Viewers of the popular Channel 4 program, “Location, Location, Location” will be familiar with the term but what is it and does it really matter?
Kerb appeal is the first impression one gets, relating to the attractiveness of a property and it’s surroundings viewed from the street. If you are selling, it’s vitally important. Many potential buyers will only book a viewing if it passes the kerb appeal test. A house with good kerb appeal commands higher prices than similar properties, scoring lower. An article from Dulux, claims it can be up to 25%.
What gives a property good Kerb Appeal?
- Tidy and weed free front garden and drive
- Maintained and clean walls, frames and windows
- Clean neutral colour paintwork
- Good quality fixtures and fittings (handles, lighting, house numbers etc.)
- Well trimmed greenery (even small plots benefit from something)
- Quality materials used for paths, steps and drives
- Privacy from neighbours (hedges, fences etc.)
- Equally attractive neighbouring properties
What spoils Kerb Appeal
- Weeds, rubbish, wheelie bins on show and general untidiness
- Peeling paint, rotten windows or general lack of maintenance
- Cracked walls, poor brick pointing and stains
- Broken paving and worn surfaces
- Overgrown and overhanging plants and trees
- Bland design (such as left by builders)
- Damaged gates and fencing
- Poor surrounding environment