HOMEOWNERS trying to sell their properties are jeopardising any potential sale by failing to keep the place clean, according to
HOMEOWNERS trying to sell their properties are jeopardising any potential sale by failing to keep the place clean, according to new research.
Property services company Move with Us says messy homes are putting off nearly a quarter of prospective buyers from taking the plunge.
The survey of more than 100 independent estate agents also shows that almost a third of residential properties in the UK are untidy when buyers arrive to view them, with sellers seemingly unwilling to pick up the vacuum cleaner or put away the dishes.
Ed Church, from Strutt & Parker, which has an office in Pangbourne, said: “It is important to make sure the basics are covered when selling your home.
“Owners who are failing to carry out the most simple of tasks such as making sure their property is clean and tidy ahead of viewings are missing a trick.”
Away from clutter, a separate poll highlights how outside influences like neighbours and council works are a key concern among homeowners nationwide.
The survey reveals that one in four homeowners are worried about the potential impact of disruptive neighbours or the council granting planning permission to build something detrimental in the vicinity.
Both factors can considerably reduce the value of a property, as well as putting off prospective buyers coming to have a look around.
In addition to neighbours and council works, nearly half of homeowners rate general maintenance such as fixing drains and roofs as their top concern.
They also worry about not having enough spare cash lying around just in case any necessary repairs need to be carried out on their property.
Mr Church added: “Owning a home can be expensive — and unfortunately paying for wear and tear often goes with the territory.
“We always try and explain to our clients the best possible measures to take to achieve the sale that they want.”