Learn how to add instant value to your house

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Adding value to yourself can be tricky, and take some time and preparation, however it can be done. Whether you live in a single, double story, duplex, house, you will have the ability to add value to your house. Ensure to take a problem-solving mindset when starting to add value to your house. What does this mean? Think of yourself as a someone (say a potential buyer) of your house.

Think about different buyers and what they might be looking for

Firstly, it is a good start to understand the demographic of your neighbourhood, are they mostly singles, couples or elderly? I live in an area with mostly established couples, so I bias my extensions to what may pose as valuable for couples.

Adding an extra room is the most common and profitable way to add value

Adding an extra room to your house can be a way to increase the property value of your house. If you have a large 2 bedroom house it might look good as a normal 3 bedroom house. Or, if you have a downstairs basement with enough height and space, then another good option.

On average, adding an extra room will provide returns of up to $95,000 (src: Ray White). This is an enormous value increase, compared to say, adding lamps/lighting and sprucing up the house internals with decorations. Of course, adding a room is not as easy as it sounds, as there is often approvals required and building works to be planned and executed.

Though, if you are a builder or tradie, you may be able to build a simple stud wall yourself, saving you cost to hire a licenced builder. Walls are constructed typically with timber, plaster, and then painted for the final finish.

There is many content and videos online on how to build your own DIY stud wall. These are often built when needing to extend areas and section off living space. Plastering is the challenge for most, and usually best to hire if you don’t know what you are doing.

And hey, this is just one idea to get the cogs turning. Value is a tricky thing to understand, where it helps to put yourself in the buyers shoes and understand what they need the most. Writing a list of these things will help you identify what you need to build to add the most value to your house.

Hope this article helps.


7 Best Tools for starting DIY projects

Beginning your DIY journey starts with finding the right tools for your DIY jobs. Depending on how complicated your DIY project might be, you may be missing some crucial tools to help you complete your project on-time and with easy. Here are the 7 best tools for DIY projects money can buy today.

1. Electric Drill

The cordless electric drill single-handedly rocks in at number #1 (no pun intended). Almost any job requiring drilling or screwing- your electric drill is the best bet. It is recommended to start your toolkit with the electric drill as it fits so many purposes and is possibly used the most on DIY projects.

2. Electric Sander

The electric sander is another well-picked power tool when working with timber or wood finishings. It is a fantastic tool for decorating and providing a nice surface, ready to apply paint and/or undercoat. They are affordable and require sanding disks when purchased.

3. Electric Circular Saw

Cutting with a hand-saw? Save your breath with the electric circular saw. This power tool stops the show when sawing timber, making it a breeze to cut through timber. They are often included with tool kits, Makita, Ryobi, Greenworks and so forth. A very helpful tool to have when you need to perform your general cutting tasks.

4. Hammer

Hammer? Hammer. Been around for literally centuries and still one of the most essential tool to have in the kit. Invest in a good hammer, one that you enjoy and you will not be disappointed.

5. Electric Grinder

Electric Grinders are the Voldemort of the power tools. Show a great level of care when using these power tools as they are higher on the danger scale than most. Grinders are very helpful for cutting or shaving metal. I like to think of them as the metal version of the circular saw, great for cutting. Again, can be very dangerous, though an essential tool.

6. Electric Multi-tool

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the electric multi-tool. It can be a scourer, a cutter, a sander, a digger – whatever you have on the end it can be that. These are perfect for your MacGyver type of tasks where you need that tool which will mould and bend itself to offer a solution for you.

7. Electric Blower

DIY can be dirty at times. Unlock your electric blower and blow away the excess dirt. Saves you time and effort sweeping and you can get back to working on what matters most, making great projects.

Thank you for reading. Feel free to browse our store to find these items.

These are the top 7 high energy tools recommended by us to get started.

Electric Mowers are better than Petrol Mowers

Electric mowers are the latest bang in mower technology. They are easier, faster, cheaper, and even safer than the traditional petrol powered mowers. They use battery (Lithium-Ion) for most recent releases and drive an exceptional argument to purchase for on-going yard maintenance. Consider these factors when choosing to switch to power your mower.

  1. Safety – Generally provide a safer experience with battery / electric mowers

Safety is often over-looked by mowing enthusiasts, however it is one of the important aspects when you will be mowing for 10-20-30 years. Mowing is an on-going task, completed by normal people mostly on the weekends.

I have seen first-hand people hurt their backs and injure themselves with lifting heavy petrol-powered mowers. This risk is mitigated using electric mowers, as they are lighter and very easy to handle. They are just so light! It feels like moving a toy mower around your yard as it shreds up the excess long grass which has grown.

2. Cheaper – In the long run, it works out cheaper without buying petrol

Sure, it may be slightly higher on the buy-in, but you save in the long-run. No more petrol bills for your mower or trips to the service station to fuel-up! Simply, put your battery on charge and wait until it’s completed. Afterwards, you are ready to mow.

3. Better for the environment

Global warming is everyone’s responsible to manage. You can comfortable say you are doing your part to better the environment. A great conversation starter when you’re at parties, or out at a social event. Definitely receiving bonus points from many.

4. They are available!

They are now being sold in-stores and are available. There has been a long-wait for this technology, though it is finally here and being utilised by many happy customers.

If you think you are ready to step up and see what all the fuss is about, check out these hand-picked electric mowers below.

Greenworks G-MAX 40V 16'' Cordless Lawn Mower with 4Ah Battery - 25322 model
Greenworks 10 Amp 16-inch Corded Mower, 25142
Greenworks 40V 20 Inch Cordless Twin Force Lawn Mower, 4Ah & 2Ah Batteries with Charger Included, 25302
BLACK+DECKER BEMW472BH 10 Amp 15" Electric Mower with Bike Handle
Greenworks G-MAX 40V 16'' Cordless Lawn Mower with 4Ah Battery - 25322 model
Greenworks 10 Amp 16-inch Corded Mower, 25142
Greenworks 40V 20 Inch Cordless Twin Force Lawn Mower, 4Ah & 2Ah Batteries with Charger Included, 25302
BLACK+DECKER BEMW472BH 10 Amp 15" Electric Mower with Bike Handle
Greenworks G-MAX 40V 16'' Cordless Lawn Mower with 4Ah Battery - 25322 model
Greenworks G-MAX 40V 16'' Cordless Lawn Mower with 4Ah Battery - 25322 model
Greenworks 10 Amp 16-inch Corded Mower, 25142
Greenworks 10 Amp 16-inch Corded Mower, 25142
Greenworks 40V 20 Inch Cordless Twin Force Lawn Mower, 4Ah & 2Ah Batteries with Charger Included, 25302
Greenworks 40V 20 Inch Cordless Twin Force Lawn Mower, 4Ah & 2Ah Batteries with Charger Included, 25302
BLACK+DECKER BEMW472BH 10 Amp 15" Electric Mower with Bike Handle
BLACK+DECKER BEMW472BH 10 Amp 15" Electric Mower with Bike Handle

Gardens don’t need maintenance with a great design.

You heard it. Gardens actually don’t need ANY maintenance. The most important aspect of keeping gardens from requiring any maintenance is garden design. Once your garden design is self-sufficient, maintenance-free, then you will not have to do anything in your garden. Reap the rewards with hours, months, years of efforts involved.

Garden design is where to start when wishing to build a NO-maintenance garden. It requires a little bit of extra thought to get the design set, however once it is set, it is simply a matter of building out the design.

The first and most important step is to plan your garden design correctly before beginning. It will ensure you end up with a no-maintenance garden, and will be your big-brother until the very end. So what are some useful tools to get you started in the design planning?

Questions, questions, questions!

  1. Write down an entire list of questions / answers for your plan.

This might look like, do we really need grass? Can we substitute fake grass that requires 0 mowing and 0 upkeep?

Or, another question, instead of organic plants, can we instead build features surrounding your garden that mimics the effect of the garden. Eg. Water features, statues, ornaments, anything that is a “set-and-forget” type of solution.

The primary criteria to acknowledge is that when building a garden for 0 maintenance and 0 upkeep, there must be no jobs which are created from your garden. Water plants? No. Mow lawn? No sir. Mulch? Not happening. Empty compost bin? Negative.

2. Test your design to make sure there is no surprises!

In following this method, you essentially create a garden which you build once, and never again. If you are a busy person, like I am, you would know that there is only so much time in the day, and you must use it wisely and to your advantage.

To re-enforce this idea, because you only build it once, ensuring long-lasting materials are used is a strong suggestion. It would be horrible to create the garden of your dreams and 12 months later, it looks like a run-down Hollywood boulevard back alley. If the garden is in the sun, then there may be sun-damage as a result. Try to pick as many holes in your design as possible, then come up with some ideas on how to re-enforce your design so there will be minimal surprises.

3. Make it look like the garden of your dreams

This is a weird one, but many people often fall off the wagon by getting wrapped up in the finer details. Why create a garden in the first place? Because you want the garden of dreams! So make it look like one at-least. Get creative and don’t be afraid to think outside the box with your garden. It is entirely possible to have an exceptional looking garden without using ANY organic materials.

Take instagram selfies, invite your friends over, and simply just enjoying your garden will almost always maximise the amount of return you receive from building a once-off, no-maintenance garden. The university of Youtube offers great instructional videos when working on your design. Think carefully and you could have a great garden for the long run.

Hope this helps!

Keep your energy high.

5 Ways to Improve your Garden in a single Weekend

Different people have different gardens, now that’s a fact. In the post, we sum up the 5 ways to improve your garden in only a single weekend. Emphasising the best tasks you can do to really make a giant impact.

  1. Bark Chips (Mulch)

This a bang-for-buck solution to instantly improve the quality of your garden. Bark chip is relatively cheap and can provide you with a way to spruce up your garden quickly. They are usually sold in bags, or kilograms, depending on where you are buying from. Though a great option if you only have a weekend.

2. Gurnie your existing surfaces (Pressure Washing)

Pressure washing is another fast, effective method to improve your garden quickly. They blast water at the speed of light (well almost) at your surfaces, washing away the grit and grime from years of build up. This equipment yields fantastic results. Head over to our store and find a pressure washer best suited to you.

3. Mow your lawn

It goes without saying that to improve your lawn, it must not look like a jungle in the first place. Make sure your lawn is mowed and trimmed. Providing care for your lawn will make your surrounding garden really stand out and give the spotlight it deserves. Mow your yard to bring in some extra aesthetics to your garden pictures.

4. Paint and Fixups

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Adding a fresh coat to your fencing or palings will provide some extra value to your garden. Painting can be a quick, impactful task which yields great results. Get in and get the job done with a few coats of paint. Painting in the morning especially helps as when the mid-day sun comes out, your coats dry faster. Another feasible option.

5. Add a vegetable garden

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Adding some extra flavour to your garden is always a must-have. Vege gardens have become a great addition to gardens around the world as the offer self-sustainability, and a great activity in your garden. Many have built vege gardens out of free old wooden crates on gumtree, or facebook marketplace, added soil + plants and built their very own vegetable garden.

Well that about sums up this post folks, goodluck with your garden improvements and renovate ya later !