We all judge a book by its cover sometimes, and while we know it's what's on the inside that counts, appearances definitely matter – especially when it comes to our homes.

A new study commissioned by Dulux Weathershield reveals that UK homeowners who give the exterior of their property a new coat of paint can increase its perceived value by a quarter.

Almost a third of Brits expect to pay 25% more for a freshly painted home, so it’s worth a little effort, even if you just want to impress the neighbours – something we’re all guilty of from time to time…

Painting the exterior of your home with Dulux Weathershield will instantly improve its appearance, and we’re so confident it will never flake, peel or mould, we’re offering our new Weathershield Promise on qualifying products, which guarantees to protect your home for as long as you live in it.

Our advanced formula actually resists peeling, flaking and staining caused by mould and, in the unlikely event you do suffer any of these issues while you’re still living in your home, we will return the value of a replacement product. All you need to do is register your purchase with our easy-to-use portal*.

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Despite the big difference such a small change can make, most Brits haven’t refreshed the exterior of their house in more than eight years, while one in five admit it’s been more than 15 years.

When it comes to so-called ‘kerb appeal’, the research suggests we should pay more attention to making a good impression. A massive 93% of us are more likely to attend a viewing if the house’s exterior is well maintained. And with 2.6 million Brits admitting they post photos of house exteriors to social media at least once a month, an Instagrammable facade is more important than ever.

Poorly maintained gardens and dirty windows are among our top bugbears, but what irritates us the most is a drab front door. The good news is it’s quick and easy to fix with Dulux Weathershield. Go to the Weathershield page to see our range of products and colours.

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*Registration and paint application required within 120 days of purchase. T&Cs and exclusions apply.

For more information about the new Dulux Weathershield promise please click here

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