Eight dated fea­tures that could de­value your home

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

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

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