Selling a house is never easy, especially when it's tainted by some of the worst examples of DIY or home improvements from the last 50 years.
Anglian Home Improvements polled over 2,000 current homeowners to find out which trends were just passing fads and now look horrendously out of date, and which have stood the test of time.
The results are sure to prove invaluable for those hoping to sell their properties in 2016, if you see any of these least love home improvements around your house, maybe it's time to get rid of them!
One major finding to have been thrown up by the research is that the trend for open plan living is quickly going out of fashion, as people start to look for a clear function from their leisure spaces.
Improving the indoor-outdoor flow of a property topped the list for most loved home improvement trends, with features such as conservatories and folding doors. Having a separate dining room came in second place, closely followed by TV or cinema rooms.
The study also revealed the top three least loved home improvement trends of the last 50 years. If you're the proud owner of some vintage pebble dashing, look away now because the trend, which first came to light in the 1920s, has topped the list. Crazy paving and coloured bathroom suites round out the top three.
Nearly half of those polled agreed that the main reason for making home improvements was to try and add monetary value to the property.
Melanie McDonald, Head of PR at Anglian Home Improvements, said: "The past 50 years have brought about great advancements in the home but it's clear from this research some trends have more enduring appeal than others."
So, if you're hoping to sell your home in the coming year, maybe take a look around first and check your not guilty of any of these dodgy home improvement crimes!
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This five-bedroom, £4.5 million property was built in 2009, and designed to impress - with an indoor pool, sweeping staircase, a state of the art kitchen, feature fireplaces, a gym, and a bathroom for each of the five bedrooms. It seems to have worked, as the property had 14,000 views in a month.
Did someone say footballer?
At the other end of the affordability spectrum, there’s a good chance that the attention this two-bedroom flat is getting (17,000 views in a month) has something to do with the fact that it costs just £113,000. In Newport that buys you two double bedrooms and an allocated parking space near the city centre.
This is a stunning home in Padstow, boasting six bedrooms, an impressive vaulted entrance hall, open-plan living, and an outdoor pool.
However, the most striking aspect of the property has to be the incredible views all around.
It'll set you back £2.25 million, but that hasn't put 20,000 people off viewing the property in a month.
For your £5.5 million, you get an impressive indoor gym and pool, plenty of entertaining space, a master bedroom suite complete with mirrored dressing room, and separate staff accommodation. The grounds are fitted with extensive security and CCTV, so nobody will ever get inside. While it's on the market, of course, we all get a chance to have a look around, and in one month 34,000 people have.
This beautiful four-bedroom house on the Isle of Skye is just £100,000, which makes it a reasonable proposition as a holiday cottage or bed and breakfast.
It has been recently renovated too, so you won't have a maintenance mountain to climb before you start. It’s a great place to view while you dream of a remote island life - which may be one of the reasons why 41,000 people have viewed it in a month
This six-bedroom newbuild looks fairly traditional from the outside, but inside has opted for a sea of shiny white flooring, a shiny white kitchen, and a master suite that comes with its own (shiny white) dressing room.
It’s well worth a look - after all 42,000 people have viewed it in a month - but if you want to move in, it’ll set you back £2.65 million.
This four bedroom detached new build in Grimsby comes with some footballer essentials - including a shiny white kitchen, Bi-fold doors onto the terrace, master bedroom suite with dressing room and a free-standing bath in the family bathroom.
And because it’s in Grimsby, all this comes with a very reasonable price tag of £379,000. It’s such a good deal that 58,000 people have viewed it in a month.
This new build in Cheam, in Surrey, is advertised without a price. But given it has six bedrooms, a swanky kitchen and bathrooms, a games room, several sitting rooms, and Bi-fold doors onto an impressive garden (built for entertaining ), you can safely assume you’re looking at several million pounds. You can have a look yourself, and decide what it’s worth, after-all, 92,000 people already have in the past month.
For the petrol head who moves in, there are also three reception rooms, five double bedrooms (four of which are en-suite and one of which comes with a dressing room). It’ll cost you £2 million, so take your time having a look first - joining 150,000 people who have nosed around in the past month.
This five bedroom detached home in Lanark is the most viewed property in the country, with 212,000 views in a month.
Clearly people are intrigued as to how they can get an immaculate detached five bedroom home for less than £200,000 - over £500,000 less than the average asking price for a five bed house in the UK. The answer is, of course, that Lanark is home to some incredibly affordable property - so this constitutes a pricey property for the area.