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Prospective buyers' biggest turn offs revealed

Have you got a property for sale in Hertfordshire' Are you thinking of going on to the market' If the answer is yes, now is a good time to take a long, hard look at your property, comment Hertfordshire estate agents Winkworth. A new survey has revealed what the biggest property turn offs are among buyers. Not surprisingly, dated features from a bygone era are most likely to deter would-be purchasers. At number one were avocado-coloured bathroom suites, followed by woodchip wallpaper and stone cladding. The survey, carried out by Barclays Mortgages, is important if you have a property for sale in St Albans, Borehamwood, Elstree and other parts of Hertfordshire, especially if you would like to maximise the value of your property and attract the biggest number of viewings. The top ten most off putting features was completed by flocked wallpaper, Artex on the ceilings, carpeted bathrooms, pebbledash, strip lighting, linoleum floor coverings and synthetic wood. While these features were once fashionable in the 1970s and 1980s, modern tastes have moved on and a vendors are looking for properties that reflect 21st century style. The survey also found that half of homeowners choose to make improvements in order to add value to their property, with the average person adding £9,829 to the value. Making some alterations to your Hertfordshire property before it goes on to the market could increase its value by more than you actually spend, if you chose wisely. Low-cost, low-effort changes - such as stripping off woodchip wallpaper and changing light fittings - is a good place to start but the best course of action is to speak with a respected Hertfordshire estate agent before undertaking any major improvement works. Winkworth can visit your property and give an honest appraisal of anything that may need refreshing, drawing on our local area knowledge and that fact that we visit 1,000s of homes across Hertfordshire every year. Talking to us will ensure any upgrades pay off when it comes to the resale value of your property. There's not much sense in installing a £20,000 luxury kitchen if it only adds £5,000 to the value of your home. While prospective buyers may fawn over the latest cabinetry and appliances, there will be a 'ceiling' price people are prepared to pay for a certain property type in a set area, no matter its specification and finish. Even the most lavish improvements won't temp every buyer to pay over the local odds, so it can be wise to replace a dated bathroom, for instance, with a simple white suite from a DIY chain. If you'd like to know about improving your property before you sell, with honest advice about what to keep, what to replace and what needs changing to maximise the value of your Hertfordshire property, contact your Winkworth local estate agents in Hertfordshire today.

Have you got a property for sale in Hertfordshire' Are you thinking of going on to the market' If the answer is yes, now is a good time to take a long, hard look at your property, comment Hertfordshire estate agents Winkworth.

A new survey has revealed what the biggest property turn offs are among buyers. Not surprisingly, dated features from a bygone era are most likely to deter would-be purchasers. At number one were avocado-coloured bathroom suites, followed by woodchip wallpaper and stone cladding. The survey, carried out by Barclays Mortgages, is important if you have a property for sale in St Albans, Borehamwood, Elstree and other parts of Hertfordshire, especially if you would like to maximise the value of your property and attract the biggest number of viewings.

The top ten most off putting features was completed by flocked wallpaper, Artex on the ceilings, carpeted bathrooms, pebbledash, strip lighting, linoleum floor coverings and synthetic wood. While these features were once fashionable in the 1970s and 1980s, modern tastes have moved on and a vendors are looking for properties that reflect 21st century style.

The survey also found that half of homeowners choose to make improvements in order to add value to their property, with the average person adding £9,829 to the value. Making some alterations to your Hertfordshire property before it goes on to the market could increase its value by more than you actually spend, if you chose wisely.

Low-cost, low-effort changes - such as stripping off woodchip wallpaper and changing light fittings - is a good place to start but the best course of action is to speak with a respected Hertfordshire estate agent before undertaking any major improvement works. Winkworth can visit your property and give an honest appraisal of anything that may need refreshing, drawing on our local area knowledge and that fact that we visit 1,000s of homes across Hertfordshire every year.

Talking to us will ensure any upgrades pay off when it comes to the resale value of your property. There's not much sense in installing a £20,000 luxury kitchen if it only adds £5,000 to the value of your home. While prospective buyers may fawn over the latest cabinetry and appliances, there will be a 'ceiling' price people are prepared to pay for a certain property type in a set area, no matter its specification and finish. Even the most lavish improvements won't temp every buyer to pay over the local odds, so it can be wise to replace a dated bathroom, for instance, with a simple white suite from a DIY chain.

If you'd like to know about improving your property before you sell, with honest advice about what to keep, what to replace and what needs changing to maximise the value of your Hertfordshire property, contact your Winkworth local estate agents in Hertfordshire today.

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