1. Refresh your interior

Repainting your property in neutral colours will leave it looking new, cleaner and much more attractive. It is a cost effective way to adding value to your home or increasing rental income and if you paint it yourself, you save even more!

Here are some handy tips if you are taking the DIY approach. Tackle one room at a time and place all the furniture in the middle of the room. Cover the floor/carpet with plastic or a dust sheets to stop paint droplets from damaging the floor/carpet. Apply masking tape on the edges, so you can paint with perfection. Start painting in the morning, as this allows the paint to dry by the evening so you can apply a second coat.

2. Kitchen Fixes

The kitchen is considered to be the heart of your home. You can update your kitchen in a budget friendly way by replacing bench tops, cupboard doors and door handles. For that extra touch, why not update your old appliances, also making sure the colours work together.

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3. De-clutter

By de-cluttering your home, you will make it look more spacious and appealing to buyers and tenants. Check out Ikea for some great storage shelves and other essential items to de-clutter your home. Try hanging shoe organisers and place them behind doors and on the inside of cupboards to neatly store items away. Why not spice up the bathroom and use a spare wine rack to hang towels.

4. Update your flooring

If your flooring or carpet is outdated it might be a good idea to replace it. On the other hand, if you have worn looking timber floors, then why not have this sanded, lime washed, stained, repainted or resealed. By doing this it will make a significant difference to the look and smell of your home.

5. Beautify your bathroom

Simple things such as replacing the toilet seat, sinks and taps can make a tired bathroom look more modern. To take it that extra step further clean the grout and remove any visible rust stains. You could also try spray-on tile paint on any run down tiles and by using a grout pen to paint over discoloured grout.

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6. Lighting Fixtures

If you still have those old-fashioned hanging lights and lamp shades, then it’s definitely time to update them. The costs do vary but no one likes to live in a dark space. Maybe think about placing some spot lights in, as light that face downwards can be used to play up other pieces of decor in the house. Alternatively, there are many great new lamp shades at the moment that can transform a space, becoming a feature.

7. Revamping the exterior

First Impressions count, so how about revamping your balcony and making it more homely and cosy. You can have an outdoor storage bench topped with a few outdoor cushions or even add a few hanging baskets. Ikea do amazing garden decking which are perfect for apartments. They are easy to lay down and when you move you can also take them with you!