Damp Stains Revealed To Be The Biggest Turnoff For Homebuyers

A survey found that 69% of people said they would avoid purchasing a property if it had damp stains on the walls and ceilings.

Selling a house has its challenges, particularly if you have not maintained your property properly for a while. There are many things that can put homebuyers off making an offer on your house, with the biggest deterrent being damp. 

According to a recent survey commissioned by GoCompare Home Insurance, 69 per cent of people said they would avoid purchasing a property if it had damp stains on the walls
and ceilings.

This was followed by 63 per cent of property buyers who said they would be put off by bad smells, including food, cigarettes, pets and damp. Fifty-nine per cent stated they would not purchase a house if it was in a poor state of repair, whether the window frames were rotting or the paintwork needed redoing.

This goes to show just how important appearances are for homebuyers, and why it is essential to make your home look its best before you put it on the market.

GoCompare’s Home Insurance spokesman Ben Wilson stated: “Buying a home is a major investment and most people are put off by out-dated properties or those in a poor state of repair.”

He commented that while people can overlook dated décor, they are less forgiving when it comes to poor maintenance work or evidence of dodgy DIY jobs.

Mr Wilson noted that homebuyers can also be deterred by untidy gardens and dirty homes, with 48 per cent disliking properties that have neighbours with rubbish in their gardens; 46 per cent avoiding a dirty house; 38 per cent walking away from homes with DIY mishaps; and 37 per cent being put off if there is a student let next door.

One of the best ways to really make a house stand out – whether you are trying to sell it or have just moved into a new property and want to make it your own – is to invest in a wood burner in Staffordshire.

These can transform a house, becoming a centrepiece for visitors and giving your home the ‘wow factor’ that makes it stand out from the rest.


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