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Did you know that a house hunter will make up their mind about a property within the first five minutes of arriving? Research by the HomeOwners Alliance found that it’s the little things that count in securing that all-important good first impression. Having windows and a roof in good condition matter the most to home buyers.

The good news is that you can give your home a fresh new feel, and tick the boxes for home buyers, from as little as £50. Check out our top ten kerb-tastic tasks to set your builder to work on (all example quotes are provided by a sample of FMB members).


Windows in good condition (71%)


The cost of repairing and redecorating wooden windows that have not been touched for a decade would be between £1,000 and £2,000. For upstairs windows, scaffolding may be required instead of a ladder and, if so, it typically costs £400 a day to rent.


A roof that appears in good condition (no missing tiles) (68%)

roof tiles

Replacing five missing, loose or cracked roof tiles would cost around £190 and would take up to one day. Scaffolding may be needed.


A tidy front garden with no weeds and trimmed hedges (67%)

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The cost of tidying an overgrown front garden would be around £150 for a day’s work.


A well-maintained pathway/drive (59%)


Repairing and improving the pathway or drive up to the house could typically cost between £100 and £500 depending on the extent of the damage and the surface.


Well-maintained fences and walls (56%)


Repainting a fence costs about £90 per panel (including labour) while building a new fence could cost up to £1500, depending on the materials used.


A well-decorated exterior (54%)

home exterior

It would cost around £550 to repaint the front of a house. Scaffolding may be needed.


A well-maintained and attractive front door (52%)

front door

Redecorating a front door would typically cost £200.


Clear, functioning gutters (50%)


The FMB say clearing and repairing gutters would cost around £250. Scaffolding may be needed.


Hidden wheelie bins (36%)

wheelie bin

A natural willow wheelie bin screen storage costs as little as £49.99.


A well-lit house (26%)

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Adding an exterior light to the house can cost between £250 and £750 and should be completed by a qualified electrician.


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