Why kerb appeal matters!

First impressions count. That’s why ensuring your home has excellent kerb appeal is crucial when selling. The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, and it greatly influences whether they’ll be interested in seeing the inside. Here are some frequently asked questions about kerb appeal and essential information to make your home stand out.

What is kerb appeal?

“Kerb appeal” is a term often associated with estate agents, but what does it mean? Kerb appeal refers to how your home appears from the street – a combination of design elements that create an appealing exterior. Homes with kerb appeal are often described as cute, inviting, charming, elegant, sophisticated or welcoming.

Why is kerb appeal so important?

Kerb appeal plays a pivotal role when selling your home. It’s often the first aspect a potential buyer encounters, either online or while passing by. Their initial impression of your home’s exterior significantly influences their decision to explore further. However, kerb appeal’s significance extends beyond just attracting buyers; it can also increase your home’s value. In fact, it’s estimated that kerb appeal can add up to 7% to your home’s overall value.

How can I enhance my home’s kerb appeal?

The good news is that creating kerb appeal is relatively straightforward when selling your home. Here are some ideas to enhance your kerb appeal:

  • Arrange the area around your front door with plants, new house numbers, and a fresh coat of paint.
  • Add window boxes with vibrant, colourful flowers.
  • Install exterior lights along pathways and driveways – using solar lighting is a cheaper way to do this.
  • Tidy up the landscaping by trimming trees and bushes, pulling weeds, and maintaining a well-manicured lawn.
What mistakes should I avoid?

Although improving kerb appeal is achievable, there are some mistakes you should steer clear of:

  • Avoid completely redoing the landscape. Focus on a few key areas to make a significant difference in your home’s kerb appeal.
  • Choose paint colours that are neutral and currently popular instead of overly bright or unconventional choices that may not appeal to a wider range of buyers.
  • Keep the landscaping relatively neutral and avoid very personal touches that might not resonate with potential buyers.
  • Commit to the upkeep of your kerb appeal while your home is on the market. Ensure the lawn is regularly mowed, and the plants and flowers are well-watered to maintain a fresh appearance.
How much do I need to spend?

Enhancing your home’s exterior for better kerb appeal is both simple and cost-effective. You don’t need to overspend on updates and many upgrades can be done on your own and can make a significant difference in your home’s overall look.

If you would like any help on how to improve your kerb appeal when selling your house please contact us on:

Winslow: 01296 712717
Leighton Buzzard: 01525 851616
Milton Keynes: 01908 231199


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