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Could you catch a buyer's eye with a garden room?

Posted on Monday, 16 June 2014 03:24PM by Artful Lodger
Considering things that will encourage - or discourage - would-be buyers from parting with their cash is an important job for anyone selling a home.
As well as looking to maximise the attractiveness of property features that could bring a buyer round to making that all-important purchase, it's a good idea to think about what could put them off and deal with this as best as possible.

Gocompare Home Insurance unveiled a chart earlier this year of buyers' top 20 property purchasing turn-offs that might help in this regard.

Damp and stains, homes being in a poor state of repair and the lack of a garden made up the top three in this list of property features that put people off parting with their hard-earned money.

Some 70 per cent of the buyers questioned cited damp patches and stained ceilings and walls as a turn-off in this way - claiming they would not purchase a home with these features.
A slightly lower 63 per cent were found to be put-off by homes in bad states of repair, and 57 per cent don't want a home if it doesn't have a garden.

Pet odours and other bad smells made fourth place, with 56 per cent coming out against these, and the same percentage didn't want to buy a home without provision for parking.

Low natural light levels and darkness, and the issue of building work that isn't complete were both turn-offs for 54 per cent, meanwhile.

And 51 per cent were not fans of small rooms, with 44 per cent specifically coming out against small kitchens for a perspective home.

The top ten was completed by the issue of bad DIY, which 43 per cent said would turn them off a purchase.

Among the other issues that came up in the list were dirty homes (37 per cent), outdated bedrooms (25 per cent) and kitchens (25 per cent), plastic windows (18 per cent) and a garden that has become overgrown (16 per cent).

"Buying a home is one of the biggest financial commitments many of us will make and most potential buyers will want to think that the property they are buying has been looked after by its current owners," said Gocompare.come home insurance's Ben Wilson.

“Overgrown gardens, grubby, cluttered rooms can be tell-tale signs that the property has been unloved and essential maintenance and repairs have been ignored.

"For example, stained walls and ceilings or rooms with a mildew smell could [be] warning signs of a possible damp problem which might be costly to remedy – or they might simply be a result of blocked gutters or downpipes which are quick, easy and inexpensive to clear.

“So, one of the cheapest and most simple ways to help ensure a successful sale is to make sure that before you put your home on the market, it is clean, fresh smelling and tidy.”
Many people take pride in their homes and will keep them this way as a matter of course - whether they're thinking of selling or not.

And when it comes to more positive things that might actively encourage a purchase,  some people will be lucky to have homes that include one or two stand-out features that could really
draw the eyes of buyers.

One potential example would be a room in the garden, like those that are sold by Green Retreats .

These are a home feature that bring a lot of fantastic extra potential to a property and add something special to it - something a buyer could well be interested in, as long as the room is explained to them in the right way.

Even if the person looking at the property wouldn't use the room for the purpose the owner bought it for - for example, a garden office - it can be made clear to them that garden rooms are versatile.

A large office could easily be converted into a music practice space, for example - which could be a far more interesting prospect for some buyers than a room for working in.
It's just one example of how a garden room's usefulness can continue and continue after the structure is built, and can really change beyond the initial considerations of the owner!


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