Home Residential Property From damp patches to bad smells, these are the top 20 property deal-breakers

From damp patches to bad smells, these are the top 20 property deal-breakers

by LLP Editor
17th Mar 15 11:41 am

Selling your home? You need to read this…

Damp patches and staining walls and ceilings are among the biggest deal-breakers for potential home-buyers.

According to GoCompare.com’s research of 2007 adults, 67% of people would be deterred from buying a property which showed signs of damp. 

The survey also revealed that unfinished building work and botched DIY were sale stoppers. 

Ben Wilson, from Gocompare.com home insurance said “bad housekeeping can kill a sale”.

“If you’re looking to sell your home it’s important to make sure it’s well presented, both inside and out, to make it as appealing as possible to would-be buyers.

“Buying a home is a big financial commitment and most house-hunters will want to think that the property they’re buying has been well looked after by its current owners.

“So, it’s perhaps not surprising that our survey reveals that damp and poor maintenance are the top property turn-offs. Damp can be expensive to repair and may be an indication of a costly problem with a property such as a leaking roof.”

Here are the top 20 property turn-offs

1. Damp patches, stained walls or ceilings

2. Poor state of repair, rotten windows, etc.

3. No parking

4. No garden

5. Bad smells (pets, damp, food, cigarettes)

6. Unfinished building work

7. Poor natural light/dark rooms

8. Small rooms

9. Bad DIY

10. Small kitchen

11. Dirty house

12. Stone cladding, render or pebble dash on outside walls

13. Wooden windows

14. Outdated kitchen

15. Overgrown garden

16. Artex or textured ceilings

17. General untidiness

18. Dated or over the top carpets

19. Cluttered rooms

20. Dated or over the top decor


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