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Tameside Advertiser - - HOMES -

F you want to in­crease your home’s ‘kerb ap­peal’, giv­ing the front a makeover is a must, whether you’re sell­ing or stay­ing put. Here’s how to do it:

CLEVER THIS time of year is ideal for bright­en­ing up your front gar­den with win­dow boxes, hang­ing bas­kets, troughs and tubs planted with colour­ful bed­ding plants.

To de­fine the en­trance, es­pe­cially if there could be con­fu­sion about which door is the front door, use plants to help guide peo­ple on their way in.

PARK­ING POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES A FRONT gar­den can add con­sid­er­able value to your home if it’s made into off-street park­ing, es­pe­cially in ex­pen­sive ur­ban ar­eas.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion is some­times re­quired for this, or there may be plan­ning re­stric­tions on things like its size and the ma­te­ri­als used – gravel or per­me­able paving, for ex­am­ple. With or with­out off-street park­ing, you can cre­ate an at­trac­tive, low-main­te­nance front gar­den with gravel, peb­bles or slate chips com­bined with plants.

WOOD­WORK TATTY wood­work at the front of your home looks aw­ful, so spruce up wooden win­dows and doors with ex­te­rior wood filler and paint. You can also, of course, paint metal win­dows and even UPVC ones.

Chang­ing the win­dows can make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the frontage, but it’s not cheap. And be care­ful not to de­crease the value of your home – re­plac­ing orig­i­nal wooden sash win­dows with mod­ern UPVC win­dows will de­value a prop­erty in some ar­eas, for ex­am­ple.

y OUR FRONT DOOR A MAKEOVER ONE of the eas­i­est ways to up­date ■ New door fur­ni­ture can boost any en­trance ■ New door fur­ni­ture can boost any en­trance

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