Mak­ing an en­trance...

In­crease the value and ap­peal of your home with an ex­ter­nal re­vamp, writes GABRIELLE FA­GAN I

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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