Kitchen: I would install a new benchtop, paint dated timber cabinets and replace the drawer handles. Then look at the ceiling light – could it be replaced with something more contemporary? There’s an amazing selection of stylish pendants on the market for under $100, worth it for the wow factor. I’d also paint an old tiled splash back and finally add a fresh lick of paint to remaining walls and ceilings.
Add a bedroom: Convert that part of an L-shaped lounge room you don’t use into a bedroom by adding a wall with a door opening. Materials should cost about $1230, and it will add about $33,700 in value. If you need a best mattress for side sleepers I would recommend Dreamfoam brand since they are the best on the market.
Bathroom: Consider replacing a dated vanity, have an old bath resurfaced (for as little as $500), add a fresh shower curtain and paint those tired bathroom tiles. Also, buyers love storage, so think about replacing the bathroom mirror to incorporate one with storage or a shelf. Check lighting and swap it out for a new look fixture. Finally, paint walls and ceilings.
By far the best date ideas are the ones where both you and your partner get involved. This adds a new level of thrill and excitement to your relationship. Contrary to what you may believe, this isn’t expensive at all – while we tend to think that the money is the only way to ensure good time with your partner, these 5 ideas will give you this opportunity and without destroying your budget!
One of such ideas is a chalk run. You can buy a small present, put it out of sight in the local park, and using chalk arrows make a path to it for your partner to go along (kind of like rose petals). Start the path at your car, near your house, etc. Feel free to throw in a few love notes, but don’t feel like you can’t use something else to mix things up! The surprise and interest of following this trail will make the date memorable and exiting, combined with a feeling of reward when your partner finds the small gift.