Two property mistakes that could knock £36,000 off the value of your home and put buyers off

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A well presented property can make it more appealing

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Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray


Published: 11/06/2024

- 17:04

Homeowners have been warned of property mistakes that could cause potential buyers knock thousands off their offer

A good first impression can be the difference between a buyer making an offer or not.

A bad impression can also cost sellers more than £20,000, according to property experts.


They detailed the property "mistakes" that can knock as much as £23,000 off your home value, based on the average house price of £282,776.

A messy garden will lead to the biggest drop in the offer, according to experts at Yopa.

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A messy garden can be offputting for buyers

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They said: "If a garden is in a state of disrepair, unloved, unkempt, messy and overgrown, it destroys first impressions.

"Sellers need buyers to fall in love with a property the moment they set eyes on it, so showing them mess and mayhem can damage your chances of receiving a good offer.

"It’s estimated that an out-of-shape garden can knock between 8.2 per cent to 20 per cent off a home’s value, which, even in the best case scenario, is equivalent to an average loss of £23,188 based on the current average house price of £282,776."

Similarly, if the inside of the home is messy this could also deter buyers from giving their best offer.

An untidy home can give a bad first impression which could cost the seller more than £13,000, the experts estimated.

They added: "First impressions count. Tidying your home before potential buyers come to view it is the easiest and most basic thing you can do to achieve the highest possible price.

"It is estimated that an immaculately presented home can increase the value of offers by an average of 4.7 per cent.

"If, therefore, a house looks dirty and you miss out on this additional 4.7 per cent, you’re waving goodbye to a possible £13,290."

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Painting can make a home more appealing to potential buyer

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Verona Frankish CEO of Yopa added: “Selling a home is not always simple, and there’s often a lot of work that needs putting into a property in order for it to present well and achieve the best possible price.

"All of these seemingly minor issues can cost you thousands of pounds, but the good news is that for the most part, they’re generally easy to address and rarely cost much to rectify.

"Just remember, the more welcoming and cared for your home appears to be, the more comfortable and attractive it will appear to buyers. A home is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, so do everything you can to make it irresistible.”

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