The biggest homebuyer turnoffs that could knock up to £50k of your property value

The biggest homebuyer turnoffs that could knock up to £50k of your property value

The latest research from the homebuying platform, Yes Homebuyers, reveals the biggest homebuyer turnoffs, from subsidence to nuisance neighbours, and the financial consequence they can have on the value of a home.

Homebuying is a complex process that requires due diligence and thorough attention to detail. It is also likely to be the biggest financial commitment a person has made throughout their life. As such, potential pitfalls or problems with a home can dramatically impact its desirability and, ultimately, its value.

Yes Homebuyers has identified the biggest homebuyer turnoffs and calculated what impact each can have on the value of a property, and in a list of 15 problem areas, nothing is considered more of a deterrent than subsidence.

Subsidence refers to situations when the ground beneath a property is sinking, pulling the foundations of the home down with it and it’s estimated that it can reduce the value of a home by an average of -20%. For the average home which, in the UK, is currently valued at £254,624, this -20% loss equates to £51,000.

Second on the list is Japanese Knotweed, a destructive plant that can grow up to 10cm in a single day. It can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of a property and thus reduces the value of a home by -15% – a drop of just over £38,000.

If a property is suffering from poor upkeep or the garden has been allowed to overgrow it could reduce the value of a home by as much as -14% on average, or £36,000.

If new power lines, mobile phone towers, or wind turbines are planned nearby to your property, especially if visible from the house itself, buyers are going to be far less inclined to pay top price for your home. Typically, such a scenario can see an average of -13%, or £33,000, wiped off in value.

Both nuisance neighbours and flood risks or water damage can reduce a property’s value by -10%, equal to just under £25,500; lack of convenient parking can reduce value by -7.1%, or £18,000; and unlucky house number, such as 13, can, believe it or not, reduce the value of a home by -6%, just north of £15,000.

Structural issues (-£13,500), local power stations (-£12,700), damage or odours left by pets in the home (-£10,200), cluttered rooms (-£10,200), damp and mould (-£2,500), asbestos (-£2,500), and woodworm (-£1,300) can also have a negative impact on the value of your home. However, the latter issues, like asbestos and woodworm can be very hard to detect and so you might not even know they’re there yourself.

Matthew Cooper, Founder & Managing Director of Yes Homebuyers, commented:

“Many of these buyer turnoffs can be easily and cheaply fixed, a process which should be well worth the effort and money thanks to the value they will restore to your home. Some of them, however, can be very expensive indeed. Severe damp issues and subsidence, for example, could cost as much to rectify as the value they restore. Furthermore, they can take an awfully long time to fix.

“In such instances, it might be worth considering selling your home at a reduced price rather than undertake the task yourself. Of course, you might struggle to find a buyer, as a result, but in most cases, a bonafide quick buy platform should take your property off your hands. Leaving you stress-free and able to focus on your onward purchase.”

Table shows the biggest homebuyer turn offs based on the average percentage each issue can reduce value by and what this means based on the current average UK house price
Turn-offs Ave est % impact on property price Potential property value decrease Sources
Subsidence -20% -£50,925 link link
Japanese Knotweed -15% -£38,194 link link
Poor upkeep and overgrown gardens -14.1% -£35,902 link link
New powerlines, mobile phone towers, wind turbines -13% -£33,101 link  
Bad/nuisance neighbours -10% -£25,462 link link
Water damage / known flood plain/flooding risk -10% -£25,462 link link
Poor parking / no parking available -7.1% -£18,078 link link
Unlucky house numbers (number 13) -6.0% -£15,277 link link
Structural issues/damage -5.3% -£13,495 link  
Power stations within local area -5% -£12,731 link  
Evidence of pets -4.0% -£10,185 link link
Untidy / messy/dirty/cluttered -4.0% -£10,185 link  
Damp/rising damp/mould -1% -£2,546 link link
Asbestos -1% -£2,546 link link
Woodworm -0.5% -£1,273 link link
Potential property price impact based on each percentage applied to the current UK average house price of £254,624 – UK House Price Index (May 2021 – latest data available)
The biggest homebuyer turnoffs that could knock up to £50k of your property value

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