What would turn you off viewing a property?

What would turn you off viewing a property?

Football flags flying from bedroom windows, parked cars, peeling paint or visible rubbish bins - what are your biggest property turn offs?

According to research, surprisingly none of the above, but plenty of other hidden home horrors could have would-be buyers running a mile.

Well-documented survey results among estate agents, home professionals and home hunters have thrown up an interesting mix of property put-downs.

These include:

- Dirty bathrooms and kitchens – as these are personal spaces, ensure they are in pristine and clean condition.

- Clutter – buyers find it easier to imagine their own items in situ, so pack away photos, trinkets and ornaments if you have too many lying around.

- Odd looking plants in the garden! If a buyer cannot recognise a plant, they fear it could be the invasive Japanese knotweed.

- Transport noise – if your home is close to an airport, busy road or railway, think about measures to limit noise pollution through double or triple glazing.


- Coloured bathroom suites could give a feel of the Eighties – think about replacing with white suites if your improvement budget allows.

- Bad smells. Disguise odours from last night's dinner with the smell of freshly brewed coffee, place some air fresheners around the home and banish smelly trainers to the shed!

- Houses with lots of cats! Worries include children with allergies moving in or the fact that the cats may return when the owner moves.

- Pushy sellers showing buyers around. Always take the advice from your agents and don't be tempted to take on the role yourself – it can make viewers feel uncomfortable and in some cases, intimidated.

Estate agents Harrison Murray have some simple but effective advice for people selling their property, particularly with a New Year around the corner.

Su Snaith, head of estate agency for Harrison Murray and The Nottingham, said: “It really is a case of different strokes for different folks – depending on individual taste in many instances.

However, the common theme does seem to be cleanliness and clutter. Potential buyers want to be greeted with a home they can imagine themselves living in. A messy and untidy home could be an instant turn off, so give your home a fresh, clean look and smell, and de-clutter where necessary – then you have a great starting point.”

Join our mailing list:

Leave a comment



Latest Comments

Scott Garnet
Scott Garnet 06 Nov 2017

If you have a patio or a porch it is important to make sure that any connecting doors are secured. Good advice for sliding glass doors is replacing the panels with storm resistant glass and getting heavier...

view article
richardrawlings
richardrawlings 01 Nov 2017

What has not been mentioned here is the effect of not only higher interest payments, but also that these payments are less likely to be offsettable as a business cost due to the scaling back of mortgage...

view article
Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

view article
maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

view article
maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

view article
zoe glover
zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

view article
Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

view article
Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

view article
RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

view article
sean benton
sean benton 01 Sep 2017

Identity theft is a thread for any profession. So,people should stay alarmed. I once take help from a letting agent and came to know that letting agents are taking every precaution to prevent fraudulent...

view article
Mark N.
Mark N. 30 Aug 2017

We have seen a surge in instructions over August and that should continue into September too.

view article
Chris
Chris 30 Aug 2017

Unfortunately, all the legislation bears its force on Landlords and ignores, naively, the effect of Rogue Tenants on the ability of landlords to keep houses in repair and offer properties for rent at reasonable...

view article

Related stories

More articles from Property