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How to attract buyers from just £50

Considering selling your home? It's important your house stands out for all the right reasons, but did you know you can attract buyers by spending as little as £50 on your home.

New research by the HomeOwners Alliance and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found that kerb appeal matters to two thirds of home buyers – with well-maintained windows and a roof in good condition topping the list.

Small jobs such as fixing broken tiles on a roof (£190), carrying out a garden tidy up (£150) or improving the front drive or pathway to the house (£100-£500) can make all the difference when it comes to selling your home for the asking price, helping to positively influence a buyer’s first impressions.

Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance, says: 'Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression – most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property. The good news is that a lot of solutions are simple and cost very little, from putting your wheelie bins out of sight, to repainting your front door and weeding your paths. Some jobs don’t even require a tradesperson. But where you do need a professional to help, make sure you get a few quotes before starting work.'

From the research, based on the kerb appeal features that matters the most, is a top 10 list of small property tweaks that can make your home more attractive to potential buyers, along with estimated costs from the FMB.

'That all-important "wow factor" is essential when selling your home,' says Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). 'These small jobs can be completed in a matter of days and are guaranteed to help make a property stand out from the crowd.'