Follow these simple, affordable tips from the HomeOwners Alliance to boost your home's good looks, attract potential buyers and sell your property quicker

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According to new research from the HomeOwners Alliance, two-thirds of us make a decision on buying a new home influenced by a property’s ‘kerb appeal’ – that is, how pretty it looks before we’ve even set foot inside the front door.

If you’re trying to sell your home without much luck, could it be your home’s outward appearance that’s putting off potential buyers? The HomeOwners Alliance has teamed up with the Federation of Master Builders for some simple tips that can boost your home’s kerb appeal. All costing under £250 according to the experts, these ideas won’t break the bank, or if you’re up for putting some elbow grease into it, even cheaper if you DIY.

1. Tidy the front garden

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Trimming up hedges and pulling weeds is beyond the reach of most homeowners, but it’s estimated that maintining an overgrown front garden would cost around £150 for a day’s work.

2. Maintain fences and panels

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Re-painting a fence is an easy weekend DIY job, but you could have a professional in to spruce up your fences from £90 per panel.

3. Redecorate your front door 

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For a professional's touch when re-painting a front door, expect to pay around £200 including paint and labour.

4. Hide wheelie bins

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While wheelie bins are a necessity, they aren’t the most attractive objects to have in your front garden. Bamboo screens can start from £50, while these stylish bin covers from Garden Trading start from £175.

5. Clear the guttering 

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The Federation of Master Builders say that you’ll need to pay around £250 on average to have gutters cleared to ensure they’re in good working order, but it could be more if your property requires scaffolding for the job.

6. Add an outdoor light 

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Adding an exterior light by your front door is a good security measure that will attract buyers. It should be completed by a qualified electrician and will cost from £250 all-in.

 

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