Mistakes that knock thousands off house prices

When it comes to selling your home there are some obvious things you shouldn't do.

You wouldn't leave your washing hanging out, dirty dishes on the side and (hopefully) you'd run a hoover around before the prospective buyers arrive.

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But what about the less obvious things that could put people off? Do you really know what you should be avoiding?

Although in some cases they may still want to buy the house, there's a chance they'll offer you a lot less than you were hoping for.

Propertymark have made a checklist of mistakes to avoid for those hoping to get their property off the market.

Take a look and see how you'd fare when it comes to selling your home.

Appeal to everyone

You may love your flock wallpaper, patterned carpets and avant-garde artwork but you certainly can't guarantee that others will. If you're really keen to get your house off the market, tone down the decoration and try to make your home as neutral as possible.

Take a dip

According to The Sun, while it may seem like a luxury addition to any home, having a swimming pool could make a dent of as much as £20,000 in your selling price. People may be put off by the cost of cleaning and general upkeep.

Brighten it up

Avoid dark and dingy rooms - potential buyers will be looking for light and airy spaces. Make sure curtains are out of the way, blinds are pulled back and any obstructions outside the window, such as plants, are cleared.

Alternative energy

Solar panels may have saved you cash in the long run but they could devalue your house. Personal taste is a big factor here, and when it comes down to it, never mind the benefits, some people simply don't like the look of them.

Neaten up the garden

It may look completely harmless but the presence of Japanese Knotweed in your garden could be a major issue. The plant is powerful enough to grow through solid strictures, including the foundations and floors of houses and can cause serious problems for home owners. Find out more about dealing with it here.

Giving evidence

If you've made changes to your home you should always make sure you have the paperwork to back it up. Planning permission disputes can be tricky and if you can't prove that you were allowed to build that conservatory you could end up in a lot of trouble. Read more about the nightmares of planning permission here.

If you're still struggling with how you can improve your chances of selling your home then take a look at Propertymark's 10 tips for selling your home.

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This unassuming three-bedroom detached house in Martins Heron in Berkshire doesn’t immediately look like the kind of property to draw the crowds. However, the fact it was used as Harry Potter’s home in the first of the films means we were intrigued to see inside this £475,000 property that was ideal for commuting.
This was an impressive seven-bedroom home in Upper Denby, on the market for £1.3 million - with plenty of rustic charm and a wood-burning stove. However, we all know the real reason this made it to the list of the most-viewed properties: it’s the enormous play area complete with pirate ship that you can just catch sight of through the lounge window.
This five bedroom relatively newly-built mansion has every whistle and bell you could wish for - from a cinema and games room to a gym, swimming pool, and a dining room that’s big enough for a grand piano in the corner. It’s still on the market for £1.05 million, and is right next to Lincoln Golf course if you fancy playing a round.
Unsurprisingly, this development project on Chadwick Road in East London has been snapped up. At just £1 million you got 13 rooms over four floors - with off-street parking for three cars. No wonder it was the seventh most popular home for us to look at, and dream that with a bit of elbow grease we could have a huge London property... and we could finally park somewhere near it too.

This is a home that comes with a dream lifestyle. For just £1.4 million, you can get an incredibly swanky five-bedroom farmhouse in seven acres of lovely Welsh countryside. You also get a two-bedroom barn conversion - either to house visiting family, or to run as a holiday letting business. The house is still in the market - so that dream could still be yours.

Ever fancy your own posh lakeside hideaway with its own jetty just over an hour from London - for just £2.8 million?

Quite a few people did, judging by the fact that this new development in Cirencester was the 5th most viewed house of the year.

For just £545,000, this 6-bedroom house in Donaghadee could be yours. The property itself is very recently developed in an elegantly rustic New England style. There's plenty of room, and a dream bathroom. But possibly the reason it features so high up the list of most-viewed houses is that it comes with a paddock and stable - perfect for anyone with horsey aspirations.
It’s easy to see why this pretty £375,000 cottage is in such high demand. First is the fact it has been rebuilt from reclaimed stone, so combines old world charm with handy modern features (like a good-sized kitchen and fancy bathroom). Then there’s the location - right in the centre of the village of Holmfirth - best-known as the setting of Last of the Summer Wine.

This impressive house in Bromley in Kent has footballer written all over it. From the pale grey colour scheme, to the acres of space, and the enormous patio for entertaining, there's plenty for a footballer to love. At just £1.7 million it’s pocket-change for them too. For the rest of us, there’s the chance to dream of a mansion within commuting distance of London for the price of a flat in Notting Hill.

There was a time when a semi-detached five-bedroom home in Hampstead Garden Suburb was the sort of thing that ordinary families could aspire to. Now it's the kind of thing we spend our time daydreaming over on property websites: marveling at a 90 foot garden and the fact it has a garage. The price tag of £2.25 million means it's the kind of house we can only ever afford to look at online - which is probably why it's the most viewed property of the year.
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