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We talked about kerb appeal in last month’s guide to selling in summer and how important it is for creating the best first impression of your property.

When you think about searching for properties online, how likely are you to click on details for a home if the lead photograph is rather drab? The homes that perform the best on property websites like Rightmove and Zoopla are the ones that can grab the attention from the off.

During viewings, too, it’s important to make sure your property is looking its best, as potential buyers and renters will often be well on their way to making their mind up about a property before they even enter the front door.

Even if you’re not looking to sell, sprucing up the front of your home can be a great idea, as it'll improve your mood when you come home, and offers your guests a much more welcoming atmosphere.

Thankfully, maximising your kerb appeal doesn’t have to break the bank – our tips below will help to improve yours without having to spend much.

1) Front and centre

The front door is always a good place to start, especially as it’s one of the first things that people see when it comes to your home. UPVC doors can be cleaned easily enough with the right product, and if you have a wooden door, why not consider a fresh lick of paint? If you have them, you can also repaint your garage or front gate to tie them into your colour scheme.

Giving your letterboxes and door handles a polish shows good attention to detail, but if they’re looking a little tired, don’t be afraid to replace them. 

2) Plot your path to success

The path to your front door or outdoor paving stones can get dirty with ease, so applying some TLC, whether that’s with a pressure washer or a bucket of warm water and a bit of elbow grease, will instantly help your outside space. 

If you have paving stones, then keeping your weeds in check is also a shrewd move. Invest in some weed killer for large front porches, paths or driveways and you’ll find that they look far neater. 

Gravel is a feature of many a home, and it’s also one that’s easily refreshed with a bit of colour. Locate some similar stones to your current palette and use a rake to spread them together and you’ll be surprised by how much it refreshes the approach to your front door. 

3) Plant an impression

Adding some greenery around your home can be a simple and effective way to show that you take care of it, so look into some potted plants to go outside your front door. Hanging baskets are another option if ground space is limited, and aren’t too expensive. 

4) Window dressing

The windows on your front room are another area where little touches can make a big difference. When you have a viewing, you should open your curtains and blinds at the front of your property to make the approach feel more inviting.

Adding an ornament or a plant to your front windowsill can also add a spot of colour and interest as viewers approach.

If you’re prepared to spend a bit more, you could replace your curtains or blinds with lined alternatives for a tidy appearance, or, if your windows aren’t providing you with sufficient insulation, you could even look at replacing them altogether. 

5) Night lights

Finally, take a look at the area around your front door at night and imagine how much more welcoming it could be with a bit of light. An outdoor power supply will help if you’re looking to install something akin to a classic-style lamp, but you needn’t go overboard. A solar-powered light could also be a good option, as they’re easy to install and will charge themselves during the day.