Kerb Appeal Important for Investment Property

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Kerb appeal is very important to maximise the sale or rental price of your property, according to research carried out by the HomeOwners Alliance.

Spending just a few hundred pounds can improve your property’s kerb appeal and positively influence a buyer’s first impression – such as fixing broken tiles on a roof (£190), carrying out a garden tidy up (£150) or improving the front drive or pathway to the house (£100-£500).

More than two thirds (68 per cent) of homeowners say kerb appeal was important in their choice of property. They have also revealed a list of the features most important to them in creating a positive first impression in the home they wanted to buy.

In the HomeOwners Alliance survey, of more than 2,000 UK adults conducted by YouGov, the most important aspects for kerb appeal were well-maintained windows and a roof that appeared in good condition. A well-maintained front garden, pathways and fences were also highlighted as important, in addition to a well-painted frontage.

Other significant features included clean gutters, concealed wheelie bins and a brightly lit exterior. An attractive front door also featured lower down the list.

The good news is that most features important for kerb appeal on a property can be achieved for a relatively small outlay, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Top Ten Kerb Appeal Features

  • Windows in good condition (71 per cent) Cost: The FMB say the cost of repairing and redecorating wooden windows that have not been touched for a decade would be between £1,000 and £2,000. For upstairs windows, scaffolding may be required instead of a ladder and, if so, it typically costs £400 a day to rent.
  • A roof that appears in good condition (no missing tiles) (68 per cent) Cost: The FMB say replacing five missing, loose or cracked roof tiles would cost around £190 and would take up to one day. Scaffolding may be needed.
  • A tidy front garden with no weeds and trimmed hedges (67 per cent) Cost: The FMB say the cost of tidying an overgrown front garden would be around £150 for a day’s work.
  • A well-maintained pathway/drive (59 per cent) Cost: The FMB say repairing and improving the pathway or drive up to the house could typically cost between £100 and £500 depending on the extent of the damage and the surface.
  • Well-maintained fences and walls (56 per cent) Cost: The FMB say repainting a fence costs about £90 per panel (including labour) while building a new fence could cost up to £1500, depending on the materials used.
  • A well-decorated exterior (54 per cent) Cost: The FMB estimates it would cost around £550 to repaint the front of a house. Scaffolding may be needed.
  • A well-maintained and attractive front door (52 per cent) Cost: Redecorating a front door would typically cost £200, according to the FMB.
  • Clear, functioning gutters (50 per cent) Cost: The FMB say clearing and repairing gutters would cost around £250. Scaffolding may be needed.
  • Hidden wheelie bins (36 per cent) Cost: A natural willow wheelie bin screen storage costs as little as £49.99.
  • A well-lit house (26 per cent) Cost: The FMB say adding an exterior light to the house can cost between £250 and £750 and should be completed by a qualified electrician.

Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance, said: ‘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.’