Give your property an exterior makeover

House doctors Suzy Maas and Katie Moug of The Final Touch provide expert advice on interiors
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Question: How can I smarten up the front of my mid-terraced house with minimal expense? I hate the dated UPVC windows and compared to my neighbour’s properties, the house lacks character.

Answer: Whether you are selling your property or looking to increase the value, ‘kerb appeal’ is one of the most important factors to consider. Often, with a small amount of cosmetic surgery you can transform your property with relatively little expense.

We recently carried out a project for a client who had similar problems and who needed to ‘Keep up with The Joneses’ in order to achieve a maximum sale price. The dirty off-white paintwork was dreary and uninviting, and the UPVC windows looked cheap and were not in keeping with the age of the Victorian property.

Taking into account the strong colours used by the immediate neighbours, the Final Touch chose ‘Stone Blue’ with a matt finish from the Farrow and Ball collection. The front door was painted in ‘Matchstick’, and the window lintels and archway to the front door were painted white, in order to tie in with the adjoining properties.

We replaced the ugly plastic windows with double glazed timber sashes and replaced the grubby pea shingle with a larger 20mm gravel (available from most DIY outlets) and planted a large evergreen shrub in a lead planter at the front of the property.

The cost of this project was approximately £6,000, the main expense being the made-to-measure sash windows.

Top tips when considering an external makeover

* Consider the age of your property before entering into anything too dramatic.
* Consider adjoining properties i.e. colour schemes, window styles, period details.
* Unless your property is listed or in a conservation area you generally do not need planning consent.
* Don’t cut corners on materials; good quality paints and windows make all the difference and will stand the test of time.

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Suzy Maas and Katie Moug
Suzy Maas and Katie Moug

Meet our experts: Suzy Maas and Katie Moug

The Final Touch team have renovated and dressed many properties, and have worked on a diverse range of projects, from large family homes to compact, city flats. They offer consultancy to homeowners, and project manage jobs to completion. The business has developed a team of trusted builders and contractors.

Special offer: 25 per cent discount

Homes & Property readers can save 25 per cent on an initial home consultation by The Final Touch until 31 December 2009. This usually costs £75 an hour and can take anything from one-to-three hours depending on the size of the property.

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