Door dazzle

PA Photo/Handout
PA Photo/Handout

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“Fixing up any peeling or cracking paint and cleaning windows creates instant ‘kerb appeal’, and sends a positive message that you’re house-proud inside and out, crucial if you’re trying to sell,” advises Dulux Weathershield colour expert, Louse Tod.

“We found people expect to pay 23% more for a freshly-painted home, and 47% of prospective buyers named a front door in need of renovation as the most off-putting sign when viewing, and not far behind that, weathered window sills.”

So often filled with clutter and overflow, it’s easy for hallways to give a less-than-best impression.

“If you’re looking to update the look of your home, the hallway is one area where simple changes can have a big impact. Avoid anything other than the essentials in this area, and ideally opt for furniture which doubles as storage, or a narrow console table,” says Richard Burbidge, whose company specialises in stairways, stair parts and mouldings (www.richardburbidge.com).

“If you’re replacing the stairs - which can make a major impact with minimum disruption - select the most appropriate style for your property, and in a dark hallway, consider glass panels and a slim balustrade to create the illusion of light.”

Banish a dull view and boost privacy by screening glass with window film, which comes in a range of coloured, cut and printed patterns.

“The beauty of the range of patterns available means there’s something suitable for every taste and every room. It prevents nosy neighbours peering in and blocks out unsightly views. Film is easy to apply, there are online demonstrations, and once applied, it needs no specific aftercare and can be cleaned using simple household cleaning products,” says Micky Calcott, managing director at The Window Film Company.