What puts home buyers off?


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Woodchip wallpaper, mirrored ceilings and nude portraits have been revealed as the top decorative turn-offs for house-hunters.

Despite their popularity with many people, hot tubs were also among the top 10 list of features that would put a would-be buyer off, according to research from website NeedaProperty.com.

An avocado bathroom suite, a collection of stuffed, dead animals and have-a-go 1980s paint effects such as "rag rolling" and stencilling were also among the features that house hunters would be most put out to find during their property searches.

House sellers looking to attract a buyer may want to consider installing granite kitchen surfaces, a wooden floor, a wood burning stove, a roll-top bath or an American-style fridge, as these were listed as being among the biggest turn-ons in the survey of 2,000 prospective home buyers conducted last month.

Two-thirds (67%) of those surveyed said they would offer a lower asking price if a property was crammed with features that the buyer considered to be in bad taste, while around one third would be put off making an offer altogether.

Meanwhile, 27% of those surveyed would be prepared to pay over the asking price if a house had lots of must-have features.

The research also found that a red front door is the most attractive colour, with 13% of people saying this, while a pink front door was chosen as the biggest turn-off, with 26% of votes.

A posh car in the driveway was also revealed as a big plus point for 15% of people.

There were also differences between the sexes over what features of a property were considered desirable.

Nearly one quarter (24%) of men said a double garage would be a major bonus, compared with just one in seven (14%) women.

More than one in five (23%) women would be impressed by a walk-in wardrobe - a feature that just one in 10 (10%) men found desirable.

Three-fifths (61%) of people said they judge others by their taste in home decoration.

Nearly one in five (17%) of people said that finding animal prints and silk soft furnishings in a home would make them think that the occupants had a strong sexual appetite, while nearly half (45%) said nude portraits would suggest to them that the home owners were sexually liberated.

Seven out of 10 (70%) people also admitted to being "baffled by bidets", saying that finding one in a home would leave them confused over how to use it.

Here are the features voted the top turn-offs by prospective buyers, with the percentages of people who said they found them unattractive, according to NeedaProperty.com:

1. Woodchip wallpaper, 39%

2. Mirrored ceilings, 36%

3. Nude portraits, 35%

4. Avocado bathroom suite, 31%

5. Taxidermy, 24%

6. 1980s paint effects (stencilling, rag-rolling etc), 20%

7. Strip lighting, 17%

8. Artex ceiling, 16%

9. Themed rooms, 12%

10. Hot tub, 11%

And here are the features voted the top turn-ons by prospective buyers, with the percentages of people who said they found them attractive:

1. Fitted kitchen, 36%

2. Granite kitchen surfaces, 31%

3. Wooden floors, 23%

4. Wood burning stove, 22%

5. Concealed appliances, 21%

6. Neutral colour scheme, 20%

7. American fridge-freezer, 19%

8. Aga/range cooker, 18%

9. Heated towel rails, 16%

10. Roll-top bath, 15%

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