Have you been wondering how to re-vamp your home? A full makeover, redecoration or extension is time-consuming and disruptive. Instead, you can do all sorts of improvements to your home in just one weekend. We have collected a series of suggestions from Fine & Country offices which are hassle-free and easy.
From the outside looking in
Haydn van Weenen, Fine & Country Bedford said, “A cheery front-door colour and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home's curb appeal and make a lasting impression on guests. Dress the door with new hardware, and add a welcome mat and potted plants near the entrance. Consider installing outdoor lighting to enhance your home's architecture and illuminate the walkway.”
On the right path
Richard Carpenter, Fine & Country St Neots said, “Get the pressure washer out of the garage or hire one for the day and clean the path and front door step. Try not to forget to give the surrounding garden some love. Even if the rest of the house needs some work its shows potential and gives you the motivation to continue these odd-jobs every time you walk up to your home.”
Try and different perspective
Haydn van Weenen, Fine & Country Bedford said, “Similarly in improving your home for sale in a weekend, I would take a step back and look through a buyers eyes which is really hard to do. You have to be objective, constructive and most important of all, honest. In terms of presentation, the decoration is key to best presenting your home. Any dark or non-neutral colours have to go. Inviting friends over can be really helpful and make decorating much more enjoyable. That way everyone mucks in and you have your house redecorated from friends on mass.
Take a look outside
“Just because the garden isn’t looking its best at this time of year, it doesn’t mean you can’t spend just a little bit of time making the best of what you have outdoors. Clear away the leaves that have fallen from the trees, plant some ever green shrubs to add a little bit of colour and give the grass one last mow before winter really sets in. Always try and add colour where you can, outside lights and bright pots will always catch attention,” said Claire Badham, Fine & Country Pembrokeshire.
“There are three improvements which can be done over a weekend to change the presentation of your house”, says Matthew Blower at Fine & County Bath.
“Bedding makes a huge difference to the luxurious feel of a bedroom. Dressing a bed with plain white linen from the White Company, with a throw across the bottom of the bed makes a huge difference. Four to six cushions add to the hotel-like, pampering feel.”
“Painting a room in a weekend also makes a massive impact. Muted colours are currently very popular – greys, blues and creams. A cheaper, and quicker, option than the ubiquitous Farrow & Ball is Dulux one coat misty mountain or polished pebble.”