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Property know-how with George

This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, George Clarke, looks at what home improvements are likely to put off potential buyers and devalue your home

We are a nation of home improvers. We love to spend money on our homes to make them as beautiful and as ‘homely’ as possible. The phrase ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ rings true as we do take pride in creating a stable home to not only provide shelter, but also to be a place that can craft the way our families live.

But, it is important that any home improvements we do spend our hard-earned money on are the right things to do and genuinely ‘improve’ the home rather than put off any future potential buyers or, worse still, devalue your home.

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