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Kerb appeal - don't let rubbish dent your home's value

Every day hundreds of people are typing addresses into their sat nav and studying maps hoping their next stop off will lead them to their dream home. Viewers of property for sale in east London will all feel a sense of excitement as they approach the front door of a home they're about to view but imagine if that first impression was ruined in an instant. According to a report commissioned by environmental campaigners Keep Britain Tidy, rubbish outside a property for sale in east London - or anywhere in the country for that matter - can reduce the value of a home by up to 12%. Although that might not sound much, say east London estate agents Winkworth, that's a whopping £42,476.80 wiped off the value of an average east London property.* The report cites overflowing wheelie bins, cigarette butts and food wrappers as a major turn off for property viewers and considering these items generally gravitate to the front of a property, sellers should take particular attention ahead of viewings - especially when a buying decision can be made within seconds of arriving at a property. Keep Britain Tidy's study - entitled Exploring The Wider Cost of Litter - also looked at the impact of rubbish in the wider local environment and its effect on property prices. It concluded that rubbish strewn around streets and cities or fly tipping in country lanes can reduce the value of a property by between 2.7% and 11.8%. Winkworth agrees that first impressions count and has this presentation advice if you have a property for sale in east London:- Remove wheelie bins and recycling boxes from the front of your property before viewings Check for any rubbish that may have blown into your front garden Sweep front paths and check the immediate pavement for litter Report incidents of fly tipping, missed refuse collections or overflowing public bins in your neighbourhood to the local council Remove any dead plants from the front of your property Clean the front door and windows before viewings commence If you are thinking of selling your home, or would like details of the latest flats and houses for sale in east London, contact Winkworth today. *Overall house price in east London according to Rightmove January 2015 (£353,968)

Every day hundreds of people are typing addresses into their sat nav and studying maps hoping their next stop off will lead them to their dream home. Viewers of property for sale in east London will all feel a sense of excitement as they approach the front door of a home they're about to view but imagine if that first impression was ruined in an instant.

According to a report commissioned by environmental campaigners Keep Britain Tidy, rubbish outside a property for sale in east London - or anywhere in the country for that matter - can reduce the value of a home by up to 12%. Although that might not sound much, say east London estate agents Winkworth, that's a whopping £42,476.80 wiped off the value of an average east London property.*

The report cites overflowing wheelie bins, cigarette butts and food wrappers as a major turn off for property viewers and considering these items generally gravitate to the front of a property, sellers should take particular attention ahead of viewings - especially when a buying decision can be made within seconds of arriving at a property.

Keep Britain Tidy's study - entitled Exploring The Wider Cost of Litter - also looked at the impact of rubbish in the wider local environment and its effect on property prices. It concluded that rubbish strewn around streets and cities or fly tipping in country lanes can reduce the value of a property by between 2.7% and 11.8%.

Winkworth agrees that first impressions count and has this presentation advice if you have a property for sale in east London:-



  • Remove wheelie bins and recycling boxes from the front of your property before viewings
  • Check for any rubbish that may have blown into your front garden
  • Sweep front paths and check the immediate pavement for litter
  • Report incidents of fly tipping, missed refuse collections or overflowing public bins in your neighbourhood to the local council
  • Remove any dead plants from the front of your property
  • Clean the front door and windows before viewings commence

If you are thinking of selling your home, or would like details of the latest flats and houses for sale in east London, contact Winkworth today.

*Overall house price in east London according to Rightmove January 2015 (£353,968)

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