21 Feb

Buyers' biggest turn offs

Buyers' biggest turn offs

Poor maintenance and damp are top turn offs for people looking to buy a property, according to a new survey.

A poll by Gocompare found 70 per cent of buyers would not be interested in a home with visible damp patches on walls or ceilings. A total of 63 per cent admitted a property in a poor condition would put them off and 57 per cent instantly dismissed any house that did not have a garden.

Other negative issues included pet smells, lack of parking and unfinished building work. Buyers were also unhappy with clutter and dirty homes.

Therefore the advice estate agents should be giving property sellers is to think about how to 'spruce' up their homes before they go on sale, especially as Ocean Finance predict around 25 per cent of Brits are looking to move home in 2014.

Ben Wilson of Gocompare explained: "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."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801696000-ADNFCR

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