Why it might be time to detox your home
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