Clutter or obvious lack of storage in your home has been revealed to be the biggest turn off for house-hunters when viewing a property.
Selling a house can be one of the most stressful events in life. The long and daunting process involves a lot of pressure to sell the most expensive asset many will ever own.
With prospective buyers forming opinions within the first few seconds of walking through the front door, it is imperative to make a good impression for potential buyers. With this in mind, ScS, the sofa and carpet specialist, has conducted a survey to help house sellers discover what features can turn people away from buying a property and what features are a must.
Top five turn offs when viewing a property were found to be:
Clutter or obvious lack of storage (41%)
Pets, bad smells and general mess (40%)
Old/damaged carpets (36%)
Old/messy kitchen (35%)
Located near a main road (33%)
The right number of bedrooms was considered the biggest must-have feature, according to 57% of people. A converted cellar was voted the lowest consideration on the list with only 6% of the vote.
Top five must-haves when viewing a property were revealed to be:
Number of bedrooms (57%)
Off-street parking (40%)
Well maintained garden (32%)
New windows (31%)
New kitchen (30%)
Over a third (39%) of males were put off by pets, bad smells and general untidiness, whereas clutter or obvious lack of storage came up as the biggest bugbear for women.
Although most cities in the UK voted clutter or lack of storage the biggest turn-off, in Manchester, 41% of house viewers said that old and damaged carpets would be the first thing to put them off putting in an offer. Interestingly, old, worn out carpets can turn the younger generation off too, as they struggle to envisage how the property could look.
Farren Murphy, Head of Flooring at ScS, said: “As the results have shown, flooring can have a huge impact on first impressions when viewing a property. To add value to your home before selling, it might be worth investing in some new flooring to freshen-up the look and feel of your home. High quality flooring can deliver a lifetime of value and will allow potential buyers to more easily envisage their own items in the property.”
Alternatively, the more mature buyers (45+) were more concerned with pets, bad smells and general untidiness. People in this age bracket are usually searching for their ‘forever home’ and lingering smells can be very off-putting when moving in to a new property. While half (51%) of people in Liverpool said inconsiderate neighbours would be the biggest issue to deter them from buying a property.
Aaron Cambden, Managing Director at Fairview Estates, said: "You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we all do, and buyers will look at the front of a house and immediately create perceptions of the entire home before viewing it. If your front door needs a fresh lick of paint, sort it out quickly, those first impressions help buyers and estate agents understand how they should be viewing and evaluating a home from the offset.
"Colours are key in the home for helping to sell the property. Red is scientifically proven to raise heartbeats and evoke an energetic atmosphere. Yellows and oranges are perfect for creative thinking and kick off trails of thought when seen. These colours can, therefore, be considered to be distracting to viewers, there is science behind sticking to simple tones and colour choices, so think first before picking up the paint roller. Decorating is a key part of presenting your property adequately.
"If your property doesn't offer broad appeal and has too many quirky design features and impractical pieces throughout the home, it's not going to be viewed positively."
If you’re looking for items that can improve the worth of your home, check out the range of storage units, quality laminate flooring and carpets online at ScS.
For more details on ScS visit www.scs.co.uk.