Thursday, April 21, 2011

Improving the Appearance of Your Home

As we all know, first impressions count for a lot, especially when it comes to your home. There are many different ways in which you can add value to your home, completely transform the overall look or simply freshen up its appearance and give it a new lease of life.

According to some estate agents your front door can add as much as 10% to the overall value of your property. Any property with a high quality front door that shows the signs of quality workmanship can help to reassure buyers that the rest of the house will be of the same quality. Many buyers can be actively put off if the front door doesn't measure up to their expectations.

Selecting the right colour for your front door can make all the difference. A sleek, glossy black works well alongside grand stucco buildings whereas smaller red-brick houses or cottages benefit more from soft greys. However, regardless of the colour one popular way of adding value which is used by high-end decorators is to apply a number of coats of paint thinned with white spirits which will leave your door with a better quality finish.

Simply giving your house a little bit of a face lift can work wonders. Clever rendering or re-cladding can give your house a new lease of life. However, before you go ahead with any changes its worthwhile contacting a local architect who will be able to offer you advice on the best ways in which to make these changes. One thing which is particularly important is to retaining the traditional character of the house so that it blends in with the surrounding neighbourhood. Failing to do so can have the opposite effect and decrease the value of your home.

Spending time on finding the right home furnishings for your home can make a big difference. By carefully coordinating your interior design you can create a look that works wonderfully well with you home. You can create stylish contrasts by paring bold, dark colours with softer shades and continue with this theme throughout the house. The real benefit of home furnishings is that you don't necessarily have to completely redecorate your home to change the way it looks and feels. The addition of a few new accessories around the home can make all the difference and provide you with an inexpensive way of transforming the appearance of your home.

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