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Take advantage of the warmer weather by doing painting jobs now so they dry quickly.
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Summer home maintenance checklist

The property professionals at Bricks+Agent share their summer home maintenance checklist with HomeHub, as well as a few tips to increasing the value of your home – regardless of whether you live in a high-rise apartment or large family house.

 

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If you have a pool, check your pool fence is secure and the gate latch is in good working order. Image courtesy Royal Life Saving.

Summer home maintenance checklist

Now, “maintenance” might not sound fun but when you’ve got all the nitty gritty sorted of managing your home, you’ll have the freedom to focus less on ‘life admin’ and more on enjoying your life. We’ve got you covered with a summer home maintenance checklist.

  • Sand, patch, and reseal any timber surfaces to extend their life
  • Do any painting jobs that need to be done so you can take advantage of the warmer weather
  • Get an annual termite inspection and preventative pest spray done
  • If you have a pool, check your pool fence is secure the gate latch is in good working order
  • Treat any rust or corrosion of the pool fence and make sure that any climbable objects are removed from next to the fence

 

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Maximise usable space in older-style apartments by consider removing an interior wall.

Increasing the value of your home doesn’t have to involve a large-scale renovation. Whatever your budget, you can add long term value to your home and create a tangible increase in the price of your property.

Ultimately, the best and most effective renovations you can do will depend on the type of property you live in – what’s going to give you the best bang for your buck?

Smaller apartments

In smaller apartments, the emphasis is on maximising usable space. For older-style small kitchens, consider removing any interior walls and renovating the kitchen with a bench and bar stools that can double as your main eating area.

Houses or townhouse

Renovation of older-style kitchens or bathrooms will nearly always deliver the greatest increase in value of a property. Changing your flooring from old carpet to floorboards is a great aesthetic change that can boost the appearance and value of your home.

Larger family homes

For larger homes, you should be looking to maximise the value of the outdoor and entertaining areas. Installation of a veranda or decking area, along with complementary landscaping, are great options for making the most of your existing property.

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Veda Dante

Veda Dante is an accomplished journalist, consultant and content creator who has nearly 30 years’ experience writing about everything from tourism, hospitality and health to architecture, pools and luxury goods. When she’s not producing copy for clients, this self-confessed word nerd is usually writing and photographing the Byron Bay region for her blog www.livebyron.com.au

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.