Bad smells biggest turn-off for house buyers
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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The biggest turn-off for house hunters when viewing a property is an unpleasant aroma, a new study has revealed.
According to the survey from Move with Us, 22% of potential buyers cite bad smells as the main factor that they just can't overlook when considering buying a home.
A shabby kitchen is the second greatest problem for viewers, with 21% of respondents saying it would put them off, while a rundown bathroom is the third biggest annoyance (20%).
On the other end of the scale, the survey also recorded the cosmetic flaws that viewers are most likely to overlook.
A bad paint job was cited as the most easy thing to get over with a 22% response; clutter and an unruly garden came in joint second at 20%; followed by poor carpets at 16.85%.
Robin King, director at Move with Us, said: “Some cosmetic flaws are easy to see past and potential buyers can normally visualise what they’ll do with the space regardless of a bad paint job or a bit of mess on the floor.
"Others however prove much more troublesome and can often mean that a property ends up sitting on the market for longer before being sold or the vendor having to sell at a reduced price. With higher numbers of new properties entering the market, sellers should pay extra attention to making their property stand out against the competition.
“Sellers who want to make their kitchen or bathroom more desirable to potential buyers without the expense of purchasing new ones can opt to replace cupboard doors or give walls a lick of paint. Elsewhere in the house, sellers can help potential buyers to visualise themselves living in the property by neutralising any bright colour schemes and taking down personal photos. Ensuring the property can be seen as a blank canvas is a great psychological technique to help sell it.”