68% of buyers want houses with 'Kerb Appeal'

by Theo Hildebrand on 17th September 2019

They say you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. That’s certainly true of our houses too. A recent survey, conducted by the HomeOwners Alliance, shows that almost 7 out of 10 of us are swayed by a property’s appearance when we first approach it.

In fact, of more than 2,000 UK adults asked by YouGov, more than two thirds (68%) of homeowners say ‘Kerb Appeal’ was important in their choice of home.

For anyone thinking about selling up soon, there are some key items to tick off your list to get your property looking its best. 

The survey showed the most important items 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.

Deciding what to fix can be tricky. So the HomeOwners Alliance teamed up with the Federation of Master Builders (FMD) to see how much it would cost to improve your home. The good news is that homeowners can have a tidy front garden from as little as £150 while fixing broken tiles on a roof to make it look top notch can cost as little as £190. 

The ‘Kerb Appeal’ action list shows which item mattered most to homeowners (a percentage of survey respondents), and what it might cost to fix them.

  • Windows in good condition (71%)

The FMB says 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%)

The FMB says 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%)

The FMB says the cost of tidying an overgrown front garden would be around £150 for a day’s work.

  • A well-maintained pathway/ drive(59%)

The FMB says 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%)

The FMB says 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%)

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%)

Redecorating a front door would typically cost £200, according to the FMB.

  • Clear, functioning gutters(50%)

The FMB says clearing and repairing gutters would cost around £250. Scaffolding may be needed.

  • Hidden wheelie bins (36%)

A natural willow wheelie bin screen storage costs as little as £49.99.

  • A well-lit house(26%)

The FMB says adding an exterior light to the house can cost between £250 and £750 and should be completed by a qualified electrician.

If you want to know more about how to get your house ready for sale, then there’s lots more practical advice on  hoa.org

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