Over two-thirds of home buyers say ‘kerb appeal’ was important in their choice of home, according to a new survey.
Kerb appeal – the attractiveness of a property and its surroundings – is a key consideration for those looking to sell, upgrade or renovate their home. And just a few changes to the exterior could significantly improve the kerb appeal and value of the home.
The HomeOwners Alliance surveyed more than 2,000 adults in the UK and revealed that the most important aspects of kerb appeal were well-maintained windows and a roof deemed to be in good condition.
A well-maintained front garden, pathways and fences were also highlighted as important aspects of kerb appeal, as well as a well-painted frontage.
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which teamed up with the HomeOwners Alliance for the survey, calculated kerb appeal can be created for as little as £150.
Having a tidy front garden can be achieved for as little as £150, according to the FMB, while broken tiles on a roof can be fixed for as little as £190.
Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance, says: “Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression – most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property. So if you’re about to put your home on the market this autumn or your house has been on sale for a while, it’s worth going through this list and seeing what improvements you can make.
“The good news is that a lot of solutions are simple and cost very little, from putting your wheelie bins out of sight, to repainting your front door and weeding your paths. Some jobs don’t even require a tradesperson. But where you do need a professional to help, make sure you get a few quotes before starting work.”
The rest of the features that can increase kerb appeal that were deemed to be important included having clean gutters, concealed wheelie bins and a well-lit house.