With property sales down by 10 per cent since pre-Covid levels, now is a tricky time to sell your home.
But what are the features and centrepieces that can turn buyers off?
Some of these fancy home additions listed by property experts, below, may surprise you — but they’re likely to end up hampering a sale.
If you have a huge garden where you can shelter a pool behind high hedges, then it may add to the value of your house. But if you have a modest suburban plot, it’s a different matter.
‘I think I lose two out of ten buyers if a house has a pool,’ says Jason Corbett, of Rowallan Buying Agents. ‘They cost around £10 a day to heat and they are a safety concern.’
You may think that ponds would be a selling point — especially given the popularity of wild swimming.
But the dangers of drowning or having a heart attack (due to the cold) outweigh notions of the good life for most buyers.
Hot tubs can also be a turn-off. It’s a personal matter: most people simply don’t like the idea of bathing where someone else has bathed before them.
A beautiful garden can be a selling point, but over-ornate flower beds and borders can have the opposite effect.
‘Anything too fiddly can be off-putting,’ says Robin Gould, of Prime Purchase. ‘I recently saw a house with a wonderful garden which needed two gardeners to tend to it, costing £25,000 a year. Not many can afford that commitment.’
Large expanses of decking are also best avoided.
‘It becomes green, slimy and unattractive in time,’ says Carol Peett of West Wales Property Finders http://www.westwalespropertyfinders.co.uk. ‘Decking also provides a cosy home for rats.’
So ignore the advice of the daytime television gardening programmes and rip up the decking before you sell……
The Daily Mail – Friday, 12th January 2024 – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-12952965/Pet-hates-home-buyers-Fussy-gardens-pools-staircases-make-harder-sell.html