Seven easy tasks you can do this Easter weekend to add value to your home

Seven easy tasks you can do this Easter weekend to add value to your home


ADDING value to your home may seem like a daunting task without the help of a professional.

But just a few simple hacks could raise the price of your property – and the Easter weekend is the perfect time to get started.

DIY expert Jo Behari, the author of The Girls Guide to DIY, said: “DIY can be daunting at first, and the temptation is to give up before you’ve even started.

“My main tip, beyond advice on specific jobs, is to plan, plan and plan – watch YouTube videos and read tutorials so you’re not surprised when anything happens.

“It’s the fear of the unknown that can put you off, whether it’s grouting or gardening, so forewarned is definitely forearmed.”

The expert says reviving hardwood floors, stripping old wallpaper and adding fresh tiles can all help when revamping your home.

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Her simple hacks include which sanders to use and when, how to keep things in good condition and how to stay safe while doing so.

When reviving floors, Jo suggests using an edging sander as well as a floor sander – and advises using a nail punch to hammer in nails.

Her other tips include keeping decking in the shade and using a heat gun to get the smoothest finish when working with gloss paint.

You can view Jo's tips in full below.


Reviving hardwood floors

Hire an edging sander as well as a floor sander

Sand along the grain of the wood not against it

Use a nail punch to hammer the nails in so you don’t rip up the sanding sheets

Paint your way out of a room so you don't get trapped

Upcycling old furniture

Work with the coarsest grade of sandpaper first

Use a tack cloth to wipe away loose debris for a smooth finish before painting

Find handles from homeware stores, online marketplaces and antique shops

Cover the inside of drawers with patterned wallpaper or adhesive sheets

Reinventing your outdoor space

Avoid putting your decking in a shady area to keep the wood in good condition

Draw the deck out in advance for pre-planning and to limit cutting wastage

Coat all pieces of wood with preservative to avoid water damage

Consider tool hire for a convenient and cost-effective option as lots of tools will be needed for reinventing outdoor space – jigsaw, drill, pressure washer etc.

Getting rid of gloss/lead paint

Use a heat gun to get the smoothest finish when working with gloss paint

Don’t use a heat gun if trying to get rid of lead paint as it can release harmful toxins

If unsure whether your paint has lead in it, use a home test kit to find out

Giving fences and outdoor furniture some TLC

Use a paint sprayer, which can be hired, but test it on cardboard first for practice

Always spray horizontally to avoid drips and don’t spray in thick sections

Finish off with a brush for the smaller, more fiddly areas

Stripping old wallpaper

Protect your floor and put masking tape around any nearby electrical sockets

Remove the first layer of wallpaper with your fingers once you’ve lifted off a corner

Use a wallpaper steamer – but use a scoring tool to score any stubborn wallpaper off before steaming for the underneath layer

Tiling like a pro

Buy more tiles than needed in case they go out of stock and to practice your technique first

Use a marker instead of a pencil to mark the tiles

Always remember to wear safety goggles and well-fitting gloves when cutting tiles

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A poll of 2,000 adults found the average adult will let a DIY job sit undone for a whopping 19 weeks – nearly five months – before finally getting around to sorting it.

Painting walls and ceilings are the tasks that get put off most often, along with deep cleaning carpets and clearing out guttering.

Almost a third (32 per cent) think their kitchen is the room in the house that’s most in need of improvement, followed by the bathroom and the garden.

But 64 per cent have reached the point where they have simply ‘learned to live’ with their home’s imperfections instead of sorting them out.

It also emerged 54 per cent think bank holidays are the perfect time to finally get around to sorting out DIY tasks, according to the data.

Matthew Clague, retail operations director at Speedy, said: “The bank holiday weekends are popular among DIYers for a reason – it gives people time to build up the confidence to start jobs that have been bugging them for a while.

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“A large proportion of Brits are discouraged from even trying as they don’t have the right tools and equipment, which is where hiring those better quality or specialist tools can be perfect to undertake the tasks at hand.

“We hope to see more people taking on DIY tasks over the long weekend, before working up to more ambitious projects once they have a few DIY successes under their belt.”

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