When you want to stand out from the crowd and sell your home fast, you need to work on the kerb appeal of your home. For lots of buyers, a home is very much "love at first sight". So if you want a buyer to love your home, you need to work on that instant attraction at the very outset.

Kevin Shaw, national sales director at property specialist Leaders, says: “The best idea is to put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. Take a look at your home and give an honest assessment of what you see. You only have one chance to give buyers the right impression so it’s important to take it.” Here are Kevin's five top tips...

1) Symmetry: Simple and effective

Symmetry at the front of a house is pleasing to the eye. Consider whether you could line up plants so there is an equal number on each side, while any outdoor lighting will typically look nicer in pairs.

2) Make a statement with your front door

The front door is nearly always the focal point of any property, so making a statement with it is a wise move. There is no need to replace it; simply give it a fresh coat of paint in an attractive colour that complements the rest of the house.

3) Bring life to your garden

If you don’t have a beautiful landscaped front garden, don’t fear. You can easily create your own by adding a few plants, hanging baskets or window boxes. Just drop by your local garden centre and breathe new life and colour into the front view of your home.

4) Make your home number one

Checking, cleaning and possibly replacing small touches such as your house number, letter box and locks will create a feeling that your property has been well looked after. If you have a welcome mat, make sure it is appealing. They may be small details but they can make a big difference.

5) Lead them up the garden path

The first steps a buyer takes on your property will be up the garden path, so ensure it is clean, clear and inviting. Remove any trip hazards. This is particularly important for evening viewers, who may be unsure of their footing in the dark. You could even choose to add solar lights to show the way.

Kevin explains: “All of these ideas can be put into practice in just a day - and are sure to have a big impact on how people view your home. Paying attention to the small details is what helps set some properties apart, so homeowners keen to sell should give themselves the best chance by focusing on kerb appeal.”

To find out more about selling your home the Leader's way, take a look at their website at www.leaders.co.uk