Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
Home improvements and curb appeal go hand in hand. Curb appeal refers to the appeal that your home may have to a passer-by. It is a term often used by Real Estate agents, as it is a key success factor when selling homes.
There are many simple and DIY tasks that a homeowner can do themselves to increase their curb appeal. If your home is looking very dated, perhaps an exterior makeover is required.
Maintaining your home’s curb appeal is often a reflection of how well you have looked after you home. By undertaking regular exterior maintenance, you can maintain your home’s appeal very simply yourself. Consider the following ideas:
Remove damaged or rusted furniture and rubbish from the yard. Most local councils In Perth have annual junk pick-ups from your verge. Make sure you know when this is, and clear your yard and shed at the same time!
Ensure that your letterbox is regularly cleared! A letterbox bulging with weather-beaten junk mail hanging out of a stuffed letterbox just screams neglect and is very unappealing. If you are not interested in junk mail, consider getting a discreet ‘No Junk Mail Please’ sticker for your letterbox – you can get one of these for less than $5 at Bunnings!
Planting fresh flowers makes everyone feel good! Spring is the perfect time to plant a few cheap and cheerful blooms such as Petunias and the kids can join in too. Pretty flowers are a great boost to street and curb appeal.
Trimming and pruning overgrown bushes is a great way to freshen up the yard. Check with your local council and find out when the next Green verge collection is taking place in your area. Use this time every year to give your trees and shrubs a hard prune!
Driveways, paths and verandahs get stained and look dull over time. Consider hiring a Pressure Cleaner from your local equipment hire store.
This will get rid of oil stains on the driveway, and freshen up tired and dull paving and provide you with a freshened up look in 1 day.
Engage the the services of a Landscape Architect/Gardener. They will have great ideas and water-wise recommendations that you will not think of yourself. We love the latest trend of activating boring fence spaces with vertical gardens!
If your roof needs attention you have a few options to consider.
Old tiled roofs can be completely replaced with Colorbond.
Alternatively, existing roofs can be restored by repairing and replacing cracked and damaged tiles, followed by a fresh coating to spruce it up.
If your home was built between 1950 and 1990, chance are you have an unattractive face brick home.
Engaging the services of a professional to render the ugly bricks can give your home a real lift. You may also want to consider changing or sprucing up your window frames at the same time.
We have a great example with this 1970’s home that we renovated and brought into the modern era. You can read more about this stunning external home renovation and makeover by clicking here.
If you are lucky enough to have classic tuck-pointing or genuine limestone on your property, there are specialist trades that will faithfully restore these for you.
Updating the paintwork and woodwork on your home exterior can also make a big difference. We recommend engaging a professional for painting to ensure that you get quality results!
We hope that the above has been helpful. Have you also read our article about Asbestos? Do not renovate without reading this first! We also have a handy article that talks about how to select the right Builder for you Renovation Project.
We recently collaborated on an article called 5 Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Home that has more great ideas for adding value to your home.
Would you like to know more about Home Renovation and an external makeover for your home? Contact us today to discuss your Home Improvement project.
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila, North Perth 'We thoroughly enjoyed the building process'
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie, Mt Lawley 'Professional, highly skilled, approachable with exacting standards'
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben, Inglewood 'They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right'
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience. Amerex have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil, North Perth 'Our extension has the "wow" factor'
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine, Wembley 'It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team'
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel, Woodlands 'Steve has clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance'
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris, Mt Lawley 'We received exceptional customer service'
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
home renovation project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
PO Box 115, Osborne Park WA 6917
ABN: 67 009 252 680 Builders Registration: 10250