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Filtered water for the whole house

Have you ever considered a whole house water filter system? If you are unsure about the quality of water that flows through your taps for drinking, showering and cleaning then you should consider such a system. Water is an important part of everyday life and if contaminated can cause damage to your health, skin and appliances. There are so many health issues linked to toxins, chemical, sediment and organic matter found in drinking water.

Benefits of the whole house water filter system can include $ savings if you no longer need to buy bottled water or repair appliances that breakdown. In addition, the water that leaves the house will be cleaner and free of chemicals, minerals and bacteria that could harm the environment.

Before you go ahead and install such a system, make sure that you understand how your current plumbing is set up.

A whole house water filter system is installed into the pipe that brings water to your home.

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Make new shut off valve

Even though there is a main shut off valve in your home, it is going to be crucial to make another one near the filter system, so that you can turn it off. If you are a DIY, then learn how to install shut off valves on your own, and what kind of tools you will need for the job. Remember to turn off the water first, as you will have to cut into the pipes.

Installing the filter system

Make sure that you carefully plan and mark everything when cutting and connecting the water filter system to your pipes. This can be a challenge but even if you do it alone, make sure that you do it properly and follow the systems instructions. Never engage the system before you have fully checked it, to ensure there are no leaks or damage.

Keep it maintained

Installing the system will not be enough, you will need to take good care of the filters. Experts from water filter companies in Sydney suggest that you check the filter regularly, and you clean out the system on a weekly basis, so that you do not have any gunk buildup or blocking of the filter cartridges. Moreover, make sure that you get new filters whenever it is time for a change, otherwise you might run the risk of letting dirt and poison back into your water.

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Why filtered water is great

Keep in mind that there are many benefits of using filtered water in your home, and it is going to be especially useful if you want to protect your environment and keep everyone strong and healthy. The installation is not at all hard, and the investment will seem trivial once you feel the benefits and experience first hand how it can improve your overall health. Just make sure that you install it correctly, and that you take good care of the system, otherwise, you might have to call in the professionals.

If a whole house water filter system is not for you then consider installing an under sink water filter so you still have the cleanest water on tap!





Outdoor fire pit design ideas

Nobody can resist to sit by the fire pit in the evening, sharing a good story or roasting some marshmallows, especially when the evening is pleasant and you have friends over. When building a fire pit there are many precautions to consider so you do not cause damage to your property, or set something on fire accidentally. Also keep in mind that maintaining a fire pit is sometimes a messy job, and if you are going to use other fuel than wood, it will be very important to keep it in good shape.

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Decide on where you are going to put it

Building a fire pit should not be hard, but you have to take a few precautionary measures in order to make sure that the fire cannot hurt anyone and that you cannot set something ablaze. Keep in mind that if you have pets, or small children, you will need to keep them at a safe distance or even surround the pit with a safety fence. Make sure you find the right location in your backyard with a great view to complement it.

Choose a design you would like to have

image 3Just like choosing anything for your home, you need to make sure that your new fire pit will go well together with the overall design of your garden and house. It is a good idea to do some research online for creative ideas that you like, and then hopefully you can adopt one of these and incorporate into your home’s design.

Having the right material is important

When building a fire pit, it is very important that you choose the right material, because you will need to contain the fire. If you are considering building a gas pit, it will be a bit different as you will have to be careful where you put the gas pipe so that it is not close to anything that might damage it and cause a leak.

Going modern with your fire pit

The good thing about gas fire pits is that you can install modern burner pits, which will be easier to maintain and are safer as you will not have to worry about putting the fire out. Though, you still need to make sure that the fire is not close to anything flammable. Moreover, you will need to have regular inspections to make sure that there are no leaks.

Adding the finishing touches

Once you are happy with your choices, and if you want to make your fire pit seem nicer and more appealing, think about adding a few finishing touches which could brighten up your backyard. Consider installing fixed bench seats around the pit or some outdoor feature LED spot lights to highlight the fire pit.  Adding lava rocks as a design feature that will not only cover the burner, but will look extremely nice once you have your fire going. Moreover, think about adding flame-retardant materials so that nobody can get hurt, and that the fire can be contained without having to resort to any drastic measures.

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Make sure you install everything

Having a fire pit is a responsibility, and keep in mind that with a gas burner you will have to have a supply of gas and maintain the pipeline. Moreover, you will have to have a design that is economical and easy to maintain, and most importantly a structure to contain the fire in, because a wildfire can be dangerous to everyone and everything. Before you start a fire though, brush up on your campfire etiquette so that you know exactly what to do, and that you can enjoy yourself with your friends when the party gets going.

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Be safe

Remember the coals or ashes in a fire pit stay warm for days after the fire has been extinguished. To be safe, allow ashes and coals to cool in the pit for several days. When it is time to dispose of the ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down. Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the refuse is hauled away. DO NOT place any other combustibles in the metal container.



How to care for your matte black tapware

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Black taps are highly popular with new modern bathrooms and architects specifying the latest in trends.  However, many people are scared of how difficult the surface will be to care for, or how easily it will scratch.   Well they can rest easy - the bottom line is that matte black surfaces are very easy to clean and can keep their stunning velvet finish for a lifetime with these few simple tips.

The appeal of matte black taps and bathroom fittings

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Matte black has a real appeal because of its neutral matte tone and its contrast with other colours and surfaces in the bathroom or kitchen.

The matte surface at a microscopic level is actually very rough and imperfect - its surface is designed to refract and reflect light in all directions to give a matte rather than a reflective appearance.

Glossy and chromed surfaces are a far more glitzy decor than black.  In contrast, a glossy or polished surface is like a mirror and any fingerprint or slight scratch is very noticeable as it is an immediate flaw on the surface that interrupts the perfection of the light reflecting.

Matte black taps and fittings can keep their velvet looking finish and last a lifetime if you follow the very simple maintenance guidelines in this article.


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Cleaners you should NOT use on black tapware and bathroom fittings

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Given the microscopically rough (matte) surface it is important to avoid cleansers that include wax or filling agents.  The wax will act to fill the imperfections in the surface to give it a polished look.  Whilst such waxes are great to use on polished surfaces where they fill imperfections and provide a protective coat - they will leave shiny areas on your matte black surface and in time replace its matte finish with a splotchy polished one.

If you are not sure about your cleaner, and it includes chemicals you cannot identify then simply avoid it.

RULE ONE:  avoid wax based cleansers!


So what do I clean matte black taps with?

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The auto market has been perfecting surface cleaners for a long time.  The good news is, matte surfaces are the easiest to maintain.  Gloss surfaces  require cleansers that have gloss agents and fillers for microscopic imperfections so you can shine the surface to a mirror finish.

Specialist matte surface cleansers simply do not include these glossy polishers and fillers.  They are soap based and designed to simply clean off the dirt and oils.  A very simply soapy water or ph balanced soap based cleanser is all you need.

Anything that is caustic, acidic, includes solvents, or abrasive agents should be avoided.  What is simpler than soapy water?

RULE TWO:  clean with chemical free cleansers such as mild soapy water.

How do I clean matte black bathware and taps?

We have discussed that all you should use is soapy water.  So how do you apply the soapy water carefully.  I recommend that you only use a clean microfibre cloth.  They are cheap, easy to re-clean in your washing machine, and do the job perfectly.  And they will not scratch your beautiful bathware surfaces.

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Caring for matte black tapware

The only other points you need to know other than avoid waxes, solvents, abrasives, acids and other chemical based cleansers is to treat the surface of your black bathware with respect.  Just like you would treat the surface of your car.

I often get asked whether the matte black surface can scratch.  The answer is: any metal coating can scratch, but that does not mean it is likely to scratch.  Similar to chrome or a polished car - if you get something sharp or hard and scrape it back and forth on the surface it will leave a mark or might even remove some coating.  However, it is nothing to stress about as, unlike a car surface, your bathware should really experience no extraordinary wear and tear.  All that should really touch bathware is

  • Skin,
  • Microfibre cloths, and
  • Towels.

Rings on fingers can be a risk - but it takes aggressive handling to really be a risk.   So I recommend you do not aggressively abuse or handle your matte black tapware. It should then remain flawless.  Use your bathware as bathware - and then it should stay beautiful.  There really is no risk of scratching in the bathroom if it is used as a bathroom.

The main risk of damage is the installation and the building phase

One last thing - most damage to tapware and bathroom accessory surfaces is done during the building/renovation phase.  Inspect your products out of the box - if it is flawless then and your tradesperson reports damage later then you know who to blame.  Ensure your tradespeople take special care when handling and installing.  These are you expensive bathware features!  Once installed, the items need protection until the house is finished.  If unprotected, tradespeople carrying large heavy tools and building materials will eventually make contact with your precious and expensive fixtures and cause damage.

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Building a home from a shipping container

Although it is never easy to build a new house, no matter what you use, certain elements can make the process easier, and in some cases even speed it up to a degree which will greatly help you move in faster and without any problems in the long run.

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Cargo container architecture

Being green is a good way to ensure that your bills will be reduced in the near future, and it is also a good way to start preserving your local environment. One of the best materials to use is shipping containers, but you should determine whether the pros and cons are worth the investment. Nevertheless, the simplicity behind making your new home from a cargo container is more than a good reason to consider building it that way.

Clear legalities out of the way

Before you actually start ordering your shipping containers, and before you can even start building your new home, you should make sure that you have all the right building permits, because in some cases you might have to end up getting a few more documents which will be necessary to get your building started. Always make sure to check with your local authority what is required and which kind of materials are permitted to be used without any additional taxation or heavy fines.image 3

Building a strong foundation

It is very important that your foundation should be strong enough to support the added weight of containers and for the metal frames to be stable.

Cutting it into shape

Keep in mind that even though shipping containers are made with a set size and shape in mind, you can easily reshape and resize them to fit your home. Moreover, certain container shelters can be used as parts of your home without having to alter their shape at all. Moreover, they will be great for outhouses or even for guest houses, and you will need little to no processing. Just remember to hire professionals who will know how to handle the containers, and how to make solid welding without it coming apart any time soon.image 4

Do not forget to insulate

Make sure to remember to insulate, because container shelters are great for resisting the elements, but they are not very great for keeping the heat or cold out of your home. However, if you know about insulation, and where you should apply, it will be easy to determine just how much investment you will need to properly insulate your home, and to have a warm and welcoming house that you can enjoy every time you come home after a long hard day of work.

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A green home is more than just trying to preserve your environment, it also means that you can use alternative ways and methods to build your home, and in the long run, it will be not only better, but also worth the investment. Moreover, by recycling container shelters, you are doing a great deal in helping not only the local environment, but also your general surroundings. Though, it will likely require a professional to help you with the process of shaping the containers into looking like your new home, and to make the building safe for living.


Kitchen Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Cleaning your kitchen may seem like a hard task, but it really doesn't have to be if you follow these tips on a regular basis.

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Cleaning dishes

One of the most annoying things you can see around your kitchen are old dishes, caked on with grease and dried bits of food. Although this may seem hard to deal with if you have abandoned them for far too long, in reality it takes just a bit of effort to soften them up and make them more manageable for cleaning. You can do a lot with some hot water and distilled white vinegar, especially if you decide to combine it with dish-washing liquids. Vinegar’s acidity and its power in cutting grease will be very useful in keeping things easy to clean.

Cleaning water streaks

There is nothing more annoying after cleaning your windows or mirrors than finding persistent streaks. You could also find the same streaks appearing on your drinking glasses. Well you can get around that with a great measure of success by simply using a mix of water and white vinegar once more. The acid in the vinegar will help break down the buildup, which in term will eliminate the streaks.

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Old sauce containers

Strong sauces can have some vegetables like peppers and tomatoes which can color plastic containers. You can help keep them clean by applying some vegetable oil inside before you pour in the sauce. The oil gives the container a layer of protection.

Cleaning ceramics tiles

Ceramic tiles are a great surface cover for high moisture areas, but they can be vulnerable to mold when not cleaned on a regular basis. Sauce splatters are something that can easily stain a surface and harden over time. To remove you should use a piece of cloth soaked with rubbing alcohol to break down the spots as well as disinfect the surface.

Cleaning wood

Wood is porous and thus able to absorb a lot of contaminants and bacteria. You need to clean it more thoroughly than other surfaces. You can deodorize it by using half cup of baking soda, sprinkling it over and leave for some time to absorb. Rubbing it into the surface will help remove any odors, neutralizing them in the process.

Cleaning waste bins

Throwing out waste is not only necessary, but also an important part of home hygiene. It is advisable to do this activity at least once a day. This will remove the risk of developing bacteria and spreading unpleasant smells. The process does not conclude with throwing the trash bags. What is also necessary is to sanitise your rubbish bins from time to time. Depending on what material your bins are made of, you can use different solutions and pick what works best.

Top 10 Tips on How to Renovate for Profit

Renovating your home can be both satisfying and financially rewarding. Such a cleverly planned venture can add great value to your home. If you’re looking to renovate your house for sale, consider these top 10 hints that will bring you a better price on auction day.

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1. Carefully Organise Your Renovation Plans

Creating and implementing a good plan will ensure you make the most value from your renovation. Consult with experts such as real estate agents - they know what is sought after in the market and can assist you with your ideas.

2. Include an Extra Bathroom in Your Renovation

No one will ever begrudge an extra bathroom. An additional toilet and/or shower go a long way in a family home with several bedrooms. If you’re short of space but have a large master bedroom (or adjacent hallway space), you could consider installing an ensuite instead.

3. Create Additional Storage Space in Your Home

Storage solutions are an often-neglected element of home design, but a relatively cost-effective way to add value. If you have wasted space under stairs or an extra-wide hallway, consider creating discrete cabinets or cupboards. Walk-in-robes are a great asset too.

4. Make versatile areas part of your design plan

Open plan designs are trendy for a good reason. They allow you to maximise what you’ve got and create a sense of space. If you have two pokey living rooms, think about knocking out a connecting wall to create a larger, brighter multipurpose space. You won’t regret it.

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5. Build and Buy Materials to Last

Homebuyers want to know that their investment will last. Using durable materials and choosing your appliances wisely will encourage people to up their offers. Respected brand name appliances will add value to the property as a whole. If you decide to invest in structural renovations, don’t scrimp. A good builder and materials will ensure the quality of your renovations.

6. Try to Integrate Energy Efficiency

With the spiraling cost of utilities, houses are becoming more energy efficient. Lowering your home’s energy footprint is a sensible investment. When looking at new appliances, consider the energy ratings. Don’t be afraid of the investment. For example, solar can seem pricey upfront, but pays itself back in the long run. You’ll not only decrease energy bills but also possibly start getting back credits. Installing LED lights will save you money in the long run too as they have an 80%+ energy saving and should never need to be changed.

7. Install Heating and Cooling Systems

Australia has a lot of different climates. Your home will be more appealing if you have heating or cooling appropriate for your area. Reverse cycle air conditioning is good for temperate regions such as Victoria. Insulation is also an important component that will help regulate temperature – try to make sure yours is up to scratch.

8. Utilise Unexpected Spaces

A clever floorplan and use of wasted space will result in additional rooms and extra value. Consider turning the attic area into an extra bedroom, or transform a weather-tight garage into a granny flat. This is often cheaper than constructing an extra room, and adds architectural interest to your home.

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9. Make Your House Child-Friendly

Young families are an important segment of the market. Making your house safe and secure will appeal to them. Ensure you have proper railings for stairs and balconies. You should also remember that fences are compulsory around swimming pools.

10. Stick to Your Renovation Budget

No matter how impressive your renovations are, if you go over-budget, it’ll eat into your profits. Be conscious of what you can afford and invest in features that maximise return. If you decide to undertake a very expensive improvement, take the time to calculate whether it’s really worth it.

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Moving house: How to deal with unusual furniture removal

Do you have a grand piano, a floor to ceiling mirror or an unusually tall shaped lamp? Are you thinking how on earth are we going to be able to move all this stuff to a new place? There was a time when this dilemma threw up chaotic cartoon images of pianos being dropped from windows or rolling uncontrollably down flights of stairs with panicking removal men running after them. Whilst moving house with large or delicate items can be tricky, there's no need to panic so much any more.

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These days, removal firms are well versed in the process of safe furniture removal for houses, flats and offices. However, extra care and caution should always be taken when choosing the right removal firm for you. Here's a few tips and ideas to help you choose the best moving company for you and what you can do to make their job as safe and swift as possible.

Moving house with a removal firm is a partnership. First of all, you need to do your research and although you might be busy or strapped for time when planning on moving house or office, the whole process will be far easier and faster if you do your homework at the start. Begin to list all the furniture items you'll need to move by creating categories. Some of these categories could include 'Heavy Kitchen Utility Machines' , as in fridges, freezers, stoves, washing machines etc. Another might be Living Room Furniture. Grouping furniture by room will help removal companies to pack items in a useful order for when you need to unpack them at the new property. This tends to also group similar items together, as most of the time the heavy machinery will be kitchen-based. When you pass on this list to the moving firm, they will be able to have a clearer image of how they will pack your moving van.

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Once you have made these lists, it's a good idea to make a couple of new categories. This may involve taking certain items out from the other lists you have made, but that's okay. These new categories can include Large Fragiles, Heavy Fragiles or Large Odd-shaped Items. You may have a sculpture or other piece of large art that is of an unusual shape or perhaps a tall thin pendant light that is of significant value. Upright or grand pianos would come in this category too. Give small descriptions of each of these items. Is one particular part of the object weak or delicate? Is it made of glass? Can there be absolutely no pressure on it when packing? Does it mark easily? Write down some bullet point notes and pass them onto your chosen removal business.

When choosing a firm, talk to them and make sure right from the start that they are aware of any unusual furniture you might have. Even if you're unsure whether it's 'unusual', just ask. It's far better to discuss these issues at the start of the project rather than on moving day when the removal men turn up and are confronted with a glass chair! When discussing these items with the company, listen to see how comfortable and confident they are. Most companies are used to working in this way, but some smaller firms may not have the staff, experience or facilities to accommodate such items.

Being comfortable with your moving company is essential for your piece of mind. You need to be able to trust them and know that your move is going to go smoothly. Keep talking with them right up to moving day and when they arrive just have a quick chat again to make sure they are up to date with what needs extra thought and care in removing.

So next time you look at the porcelain stand-alone bath tub and panic about moving, relax, take a breath and remember that no piece of furniture is too small, too big or too unwieldy!

Gorgeous Bedrooms for Girls

Your daughter’s bedroom is a place where she will spend most of her time, since children can sleep between 10 to 13 hours until the age of 12. She will also spend time playing and studying in her bedroom. It is important for her to feel comfortable and familiar in this space therefore involve your daughter in the decorating process to make it special and fun for her.


Pink and White You really can't go wrong with pink and white for most little girls, however add some personality to make it her own. Here we have a cute little canopy bed that is fit for a Princess, with her own personal poodle theme. The daybed provides storage and an extra bed for a friends sleepover. The little desk and chair provide a practical area for homework or study.


Cool Wallpaper There are many pretty, whimsical or cool wallpaper choices that can transform any girl's room. The white circles against the silvery grey background have turned this space into a super cool trendy girl's space.


Home Sewing Job If you are handy with the sewing machine, or know someone that is, why not decorate the space yourself with some material. This is a inexpensive way to inject colour and personality into your daughter's bedroom. This little girl's bedroom was beautifully transformed by her mother, using some old sheets to make the curtains, cushions and trim!


Break Up the Pink Although most young girls are mad about pink, sometimes it can be overdone. By introducing some other hues such as soft yellow and green, the bedroom is still prettily feminine, yet refreshingly individual.


 Paper Mural I love the idea of using paper murals or wall decals in a girl's bedroom. They are easy to apply to the walls, and they simply peel off when removed, meaning that when your Daughter gets bored with the look, it can be changed with little drama.


Vintage Chic This bedroom is a gorgeous space that any girl can grow up in, and it is such a simple design. By using a beautiful vintage bed, painting the walls in a very pale pink, and dressing the bed in soft whites with some plump red and white cushions, this space is fit for a girl of any age.


Twin Fun  With its star fish-themed decor, this twin bedroom reflects the girls love of the beach. Beautifully coordinated with a pink, blue and green colour scheme, the space is fresh yet cosy and inviting. The gorgeous matching canopies adds a princess vibe to the beds.


Bright and Airy By painting the walls in a very pale pastel, and with plenty of natural light coming through the window, your daughter's room will have a soft dreamy feel. You can then add any soft feminine colour scheme they desire. A beautiful or whimsical chandelier or pendent light will add interest and some sparkle to the space.


Fantasy Bunk Beds This inbuilt bunk bed design is certainly impressive! This room does not come cheap, however it is inspirational. With it's gorgeous pink, green and orange colour scheme, it is fun, fresh and pretty. The daybed, cushions and bean bag are a great addition to any roomy pad. The pretty pendant lighting and circular trim add interest and individuality to the space.








5 Simple, Low-Cost Ways to Add Value to Your Home

You don't have to spend a lot of money to add value to your home. You just have to know where to spend the right money to get the greatest return on your investment.

Whether you are planning to sell your home in the near future or you simply want to make it worth more, there are a number of affordable opportunities out there for you. Here are 5 simple, low-cost ways to add value to your home.

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Before You Start, Know Where to Spend Your Money

Focus on these areas of your home, ordered by priority:

  1. Kitchen

  2. Bathrooms

  3. Façade (curb appeal)

  4. Living room

  5. Master bedroom

These are the areas that most people will judge your house on. If you are going to spend any money at all on your home, go down that list and make it count.

Update Your Cabinetry

Your cabinets tell people how old your home really is. If you are still rocking the olive green paint from the 70's, you're going to scare future buyers away. Upgrade the cabinets by repainting them, replacing the handles, or potentially replacing the doors entirely. You could also add bead board and trim to the doors to change the way they look for the better.

Add Built-in Shelving

Custom built-in shelving will make your home look like it cost more money than it actually did. This is especially true if you have a fireplace in your home that you want to emphasize. Find one wall in your living room or master bedroom that looks like it needs something special, and start adding built-in shelves to it. Try to anchor the shelves into the studs as much as possible to increase strength and stability.

Have Your Home Professionally Cleaned

Professional cleaning can rejuvenate your home and reveal potential problems you may want to address. For a very low investment professional carpet cleaning can add value, and improve the overall ‘feel’ of your home (and may identify damage which can be repaired before it gets worse).  Keep your home clean on a regular basis to preserve its value over time.

Upgrade Your Countertops

If your countertops are fairly old, you can upgrade them without spending a lot of money. Laminate countertops are now made to look much more realistic than they did a decade ago. If you add a shiny coat of sealant to the top of them, you can make them look like real granite or marble from afar. You could also use granite tiles on your countertops if you want real stone without paying for a full slab. Another option would be to use granite tiles along the very bottom of your splashback to match laminate you use for the actual countertop. Play around with these ideas until you find something that works for you.

Paint Your Trim (Inside and Out)

Painting the trim on the outside of your home will freshen your façade and make your whole house look newer. Use this as an opportunity to change the color of your trim to something slightly more modern. On the inside, paint or stain your trim to give it new life as well. If it is already made of beautiful wood, you may only need to add a fresh coat of polyurethane to make it look great again. For cheap trim that doesn't look good now, white paint will be your best friend.

You can add value to your home without draining your wallet if you make smart choices in the right areas. Use the tips above to make your home worth more money, and you will see the rewards of your investment in the long run.

Money-Saving Tips when Renovating Your Home

You may become interested in home renovation when your family grows bigger or when you have problems with your existing house. Often, you will undertake home renovation when you are least able to afford it. However, before you take the first step towards hiring experienced home renovation specialists, learn how you can save money on your renovation by planning.


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Plan a flexible timetable for your home renovation

If you want your renovation to be undertaken at a certain time of the year, you will have to contact contractors in advance and contend with the demand for their service. A flexible timetable for your home renovation does not limit the amount of time you have for negotiating the cost of your home renovation.

Contact multiple contractors and obtain their price quotes

In addition to comparing the price of the contractors, compare the work that they specify and the materials they will use. While you may want to save money on your home renovation, you should avoid sacrificing quality.

Consider quotes from multiple contractors

If you consider quotes from multiple contractors, be sure to get references for their work as well. While the price quotes you receive from the contractors are best estimates, find out if there are hidden costs that can inflate the cost of your home renovation.

Determine tasks you can do on your own

The resources that you will be spending on your home renovation include not only the materials but also the cost of skilled labor. You can save significant amounts of money on your home renovation by doing some simple tasks such as tearing up old flooring and removing fixtures on your own.

Purchasing supplies

It’s a good idea to purchase supplies you will need for your home renovation yourself if your contractor allows it. This will allow you to control the cost of supplies and materials needed for the renovation and ensure that you are only charged for the materials that the contractors will use. Consider hiring experienced home renovation specialists (like this one), who will allow you to control the cost of supplies. Whether you are buying supplies to renovate the whole house or just your bathroom or kitchen smart buying will allow you to cut costs greatly.

You may need to take a loan to cover part of the home renovation

Search keenly for the best financing option. The decision on whether or not to take a loan to finance your home renovation is determined by the extent of the renovation. Consider taking home equity loans and home equity lines of credit if you have built up equity in your home.

Consider the long-term costs of your home renovation

While high-quality materials may be costly now, they will help you save money on repairs in the end.

Taking on a home renovation project such as building a new room or just painting the living room, has its upsides and downsides. One of the advantages of renovating your home is that it increases the value of your property. On the downside is the fact that renovating your home costs money, sometimes lots of it. Fortunately, you can save yourself significant amounts of money through planning and smart shopping.