6 Repainting Projects that Can Give Your Property a Curb Appeal Boost

There’s no shame in living in an old house. However, years of existence and the ever-changing weather can cause your home’s beauty to fade gradually.

Whether you’re thinking about selling down the line or you simply wish to give your property’s curb appeal a healthy boost, painting certain parts of its exterior is the best way to go. Paint can do wonders for a house, especially in bringing back its former glory. When combined with creativity and resourcefulness, you can easily liven up your old home and turn it into an attractive real estate investment.

To get you started, here are six features and fixtures outside your home that a fresh coat of paint can enhance:

1. The Front Door

Replacing your front door is an excellent starting point for a home makeover. In fact, a study conducted by a door manufacturer revealed that upgrading this part of the house can increase the perceived value of a property, on top of a return on investment of over 50 percent of the money used for the renovation.

Of course, changing the door isn’t your only option. If you don’t have the sufficient budget for replacing the entire door, you can have it painted instead.

Base your color choice on trends and how the door complements the rest of the house. Better yet, walk around the neighborhood to gather inspiration on the tones that appeal to your community and work well with the surroundings.

Neutral hues can do the job most of the time, especially in terms of matching colors with the rest of the house. But if you’re looking to sell and want your home to stand out, you should consider choosing bolder and more vibrant tones.

2. The Fence

If you have a fence that doesn’t stand out, or no fence at all, real estate investors may have second thoughts on buying your property no matter how beautiful your house is. Because of this, you should also use your resources to provide your house with a fence that will complete

that homey feel most people seek. Having a lovely, newly painted fence also sends a message to potential buyers that your property is well-maintained.

3. The Mailbox

Although mailboxes are made to store and secure your correspondence and subscriptions, they can also give your home’s curb appeal a good boost when repainted.

Believe it or not, this nifty item is one of the first elements that attract people to a property. What’s more, it’s probably one of the simplest repainting projects you can DIY. Even if you don’t plan on selling your house, ensuring that your mailbox looks pristine also shows how much you take care of your property (much like the fence).

In choosing a color, you can have your mailbox painted in the same hue as your main door, or choose a tone that pops up from the rest of the property. Of course, you can also opt for a more neutral color scheme to achieve that classic, timeless look.

4. The Porch or Deck

Porches and decks extend the living space of any home. They also offer added value to the property and enhance its appeal to help attract potential buyers. Plus, ensuring that these extensions are well-maintained can help with the longevity of the entire house. To freshen up your deck or porch, only use high-quality exterior paint products that are made for specific types of surfaces. You can also check the ratings of certain products based on their resistance to color change, cracking, mildew growth, and dirt.

5. The Exterior Window Trim

While these may seem like small details, exterior window trims can actually enhance the overall aesthetic of a house. Leaving this element out of your repainting project can prove to be a big mistake as it is bound to stand out from the rest of the structure.

Although many people choose different shades of white for this part of the house, you can also have it painted the same color as your front door. This will lend a unified effect throughout the property and effectively achieve that curb appeal boost that inspired you to repaint your house in the first place.

6. The Plant Boxes

Plant boxes are decorative and functional elements of the exterior of the house. These fixtures help enhance the impact of the presence of plants on your property.

With that said, you should also consider having your plant boxes repainted according to your chosen color scheme for the house. Matching it with fitting outdoor hues will also have a good effect on the property’s overall aesthetic.

A Final Thought

A fresh coat of paint for the exterior of your house can help in enhancing your property’s curb appeal and increasing its selling value. If you’re thinking about doing this for your home, but don’t have the budget for redoing the entire structure, you can try combining two or more of the repainting projects listed in this article to achieve your desired effect.

 

How to find the perfect Windows for your Home?

Just as you’d take plenty of time when choosing new furniture or décor, selecting the ideal windows for your home is an important decision that requires plenty of consideration. With so many styles, finishes and openings to choose from, it’s essential that you choose glazing that will enhance the exterior of your house whilst ensuring your home remains insulated and secure.

Whilst the cheapest way of fitting windows to a new house is to use white PVCu windows, hardwood, composite and aluminium windows offer a lot for design options and a wealth of stunning finishes. With all this in mind, the team at Martindale Windows Northampton have taken a look through the world of windows to give you a deep insight into what each style of window will provide along with the pro’s, con’s and sots of each.

PVCu Windows

PVCu (plastic) windows have dominated the windows market since their original introduction in the 1990s as a they offer the simplest of all window solutions. Whilst his solution is no longer deemed to be environmentally friendly, at an average cost of between £4000 and £15000 per property, they do offer a relatively cost-effective solution and require little maintenance. However, they can look cheap and reduce the value of period homes and can be difficult to repair if broken.

Composite Windows

Formed around a timber window frame with a weather-proof capping, composite windows are generally used on houses that have harsher climates as they are extremely durable. Available with triple glazing and in range of modern designs, composite windows provide a very low maintenance solution that offers extraordinary insulation. However, at around £10,000 to £25,000 per home, composite windows are one of the most costlier solutions.

Hardwood Windows

As a solution that is extremely durable and more aesthetically pleasing than PVCu windows, hardwood windows are often used for traditional homes and can be tailored to your style with a range of different stains. Whilst slightly more expensive than PVCu windows at between £8000 and £22,000, hardwood windows provide a much more natural look and great longevity.

Metal/Fibreglass Windows

Made from either steel, aluminium or fibreglass, this particular type of window is often used on more contemporary homes to give a sleek and sophisticated style. Whilst metal/fibreglass windows offer a very low maintenance solution and are more stylish than PVCu windows, they’re not as thermally efficient as wooden windows and as slightly more costly than PVCu windows at around £8000 – £20,000 per home.

Window Style: Casement, Tilt or Sash?

Although you may now know the type of windows that you’d like to go for, before fitting your next set of windows it’s also important to consider the style of windows opening that you’d like to go for. With 3 options to consider, there’s a range of benefits from each type.

Open-out Casement system

As a traditionally British option that has been very popular across the UK for a number of years, open-out casements are available in a variety of styles and finishes. Whilst large casements tend to be the cheapest, but you can also select a slightly more expensive small glazed (Georgian style) solution that is often used in country style houses. This particular style is usually made in modular, standard sizes, keeping costs at a minimum.

Tilt and Turn system

This particular design provides a more continental-style window opening that opens inwards and looks best on modern homes. The ‘tilt’ option provides ventilation with security but are typically made to order, meaning that the overall cost can be quite a lot more.

Sash window system

As the mainstay of Georgian and Victorian housing, the sash window is still widely used on traditional-style new builds. Because the sash window is normally made to specification, sizes can typically be non-standard and so can carry quite varying costs depending on the size of your home.

Conclusion

With such a wealth of different options available, finding the right windows for your home is mainly down to the budget you have and the style of property your looking to improve. For a typical town home, we’d opt for either composite or PVCu windows with an open out or tilt and turn finish, whereas if you’re looking to fit-out a traditional rural home we’d recommend either hardwood or composite windows as they offer a much larger selection of stunning colours and glazing finishes.

 

 

 

Useful tips for using ladders when painting and decorating

 

It’s tempting to approach a painting job as if it is child’s play. Truth is, there are one too many things that can go awry with your interior decorating, especially if you do not do your research and properly prepare before you start. This is also the case if you lack the right tools, equipment, and experience to complete your redecorating project. Let’s begin by stating the obvious, you cannot do everything all at once, so arm yourself with a bit of patience and devote an entire day or so to various painting preparation tasks before moving on to the project itself. When it comes to redecorating at home,we will all have that basic checklist of materials we need before we get started; paint, brushes and rollers, dust sheets, masking tape, not forgetting a step ladder.

Ladders certainly make the job of  painting easier but they must always be used with safety in mind. When using ladders for  painting either inside or outside, there are a few helpful tips to give you better traction to keep you safe.

  1. Your ladder should be set up within easy reach and set just below the area that you are looking to paint
  2. Always keep one hand on the ladder whilst painting with your free hand. It is important that you never step above the top 4 rungs because one hand must always stay on the ladder
  3. The most convenient ladders for painting have a tool tray or hook that you can place your brushes and even hang a can of paint from. If your ladder isn’t equipped with a tool tray or hook there are a range of inexpensive accessories that may be able to help.

But what about when it comes to decorating those hard to reach areas such as high ceilings and stairways? In this instance, the general step ladder which most of us will have in our homes will not suffice. Online research into solutions for this will throw up plenty of ‘lash-ups’ using sections of  of extension ladders, steps and scaffold board however it is recommended that you get something that is specifically built for the job.

If you are just painting with no wallpaper involved then you may be able just to get away with using an extended roller which might help you to get to those difficult to reach areas  however it is always important to consider safety first and so the ideal solution would be a combination ladder which is designed specifically for this job.

Combination ladders can be set up in several different ways so that you can reach all parts of the stairwell safely. It can be a straight ladder, a stepladder with unequal legs, or a flat work platform if used with a short section of staging as a deck. Combination ladders also allow you to extend your  ladder to a suitable safe working height so you should be confident that you can work safely up there. The beauty of a combination ladder is that they collapse down so they are small enough to fit into your car boot so transportation and storage is not a problem.

To reiterate an earlier point, it’s safety first when it comes to using ladders. Always check that there are no overhead cables, especially electrical cables, as you lift and move the ladder about, likewise,  never work too close to cables where you may lean onto cables. Only one person should be on the ladder at a time (except if they are ‘footing’ it for you at the bottom) as ladders do have a maximum weight and exceeding this could lead to an accident. Finally, make sure the ladder is suitable for the job and in good condition, for example not broken or damaged.

 

Top 5 Tips for Small Gardens



We know your pain. You’ve moved into a new home and you’re eagerly anticipating making it feel like your own. You can’t wait to get out into the garden and start making changes and planting new flowers and shrubs. But you get out there and find that your green space is smaller than you remembered it, or it doesn’t quite have the room you expected for all your grand garden plans! Fear not – we are here to give you our top 5 tips for getting the most out of small gardens. From useful lawn care advice to planting tips, we’ve got it covered.

Make the Lawn Beautiful

The lawn is the absolute centrepiece of any garden. It is what you notice first and if it isn’t cared for, it will drag down the look of the whole space. No matter whether you have acres or a few feet, if you make your lawn beautiful it will make your garden more inviting and a more enjoyable place to spend time in. You can achieve a lush lawn in a number of ways, but it boils down to DIY or hiring a professional. Both have their benefits, but if you want to have the most stunning lawn and consistent treatments throughout the year, we would recommend leaving it to an expert. However, if you want to get your green fingers on your lawn, there are plenty of DIY guides out there. Make sure you regularly rake, mow and water your garden for the nicest lawn that will have your neighbours green with envy!

Keep it Simple

Try not to overpower or over-plant your garden if you are struggling on space. Sticking to a few statement plants or trees will not only make your garden look more stylish and chic, but it will give the impression of space and openness. Make a few trees or plants the central focus of your garden and then create symmetry around this. If you have a lot of plants it can quickly appear cramped and make your small space even smaller. Having fewer plants also means you can take a little less time tending to the garden and more time enjoying it.

Use Height to Your Advantage

Climbing plants, multi-layered planters, garages and walls are the friends of small gardens. Anything that you can do to extend your garden upwards is a good thing. This gives you considerably more space to be creative. Having plants growing upwards will also give you more privacy from neighbours if you are living in close quarters with other flats or homes. There are many structures available that allow you to plant fruit, vegetables or flowers in a multi-storey way. Hanging baskets are also an easy option when adding plants to your garden at different height levels. Take advantage of all these options and don’t be restricted to the single level landscape of your small garden.

Furniture with Multiple Uses

If you have room to add some seating to your garden, ensure it has multiple purposes that can be used throughout the year. If you don’t do this, you are missing out on a huge space-saving aspect of your garden. There are benches available which double-up as storage boxes, for you to pack away gardening equipment or other garden accessories. If you are getting chairs for the garden, make sure they are stack-able or fold away to become smaller. It is also better to buy garden furniture which can be left out all year round, as you may not have the storage room to put them away during winter months.

Trick the Eye

One way to make your garden appear bigger than it is, is to use elements which accentuate and enlarge your garden. Think reflective surfaces, shiny plant pots and light colours throughout. If you are having some paving or gravel, make sure it is beige or a similar shade to open up the space and make it feel lighter. Mirrors in the garden not only make it feel more stylish and add an element of interior design, they also make you think there is more space than there really is. As much light and reflection you can bring to your back garden, the better. It’s all about the illusion!

 

Giving The Inside Of Your Home A Makeover

If you have not decorated or updated the interior of your home in a while, it can start to look tired and dreary after a while. There are many things that you can go to counter this, and below are some ideas that will help you turn your home into a vibrant and inviting place once more.  

Add Some New Furniture 

One of the easiest ways that you can transform your home is the addition of new furniture. You do not have to do your entire home all in one go and can update the furniture one room at a time, which will also mean you do not have to break the bank. You may wish to choose some Art Deco bedroom furniture for one of the bedrooms or go with something more modern and contemporary. Changing the furniture in your home is one of the least disruptive ways that you can transform it with as little hassle as possible.  

Decorate Your Home 

Another way that you can transform the inside of your home is to decorate either with wallpaper or paint and breathe new life into the rooms. If you are not going to change the furniture, you will need to choose a colour scheme that is going to match the furniture and the flooring. You can do this one room at a time and ensure there is not too much disruption. You can choose to decorate your home yourself, although if you are not very good at decorating and DIY, you can also choose to employ the services of a professional who will be able to do the job very quickly. The price for this can vary, so it will all come down to the budget that you have available. 

Change The Flooring 

You can also change the flooring in your home which is another way to give it a new lease of life and improve the aesthetics of the interior of your house. There are many different options available to you as you can choose from a wide variety of different carpeting, as well as other materials such as vinyl flooring, or you can also decide to install wooden floors. The best choice is going to be determined by your taste, budget, and the state of the floor underneath. If your floors are uneven, then wooden flooring may not be the best option. Again, if you have the skills and time, this is something that you can do yourself. Alternatively, you can employ the services of a professional flooring company and have them transform your home in no time at all. 

You can also get plenty of more advice on transforming your home by searching for related articles online. 

A Combination Of The Above 

If you have the budget and the time, you can also choose all the above which will go a long way in transforming your home and make you feel as if you have a new house entirely. Using a combination of the above methods will have your home transformed into the envy of your neighbours.  

Sails vs Blinds [Infographic]

Choosing a shading solution for your conservatory is a key decision that will enhance the comfort, usability and beauty of your space. While conservatory blinds are the traditional choice, conservatory sails are a cutting-edge alternative that offers so much more. But what are the differences between the two choices?

5 cheap ways to increase the value of your home

If you’re looking to sell your home while the market is still relatively buoyant, but you’ve been disappointed by recent valuations from estate agents, you needn’t despair. With these five cheap ways to increase the value of your home, you could command a figure more in-line with your expectations.

Everyone wants to get the best price for their home, but it is important to be realistic. There are very few things you can do to add tens of thousands of pounds on to the value without spending large sums, but take a look at our simple tips to spruce up your home and maximise what you get for it.

Paint your kitchen

Unless you have an unusually large kitchen, you shouldn’t need too much paint to give things a freshening up. You don’t need to paint the whole room either, simply choose to paint the cabinets or the walls a different colour, whichever needs brightening more.

Kitchens are one of the key rooms people are interested in, so keeping it fresh and inviting will help to boost how much value estate agents place on it. The less work potential buyers would have to do, the better.

 

Buff the bath

If you love a good bath, then you’ll understand the importance of buffing up your bathtub. Over the years they can become worn and grimey, but by giving it a good scrub, your tub could be made to look new. If a deep clean doesn’t work, you might consider investing in a new, cheap tub to give it the look and feel of a new suite.

Bathrooms, much like kitchens, are an area of the home people place a lot of value in, so presenting a clean and sharp bathtub will be a good investment.

 

New Caulk

Carrying on from the last point, with the knowledge that a bathroom is a prized part of any home, investing in new caulking is a wise move. Over the years you might have accumulated mould on your caulk or it may have become worn and discoloured. Applying a new layer of caulk after stripping out the old one is a simple task which quickly brightens up a bathroom once again.

Whether it’s around the shower tray, the bath or both, caulking won’t break the bank and will have an instant impact.

 

Declutter your home

Think back to when you viewed your property when buying – you were probably trying to imagine where furniture might go and what you would use certain rooms for. That logic applies when selling your home, since you want prospective buyers to see the potential it has and pay more to get it.

Declutter your home by getting rid of items you don’t need and tidying away those you don’t regularly use – rent space in a storage facility as an interim option if you have to, the cost will hopefully be surpassed by the extra amount added to the value of your property when it’s tidy and open.

 

Clean the carpets

We become so familiar with our homes that we sometimes fail to see the impact that time has on things. A carpet will be stepped, shuffled and possibly stamped on every day, so it stands to reason that they’ll become a little dirty and jaded looking.

With a professional clean, your carpets can be brought back to life and this will up the potential value of the home as they won’t look like they need replacing. You can hire a company to clean the carpet or simply hire the machinery and do it yourself.

 

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