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The 20 Biggest Property Turn-Offs

New research commissioned by insurance firm GoCompare has revealed that a lack of outdoors space, damp patches, and unpleasant odours top the list of the biggest deal breakers for house hunters.

The survey also found that poor maintenance and bad housekeeping are among the most common property turn-offs for potential buyers, according to a press release.

House hunters are put off by dirty, smelly properties, and unfinished building work, or work that showed signs of botched DIY, and not only concerned about the property in questions, but also the condition of neighbouring houses, as a significant number of survey respondents said they wouldn’t buy a home next to a dilapidated property of one with a rubbish-strewn garden.

Bad housekeeping that leads to nasty smells and dirty rooms, and homes that are generally untidy, have overgrown gardens, or cluttered rooms are also a deal-breaker for potential buyers.

The digital era means that connectivity is also a key issue for house hunters, as 44 per cent said they wouldn’t buy a property in a broadband black spot, 35 per cent would avoid a home with a poor mobile phone signal, while 28 per cent would be turned off by a property not covered by either 4G or 5G.

Ryan Fulthorpe from GoCompare Home Insurance said: “For most of us, buying a home is our single biggest financial commitment. So, most buyers want to think that the property they’re buying has been well looked after by its current owners and that they aren’t in for any nasty surprises.”

He explained that messy and poorly maintained or damaged properties are always harder to sell, and buyers may struggle to see the potential of the property past the mess, or be concerned that the mess is hiding larger issues.

To ensure buyers can see the true potential of your home, give yourself the best chance of securing a sale by ensuring the property is clean and tidy, fragrant, and any outstanding maintenance jobs are completed.

Top property turn-offs for homebuyers

  • No garden – 52 per cent
  • Damp patches, stained walls/ceilings – 52 per cent
  • Bad smells (including odours from pets, cigarette smoke, damp, and food) – 50 per cent
  • No parking – 49 per cent
  • Rubbish strewn in a neighbouring garden – 46 per cent
  • Property in a poor state of repair – 45 per cent
  • Property in a broadband blackspot- 44 per cent
  • Outdated electrics – 42 per cent
  • The property’s proximity to a major road or motorway – 40 per cent
  • A dilapidated neighbouring property – 40 per cent
  • Property not connected to mains gas – 39 per cent
  • Unfinished building work – 38 per cent
  • Poor natural light/dark rooms – 37 per cent
  • Small rooms – 37 per cent
  • Poor mobile phone signal – 35 per cent
  • Proximity to railway tracks – 34 per cent
  • Neighbouring property is a student let – 33 per cent
  • Old boiler or central heating system – 33 per cent
  • Small kitchen – 31 per cent
  • Dirty house – 31 per cent

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