Give up smoking if you want to sell your home
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
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The smell of cigarettes and other nasty aromas are the most off-putting things for potential housebuyers, research has revealed.
According to over 100 estate agents' responses to a Move with Us survey, 55% of those viewing a property would be put off buying it if it had an unpleasant aroma.
The smell of chip pans and pets also turn viewers off.
Mess and clutter (22%) is the second most likely thing to put a viewer off of a house, while the third greatest deterrent for a sale is perception of the neighbours (11%).
Robin King, director at Move with Us, said: "There are many things that homeowners can do to combat nasty odours and make their home much more attractive to potential buyers. Smoking outside, opening the windows, cleaning the carpets and curtains, using anti smoke air fresheners, removing ash trays, rubbish and chip pans will all help.
"They can also put on a pot of coffee or bake bread when people come to view to give the property an extra homely feel.
"It’s also interesting to see that homeowners aren’t always carrying out the most simple of measures to help sell their home such as making sure it’s clean and tidy ahead of viewings.
"While any professional estate agent will do their utmost to sell a property, homeowners should also take responsibility and ensure they are doing all they can to make their property attractive to potential buyers as this could mean the difference between selling the property or not.”
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