How to avoid being stuck with a house you desperately want to sell: Nine turn-offs to avoid when marketing a home
If you have a purpose-built games room, fine. But in a reception room it tells the woman buyer that she can look forward to long nights waiting for hubby and his boozy mates to play ‘just one more frame’. Put the pool table in the garage.
MESSY MAN CAVES
There’s nothing wrong with having a man cave dedicated to fishing, bird watching, yoga, baseball or whatever. But it undeniably stamps your personality on that room and that could be a no-no.
These may re-kindle fond family memories, but they are your family memories, not the buyer’s. So be sensible and store them in the attic until the sale has gone through. If that leaves your walls looking bare, then invest in some tasteful pieces of reasonably priced artwork.
If you turn your living room into a nursery, with balls and trains and toys littering the carpet, then it will be a distraction to viewers trying to imagine what they would do with that space.
There may well have been days when you felt uplifted by the Be Awesome Today motto on your hall wall. Unfortunately, some viewers will think it’s plain naff. And if they question your taste over one thing, they are likely to look more critically at other aspects of your house.
FOOTBALL TEAM SHRINES
Nothing brings out tribal instincts like football. Dressing out a room in Liverpool colours may bring a glow of pride to your elder son’s eyes. But if your sale depends on a visiting Everton supporter … you see where I’m going. Take it all down.
Our houses are all personal spaces and no room is more personal than the bathroom. Nobody wants to know about what goes on in there, so put away the perfume, screw the tops on the toothpaste, take out a new block of soap, put the loo lid down and clean everything to a sparkle.
One pooch dozing in his basket creates a warm, homely feeling. Two or three Rottweilers call into question what the neighbourhood is like. Cats are acceptable but hide away rats, mice, spiders or snakes.
Wouldn’t they be happier in the shed?