According to new research, spending just a few hundred pounds will positively boost buyers first impressions of your home and can influence their likelihood to buy.

A survey from the HomeOwners Alliance found that two thirds of home buyers are influenced by how a home looks from the outside. Having a well maintained windows and a well looked after roof are just some of the factors.

Pathways, fences and a well painted front of house are also important to home buyers. Overall around 68% of people said that kerb appeal was an important choice when it came to buying their home.

‘Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression. Most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property. So if you’re about to put your home on the market this autumn or your house has been on sale for a while, it’s worth going through this list and seeing what improvements you can make,’ said Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance.

Other significant features included clean gutters, concealed wheelie bins and a brightly-lit exterior. An attractive front door featured lower down the list.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) says tidying a front garden can cost from as little as £150, while fixing broken tiles on a roof at around £190 while repairing and improving a pathway or drive up to a house could typically cost between £100 and £500 depending on the extent of the damage and the surface.