10 ways to add value & make the best first impression when you’re selling

If you have a property to sell, improving its kerb appeal is a must.

It’s reckoned that people make a decision one way or another about a property in less than eight seconds, so first impressions really do count.

They also give people a taste of what’s inside – a rundown exterior with cracks in the walls and peeling paintwork gives the impression of a lack of care, that could mean bigger problems to come.

Whether a nice, smart façade will add value to the property is a matter of debate – but it will certainly get buyers viewing your images and virtual tours during the lockdown and later on, coming through your door in a positive frame of mind. This could also be the thing that clinches a quick sale.

We’ve pulled together 10 key things you can do to make an impact;

1. Do up your door

Front door

One of the biggest factors in creating kerb appeal is having a lovely, Instagram-worthy front door. Firstly, make sure it’s properly displayed – if it’s covered up with a dated UPVC porch, this has to go. Carry out any repairs then give it a fresh lick of paint. Swap black or white for a bit of colour. Bright and glossy works well on town properties – greens, blues and hot pinks are popular this year. Or go for more muted eggshell tones for a country house feel but be guided by the colour of your brickwork or stone and try to find something complements it well.


2. And your door furniture

door knocker

Replace your door furniture – this is a worthy investment, but make sure it fits with the age and style of your property. Look to reclamation specialists for heavy Victorian doorknockers and letterboxes for that age of property. Chrome will work well on a modern home.


3. Magic numbers

door number

Your house number can add to the effect too. Choose an attractive, bold font for a contemporary look, or hand-painted slates for a more traditional feel. Numbers written into fanlights can be impressive too.


4. Keep it clean…

front garden

Nothing is more off-putting than messy clutter or an untidy front garden. Remove any rubbish and cut back any overgrown hedges or shrubs. Sweep up any leaves and pull up any weeds. If your neighbour’s house is letting the side down, it might be worth trimming their greenery while you’re at it and removing any unsightly rubbish too. Put away bikes, scooter and garden tools and hide your bins if you can.

A good but inexpensive improvement is buying a  wheelie bin screen storage, which could cost as little as £50.00.

5.  …and green

garden plants

For instant impact plant some pots and window boxes with greenery and bright perennials. Planters with lavender and rosemary will double the effect with welcoming scents. Make sure your front lawn is in tip-top condition if you have one and add some larger shrubs if you can to create structure.


6. Perfect paths

garden pathIf the path to your front door is looking worn and cracked, invest in some remedial work – it’s the all-important journey to your front door, after all. Consider replacing concrete with something more attractive and natural. At least have the paths pressure washed so they’re sparkling and clean.

The FMB says repairing and improving the pathway up to the house in the UK could typically cost between £100 and £500 depending on the extent of the damage and the surface, but this small investment could make a big impact on the kerb appeal.

7. Fabulous facades


Check your external brickwork – does it need repointing? This could be a good investment worth mentioning when you sell. Is any outsider rendering up to scratch or does it need a lick of paint.

If you’re changing the paintwork, be subtle with the colour – make sure it’s in keeping with the period of the house and your neighbours.


8. Let there be light

garden lighting

Outside lighting isn’t just vital for finding your keys on the doorstep, it’s one more element to creating that beautiful outdoor look – and especially important if you’re having twilight viewings. Uplighters amplify your space, while a lovely lantern really sets off a portico entrance and hidden lights in trees are a great touch. You can also use subtle solar lights to pick out your garden’s best features.

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

9. Wonderful windows


Make sure you clean your windows before any viewings. Rotten window frames and cracked panes are definitely an issue to address. If you decide to invest in replacements, make sure they match the style and period of the house.

HomeOwners Alliance survey found that 71% of homeowners see windows as one of the most important kerb appeal features when buying a home.

10. Mr or Mrs fixit

Check carefully for any worn or broken gutters and pipes. Mend gates and fences too and give them a lick of paint. If you can see any broken or missing roof tiles, now’s a good time to sort them out.


If you’re thinking about selling your home in Wimbledon, Coombe, Roehampton or Kingston, contact us today – we’d be delighted to give you a property valuation and advise you on how to market it effectively in the current climate.

About the author

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.

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