In episode 16, Ludwina Dautovic interviews Mitchell McLean. Mitch is passionate about all things DIY, having spent the past 19 years with Bunnings supporting customers with bringing their projects to life. Mitch is currently part of the Bunnings workshop team, an online community for sharing DIY advice and inspiration.
Mitch is passionate about all things DIY, having spent the past 19 years with Bunnings supporting customers with bringing their projects to life. A renter himself, Mitch is currently part of the Bunnings Workshop team, an online community for sharing DIY advice and inspiration.
Whether you're a tenant or owner, turning your house into a home is imperative. Creating positive surroundings with your personal style should be seen foremost as an investment into your own well-being.
Mitchell McLean has been renting for 20 years and has had quite a rental journey. It’s provided him with variety and flexibility. Bunnings workshops is all about assisting customers with DIY projects online.
Renters are coming in daily to improve their property. They have just hit 30k members and a high percentage of them are renters.
Touch base with your landlord and have a chat. They're usually happy to negotiate changes in the home.
The kinds of things you can change are basically anything that doesn’t damage your property and it’s easily removable. Make sure that you put the property back in the same state that you found it.
You can hang pictures and curtains. Just be mindful how you hang them. You can now get hanging strips from Bunnings which will hold up to 4kg which will save you putting a hole in the wall.
Mitch and his partner were living in a rental that had a very old bathroom vanity. They replaced it and it improved the quality of their home and their experience living in it. The landlord was also very happy as it improved the value of his house.
Our past guest, Chris Bellesini, did a similar thing and negotiated a rent reduction by doing work on the house. He managed to save thousands of dollars over the three years he lived there as he not only negotiated a lower rent, the landlord never put it up as he was grateful for the improvements on the property and the increased value.
“ We need to look at it like we’re investing in our happiness, not in someone else’s property.”
Free standing gardens
Don’t invest in things that you can’t take with you.
Outdoor wall art from succulents
Hang cheap art outside and seal it with a waterproofer - silicone spray
Add some plants indoors as well. It will improve the quality of life inside your home.
Add some rugs around the home that reflect your style and will also protect the carpet.
Change the light fittings if you have batten lights. They will have a DIY label on them in Bunnings.
Floor and table lamps are great to create mood and ambiance
Candles. Bunnings have battery candles which are safer.
Bunnings have a wealth of knowledge and DIY projects on their website. Workshops are also being held again in store so keep an eye out for those. They also have a large Instagram following. (Links below)
Bunnings and Mitch McLean
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