November 11th, 2015

A Quick Lick of Paint Gives a Great First Impression

A Quick Lick of Paint Gives a Great First Impression

Now that the worst of the recession is behind us, many people are thinking about selling their property in order to move up the property ladder, or about moving into the buy-to-let market. Many forget that a little effort spent on upgrading the property’s appearance to give a great first impression can translate into a higher asking price or higher rental yields. Recent research has shown that buyers expect to pay as much as 23% more for a property that is freshly painted, so a repaint is a great way to get the most for your house. Hamilton King is a specialist property maintenance company with many years of experience in managing properties of all shapes and sizes, and in this article they offer their advice on how to improve your property and increase its value with a simple tin or two of paint. Ramp up Your Kerb Appeal The outside of your house is the first thing that any prospective buyer or tenant will see, and if they don’t like the outside, they might drive straight past and never get as far as looking inside. If your property is rendered, chipped, stained or peeling paint does not give a good first impression. Consider repainting to give a smart, cared-for impression, but bear in mind that the most popular colour with home buyers is cream or white. Avoid turning people off by going for anything too extreme! Think about the front door as well – if it’s painted, could it do with some attention? If you decide to repaint it, removing the door furniture (letter box, door knocker, door number) in order to do a really professional job, it might be worth spending just a few extra pounds to replace the door furniture with new items. Check your window sills as well – if they’re wooden, perhaps they could do with painting. And if you’re going to go to the trouble of repainting, why not give the garden a quick tidy at the same time? A Make-Over for The Inside Continue your good work by refreshing the inside of the house as well. If you don’t have the time or money to repaint the whole house, try to think where your time and money could be best spent. For example, if your house has a hallway which is need of attention, this could be a good place to start,...

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