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The Biggest Property Turn-Offs Revealed

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Wed 04 May 2016

The Biggest Property Turn-Offs Revealed

If you’re hoping to sell your house this year and want the biggest return possible, you’d be wise to ensure your home is as shipshape as possible if you want to ensure that all-important house sale.

New analysis from Gocompare.com Mortgages has revealed the top 20 turn-offs that would stop prospective housebuyers from buying a property – with damp patches and stains on the walls and ceilings coming top of the list, hated by 71 per cent of those asked.

Other issues that would deter people from expressing an interest to buy include the house being in a poor state of repair, bad smells, no parking, no garden, unfinished building work, dark rooms, old electrics, small rooms, old boilers or central heating systems, bad DIY, small kitchens, dirtiness, wooden windows, stone cladding on the outside of the house, outdated kitchens and bathrooms, overgrown gardens, artex ceilings and cluttered rooms.

Of course, you may not be able to fix everything at home before your house goes on the market, but there are small steps you can take like making sure the property is clean and tidy to help make a good impression.

“When viewing a property, buyers try to imagine themselves living there - which may be hard to envisage if the kitchen has a grimy sink full of washing-up or if they have to step over dirty clothes strewn over the bedroom floor,” spokesman for Gocompare.com Matt Sanders said.

Smell is also a key factor so make sure you have some candles on the go if you’ve got a house viewing. You could also burn pine cones if you have a fireplace, as these smell delicious.

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