When you’re trying to sell your house fast it can be difficult to view your property objectively.
If you’re keen to achieve a quick house sale, and wondering why you’re just not getting the offers you were expecting, check through our list of 10 property turn-offs and see whether your home is guilty of any of these property crimes.
Pet smells or other signs of animal residents
The problem: You may love your pet dearly, but that doesn’t mean that prospective buyers will! There are few property turn-offs that have more of an instant impact than pet smells.
The solution: You can buy cleaning products that are specifically created to neutralise pet odours. You could also consider investing in a professional clean from a carpet and upholstery cleaning service. You should also minimise other evidence of animal inhabitants by clearing away feeding and water bowls, litter trays etc.
Dated bathroom – particularly coloured bathroom suites
The problem: Coloured suites are one of the biggest property turn-offs.
The solution: You can pick up a simple white bathroom suite very cheaply these days. If you’re keen to secure a quick house sale at a good price, it will be a worthwhile investment. Keep your bathroom as neutral as possible – simple white suite, neutral flooring and tiles. The main impression your bathroom should give is one of light, cleanliness and low maintenance.
The problem: Woodchip, and other textured wallpaper, was popular in years gone by as a way of disguising uneven wall surfaces. Now 39 percent of would-be buyers name it as the biggest of all property turn-offs.
The solution: With such a high percentage of prospective buyers vocalising a strong dislike for woodchip, your only real solution is to remove it and assess the condition of the walls underneath. Replastering the underlying walls will obviously offer the best results, but could also prove costly and time consuming.
A quicker alternative would be to repaper the walls (condition allowing). Choose either a patterned wallpaper that will disguise any small blemishes, or a thick lining paper that can be painted.
Dark, dated kitchens
The problem: It’s said that kitchens sell houses, but if your kitchen is dark and dated it can do the exact opposite!
The solution: Updating your kitchen needn’t be a huge (or expensive) job. A simple make-over of new tiles, new worktop and (if necessary) a quick paint of your kitchen cupboards, can leave it feeling like a brand new kitchen for a fraction of the cost and is something any local handyman should be happy to take on if you don’t have the time or the inclination.
The problem: Textured ‘artex’ ceilings were popular in the 1970s and beyond as a quick and simple way of finishing ceilings without the need for plastering skills. It is now seen as being very dated and undesirable, with 16 percent of people naming it the biggest of all property turn-offs.
The solution: You have three real choices when it comes to artex ceilings. Depending on how confident you are with DIY, your cheapest option would be to buy a special smoothing product which is widely available and can be applied straight onto the ceiling.
Your second option, if the pattern isn’t too deep, is to get a plasterer to skim the ceiling for a smooth finish. Or, if that’s not an option, you’d need to get the ceiling replaced and plastered.
Lack of parking
The problem: Not having a private parking space can affect the value of your property by more than 8 percent. It is a major factor in the saleability of your property, especially if a parking permit is required to even park in street.
The solution: If there’s any scope to add a parking space to your property it is worth considering. Even if you don’t get the work done yourself, it is useful to have possible plans and estimated costs available for prospective buyers to show the potential. If there’s nowhere for a parking space at your property you might want to research local parking spaces available to rent, again to offer prospective buyers options and eliminate parking as an obstacle to securing a buyer.
Located too near shops/fast food outlets
The problem: You can’t predict which amenities will spring up around your property. This is unfortunate as several studies have suggested that being too close to commercial properties can damage the value and saleability of your property.
The solution: Pay particular attention to the exterior of your property. Make it as desirable as possible to distract from what else might be in the vicinity. If possible, consider adding some extra greenery to the exterior of your property to make it feel more private and unaffected by its surroundings. Regardless of where your property is located we buy any house!
The problem: A mixture of sand, cement and aggregate, pebbledash is used to protect homes from the changeable British weather. Cheaper than painting, pebbledash is near indestructible…but that practicality doesn’t make it attractive or desirable.
The solution: Your only real option to change the appearance of pebbledash is to remove it. Beware though, this can be a costly option. It may be worth testing the market first to see whether you’re able to attract a buyer by simply painting the pebbledash and therefore minimising its visual impact.
The problem: Over-personalised décor jeopardises house sales time and time again. Unfortunately it’s the most challenging issue for a home owner to identify themselves.
The solution: Keep your home décor as neutral as possible when trying to secure a buyer. That’s not to say your home should be characterless, but you want to attract as many prospective buyers as possible. Colours to avoid include lime green, purple, orange and red, which featured highly on the list of biggest property turn-offs.
The problem: Following on from the previous point, clutter is another issue that can destroy any chance of a sale. So how do you declutter your home?
The solution: It’s important to carry out a thorough declutter before putting your property on the market. Try to view each room of your house as objectively as possible.
One technique that can help with this is to photograph each room of your house. You can then study the photographs to get an idea of what you might need to remove or change.
Anything you feel should be removed can either be stored, sold or given away. In a lot of homes a big cause of clutter are kids toys. Controlling kids clutter can help towards a quick house sale. Alternatively, you can buy self storage as a clutter busting alternative.
For more property tips read How to make a small kitchen look bigger.