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Is your house for sale? This is the one thing that puts people off buying

Property owners in the UK may be struggling to sell their homes because of damp and mould, according to new research.

Obvious damp patches are one of the biggest turn-offs for would-be house buyers, according to OnePoll research commissioned by Foxtons.

Some 60 per cent of Brits saying they would leave a viewing for this reason, according to the research.

Damp and mould can be hard to remove, and sellers should be aware of the importance of solving this problem before putting properties on the market.

Another property no-no for four in ten Britons is cracks in the walls. The same number said finding a house was on a main road would put them off.

A Foxton representative said: “As the research indicates, house-hunters have a very clear idea of what they want in a property, and are extremely decisive in the process. Listings are crucial to a home selling quickly – they need to be accurate detailed representations of a property.”

“The need to physically visit a property will remain strong for the foreseeable future, but new technologies such as Matterport 3D virtual tour are making it possible to view interiors and exteriors in much greater detail, helping house-hunters to narrow their property search quickly and efficiently.”

Further details which put people off buying homes including tiny utility rooms and awkward layouts.

Six in ten complained of not buying able to see how big rooms are when viewing static pictures online.

A further 52 per cent said they couldn’t tell if the property was overlooked, while one in ten said they couldn’t tell the colour of rooms.

Overflowing bins, ashtrays, dirty toilet pipes and yellowed paintwork were also named as turn-offs for house buyers.

Read our top tips for sprucing up your home to get it ready for sale.

Source: Express

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