When a new rolls around, our thoughts will turn to detoxing our bodies after all some inevitable indulgence. But what about our homes? Don’t they also deserve a little TLC?
Whether you’re thinking of selling or staying put, it’s always a good time to freshen up your living space, says TV property guru Phil Spencer – who recommends getting some help from a tradesman so you can tick off those tasks more quickly.
Phil says: “Small improvement jobs add up quickly – both to your enjoyment of your home and how potential buyers perceive your property.
“Getting a tradesman in to detox your home needn’t be a hassle. By focusing on two or three of these small jobs, you can get that new-home feeling in just a weekend.”
From gutters to gardens, Phil’s top five home detox tips are:
1. Get a clear view of the outside world – “I'm always amazed how often I go into houses which are on the market and see windows which haven't been cleaned. Buyers always choose houses which are light and bright – having clean windows helps hugely.”
2. Pare back the jungle – “It’s easy to let our gardens get a bit overgrown, but we should treat them like another room. They’re a space for us to enjoy and something which adds real value to any home.”
3. Check what’s on top – “If your home is near trees, it’s worth getting someone to give your guttering a thorough clear out. While they’re up there – it’s always worth checking there’s nowhere trapping pools of water. No one wants their ceiling falling in in January!”
4. Give your home a new outfit – “Getting someone in to paint your walls will make your home look fresh for the New Year.”
5. Keep your house warm this winter – “It’s not the most glamorous of jobs, but getting your boiler checked now is a great way of avoiding it packing in during the inevitable February cold snap. It’s best to get this done while demand is low, saving you time and money.”
To hire a quality local tradesman to help you realise your home’s vision, check out Rated People or download the Rated People app.
Do you find it tough to finish DIY projects? Which ones will you tackle in 2016? Tell us in the Comments below.