Eight dated features that could devalue your home
THERE is in fact no accounting for taste. In subjective matters people’s personal preferences differ wildly. But when it comes to selling your home, get over it and get rid; because there are some additions to your home which could devalue your property immensely:
Artex ceilings –a massive 43 per cent of Manchester residents think Artex on ceilings would put them off purchasing a property. When having it removed, it’s best to call in the professionals as any coatings added before the 80s could contain white asbestos.
Avocado bathroom suites – surprisingly you can get a full suite for as little as £300 so, to increase your home’s salability, opt for a sleek white one. Over two thirds of Manchester residents said a stylish new bathroom would increase the likelihood of them putting in an offer.
Old fashioned wood panelling – surprisingly easy to remove, so swap it for some fresh and tasteful wallpaper, or a quicker option is to paint the panelling in a neutral colour.
Wood chip wallpaper – nearly half of potential buyers in Manchester would decide to not even make an offer on a place if it had of this type of wallpaper.
A built-in bar – well over a third of Manchester homebuyers say if they walked into a property and saw a dated bar, they’d walk straight back out again.
You might not be able to demolish it all, but tone it down. Remove the bar stools and drinks, paint everything neutral and add a large bouquet of flowers.
Heavily patterned carpets – think first impressions.
Look to replace the carpet in the entrance hall and the living room before you put your home on the market.
This could completely change the feeling potential buyers get as they walk through the door.
Textured wallpaper – it’s very personal so if you’d like to replace it with a more modern design, keep it simple.
A feature wall can work well – choose one and keep the other walls plain, this will help impress any potential buyers.
Built-in wardrobe cupboards around the bed – close to a third of Mancunians would choose not to buy somewhere simply because of these. An easy fix is to focus on removing the bridging cupboards that go over the top. Unscrew the doors, dismantle the cupboards and add a splash of paint.
An avocado bathroom can be a complete no-no for potential buyers, so look to replace it