Home improvements

First impressions count – do you need to get on with some home improvements and spruce up for a sale?

This is the time of year when lots of people are on the move. And if you’re selling your house you need to think about presenting your best side to everyone that walks past.

Winters in Cornwall can be mild and wet and long rainy periods can cause wear and tear to outside appearances!

A sharp frost and some fresh spring sunlight can erode paintwork, and give the appearance of a home unloved. First impressions can make or break a deal, and nothing is more unwelcoming than tired or peeling paint and a bleak front garden.
So, follow our quick guide if you’re sprucing up your home ready for sale.

Home improvements

Dirty windows prevent light from shining into your home. Clean and paint any peeling sash windows and, if you’re replacing rotten woodwork, you probably want to keep anything new in the style of your home.

Doorway bling

Brushed aluminium has a more contemporary feel and heavy brass is a popular traditional look and both styles wear the elements pretty well. Choose door furniture that is in keeping with your property and, if you don’t need new, give it a good polish. This quick fix will take less than a half hour and the results will be seen for weeks, if not months.

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Plant life

Even the smallest outdoor space benefits from some greenery and a little love. Plant box shrubs in planters, a climber around the door or even some seasonal flowers in a window box. These simple ideas will instantly update your outside space and your visitors, will feel more welcomed.


Whether you choose heritage colour or something bold, our favourite trick for an outside upgrade is to paint the front door! Colour is a really personal choice re changing so think carefully if you’re drawn to something you can’t easily find – there might be a reason why it isn’t readily available!

Heritage colours work especially well in rural spaces as the blend with nature is seamless. And if you’re in a terrace, look to the colour choices of your neighbours. Coordinating door colours is a simple, yet incredibly effective, way to boost the kerb appeal of the whole row.

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