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Revealed: The top 20 property deal-breakers

16 March 2015

Damp patches staining walls and ceilings are the biggest deal-breaker for potential home-buyers according to a new survey released today.

The research, commissioned by Gocompare.com Home Insurance, reveals that 67% of people would be deterred from buying a property which showed signs of damp. Other property ‘no-nos’ include poor maintenance, wooden windows, no garden, stone cladding and nasty odours.

Top 20 Property Turn-offs

1

Damp patches, stained walls or ceilings

67%

2

Poor state of repair, rotten windows, etc.

60%

3

No parking

55%

4

No garden

54%

5

Bad smells (pets, damp, food, cigarettes)

53%

6

Unfinished building work

53%

7

Poor natural light/dark rooms

46%

8

Small rooms

45%

9

Bad DIY

42%

10

Small kitchen

40%

11

Dirty house

36%

12

Stone cladding, render or pebble dash on outside walls

27%

13

Wooden windows

23%

14

Outdated kitchen

23%

15

Overgrown garden

21%

16

Artex or textured ceilings

19%

17

General untidiness

16%

18

Dated or over the top carpets

14%

19

Cluttered rooms

13%

20

Dated or over the top decor

13%



Ben Wilson, from Gocompare.com home insurance said: “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. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that our survey reveals that damp and poor maintenance are the top property turn-offs. Damp can be expensive to repair and may be an indication of a costly problem with a property such as a leaking roof.

“The survey also revealed that unfinished building work and botched DIY were sale stoppers. Unfinished or badly carried out work can be expensive to remedy and can detract from the value of your property as well as deterring potential buyers.

Ben concluded: “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 niffs 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. 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.”

For more information, Gocompare.com has a guide on how to sell your home.

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Notes to editors:

From February 20 2015 to February 21 2015 an online survey was conducted among 2007 randomly selected British adults age 18+ who are also Springboard United Kingdom Community members. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 1.8%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current data on age, gender, region, and education from the most recent census data, to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of the UK. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.