Damp, poor maintenance and a lack of parking top the list of UK house hunters’ biggest turn-offs, according to new research which is published as the spring house season begins.
Damp patches staining walls and ceilings are the biggest problem for potential home buyers according to a new survey commissioned by Gocompare home insurance.
It found that 67% of people would be deterred from buying a property which showed signs of damp. Others include poor maintenance, wooden windows, no garden, stone cladding and nasty odours.
Some 60% would be put off by windows being rotten or in a poor state of repair, 55% by no parking, 54% by no garden, and 53% by smells caused by pets, damp, food and cigarettes. Some 53% would also be put off by unfinished building work.
Poor natural light and dark rooms would be a turn off for 46% while 45% would be put off by small rooms. Some 42% would not like poorly finished DIY, 40% a small kitchen and 36% a dirty house.
‘If you’re looking to sell your home it’s important to make sure it’s well presented, both inside and out, to make it as appealing as possible to would be buyers. Buying a home is a big financial commitment and most house hunters will want to think that the property they’re buying has been well looked after by its current owners,’ said Ben Wilson of Gocompare home insurance.
‘Damp can be expensive to repair and may be an indication of a costly problem with a property such as a leaking roof. Unfinished or badly carried out work can be expensive to remedy and can detract from the value of a property as well as deterring potential buyers,’ he pointed out.
‘Bad housekeeping can also kill a sale. During a viewing many buyers will try to imagine themselves living in the property, so a dirty home, nasty smells and cluttered rooms can be a big put-off. They can also be a sign of other problems with the property. Clutter could suggest a lack of storage space, while a dirty home may suggest to buyers that the house has been unloved and in a poor state of repair,’ he explained.
‘So, a good spring clean is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to create bright, fresh airy rooms and increase the saleability of your home,’ he concluded.