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Improving a home’s exterior can boost saleability, research says

Spending just a little can improve a home’s kerb appeal and positively influence a buyer’s first impression, according to new research.

Two thirds of home buyers are influenced by how a home looks from the outside and want to see well maintained windows and a roof in good condition, a survey from the HomeOwners Alliance has found.

It says that fixing broken tiles on a roof, tidying up the garden and improving the front drive or pathway to a house does not need to cost a fortune, with an estimate of costs from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) putting costs at just a few hundred pounds.

Overall some 68% of home owners say kerb appeal was important in their choice of home. As well as the roof and windows, they also look at pathways and fences and a well-painted frontage.

Other significant features included clean gutters, concealed wheelie bins and a brightly-lit exterior. An attractive front door featured lower down the list.

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