HAVE you ever wondered what you can do to add value to your home on the cheap? And what do people really look at first?
Well, according to celebrity handyman Craig Phillips, your front door might just be the surest way to increase your house value.
Your front door will always be a focal point so it should appear bold[/caption]
The 48-year-old DIY expert, who won the first series of Big Brother, has partnered with estate agents Purplebricks, and has shared a few quick and easy tips that will guarantee instant value.
In a video demonstration, Craig explains how the front door will always be a focal point for potential home buyers, and people entering your home.
Because of this, it’s important for it to look bold, he says.
But you don’t necessarily need to fork out the cash on a brand new door as there are simple ways to spruce up the one you already have.
Craig Phillips demonstrates how to spruce up your front door[/caption]
The celebrity handyman, 48, has partnered with estate agents Purplebricks to offer his top tips[/caption]
In the clip, Craig says the first step is to clean your door – and it’s quite simple, really.
Dipping a sponge into a bucket of solution he says: “We will start by cleaning the door with a concentrated sugar soap and warm water.
“It’s to get all the grime off the actual uPVC,” he added.
Then he rinses it off with clean cold water and dries it off with a microfiber cloth.
“Now the door is clean and dry,” Craig continues. “I’m going to give it a light sanding down with the sanding pad to prepare it ready for the new paint.”
After cleaning and sanding it, he preps it for painting[/caption]
He says you can use a paint brush or a spray gun for an even coat[/caption]
After creating a smooth surface, the DIY expert says there are two ways to paint the door – depending on what works for you.
He says: “You can use the traditional way with the paintbrush or a faster way is by using a small handheld paint sprayer, but of course you will have to mask over the glass and the handle.”
The handheld paint sprayer, he says, can save you time as you don’t have to wait for the paint to dry before applying a second layer on top.
But a traditional paint brush might allow for a more precise finish – especially if you’re new to painting.
Craig says the front door is the focal point in any home[/caption]
If do choose to use a paintbrush, Craig insists that you let the first coat completely dry before you apply a second coat
And it’s as simple as that, really. A lick of paint is all it takes to improve the overall look of your home.
Which proves more popular now then ever before with the amount of virtual home viewings on the rise.
Angela Wallace, Divisional Sales Director at Purplebricks added: “The emerging trend for virtual sales means it’s never been more important to sell your property online.”
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