Spring has well and truly sprung! If the warmer weather has you motivated to get the house into tip-top shape for the arrival of the extended family in December, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled an easy-to-follow guide to assist you on your quest to revive your home for the years to come.
Fix the Roof While the Sun is Shining
A brand-new kitchen, garden decking, and French doors leading from the kitchen to the garden are all fantastic projects that will set up your home, improving your lifestyle while adding financial value to your property at the same time.
But are these projects what you should really be doing?
Before you dive into the amazing projects that you want to do, think about what your home needs.
Do you have plumbing or electrical works that need to be done? Does your roof need repairing having sustained some rough weather conditions during the winter?
Essential fixes can often cause bigger problems for other projects down the line if not attended to, so make sure you prioritise them.
If You’re Going Outdoors, Do It Early
Outdoor renovation projects often come to mind quickly when the weather starts to improve.
Don’t wait for summer to arrive before you start to plan.
Get your decking, landscaping, or swimming pool planned early and completed before the end of the summer so you can enjoy it before winter returns! Moving quickly also means you avoid any possibility of projects remaining incomplete and you looking out of your window at a pile of earth for months.
Decide what you want to do outdoors, plan the contractor and secure the necessary materials now.
What Projects Are You Thinking About?
Now that your priorities are sorted and you’ve started to plan, let’s take a look at the more exciting projects you might be looking at for your home this spring.
1. Front of Home Upgrades
The frontal exterior of your home is so important.
It’s what you see when you arrive home. Visitors might notice it first when they come over and it’s what everyone sees as they drive past.
The first thing to look at, if you have one, is your driveway. If your driveway is weathered, giving it new life should be on the “need to do” list. Make sure you assess the current state of your driveway well before deciding on the best course of repair. Often driveways need deeper fixes than a simple “fill” job. If you’re unsure, it doesn’t hurt to get a tradie to give you a quote.
Aside from your driveway, does the front of your home itself need repainting? Would new windows improve the look and energy efficiency of your property? Take a moment on the weekend to stand outside for a while and get a taste for what others see while you sit inside your house. You might be surprised what you notice.
Are you ready to go indoors?
2. Is it Time to Ditch the Carpet?
Many of you will be swapping your tired old carpet for a new one.
That’s great, but we want to look at whether it might be time to wave goodbye to carpet entirely and instead embrace wooden floors.
The investment you need to make will depend on what’s currently underneath your carpet.
If you’re lucky enough that your floorboards are still in a great condition, your renovation project could be as simple as taking up the carpet, then sanding and staining the floorboards. While this can be hard work if you do it yourself, the big benefit is that you’ll only need to buy the materials, saving the majority of your budget to spend on another renovation project or for something else you want, like a car or a holiday!
Poor quality or floorboards in a state of disrepair might mean your project sees your flooring ripped up and re-laid, but the look and feel it will bring to your home is definitely worth it.
The big trick when swapping to wooden floors? Do it across the whole house, or as much of your home as you can, rather than just in one or two rooms.
3. Think Bigger and Build an Extension
Renovating your existing home is exciting, but if you want to make a real difference then why not go all out and make your home bigger?
Adding an extension is a great way to get the dual benefit of improving your lifestyle and adding value to your home at the same time.
What can your extension be for? Anything you want!
An extension is a fantastic opportunity to give yourself extra space without needing to move, which can be difficult if you’ve lived in a property for many years and invested a lot of funds in improving it and updating it to meet your needs and tastes.
Funding Your Home Renovations with NOW FINANCE
What home renovation projects are you considering?
Whether you have a need to invest in essential works and repairs, or are able to focus all of your time and energy on something you really want to do, ensuring you carefully plan and budget for your home renovation is a key part of it being a success.
If you need help with the cash to cover the costs of your home improvement projects, then NOW FINANCE may be able to help. You could be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 with an unsecured personal loan, allowing you to make the home improvements you want to now, while spreading the cost of the loan over a period of up to seven years.
With NOW FINANCE, you can get your interest rate before you apply without impacting your credit score, so you know exactly what your repayments will be before deciding whether to proceed with an application!
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