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Revealed: 10 property features that kill buyer interest

New data shows that these features rank higher on the list than onsite murders
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 23-05-2019 16:00pm

People would rather buy a house where a murder has taken place than one that has signs of damp or cracks in the walls reveals new research by regulated property buyer Good Move.

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Nearly three in five (58%) would be put off if there had previously been a murder at a property, and more than two in five (44%) would reject a house if there had been reports of paranormal activity.

However, Brits are far more concerned by other faults, such as a shared garden (73%), signs of damp (75%) or cracks (73%) and having a short leasehold remaining (76%), all showing up higher on the list of unwanted features. The biggest red flag for those looking to buy is noisy neighbours, with a huge 85% of people saying this would put them off purchasing a property.

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Sr. no Top 10 house buyer put-offs Percentage
1. Noisy neighbours 85%
2. Short leasehold remaining 76%
3. Signs of damp 75%
4. A shared garden  73%
Signs of cracks on the walls 73%
6. Front door opening onto a main road 70%
7. No parking 69%
8. No garden 66%
9. Smelly 63%
10. Busy or high-speed roads nearby 62%


Ross Counsell, director of Good Move, says, “Although everyone has a different idea of the perfect home, it’s clear from our survey that certain things will put off most people.

“On the bright side, some of these put-offs are easy to address, so if you are looking to sell your house, make sure you sort out small things like cracks and damp. These little actions can make a huge difference and help you make your house more attractive to buyers.”

Although over 40% of UK house buyers say they would not be put off by the fact that a murder had taken place onsite, the survey also found that, if this were the case, they would expect the property to be reduced by almost a third (32%) of its market value. Similarly, buyers would also expect a 30% reduction if there had been reports of paranormal activity.

Sr. no Features buyers would expect the biggest discounts Percentage
1. Existing tenants 34%
2. Murder 32%
3. Paranormal activity 30%
4. Pets left behind at the property 26%
5. Being next door to a cemetery 25%

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Amanda Peters


I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).