussies especially love the outdoor living and entertaining vibe. And whilst it’s always associated with summer BBQ’s, relaxing by the pool or hanging under a cool patio space with friends – creating a patio you can utilise all year is essential. Patios or pergolas give homeowners the opportunity to establish another living space. For this entertaining area to be effective, you want to ensure it’s protected from all the elements to reap the full benefits of the space.

Adding a retractable roof can encourage summer sunshine during the warmer months, but offer protection when it gets too hot or during the cooler nights. Investing in heat sources for your patio will keep things toasty and comfortable in winter, and help to utilise your outdoor space despite what the weather throws at you.

Utilise Unique Landscaping Ideas
A little lushness is paramount to the look and feel of a home that oozes value and comfort. Creating colour and dimension through smart landscaping techniques gives your property that Zen feeling, improves your health and is great for the environment and property value. Start by simple solutions like defining lawn edges, keeping shrubs pruned, adding fresh mulch and staying on top of those dreaded weeds!

It’s important to think beyond colour and plant species when designing your backyard. Adding dimension and texture creates visual interest which sparks attention with potential homeowners. Utilise raised garden beds with a mix of blooms and add height with taller plants to mix things up. Sculpted shrubs like trimmed hedges offer a contemporary charm and vertical gardens can be great for small spaces and height variety. Add decorative features likes stones and artistic or unusual pots and containers to bring creativity into the garden.

Get Creative with Lighting
Lighting is a big mood setter (or killer) in home design. Homes with more natural light offer a more welcoming feel, usually boosting the home value. Skylights and sun tubes are a popular addition to allow a better flood of natural light into the home. Tubular lights are great for both sun and moonlight which create a softer, comfortable vibe in a home.

Installing dimmers on lighting schemes in each room can offer better control over the lighting and mood. This addition makes a big impact for many potential buyers. Other ways to light things up include fixing broken panes and making sure windows can open properly. Motion detection lighting outside is a great safety consideration and replacing bulbs with LED lighting can save on bills. High wattage bulbs can make small spaces feel larger too, and softer lighting is essential for bringing warmth into empty spaces.

Push for the Green Tick of Approval
Going green is an important consideration for many people these days. Green efficiency doesn’t just cut down on household utility bills (saving you a significant amount of cash), but it’s vital to boosting the home’s value and reducing your carbon footprint on our environment. Push for the green tick of approval in your property by upgrading heating and air conditioning systems – new units can save up to 30-40% on bills! Consider installing solar panels on the roof. Green power offers some serious carbon emission savings and gets some great rebates from the government as an incentive. It also does wonders for those bills!

Pick energy-efficient appliances, replace light bulbs to LEDs or CFLs and prevent air leaks by weather stripping around the doors and windows. To really push the green thumb of approval, why not add a composite section to your garden too!?

Kerb Appeal Matters
That feeling of ‘home’ begins at the front door, so don’t underestimate the value of a well-presented entry and kerb appeal. Keep things tidy and hospitable out the front so potential buyers driving buy don’t get turned off. Great kerb appeal also creates a more welcoming vibe for you, your family and friends to come home too. Exterior upgrades like keeping gutters clean, ensuring landscaping is lush and pruned, a fresh coat of paint and making sure your door bell, mailbox and house lettering are all clear and in working order go a long way.

Adding value to your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are great TLC upgrades you can make on both ends of the money scale (and everything in between) to not just create the home of your dreams, but give you the best opportunity to make money come resale time.

Author Bio
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Great Aussie Patios – Perth’s leading patio builders with a unique design and cost-effective solution for any outdoor space. You can catch her on Google+.

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