Would these 10 things put you off moving into a house?

Would these 10 things put you off moving into a house?


Posted 22nd Nov 2017 by Peter Byrne

Would you move into a property which you thought was at risk of structural issues?

A recent survey has found one-fifth of Brits would still move into a house despite being aware of damp and mould issues within the property.

The survey, conducted by I Want Wallpaper, asked respondents to give as many reasons as possible that would put them off moving in.

20 per cent of those who were asked would move into a home which had problems with damp and mould, which, if left untended, could result in severe structural and health issues.

Yet despite some people accepting the matter, damp and mould was the highest scorer on the list from the 1,000 people who were surveyed.

In second place, 73 per cent of those surveyed said they would not move into a house if they thought there would be mice and rats in the property, while two-thirds of Brits said 'rowdy-looking neighbours' would prevent them from moving into a new home.

Interestingly, one-third said they would be put off moving into a new home if it felt haunted, while 40 per cent wouldn't move into a property if it was near the pub, and just under a quarter would call it a no-go if the house had strange owners.

However, at the other end of the scale, sellers who show viewers round the house was something people didn't mind at all, while only six per cent of respondents said it would cause them enough alarm not to move in.

The classic 1970s olive green bathroom look didn't seem to bother people either, as only a third said it would put them off.

Ben Williams, marketing manager from I Want Wallpaper, said: "The results are certainly very intriguing – the fact that many people are willing to move into a property that has such a big problem like damp could suggest that buyers are buying to renovate, and don’t mind issues such as this as they will be rectified anyway."

"Not surprisingly we are seeing signs of rodent infestation and bad neighbours scoring highly, but to see many people put off by being located near pubs and feeling haunted seems strange!"

There's so much to remember when you move home that involves getting a removal van early, notifying everyone of your change of address, and making sure everything runs smoothly on the day, meaning it's perhaps not surprising that 93 per cent have agreed that moving house is a stressful experience.

On top of this, one-third of people admitted they would move into a property after a single viewing, while 40 per cent said they would move into the first property they had viewed.

The top 10 turn-offs are:

Damp & mould issues: 80 per cent

Rodent infestation: 73 per cent

Rowdy-looking neighbours: 68 per cent

Near a nightclub: 68 per cent

Smells of drains: 63 per cent

Bad odours: 61 per cent

Cigarette smoke smells: 49 per cent

Near student halls: 46 per cent

Close to a train line: 44 per cent

Near to a pub: 43 per cent

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