Lockdown is the perfect time to add value to your property

Get your property shipshape for the post COVID-19 market. 

The silver lining to this lockdown is that many of us now have time to spend on improving and adding value to our properties. We all have long ‘to-do’ lists for around the home, so take advantage of this opportunity to tick some jobs off your list, especially if you are thinking of putting your home on the market when this crisis settles down.

Start outside
Spend your downtime tidying up around the garden and yard. Not only is it therapeutic and good exercise, but your front lawn and garden are the first thing potential purchasers will see. Take a hard look at your property and see what areas need the most love. Weeding, cleaning down the exterior walls, removing cobwebs, cleaning the windows and touching up paintwork (if you have the paint in storage) are all good options. Read more

Declutter your home, calm your mind

Decluttering, minimising what you own and generally living a simpler life with less possessions, was all the rage in 2019 but it’s possibly even more relevant in 2020 as we hunker down to wait out COVID-19. 


The recent lockdown has been unsettling, with many of us working from home, keeping housebound children occupied or trying to fill our days in other ways. Feeling anxious, disoriented or downright grumpy is to be expected, but one way to calm your mind is to bring order to your surroundings. Now is the ideal time to organise your home and you can even get the kids involved to keep them off their devices for a while.

While many of us don’t like the idea of throwing away treasured possessions accumulated over a lifetime, we may appreciate the benefits of living in a well organised, less chaotic space over the coming weeks. Decluttering doesn’t need to be painful; in fact, it can be fun, so here are seven creative ways to declutter your home.

  1. Start Small.
    If you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed early into your decluttering journey, then before you know it, you will have removed a week’s worth and then a month’s worth of items – and not miss them.
  2. Fill one bin bag.
    One of the most talked about decluttering techniques is to grab a large bin bag and see how quickly you can fill it. While much of what is collected may well be rubbish, there is also a chance that it contains items of value that can be donated to charity in the future. Clean and store the items worth giving away.

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