With the growth in popularity of reality TV shows like the Block and House Rules, there’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to DIY renos. But often the biggest problem when it comes to tackling small home refreshes, is finding the time.
Lucky for you, this weekend is the October Long Weekend, where you are given one glorious day off work to use as you please.
Here are 5 do-it-yourself renos you could knock over this Labour Day weekend:
1. Give your front door a fresh lick of paint
Improving your home’s curb appeal is extremely important when it comes to adding value to your property, as it will create a lasting impression (especially important if you’re thinking of selling some time soon).
One of the easiest ways to make the entry look enticing is by giving your front door a fresh lick of paint. Make sure you select a colour that complements your home’s colour scheme. If you’re unsure of the colour to go with, simply have a chat with a specialist at your local paint or hardware shop.
2. Update your bathroom tiles
Are you tired of the outdated tiles in your bathroom? Then it’s probably time to give them the flick, by purchasing some new replacement tiles you can install over the long weekend. Before you buy your new tiles, make sure you check what the wear rating is to ensure that the updated tiles will last the test of time.
3. Replace old door handles
Door handles get a lot of wear, so if you have a closer inspection you may just find yours are in need of replacement. According to Better Homes and Gardens before you shop for new knobs, you should remove one of the old ones using a screwdriver, so you have a sense of the type of replacement you’ll need.
4. Add a kitchen splashback
Is your kitchen looking a bit bland? Spending big bucks on revamping your entire kitchen isn’t always necessary because sometimes all it takes is a kitchen splashback (that suits your unique interior design tastes) to quickly brighten up your kitchen space.
5. Build some garden beds
While the indoor area may be your priority when it comes to DIY renos, don’t forget to give your outdoor area some love by building some garden beds. All you’ll need is a basic frame, some plants of your choice and soil and you will have given your garden an instant facelift in just a few short days.
Quick tips for a successful DIY renovation
Once you’ve decided on the type of small home reno you’ll undertake over the long weekend, here are some tips for ensuring your renovation runs smoothly:
- Contact your insurer. Before you kick off your DIY reno, give your home and contents insurer a call to let them know that you’ll be undertaking some renovations. Make sure your insurance policy provides you with cover for any damage to your home that may occur due to your renovation. If it doesn’t you may want to consider updating your policy, by searching the home insurance market for more comprehensive cover.
- Check for asbestos. If your home was built before 1990, it may have been built with the hazardous material asbestos. So if you’re considering taking on a more extensive renovation and knocking down walls, hire a licensed professional to inspect your property first.
- Hazard proof your home. An accidental injury, as a result of your renovation could turn your glorious Labour Day weekend into a long weekend disaster. So always ensure any tools you’re using are moved to the side to prevent any potential slips or falls.
- Wear protective clothing. Another way incidents can occur is if you’re not properly protected when you undertake your DIY reno. So make sure you are wearing closed shoes and purchase masks and gloves for jobs like sanding and painting.
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