Dirty trainers in the hallway and overgrown gardens are our biggest property turn offs
DIRTY trainers in the hallway and overgrown gardens are our biggest property turn offs.
Research of 2,000 Brits revealed a listing which doesn’t have enough photos and no video content is also likely to put off potential buyers.
Not having a floorplan, rooms decorated in garish colours and having dirty clothes on show are other no-nos when selling a property.
But making rooms look light and airy, presenting them well and having a good clean will make a home more attractive to those looking to buy.
The study, commissioned by technology-led estate agent Purplebricks, also found that in the age of virtual viewings, one in six even believe if a property ticked the boxes, they’d be willing to put in an offer without setting foot in the door.
And more than a third of homeowners expect virtual viewings to become the norm when house hunting.
Angela Wallace from Purplebricks, said: “The current pandemic has thrown up many new challenges for buyers and sellers across the UK.
“But this has heralded a new era of virtual house hunting and homeowners are quickly adopting this new way of buying and selling homes.
“Buyers are enjoying the speed and ease of doing viewings from the comfort of their own sofa, and sellers have welcomed a new way to show off their property – so it’s more important than ever to make a great virtual first impression.”
It also emerged one in six adults have been put off a property when seeing the toilet seat being left up, according to the research via OnePoll.
However, it’s all in the detail for nearly one in five, who are thrilled when they find an extensive floor plan of the property available.
Selling the house from the exterior was also important to 19 per cent, who want to see a home looking smart from the outside as well as inside.
Purplebricks has worked with interior expert Kate Watson Smyth to provide tips on how to make your house look appealing online.
She said: “There are a number of practical things you can do to make a great first impression, but the hardest part of showing your home virtually is giving people that feeling or vibe you get when you step into a house.
“While you can’t delight them with the smell of freshly baked bread or coffee brewing as they walk in the door, there are some clever tricks you can do.
“Place fresh flowers to brighten up a room, make sure all of the rooms are clean and tidy, show off any storage space, pull back the curtains to let in the light, and stage the rooms to encourage buyers to see themselves in the home with their family and friends.”
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