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Buying a home

Shaynna Blaze on how to add value to your home


Once you’ve moved into your home, it can be tempting to start making changes and renovation plans straight away. Before you do this though, here are some tips from property and interiors expert Shaynna Blaze, Suncorp ambassador and host of Channel 9’s Buying Blind. Shaynna says that it’s important to spend some time living in your new home first so you can work out how you and your family actually use the space.

Shaynna Blaze on how to add value to your home


Take a room by room approach when planning renovations

Indoor/outdoor spaces 
Installing sliding or bifold doors is a cost-effective way to open up indoor/outdoor spaces to make them more accessible.

Entryway and Hallways 
To make these spaces more inviting, you could add a new coat of paint, a rug or even artwork.

Furniture 
It tends to date quite quickly with new trends and styles launched every season. Buy pieces you like, not pieces that are just on-trend, as they will last you longer. A simple way to update the look of your home is to re-cover your sofa and update cushions, or just add a new feature, like a lamp or a rug. 

Window treatments  
These can be expensive, so instead of updating them all at once, go from room to room and make the investment – it’ll make a difference!

Colour palette 
Try to adopt a neutral colour palette throughout your home. This will make it easier to update accessories and furniture to create a new look as your style and needs change. 

Flooring 
Updating flooring can be costly, so take your time and choose a material that you’ll like ten years down the track. Observe your home during the day to see how spaces change in the different types of light, as this will give you an idea of what colours will look and feel right.

Lighting 
The lighting you choose can add some beautiful ambiance to your home. Consider installing textured pendant lights or positioning lamps behind plants or couches to really add to the feel of each space. 

According to Shaynna, by taking the time and paying attention to how you live in your home and spending money in those areas, you’ll be able to make the most out of any interior.

Investing in your home is an investment in your happiness. It pays to take the time to find the furnishings, colours and additions that will really make your house feel like a home.

To learn more about the home buying process, visit the Suncorp Home Buying Guide.

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