How to fall back in love with your home


I get it. You’re just not that into it right now. All you can see are the things you wish you could change.

Before trading in your home for a new one, it may be that all you need is a little one-on-one time to reconnect.

Try one of these (almost free) things that are guaranteed to have you swooning for your abode like the day you first met.

Take a fresh look at the home you already have, says Kate Alexander.

KATE ALEXANDER

Take a fresh look at the home you already have, says Kate Alexander.

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CLEAN THE WINDOWS

I spend 90 per cent of my time preparing homes for sale. The day the house and windows get washed is the day it all comes together.

My method for window cleaning is to add a drop of liquid detergent to a bucket of warm water, then apply the water to the window with a sponge. Dry the water off with a towel. As a side note, window cleaning is mostly elbow grease, you’ll probably need a soak in the bath yourself afterwards.

Alternatively, call in the professionals. I’ve watched the professionals clean all the windows of a large sprawling home, inside and out, in just one day.

PAINT SOMETHING

KATE ALEXANDER

Kate saved the old cane chair from ending up in a skip. She painted it in Resene Blackjack water-based enamel for a gloss look and hardy finish.

Anything. It could be four walls, furniture, or a picture frame. Recently I painted an old cane chair and an outdoor seat, giving myself two new pieces of furniture to play with. Painting provides enormous rewards…

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