It's no secret that Gen-Y and Gen-Z are desperate to get on the property ladder. But in a time when home values have skyrocketed, it turns out there's more than a price tag that's putting off first home buyers. According to new research, one aspect is putting off potential buyers more than anything.
According to a new study conducted by Privilege Home Insurance, the biggest turn off for house-hunters is property damp.
Other unattractive characteristics include pattered or bright wallpaper, toilet covers, chandeliers and vinyl flooring. More than one-third of viewers would turn away if there was too much clutter.
The quickest way a property will sell? Cleanliness was the big winner, followed by outdoor space, a walk-in wardrobe with kitchen storage also a big bonus.
If you are in the market for a new place, maybe leave the hubby at home. The findings suggest that women are 10 per cent likelier to point out structural issues, damp, bad DIY jobs, a lack of natural light, storage or outdoor space.
How can I get rid of damp?
If you're looking to get rid of or avoid those nasty grey stains on walls, there is a solution: damp proofing.
There are three options:
- You can instal a physical damp course, a PVC sheet that can help prevent moisture from entering your home from below.
- Chemical injections in holes that have been drilled into mortar lines which can create a waterproof layer.
- Waterproofing - this may require more structural work, replacing current plasterboard with a waterproof substitute.
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