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Goodbye winter grey, say hello to spring …

The ‘beast from the east’ might have knocked us sideways, but this week we’re turning a corner with the official start of spring home improvement season.

So if your home exterior has lost its sparkle, now’s the time to lavish it with some TLC to get its kerb appeal back, whether you’re upgrading to sell or just want to beautify the front for yourself.

 

With help from architect and property expert George Clarke, we’ve put together some quick tips and tricks to breathe new life into your home for spring and, if you’re in the market for a new front or back door, our top shades trending right now might inspire you to unleash your inner craving for colour and try something different.

 

A new front door can instantly lift the look of your home, enabling you to put your personal stamp on it, and if you’ve got your eye on a more unusual colour but don’t fancy a total interior overhaul, featuring it on your front door could be the ideal place to start. With shades such as mid-purple, steel blue, light violet, bright yellow and cobalt blue currently trending, the Truedor RAL paint rainbow means you can have your door in pretty much any shade you like without having to lift a paint brush or paint pot yourself, and all combined with the security and eco benefits a composite door brings.

 

Here George Clarke shares his top five tips for boosting kerb appeal in time for spring.

 

Refresh planters, hanging baskets and window boxes

Now’s the time to add a dash of spring colour that will look attractive from both the outside and inside. Planters, baskets and window boxes filled with spring-flowering plants and bulbs in two to three colours make a good combination. Try primroses, crocus or daffodils, or evergreen foliage such as ivy. Grasses can add height and are good vertical planting options for smaller doorways.

 

Wash down wheelie bins and recycling boxes

Not the most enjoyable task but recycling bins can look grubby, so if you don’t keep them hidden or down the side of the house, do try to keep them clean and tidy. Wash down boxes with warm, soapy water to remove any build-up of mud and dirt, and think about disinfecting compost caddies and wheelie bins too, so they smell fresh. A spot of spring-cleaning outside your home like this will pay dividends and keep it looking super-smart.

 

Update house numbers

Although they're just a small detail, house numbers or names can make a big impact on a home's kerb appeal. Look at your property from the street and see if they’re crooked or covered in cobwebs or dust. This won’t look good to visitors or prospective buyers. Give them a wash or dust down as part of your exterior spring clean, and similar to paint colours, if you’re in the market for a new set of numbers, try to opt for a style that is appropriate to the style of your house.

 

Spruce up your entrance

Keep mud and slush at bay by making the entrance to your home a dirt-free zone. If you live in a particularly muddy area or unmade road, you don’t want this trampled into the hallway so invest in a boot scraper and boot rack for storing wet footwear. Welcome mats are a good way to show your personality and personal sense of style, with seagrass and sisal popular choices. However, man-made materials like plastic, woven acrylic and rubber will be more durable. Whatever you choose, remember to keep them looking clean and tidy, and free from dust and debris.

 

Clean windows and your front door

As we’ve just been through the worst of the winter months, getting up and coming home in the dark, it’s not always been easy to spot dirty windows which can cut out a lot of natural daylight. Cleaning glass inside and out on a regular basis will help to maximise the light coming through. A simple, non-toxic mix of water and white vinegar, and a rub down with kitchen towel or a microfibre cloth should do the trick. Show your door some TLC too if it’s taken a bashing from the elements: a quick wash down with a sponge or microfibre cloth and warm water is all you need to keep doors and accessories, such as letterboxes, doorknobs and knockers, bright and clean. Or if your door is beyond a simple spruce up, consider investing in a new one!

March 14 2018