No we are not talking about Hinching your house, or working some Marie Kondo magic. It’s all about revitalizing your home from its very foundations to the chimney tops. First impressions really are everything, and if you are considering selling during this uncertain time you really will need to stand out from the crowd in what is certainly a buyer’s market.
Think about it, the first thing buyers see is the exterior of your home, cracks an’ all and according to Barclays Mortgages, the majority of house-hunters decide in only ten seconds whether they like a property or not just from what it looks like on the outside. So, within a mere 10 seconds, you will need to communicate just how much of a good investment your home really is.
A whopping 35% of buyers will base their decision entirely on a home’s exterior. So, if the exterior of your home isn’t up to scratch, they won’t even bother going inside. Even more astonishingly, 53% of buyers said they would purchase a property that looked enticing from the outside, even if they knew that the interior didn’t live up to these standards and would require significant redecoration.
Sorting out any masonry damage and giving your home a brick clean can really make the world of difference. When considering rejuvenating your home with brick or stone cleaning it’s certainly worth ensuring that your contractor is using the correct equipment that can get the job done, like removing organic matter, pollution, dirt, grime and even paint or graffiti without damaging your home. At Structural Repairs, we are DOFF and TORC certified so, you will have peace of mind that the facade of your home is not compromised.
Give your home some integrity
Regardless of whether you intend to sell your home or not, the reality is we are certainly spending a considerably more amount of time at home due to COVID-19 and there is nothing more depressing than spending time in your home if it isn’t working for you. It’s not just about giving your home a superficial facelift, (weeding, and a quick lick of paint) Cracks can be a sign that something is seriously wrong… If your home has cracks, exterior or interior it’s certainly worth getting an expert in to assess the situation.
The ground will naturally move due to various reasons and this will cause cracks. If the movement is minor this can easily and affordability be fixed with a method called crack stitching. However, if the assessment reveals that your home is suffering from subsidence this is an issue that will require a resolution before the problem gets worse, and thus cause you more time and money in the long run.
With various techniques employed today and non-invasive options available it’s worth finding out the options that are suitable to your home. Underpinning and resin injections are two options that you may be available to you and once this is resolved you will be able to have a restful nights sleep safe in the knowledge that the structural integrity of your home is no longer at risk and your home is no longer slowly sinking into the ground.
Wood restoration 101
If you have a beautiful period property with exposed beams, don’t leave them crumbling to weather, or let them rot away. Wood rot is a common complaint and wood infestations are also not uncommon. Leaving these conditions as they are will only serve to cause damage beyond repair and could leave your home structurally compromised. There are lots of modern techniques available to us today like resin repairs that will serve to conserve the wood whilst also providing newfound strength.
The penetrating damp problem
Unfortunately, this can often be spotted on the exterior of a home so a few air fresheners dotted around the place to disguise the smell of damp isn’t going to help much here. On a more serious note, damp is incredibly bad for human health especially if you have asthmatic living at home. With all of us spending much more time at home due to COVID-19 this is certainly no time to compromise your health or happiness with poor living conditions. We are entering into the colder months and this is when the damp and cold become particularly apparent. Our homes are now often doubling up as a classroom, come office too so there is certainly no hiding from those mould spores! It really is time to resolve that pesky damp problem once and for all!
Now that is certainly food for thought and you may be wondering where on earth to start. If you have any niggling problems, big or small, we recommend getting the experts in to access the situation so, you have a clear picture of the extent of the problem and all of the possible solutions available to you. Here at Structural Repairs, we know just how important it is to keep your home safe and we have been working throughout the pandemic ensuring both our staff and customers are safe. We have always offered a free consultation and no-obligation quote, so what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our team today.