Home Decorating – Important Tips For Renovating a House to Sell

If you are new to renovating I would strongly suggest that for your first project you tackle a manageable job.

My favourite renovator to flip requires just a few things.

1. Garden tidy up, not a major landscaping job.
2. New Carpet. Nothing lifts and modernizes a house like new carpet.
3. Patch and plaster the walls, then paint.
4. Maybe new kitchen bench tops

That’s it. I call this a level one refurbishment. It can often be done inside two weeks. Our current home we did it in 8 days. It was hard work but its out of the way quickly. I like this kind of makeover because it can quickly improve the value of a home by $50,000. It works best in homes at the lower price scale $350,000-$550,000. In our area in Australia there is nothing cheaper than that.

This end of the market moves quickly and many people just want to have a home that feels and smells new. The carpet and paint make it feel as no one has ever lived there before.

A spray paint of the roof may be in order if the tiles or iron are old faded or stained. This can be done cheaply but a contractor may charge the earth.

The next level of renovation is where you make serious structural changes. This is appropriate if the home is in an upmarket area, if the home is already of considerable value and if you are certain that by extending and changing the house there is a good return. We looked at a house for $660,000 recently. A new by similar home which had a $300,000 renovation done sold for $1,200,000. This home is in a street that adjoined a upmarket area. As time goes on more and more homes receive an expensive renovation, bringing up the value of the area. so this house is worth buying, holding for a year or two and then renovating. Perhaps it will increase in value enough without doing anything to it.

That raises an important question, should you renovate at all, or just rent it out for a while and take the capital gain. The location and the state of the market will tell you.

If you do undertake a large renovation by yourself, you will need a good kit of tools, lots of time, a good budget, good trade skills and a good marriage.

Remember the golden rules of renovating.

1. It always takes longer than you expect it to.
2. It always costs more than you expect it too
3. It is always more stressful than to expect.
4. If you think your job will be different, you are wrong!
5. Be prepared to outsource and delegate.

Be realistic, don’t bite off more than you can chew and renovating can be fun and financially rewarding.

Halloween Decorations – Suggested Halloween Props for Your Home

Halloween decorations originally were all about jack-o’-lanterns and scarecrows. Most of them were totally homemade – from the raw materials to the finishing touches. In many locations around the world, neighborhood contests to see who has the scariest or most impressive jack-o’-lantern and overall home decoration for the season are held.

For those who’d want to decorate their home for this spooky night, here are some suggestions and ideas.

You have to think first why you want to put up decorations of this theme. Is it because you want to dress up your home for your kids and also for the kids who’d be trick-or-treating? You might have to think of Halloween props that they’ll surely love to let them enjoy the occasion. Are you going to have some adult friends visiting you? Or is it just because you want to utilize your creativity at home?

Decide on the theme of your decorations based on the purpose that you’ve thought of. You don’t have to be limited to scary monsters and spooky stuff if that’s not your thing. If you have toddlers in your home, you can design your own Halloween theme. For instance, you can use your kid’s favorite cartoon or fairy tale characters. Or you can simply make candies and treats as your theme. But if you really love the ghosts and goblins, then go ahead and make them as authentic-looking as possible.

If you want to do everything or most of the Halloween props yourself, you have to look at what you have available at home. If you’re a doll collector, you can dress up your dolls in orange and black. You can even make them into witches, mummies, bats, and vampires.

If you think that making all the decorations from scratch is too much for you, you can get a little help from bookstores, supermarkets, specialty stores, and even online shops for some ready-made props and some materials that you still need to assemble. Some materials that you can find in many stores and are easy to put up in your home are spider webs, little creatures made of rubber, plastic jack-o’-lanterns, artificial skeletons, and other such decors. Kids would also love inflatable displays, which sometimes come in the shape of a skull or a life-size mummy.

But all the Halloween decorations won’t be complete if you won’t be dressed up for the occasion. Make sure you get yourself and the rest of your household costumes that will match your theme.