More than two thirds (68%) of homeowners say kerb appeal was important in their choice of home. In a survey of more than 2,000 UK adults conducted by YouGov and the HomeOwners Alliance, homeowners have revealed a list of the features most important to them in creating a positive first impression of the home they wanted to buy.
The features that appeal
Our study found the most important features 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 features included clean gutters, concealed wheelie bins and a brightly-lit exterior. An attractive front door also featured lower down the list.
Top ways to boost your home’s kerb appeal
The HomeOwners Alliance survey found the most important kerb appeal features to homeowners when they bought their home were as follows. This list also gives indicative costs provided by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to enhance, fix or deliver these kerb appeal features for your home:
1. Windows in good condition (rated by 71% of homeowners as important)
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.
2. A roof that appears in good condition (no missing tiles) (68%)
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.
3. A tidy front garden with no weeds and trimmed hedges (67%)
Cost: The FMB say the cost of tidying an overgrown front garden would be around £150 for a day’s work.
4. A well maintained pathway/ drive (59%)
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.
5. Well-maintained fences and walls (56%)
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.
6. A well-decorated exterior (54%)
Cost: The FMB estimates it would cost around £550 to repaint the front of a house. Scaffolding may be needed.
7. A well-maintained and attractive front door (52%)
Cost: Redecorating a front door would typically cost £200, according to the FMB.