Why it might be time to detox your home

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

DETOX di­ets have been the topic of con­ver­sa­tion for some time now, a trend that has proved ben­e­fi­cial for homes as well.

A ‘detox’ ap­proach to your property can pro­vide a new lease of life to your house, ac­cord­ing to Rated Peo­ple Am­bas­sador, Phil Spencer.

He said: “Get­ting those odd home im­prove­ment jobs done is some­thing many of us push into the fu­ture.

“Yet, we throw our­selves will­ingly into gru­elling five-day diet detoxes in the hope this will give us en­ergy and a fresh start.

“This is be­cause a sur­pris­ing 25 per cent of us find com­plet­ing home im­prove­ment projects harder and more stress­ful than five days of be­ing dis­ci­plined with a diet.”

While detoxes tend to be about get­ting ready for sum­mer, Phil rec­om­mends giv­ing your house a detox in prepa­ra­tion for win­ter and the hol­i­day sea­son.

“By fo­cus­ing on th­ese small jobs now, you’ll enjoy your home more as the win­ter months roll in.

“This doesn’t mean giv­ing up valu­able qual­ity time with your loved ones – Phil rec­om­mends hir­ing an ex­pert trades­man/ per­son to get those jobs done quickly and ef­fi­ciently.

He said: “Small im­prove­ments add up quickly – both to your en­joy­ment of your home and how po­ten­tial buy­ers per­ceive your property. Get­ting a trades­man in to detox your home needn’t be a has­sle. By fo­cus­ing on two or three small jobs you can get that newhome feel­ing in just a week­end.” Phil’s top five home detox tips are: ●● Get a clear view of the out­side world – I’m al­ways amazed how of­ten I go into houses which are on the mar­ket and see win­dows which haven’t been cleaned. Buy­ers al­ways choose houses which are light and bright – hav­ing clean win­dows helps hugely ●● Pare back the jun­gle – It’s easy to let our gar­dens get a bit over­grown while we’re out en­joy­ing the sun, but we should treat them like an­other room. They’re a space for us to enjoy and some­thing which adds real value to any home. ●● Check what’s on top – If your home is near trees, it’s worth get­ting some­one to give your gut­ter­ing a thor­ough clear out. While they’re up there – it’s al­ways worth check­ing there’s nowhere trap­ping pools of wa­ter. No one wants their ceil­ing fall­ing in in at Christ­mas. ●● Give your home a new out­fit – Get­ting some­one in to paint your walls now will make your home look fresh – and saves you hav­ing to get out there with a bucket of paint and a roller when the nights get colder and darker. ●● Keep your house warm this win­ter – It’s not the most glam­orous of jobs, but get­ting your boiler checked now is a great way of avoid­ing it pack­ing in dur­ing the in­evitable De­cem­ber cold snap. It’s best to get this done while de­mand is low, saving you time and money. Phil said: “Win­ter is com­ing and preven­tion is al­ways bet­ter than cure – don’t let small prob­lems lie as they can lead to se­ri­ous is­sues.”

●● Freshen up your walls with a lick of paint, says Phil Spencer, inset

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