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Revealed: what features make property viewers walk away

Spring has sprung, and there is a sense of optimism in the air now that the days are longer and the mercury is rising. Winkworth south east estate agents consider this a prime window in the calendar for putting your home on the market, with many buyers making a mental note to find a property and be moved in before the summer holidays start. Property for sale in the south east is among some of the best in the country and the home moving market is in great shape, comments Winkworth. There is equilibrium and fluency - with a brisk number of buyers and sellers actively looking to move. For sellers of property in the south east, this means presenting an enticing property that makes an instant impact on viewers, as the increased supply of homes means there is more competition and more choice. A new survey from a home insurance provider has highlighted the top 20 turn offs for house hunters, listing the faults that would deter a buyer from making an offer on a property. The research from Gocompare.com is a must-read for anyone thinking of putting their south east property on the market this season. The survey revealed that many off putting features are cosmetic, which can be rectified before you invite an estate agent to market your property. The top turn off was damp patches or stained walls and ceilings. Although these can be superficial or just a hangover from a major problem that has long been rectified, it gives viewers the impression there is something seriously wrong with the property - such as a leaking roof or rotten floorboards. At number two in the list of top turn offs was a poor state of repair/rotten windows. Not maintaining a property makes viewers feel the owner doesn't care about their home and also leaves them wondering just how much DIY work there is to do should they buy the property. Rotten windows, however, are costly to replace so if you're not keen to pay out, Winkworth advises attractively pricing the property to reflect the imminent need of window replacement. Other faults in the top 20 that can be remedied include; bad smells, a dirty house, an overgrown garden, general untidiness, cluttered rooms and a dated or over-the-top decor. The full top 20 list comprises: Damp patches, stained walls or ceilings - 67% Poor state of repair, rotten windows - 60% No parking - 55% No garden - 54% Bad smells (pets, damp, food, cigarettes) - 53% Unfinished building work - 53% Poor natural light/dark rooms - 46% Small rooms - 45% Bad DIY - 42% Small kitchen - 40% Dirty house - 36% Stone cladding, render or pebble dash on outside walls - 27% Wooden windows - 23% Outdated kitchen - 23% Overgrown garden - 21% Artex or textured ceilings - 19% General untidiness - 16% Dated or over the top carpets - 14% Cluttered rooms - 13% Dated or over the top decor - 13% If you would like a general appraisal of your property in the south east - with advice about presenting your property to attract the most viewers and a free valuation - contact Winkworth today.

Spring has sprung, and there is a sense of optimism in the air now that the days are longer and the mercury is rising. Winkworth south east estate agents consider this a prime window in the calendar for putting your home on the market, with many buyers making a mental note to find a property and be moved in before the summer holidays start.

Property for sale in the south east is among some of the best in the country and the home moving market is in great shape, comments Winkworth. There is equilibrium and fluency - with a brisk number of buyers and sellers actively looking to move. For sellers of property in the south east, this means presenting an enticing property that makes an instant impact on viewers, as the increased supply of homes means there is more competition and more choice.

A new survey from a home insurance provider has highlighted the top 20 turn offs for house hunters, listing the faults that would deter a buyer from making an offer on a property. The research from Gocompare.com is a must-read for anyone thinking of putting their south east property on the market this season.

The survey revealed that many off putting features are cosmetic, which can be rectified before you invite an estate agent to market your property. The top turn off was damp patches or stained walls and ceilings. Although these can be superficial or just a hangover from a major problem that has long been rectified, it gives viewers the impression there is something seriously wrong with the property - such as a leaking roof or rotten floorboards.

At number two in the list of top turn offs was a poor state of repair/rotten windows. Not maintaining a property makes viewers feel the owner doesn't care about their home and also leaves them wondering just how much DIY work there is to do should they buy the property. Rotten windows, however, are costly to replace so if you're not keen to pay out, Winkworth advises attractively pricing the property to reflect the imminent need of window replacement.

Other faults in the top 20 that can be remedied include; bad smells, a dirty house, an overgrown garden, general untidiness, cluttered rooms and a dated or over-the-top decor.

The full top 20 list comprises:



  1. Damp patches, stained walls or ceilings - 67%
  2. Poor state of repair, rotten windows - 60%
  3. No parking - 55%
  4. No garden - 54%
  5. Bad smells (pets, damp, food, cigarettes) - 53%
  6. Unfinished building work - 53%
  7. Poor natural light/dark rooms - 46%
  8. Small rooms - 45%
  9. Bad DIY - 42%
  10. Small kitchen - 40%
  11. Dirty house - 36%
  12. Stone cladding, render or pebble dash on outside walls - 27%
  13. Wooden windows - 23%
  14. Outdated kitchen - 23%
  15. Overgrown garden - 21%
  16. Artex or textured ceilings - 19%
  17. General untidiness - 16%
  18. Dated or over the top carpets - 14%
  19. Cluttered rooms - 13%
  20. Dated or over the top decor - 13%

If you would like a general appraisal of your property in the south east - with advice about presenting your property to attract the most viewers and a free valuation - contact Winkworth today.

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