Selling or letting a house is perceived as being easier at the moment than at any time in recent years, thanks to the fact that there is a supply and demand imbalance. With far more buyers and potential tenants than sellers around, it is, in theory, relatively easy to not only find a buyer or tenant for your home, but to also be able to get a good price.
However, it's not exactly a given, and while it's certainly easier than it was when the market was less healthy than it is now, there are still considerations that need to be made by landlords and sellers about how the house is presented and any problems it has. After all, even when there is strong competition, people still want to live somewhere nice.
GoCompare has published its list of the top turn offs for house hunters in the UK, and for anyone who is looking to sell or let their property, making sure their own houses don't fall foul of these issues can be a good way to ensure they find a tenant or buyer.
"If you’re looking to sell your home it’s important to make sure it’s well presented, both inside and out, to make it as appealing as possible to would be buyers. Buying a home is a big financial commitment and most house hunters will want to think that the property they’re buying has been well looked after by its current owners," said Ben Wilson of GoCompare home insurance.
And the number one factor that can turn house hunters away isn't even something that you would automatically think of. The mind may turn towards making sure the home is clean and that the garden is well tended, however, for Brits, the main thing likely to make them look elsewhere is if the property is showing signs of damp.
The findings show that any indication that there is damp in the home would turn away 67 per cent of people in the UK, making it a more decisive factor than anything else. On top of this, some 55 per cent said they would look elsewhere if the home had no parking, while 54 per cent that the state of the garden is important.
Elsewhere, some 53 per cent said it is vital that the home is well maintained with things like smells caused by pets, damp, food and cigarettes likely to turn them away. It shows the importance of making sure you are well prepared for any viewings before someone turns up.
"During a viewing many buyers will try to imagine themselves living in the property, so a dirty home, nasty smells and cluttered rooms can be a big put-off. They can also be a sign of other problems with the property. Clutter could suggest a lack of storage space, while a dirty home may suggest to buyers that the house has been unloved and in a poor state of repair," Mr Wilson concluded.