8 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Property is always a hot topic, and homeowners are always looking for ways to add value to their home, regardless of whether they intend to sell or remain in the home for years to come. There are a multitude of different ways that you can increase the value of your home, ranging from quick DIY upgrades to large-budget renovations. Some methods can yield more value (per dollar spent) than others.

Clean
The easiest and cheapest (in fact, it’s free to do-it-yourself) way to add immediate value to your home is by doing a thorough clean. Putting some elbow grease into sprucing up every surface will result in a much nicer looking home that is immediately more inviting and elegant. A deep exterior clean of your home will make it sparkle from the outside and increase the value further.

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Doors
While we’re on the topic of doors, you should consider replacing certain exterior doors in your home. This can add a new style and create an impactful facade for both visitors and potential buyers alike. One of the best ways to add value to your home from an exterior perspective is to change your garage doors. As the largest doors in your home and the most visible from the street, updating your garage doors can create significant curbside impact and visual appeal, leading to a significant increase in perceived value.

Curtains and carpets
A refresh of your curtains and carpets to ensure they are cleaned or replaced will have a tremendous impact on the overall feel of your interior. If doing this, ensure that the colour palette matches your paint palette.

Declutter
Space is a very large factor in both real and perceived property values. While renovating to knock down walls and create more space can have a dramatic impact on value, a simpler method to start with would be decluttering existing spaces. You may be surprised as to how much larger a room can feel by removing a few unnecessary items and rearranging furniture. Decluttering creates a much more airy home, and the feeling of additional space is immediate.

Gardening
Taking care of the lawns, and pruning any plants and bushes can have a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. A nice, neat garden goes a long way in dressing up your home. If you want to go all out, some professional landscaping can certainly help with creating a new look and feel for your home.

Paint
Simply repainting the walls of your home will make it look new again. Choose a modern palate for higher impact, and add new life to your home. Exterior painting can also make a tired home look new again, so painting is a worthwhile investment to consider. Pay particular attention to doors as well, as this can modernise your property, subsequently increasing its value.

Bathroom
The bathroom is a room where quality can quickly be observed. Upgrading your fixtures and taps can add sparkle and prestige, and renewing grouts or re-tiling can also add value. Lighting should never be ignored either, as a well lit bathroom is extremely important for both aesthetic and practical reasons.

Kitchen
Considered to be the heart of a home, the kitchen is often a focal point when it comes to the value of a home. Ensuring you have good quality appliances and fixtures will add value, as will proper lighting, stone benches, and new cupboard doors. From the economical end of the spectrum (painting cupboard doors) to the higher end (remodelling entirely), there are plenty of ways to add value to this space.

With so many ways to add value to your home, the first step is to take an objective look at it from the outside and then work your way in. This will help you determine what may be necessary and what might yield the greatest results with the lowest cost. The possibilities are endless, so increasing the value of your home will depend on how much you’re willing to spend and how far your imagination stretches.

Call Steel-Line Garage Doors on 1300 767 900 today and book a FREE measure and quote or garage door service.

Why Installing Infra-red Safety Beams Is A Must?

A garage door is quite possibly the largest moving object on the vast majority of homes worldwide.  Depending on size and material from which the door is made, it can weigh in excess of 150kg.  There is no doubt then that a garage door which closes on your valuable possessions such as your car or bike can cause significant damage.  Worse still, consider the potential injury which could be sustained from a garage door making contact with you, a family member, friend or even your pet.  Children are of course extremely vulnerable to injury and even death from such an event.

photo electric beamsMost modern automated garage doors have an auto-reversing safety feature built into the automatic operator. This safety feature causes the door to suddenly open (or reverse) when the door impacts an object when closing. However, whilst the auto-reverse feature is a great invention, it does not prevent damage to your car or potential injury to people.

Just like all manufacturers and suppliers of garage doors and automatic operators, Steel-Line Garage Doors implores home owners to seriously consider the installation of infra-red safety beams with your automated garage doors.  Similar to those used in elevators, infra-red beams prevent your garage door from closing if the beam which extends the full width of the garage opening is obstructed.  The major benefit over the auto-reversing feature mentioned above is that you, your family members, friends and possessions such as your car will not sustain any injury or damage because the door will not operate if the beam is “broken” or obstructed.

If you’re considering installing an automated garage door or you’re thinking of automating an existing door, the installation of infra-red safety beams is a must.

Of course, whether or not you install infra-red safety beams, there is no substitute for taking due care and closely observing your surroundings when operating your garage door. If in doubt, do not operate your door until it is safe to do so.

It’s a small price to pay for your safety and peace of mind!

Call us today on 1300 767 900 or request a free quote for this product.

Garage Door Upgrades Named One of the Top Investments for Household Renovations Nationwide

Garage door replacements claim one of the top spots for the highest return on investment among household improvements nationwide in the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report. According to the report, both recent and long-term key trends indicate that “curb appeal” projects generated a higher return on investment than improvements done inside the home. On average, the report data indicates homeowners across the nation who completed a garage door replacement in 2016 earned up to an 85 percent return on investment. In select markets, that number reached as high as 115 percent.

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The reasons for one of the top spots are simple. Garage door is among the least expensive projects in the survey, and they improve curb appeal in a way that can affect a potential buyer’s first impression and, consequently, a home’s resale value.

Curb appeal is the first impression people have of a home and the garage is often the largest and visible feature.  It dominates the front façade of most homes, accounting for as much as 30% of a home’s visual impact.  And it’s not up on the roof or somewhere out of sight; it’s at eye level, where everyone immediately sees it.

Day-in and day-out, garage door is the main entrance for most homeowners. More and more people are beginning to see that the garage is more than just a space in the home, it is a valuable amenity. When looking to purchase a new home, most buyers will not even make an offer, regardless of how much they like the home, if the garage cannot accommodate their needs … or be expanded to meet their needs.

For more details regarding how to increase your property value by replacing your garage door, call us on 1300 767 900 or book a Free consultation today!

Tips for Saving Money on Your Energy Bills

With a little effort, you can keep the appliances in your home running smoothly and save some extra cash. You’ll want to get as much out of them for the lowest possible cost. Here are some ways to do this, as well as other ways you can save on home improvement:Louver garage door

  1. The longer it takes for clothes to dry in the drier, the more money you spend on your electricity bill. Try adding a dry towel to a load to speed things up.
  2. Use an old pair of socks, or pick up some cheap ones, to create a washable, reusable duster, instead of continuously buying disposable cloths.
  3. Unplug appliances like computers, televisions, coffee machines, lamps, and toasters when they are not in use. These appliances still suck up energy while plugged in, so letting them rest will save you a little more.
  4. You can use less water by doing your dishes a bit differently. Scrub everything first while the tap is off, then rinse them all at once. This way the water isn’t running while you’re lathering.
  5. If you live in a hot and humid environment, an aluminium Louvre garage door can give your garage high level of airflow and natural light transmission, while reducing heat energy and enhancing light energy. An insulated garage door will not only keep your garage cool in summer, but it also reduces your energy bills.

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Experiment with these tips at home, and you’ll be on your way to a more efficient living space for less!

To obtain a free measure and quote for a Louvre garage door or an insulated garage door, call us on 1300 767 900 or fill out the online enquiry form today!

One Double or Two Single Garage Doors?

Not sure which garage door configuration will work best for you? Whether you’re building for the first time or looking to convert your existing setup, there are a few things to consider.

If you’re trying to decide between one double or two single garage doors, this list of pros and cons should help you find the right option for your home.

One Double Garage Door

A double garage single door can be a better option if you’re concerned about space restrictions of your garage. The area required for one double-sized garage door is slightly less compared to two single garage doors.

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Pros

  • In addition to requiring less width for a double garage door, you can also have more storage room against the internal walls for shelving.
  • Should anyone in your family have mobility problems, a double garage door may offer more space for access to and from vehicles. This is particularly important during bad weather, when the driveway may be slippery.
  • Double garage doors tend to be more common these days, so converting from two single doors to one double door can give your property a modern look.

Cons

  • A double door may not be practical for multiple cars, so you may wish to convert to single doors. Having two single doors offers a little more internal space to manoeuvre trailers and bikes, if you’re storing them along with cars.
  • With a double garage door being one piece, you might find your vehicles held hostage if the door is damaged or the opener malfunctions! With two single garage doors, you may be able to use one door for access while you wait for repairs.

Two Single Garage Doors

A centre pillar between two single garage doors divides part of your garage, which reduces the chance of opening your car door onto another car!

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Pros

  • Two single garage doors generally have a more balanced look than one double garage door, keeping the exterior of your home in proportion.
  • Single garage doors also make it easier to control the amount of airflow, which can help keep cold air out of your garage (and home).
  • If one door jams, you’ve got a back-up!

Cons

  • While the price comparison of two single garage doors to one double is reasonable, factor in extra costs if you want automatic openers for both single garage doors.
  • A single door may not be wide enough if you have a big car. There is nothing worse than knocking the car’s mirror, or worse, scraping the side of your car against the edge of the door.

Still not sure which option is the best choice for you? We can help! Book a free measure and quote or call Steel-Line on 1300 767 900 today.

Why Windows Are A Great Feature for Your Garage Door

There are so many fabulous options and accessories available for garage doors today.

Colorbond garage doorOne optional extra for sectional garage doors which home owners should seriously consider is the addition of window features.

Windows which are quite common in sectional garage doors comprise two general types; non-ventilated and ventilated.

Non-ventilated windows typically comprise a colour matching or co-ordinating PVC surround with perspex or glass infill in a range of patterns and sizes.  The colours and shades of perspex or glass infill available are numerous with translucent, tinted and frosted just a few examples.

Ventilated windows are similar to ventilated except that the window openings do not contain an infill, rather a type of fixed grill or louvre pattern.

Windows allow natural light to enter your home resulting in a reduced need turn on lights in or near the garage during the day which cuts down on your electricity usage and power bill and reduces green house emissions.  The added benefit of ventilated windows is that they allow for natural circulation of air inside your garage and home.

Windows also enhance the look of your garage door and home, improving street appeal which adds value to your property.

Irrespective of the window type selected, it is recommended that they are only installed in the top panel of your garage door for security and privacy reasons.

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