When it comes to putting a property on the market, factors such as location will no doubt play an important part in what sellers can expect to ask for.
A report by Nationwide Building Society showed that while annual UK house price growth was steady in September, maximising the interest in your property continues to be a must for anyone looking to sell-up.
Now, a new study commissioned by Privilege Home Insurance has highlighted some of the top “turn-offs” for prospective buyers.
According to the 2,008 UK adults asked, damp is the top factor to discourage those looking to make a purchase from doing so.
The result came after 67 per cent ranked damp as their number one turn-off when home-buying.
While this could be something of a project for property-selling hopefuls, the good news is, there are ways to fix the problematic issue.
Meanwhile, 53 per cent of people asked named structural deficiencies as another seriously unattractive factor – making it the second top turn-off.
And, almost half (47 per cent) of respondents said they would be put off by a lack of natural light in the property.
Prospective sellers may also want to think about taking a closer look at their interiors too, if they want to grab the attention of possible new homeowners.
That’s because, the research saw 34 per cent of people voting an outdated kitchen and clutter as a serious turn-off.
Other turn-offs inside a property include patterned or textured ceilings, as well as bright or decorative wallpaper.
So, what are home-buyers looking for when viewing properties on the UK market?
According to the research, 57 per cent of people’s favourite property “turn ons” is cleanliness.
And, while it won’t always be possible, having an outdoor area came in at a close second, scooping 56 per cent of respondent’s vote.
House prices in Yorkshire and Humberside hit the headlines earlier this week, after Nationwide Building Society reported the region had seen an annual house price growth of 5.8 per cent in the third quarter of this year.
The results made it the strongest-performing area – the first time since 2005.
But, in parts of southern England, including London, statistics showed house prices had fallen annually in the third quarter – with Nationwide saying the decline was a ”modest” 0.7 percent.
While property prices will vary from place to place, there’s one type of home which is selling for huge amounts of money across the UK.
According to estate agent Jackson-Stops, rectories, once known as vicarages or parsonages, have been commanding an average asking price of £1,342,318 recently.