It seems that a growing number of Australians are choosing to move rather than improve. The Housing Industry Association's latest Renovations Roundup showed that in 2015, home renovations made up around 35 per cent of total residential construction.
It's the second year in a row that a rise in activity has been registered, and experts believe this will continue well into 2016 and beyond. This no doubt means that DIYers across the country are looking for the right tools to complete the job, no matter whether you're trying out a spot of garden landscaping or are renovating the bathroom.
When was the last time you showed your flooring some TLC?
Whichever projects you decide on, it's important to know you have top quality tools on hand. Here are just some of the tasks you might want to prioritise if you're hoping to upgrade your home.
Make the most of your outdoor space
Having an outdoor living area is a real benefit for any home. If yours is looking a little lacklustre, then why not think about trying your hand at some DIY paving? It's a relatively inexpensive task that could add value to your property, providing, of course, you do a good job!
O'Meara Property recommends that the cost of carrying out garden landscaping should be proportionate to the value of your home. As Daniel O'Meara rightly points out, the amount you would spend on the outdoor space at a $300,000 property would be much less than at one worth $3 million.
DIY paving doesn't have to be costly or time-consuming. For example, using a paving block splitter will speed up the process and make it much easier for you to break up slabs to use over the designated area. There are plenty of tools for hire that can help you make a success of your DIY paving, so don't be afraid to ask if you need some assistance.
Spruce up your interiors with a lick of paint
Renovations inside your home can be just as rewarding. A few tins of paint could be all you need to give your interiors a new lease of life and make your home seem refreshed.
Make sure you choose a colour scheme that's suited to the style and size of your home. It's easy to get carried away with DIY painting, but bear in mind that selecting the wrong colour could mean your home appears smaller than it actually is, or doesn't make the most of the natural light.
Choose a colour scheme that's suited to the style and size of your home.
Dulux predicted the colour trends for 2016 and suggested that grey and teal could be the hues that homeowners adopt this year. Providing you choose your wall colours wisely, there's no reason why your property can't be right on trend in 2016.
Give your flooring a boost
When was the last time you showed your flooring some TLC? It puts up with a lot from footfall to the odd spillage here and there, so it's time to focus your renovation efforts in this area.
Floor sanding is a great option if your home benefits from hardwood or other natural materials. Alternatively, why not strip back your carpet or laminate to see what's underneath? You might find there's something that's worth spending some time on stripping back.
If you're not lucky enough to find some undiscovered wood flooring or concrete that could be spruced up, think about investing in a new floor covering. It can really lift a room and help it seem fresher., which, when coupled with your newly painted walls, will help give it a new lease of life.
Whichever DIY tasks you prioritise, it's well worth investing in some quality tools and equipment to improve your chances of creating a professional finish.