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The top 20 property turn-offs for potential buyers

19 February 2014
  •  Damp stains and poor maintenance top list of house-hunters' biggest turn-offs  
  •  Bad smells and unfinished building work would sink a sale for majority of buyers

As confidence returns to the UK housing market, Gocompare.com Home Insurance reveals the top 20 turn-offs for home-buyers*.  Damp is the biggest 'no-no' for potential buyers with 70% of buyers saying that they wouldn't buy a property which had damp patches or stained walls or ceilings, while 63% said that they would avoid homes which were in a poor state of repair.    
 
Bad housekeeping can also help to break a sale - putting off more would-be buyers than outdated décor or small rooms.  Well over half (56%) of those surveyed said that they'd be turned off by a smelly house, while dirty rooms (37%), general untidiness (16%), overgrown gardens (16%) and cluttered room (15%) were also key influences in deciding whether to buy a particular property or not.

Rank

20 Top Property turn-offs

%

1

Damp patches, stained walls and ceilings

70

2

Property in poor state of repair e.g. rotten windows

63

3

No garden

57

4

Bad smells, including odours from pets, cigarette smoke, damp and food

56

5

No parking

56

6

Poor natural light, dark rooms

54

7

Unfinished building work

54

8

Small rooms

51

9

Small kitchen

44

10

Bad DIY

43

11

Dirty house

37

12

Stone cladding, render or pebble dash on outside walls

31

13

Outdated bathroom

25

14

Outdated kitchen

25

15

Artex or textured ceilings

18

16

Plastic windows

18

17

Overgrown garden

16

18

General untidiness

16

19

Cluttered rooms

15

20

Dated or over the top décor

14



Ben Wilson, from Gocompare.com home insurance commented, "Buying a home is one of the biggest financial commitments many of us will make and most potential buyers will want to think that the property they are buying has been looked after by its current owners. 

"Overgrown gardens, grubby, cluttered rooms can be tell-tale signs that the property has been unloved and essential maintenance and repairs have been ignored. For example, stained walls and ceilings or rooms with a mildew smell could warning signs of a possible damp problem which might be costly to remedy - or they might simply be a result of blocked gutters or downpipes which are quick, easy and inexpensive to clear.

"So, one of the cheapest and most simple ways to help ensure a successful sale is to make sure that before you put your home on the market, it is clean, fresh smelling and tidy." 

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Notes to editors:

*On 7th February 2014, Vision Critical conducted an online survey among 2,019 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panellists.  The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and regional data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of United Kingdom. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.