You don’t need a home stylist to increase your property appeal. In fact, the features that most impress potential buyers might surprise you.
Self-contained dwellings, loft conversions and open plan kitchen-dining spaces were the top three improvements buyers were looking for this year, along with properties being clean and well presented. Newly-renovated kitchens and bathrooms were also high on the wishlist, while outside it was new driveways, landscaped gardens, veggie patches and home offices that had buyers excited.
But the biggest turnoff was dirty homes. Even if you are not planning to renovate or upgrade your home for sale, according to Rated People’s recent Home Improvement Trends Report, a home that presents as unclean would stop almost half (43%) of buyers from inspecting it and of those who did view an unclean property, 61% would put in a lower bid to purchase it. Scuff marks, mould or cracks in walls, bad smells and dirty kitchens were all cited as off-putting to potential buyers.
With a whopping 44% of homeowners planning to paint some part of their home by the end of this year, there can be no denying that investing time, energy and if necessary, cash, into presenting a home as clean and tidy is essential before bringing it to market.
THE TOP 5 KITCHEN PAINT COLOURS TO ATTRACT MOST BUYERS
Light Grey 22%
Natural Wood 21%
After a year of being confined to our homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it can come as no surprise that buyers are looking for more available space in a new home both indoors and out, with 29% of buyers wanting more outdoor space and 25% looking for bigger homes overall.
THE RISE OF THE HOME OFFICE
With the return to work being staggered and, in some cases stalled entirely, homeowners and potential buyers alike are looking to improve their home office setup for the long term. 41% of those working from home confessed they still don’t have a proper home office desk and 39% are without a proper office chair. 29% of people working from home had to clear toys from their workspaces daily, and 24% reported being embarrassed by their background on video calls.
Outside, the addition of a swimming pool was by far the most value-adding garden improvement, with an outside home office, garden room or gym the next most desirable additions. Bi-fold doors with a view to the garden and outdoor entertaining area and decks were also high on the list to increase the value of a property, with buyers looking favourably on established gardens featuring mature plants and trees.
The research is taken from a wider study into renovation and interior design trends and other surprising buyer turnoffs and demonstrates that it pays to put in the effort to present a property well for sale.
These neglected home improvements detract the most buyers:
Signs of damp/mould
Cracks in walls
Mess and clutter inside
Scuffed paintwork and marked walls
No double glazing
Rubbish or debris in the front garden/in front of the house
Broken or missing fence panels in the garden/outside space
Bad smells inside
Dirty/stained furnishings (carpet, curtains and sofas)
A dirty interior that hasn’t been cleaned
Broken/damaged windows and fixtures such as kitchen cupboard doors