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Kerb appeal: quick and easy facelift ideas

There’s no doubt that with space at a premium, a London property with a garden, or even a roof terrace or balcony, commands a higher purchase price and rental yield than one without. So if your property has the benefit of a little bit of green, make sure you keep the garden shipshape and maximise your home’s earning potential with our top 10 tips for kerb appeal.

  1. It might sound obvious, but first impressions are vitally important and making your property look cared for from the outside will create a lasting impression. So make sure flower beds are weeded, lawns are mowed, hedges are trimmed and patios are clean – if you can, hire a power washer and jet wash them for added sparkle.
  1. Give a fresh coat of paint to any rusting guttering or downpipes to instantly give your property the edge.
  1. No matter how small a front garden area, patio or balcony may be, make sure it is kept neat and litter-free. Add clusters of containers and pots to make concrete patches look less stark and more homely. Keep wheelie bins to one side and out of sight as much as possible.
  1. Consider giving a new lick of paint to doors or woodwork. Polish doorknobs and knockers, or replace if dilapidated.
  1. Introduce outdoor lighting, such as lanterns or solar-powered path lights, to create atmosphere and personality.
  1. Adding trellises and flowering plants to brick walls produces an appealing cottagey effect. Choices such as wisteria, clematis and climbing roses are very popular because of their good coverage and attractive flowers.
  1. Recycled tins can be used as planters or tired terracotta pots painted bright colours to add splashes of colour to balconies or roof terraces.
  1. No time to plant? Fill in any gaps in flowerbeds with big pots of brightly coloured flowers, such as dahlias, chrysanthemums, crocosmias or cannas, for a heartening and vivid display.
  1. Add a layer of mulch or woodchips to flowerbeds to make them look extra neat and tidy – this will also boost your plants by helping to block weeds and lock nutrients into the soil.
  1. Clear pathways and replace any broken paving stones. Spreading gravel or decorative stone chippings can also quickly cover up unsightly concrete or cracked paving.

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