Making an entrance...
Increase the value and appeal of your home with an external revamp, writes GABRIELLE FAGAN I
t’s time to get up front and personal with your home’s exterior. Take a long hard look at it, because if it’s drab and unloved with peeling paint, a shabby door and an overgrown garden, it won’t just lower your spirits every time you return home, but it could also cost you money.
A third of people are willing to pay up to 25% more for a home or rental property with a freshly painted front door, smart brickwork, a well- kept garden and clean windows, according to new research by Dulux Weathershield.
So, with the average UK home valued at £ 220,000, giving your home that extra bit of TLC could translate into a hefty £ 55,000 return, and in London, that increases to £ 117,966.
“In recent years we’ve seen the importance of kerb appeal intensify, with buyers and renters moving from unconsciously judging the appearance of home exteriors to consciously judging them, so it’s becoming increasingly important to refine aesthetics even before the agent takes their photos to secure viewings and the best price,” explains property expert Kate Faulkner, who worked on the research.
Yet Brits generally ignore their home’s exterior for more than eight years, while a neglectful 20% haven’t decorated for more than 15, according to the survey.
So, who better than TV property expert George Clarke, to give us some tips for a late summer spruce? wouldn’t normally choose for your interior.
“Changing the front door is a quick win, but a real game changer in terms of how people perceive you and your home.”
“If you’re feeling adventurous, go for strong, bright colours, but choose a shade that complements your own personal style and the rest of your house.
“If you’re not feeling brave, black’s always a safe bet, or opt for darker shades of blue, plum and green, which will still make a design statement.”
Truedor, whose bespoke doors start from £ 700, identifies the top colours trending for front doors this year.
For traditional settings: jet black, steel blue, pine green and crisp white.
For contemporary homes: bright yellow, cobalt blue and purple.
Pastels are having a moment too, with shades such as primrose yellow,
duck egg blue and light violet. says Sally Storey, design director at John Cullen Lighting.
“Set a scene with lighting by layering different effects using different fittings. A lantern either side of a door conjures a warm, welcoming effect, while a hanging lantern is practical for a porch.
“Fit a dimmer switch so you can subtly alter light levels.
“Create another layer of light by using Lucca uplights (£ 110 each) for door surrounds, to focus on architectural features, or light steps.”