Kerb Appeal: Improve Your Home's Appearance When Selling

It's a fact we can't ignore - the appearance of your home is the most important factor in selling it, and it accounts for a large proportion of how much it sells for, which means that if you want to get the best price for your house when it comes to selling you need to make sure it looks good on the outside. But what is good kerb appeal? And how can you create a great street presence with less effort?

When you hear people discussing kerb appeal, they are referring to the attractiveness of a property and its surroundings when viewing from the street. In such a competitive market, many sellers want their home to stand out from the crowd, but you don’t want this to be for the wrong reasons. According to HomeOwners Alliance, a 2021 survey revealed that 68% of potential buyers felt like their decision was influenced by kerb appeal.


Think of your home as a shop window. You will want to ensure windows are clean when putting your property on the market. Dirty windows can detract from the properties features and put a potential off almost instantly. This also includes any glass in the front door. 

If you really want to impress then consider painting any peeling window frames or replacing any blown glass that may be obvious to any potential buyers.

Front Door

If your front door is older, it may show wear through peeling paint or stains. You may choose to freshen up the surface with a lick of specialist outdoor paint. You could even make the front door a feature by painting it a trendy colour like dark grey or sage green. Other ideas include framing the door with potted plants, hanging baskets or hanging a seasonal wreath if selling in autumn or winter months.

If your door knocker or letterbox is broken or no longer looking its best, these can be replaced fairly inexpensively and are worth doing if you want to improve the overall look of your home.

This also rings true for garage doors, which can be painted to match the front door. Remove any chipped paint before refreshing or give them a simple jet wash to remove any stains.

Driveway & Gardens

If you are fortunate enough to have a driveway and front garden, there are low maintenance ways of making this space more appealing to potential buyers. A simple mow, sweeping away any loose leaves and a quick weed of any paths or flower beds may be enough to do the trick.

If you have a slab or tarmac driveway, a pressure wash is a good idea to remove any marks, stains or moss that may have accumulated over time. A stone driveway can be neatened by sweeping loose stones back into place and filling any areas that are bare.

If you have fencing that is visible from the front of the house, you may choose to replace or paint this to make the property look more appealing. This includes picket fencing, boundary fences and any wooden gates.

Other Considerations

  • Although you may keep your dustbins outside of the property front, this may not be the most pleasant site when coming to view a house. If you can, place the bins out of view, down a side passage or in a bin store.
  • Replace any missing roof tiles that are visible from the street and clean out any filled or unsightly gutters.
  • If putting your home on the market in the winter, viewings or drivebys may be done in the dark. Consider external lighting on the property and whether fitting some simple outdoor lights to illuminate any paths or the front door would help to add to the properties attractiveness. 

Creating a good first impression on your street is crucial if you want to sell your home. You can achieve this by making sure that every part of your house has been designed with kurb appeal in mind. A well-kept lawn, flowers and plants, organised landscaping, and a clean exterior will be sure to enhance the appearance of your home to neighborhood guests and potential buyers.

Sell Your Home

If you are ready to put your property on the market, contact Palmer & Partners today to hear how we can help sell your home in Colchester, Clacton, Ipswich or Sudbury. Find your local office and get in touch with our expert team. -