10 cheap ways you can add thousands of pounds to the value of your home
HOMEOWNERS can add thousands of pounds to the value of their property by giving the outside a facelift.
It only takes three seconds to decide if a property is the home for you, according to Rightmove, so it's no surprise that a shabby outside can be an instant turn-off.
But thankfully there are cheap ways to make sure the front of your home hits the spot.
Property experts at HomeOwners Alliance surveyed 2,000 adults to find out what mattered most to them when they bought their home.
They singled out outdated windows, broken guttering and tiles that are falling off the roof as big no-nos when it comes to house hunting.
Here we reveal the affordable ways – some of them free – to transform the outside of your property.
Paula Higgins, chief executive of the HomeOwners Alliance, said: "Kerb Appeal creates a lasting first impression.
"So if you’re about to put your home on the market, it’s worth going through this list and seeing what improvements you can make."
Tidy the garden – free (if you have the right tools)
A tidy front garden with no weeds and trimmed hedges was important to 62 per cent of people the HomeOwners Alliance spoke to.
The good news is, if you've got the right tools (such as sheers and a lawnmower) then this is essentially a free problem to solve.
If you're not in a rush to sell up, flowers can add a splash of colour with packs of seeds costing £1.80 from B&Q.
But if you're not blessed with green fingers, research by Bidvine shows the average gardener in the UK charges £14 to £25 an hour.
Experts at Property Price Advice claim a nice garden can add up to 20 per cent to the value of your home.
Fix your roof tiles – from 36p
Looking after your roof isn't just important for keeping your home warm, it mattered to 68 per cent of buyers when looking for a new property.
Half of home owners said they noticed if the top the property they were viewing had tiles missing.
If you're good at DIY, you can buy roof tiles for as little as 36p each from About Roofing Supplies – but this shouldn't be a job that's taken on lightly.
You'll likely need to use a ladder to reach your roof, so if you don't have experience in home improvements we'd recommend hiring a professional.
The Federation of Master Builders says it costs around £190 to hire someone for one day to fix your roof.
Make sure your home is well lit – from £1
Adding light to the outside of your property can make it more inviting, according to 26 per cent of home buyers.
It doesn't have to be an expensive job as cheap post lights from Poundland can make all the difference.
We found a whole range of different styles right here but you'll need to visit your local Poundland to buy them.
The great thing about them is they pop right into the ground, saving money on expensive electrician bills.
This can range anywhere between £40 to £60 an hour, according to the Home Advice Guide website.
Make sure your gutters aren't broken – from £2.17
Fixing broken guttering if by no means an easy task but it's an off-put for 50 per cent of home buyers.
Guttering parts start from £2.17 from Roofing Superstore but please don't attempt to fix it yourself if you don't know how.
Depending on the extent of repair, you can expect to pay anywhere from £50 to £150 for a tradesmen, according to Price Your Job.
Paint your front door – from £15
If you know what you're doing, painting your front door yourself can add to the appeal of your home, says 52 per cent of property owners.
You need to make sure you use weatherproof, exterior paint so it doesn't chip during turbulent weather.
Dulux recommends using Masonry paint when redecorating the outside of your home and prices start at £15 for 2.5L tubs in B&M.
It's worth noting that it isn't as simple as slapping some paint on the door, as it'll need to be sanded down first and allowed plenty of time to dry.
If you're not confident doing it yourself, Quote Advisor suggests the average charge for a painter is £108 to do your front door.
Look after your fences – from £18
Fences that weren't falling down made a difference to 56 per cent of people in the HomeOwners Alliance survey.
If you can do it yourself, B&Q sells fence panels starting from £18 each.
The smaller your garden, the fewer panels you'll have to buy so make sure you measure up.
If you only have one broken panel, you might be able to get away with just replacing the one.
There's also Spear and Jackson garden paint from B&M costing £3 for 2.5L tubs if they need just a lick of paint.
Not confident enough to do it yourself? Fence Installers charge £45 per panel if you hire them to do between five and six panels.
Hide your bins – £20
No one wants to look at someone else's rubbish and 36 per cent of people were impressed when a property had a way to hide their bins.
We found this wheelie bin screen for £20 from Selections and it's made from willow for ultimate camouflage.
Paint the front of your house – £90
Like your front door, you'll need to use Masonry paint to decorate the exterior walls of your home.
This will be a lot trickier than painting just the door and if you own a big property, will require more paint and a ladder.
You can three tubs of 10L Masonry paint for £90 from B&M if you feel like it's a job you can take on.
The amount of paint you'll need will vary depending on the size of your home so make sure you're buying enough.
But if you aren't up to doing the prepping (this involves washing down the walls, filling in any holes and sanding down chipped areas) then it might be best to hire a handyman.
The Federation of Master Builders estimates the average cost of repainting the outside of your home is £550.
Well-maintained exterior walls mattered to 52 per cent of people the HomeOwners Alliance spoke to.
Maintaining your driveway – from £100
A well-looked after driveway impacted the buying decision of 59 per cent of property owners.
The Federation of Master Builders says repairing and improving your driveway can cost anywhere between £100 and £500.
This all depends on the damage that needs fixing and the extent of the surface.
Make sure your windows are in good condition – from £1,000
HomeOwners Alliance found 71 per cent of home owners said decent windows were a deciding factor when buying their home.
The Eco Experts estimate the average cost of double glazing is between £400 and £600 per window.
But the benefits should outweigh the cost as Zenith Home says double glazing can add 3 per cent to 10 per cent to the property value.
Like most DIY projects, the price you'll pay depends on the size of your home.
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