Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Property Clinic

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Property Clinic

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Q. As an estate agent, can you recommend some small, easy-to-do home improvements that will make my property more 'saleable'? I can't afford a new kitchen or bathroom and both are modern and in good condition. I just need some basic advice to get the house sold quickly.

DAVE says: There are several options depending on what you want to spend and how much time you have. These are the main ideas to consider:

Redecorate tired looking rooms with a fresh coat of paint or some new wallpaper.

New furnishings - maybe you know what you need for your new home. Can you incorporate these into your current home to freshen it up until you move?

New flooring - this can transform a room dramatically. Think about whether laminate, tiling or carpet best suits your room.

Outside - even cleaning the windows, sprucing up the garden with some winter plants or painting your front door can make all the difference to the exterior of the home and therefore any possible buyer's first impressions.

Q. I'm planning to redecorate my home before the start of the New Year, and have decided to begin by tackling my entrance hall. What can I do to give it a bit more life and character in time for all those first footers?

MICHELLE says: Unfortunately, despite the best of efforts, the hallway tends to act as a dumping ground for all the family's coats, bags and shoes.

As the first thing people see when they enter your home, a hallway should make a positive statement about your home and personality.

My advice is to clear the clutter and keep the area bright and tasteful by opting for light walls and neutral flooring.

My top tips are:

Lighting - many hallways tend to lack a window or other source of natural light, so compensate by placing equidistant wall-mounted light fixtures throughout the hall. A small chandelier is also a tasteful addition that adds warmth and makes a positive statement, welcoming to all visitors.

Walls - working in conjunction with the lighting, opt for natural colour schemes in pale yellows and creams, as they create a mood to suit any season. …

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