THE 20 BIGGEST PROPERTY TURN-OFF’S
Selling property can sometimes be difficult. Some sellers have their homes on the market for months on end with a lack of enquiries and no real end in sight. With so many moving parts from marketing conditions to uninspiring photography, it can be hard to identify exactly what’s going wrong.
Whether you're on the market now or your planning a move next year this article will help you to attract buyers that will fall in love with your home.
According to a survey conducted by GoCompare home insurance here are the top 20 turn-off’s:
|1||Damp stains on walls and ceilings||69%|
|2||Bad smells (damp/food/cigarettes/pets)||63%|
|3||Property in a state of disrepair (rotten window frames/peeling paintwork)||59%|
|6||Unfinished building work||53%|
|8||Property not connected to mains gas||51%|
|9||Rubbish strewn in neighbouring gardens||48%|
|10||A dirty house||46%|
|12||Poor natural light/dark rooms||43%|
|13||Dilapidated neighbouring property||43%|
|14||Proximity to major road or motorway||43%|
|15||Small room sizes||40%|
|18||Student let next door||37%|
|19||Old boiler or central heating system||37%|
|20||Stone cladding, render or pebble dash on exterior walls||31%|
Almost every bit of research carried out on this subject has buyers citing damp, odour and disrepair as the top three biggest put-offs.
It’s no surprise that nearly 70% of buyers see damp as their biggest turn-off, it can be expensive to rectify and it can indicate further problems throughout the house. Arrange to have the works carried out by a company that will offer a guarantee that can be passed on to the new owners.
Overcoming unpleasant odours is easy, it’s just hard to accept. It’s never a conversation I like having, however, it is for the seller’s benefit. With 63% of buyers saying they’d be put off by an unpleasant smell, it’s essential you don’t bury your head (nose) in the sand.
Similar to damp, when a property is in a state of disrepair it can be expensive to rectify and some buyers may not have the available funds to carry out the works after the cost of moving.
We’ve not kept count but over the thousands of viewings we’ve carried out, we’ve also noticed that Illegal Improvements, Overgrown Gardens and Poor Energy Efficiency can also be big put-offs for buyers.
Matt Housley - Residential Sales
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