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The ugly truth: top 10 easy ways to transform an ugly home

Update your property to generate viewings and add value, too   Beauty, as we all know, is in the eye of the beholder. But there are plenty of ways you can turn an ugly duckling property into an attractive swan that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Nothing is impossible - it is just a matter of time, imagination and money. A wise investment of all three will make your home more saleable, generate more viewings and add value, too. So where do you start' 1 - The ideal home Job one is to make a list of your property's least attractive features. Be honest. Is the front door a bit shabby' Are the windows old and falling apart' Is the paintwork flaking and outdated' Prioritise the biggest offenders, then set about transforming them with creativity and cunning. Get three quotes to find the most competitive price, before going ahead. 2 - Front of house management If you have pebbledash, paint it an inoffensive off-white. Are your windows on the small side' Fit shutters that will make them look more generously proportioned. 3 - Sort out the red tape Check with your local authority if you need permission to make alterations to your property. You may live in a conservation area, so make sure you know the rules first. 4 - Rearrange the furniture Seventies-style door furniture often makes a house look old-fashioned. Shop around to find cost-effective alternative polished chrome house numbers, letterboxes, door knockers or pulls. Paint colours in vogue at the moment are black or grey. 5 - Deal with the damp If water has got into your walls, hire an expert to remove it and reinstate your damp course. A scented candle has not yet been made, which can disguise the smell of damp. 6 - Ditch the dish Hide satellite dishes or wires running up the front of the building. Can you find somewhere more discreet to position them' There is no shortage of homes with huge bunches of cables hanging off the side of the property. Attention to detail matters when considering an exterior makeover. 7 - Wash and brush-up Do some parts of your property just need a bit of TLC' Painting the exterior of your house can be expensive. But could you concentrate on a couple of areas, where the paintwork is flaking or just dirty' It might save money and add kerb appeal. 8 - The front garden Employ camouflage: put up some trellis, lots of honeysuckle (quick-growing) and replace a concrete path with gravel or attractive tiles. 9 - Keep colours muted You may love the luminous mustard walls inside your home. But if your prospective buyer has a pink sofa, the colours will clash. Consider re-painting your avocado-green bathroom, too (white or cream never offends). Remember if people have a choice of properties, they'll go for the one that needs the least work. 10 - Hall sweetness and light Make the hallway seem as large and as light as possible. Leave any internal adjoining doors open, and use a bright and cheerful light bulb rather than a gloomy, low-wattage version.   Remember - first impressions count. You've heard of love at first sight' Make sure your property is the one poised to sweep potential buyers off their feet. For further advice or to speak to a member of the Winkworth team click here to find your nearest office.

Update your property to generate viewings and add value, too  Beauty, as we all know, is in the eye of the beholder. But there are plenty of ways you can turn an ugly duckling property into an attractive swan that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Nothing is impossible - it is just a matter of time, imagination and money. A wise investment of all three will make your home more saleable, generate more viewings and add value, too. So where do you start'

sidebar21 - The ideal home Job one is to make a list of your property's least attractive features. Be honest. Is the front door a bit shabby' Are the windows old and falling apart' Is the paintwork flaking and outdated' Prioritise the biggest offenders, then set about transforming them with creativity and cunning. Get three quotes to find the most competitive price, before going ahead.

2 - Front of house management If you have pebbledash, paint it an inoffensive off-white. Are your windows on the small side' Fit shutters that will make them look more generously proportioned.

3 - Sort out the red tape Check with your local authority if you need permission to make alterations to your property. You may live in a conservation area, so make sure you know the rules first. 4 - Rearrange the furniture Seventies-style door furniture often makes a house look old-fashioned. Shop around to find cost-effective alternative polished chrome house numbers, letterboxes, door knockers or pulls. Paint colours in vogue at the moment are black or grey.

5 - Deal with the damp If water has got into your walls, hire an expert to remove it and reinstate your damp course. A scented candle has not yet been made, which can disguise the smell of damp.

6 - Ditch the dish Hide satellite dishes or wires running up the front of the building. Can you find somewhere more discreet to position them' There is no shortage of homes with huge bunches of cables hanging off the side of the property. Attention to detail matters when considering an exterior makeover.

7 - Wash and brush-up Do some parts of your property just need a bit of TLC' Painting the exterior of your house can be expensive. But could you concentrate on a couple of areas, where the paintwork is flaking or just dirty' It might save money and add kerb appeal.

8 - The front garden Employ camouflage: put up some trellis, lots of honeysuckle (quick-growing) and replace a concrete path with gravel or attractive tiles.

9 - Keep colours muted You may love the luminous mustard walls inside your home. But if your prospective buyer has a pink sofa, the colours will clash. Consider re-painting your avocado-green bathroom, too (white or cream never offends). Remember - if people have a choice of properties, they'll go for the one that needs the least work.

10 - Hall sweetness and light Make the hallway seem as large and as light as possible. Leave any internal adjoining doors open, and use a bright and cheerful light bulb rather than a gloomy, low-wattage version.   Remember - first impressions count. You've heard of love at first sight' Make sure your property is the one poised to sweep potential buyers off their feet.

For further advice or to speak to a member of the Winkworth team click here to find your nearest office.

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