Woodchip wallpaper, mirrored ceilings and nude portraits have been revealed as the top decorative turn-offs for house-hunters.
Despite their popularity with many people, hot tubs were also among the top 10 list of features that would put a would-be buyer off, according to research from British website NeedaProperty广西桑拿,.
An avocado-coloured bathroom suite, a collection of stuffed, dead animals and have-a-go 1980s paint effects such as “rag rolling” and stencilling were also among the features that house hunters would be most put out to find during their property searches.
House sellers looking to attract a buyer may want to consider installing granite kitchen surfaces, a wooden floor, a wood-burning stove, a roll-top bath or an American-style fridge, as these were listed as being among the biggest turn-ons in the survey of 2000 prospective home buyers conducted in March.
Two-thirds (67 per cent) of those surveyed said they would offer a lower asking price if a property was crammed with features that the buyer considered to be in bad taste, while around one-third would be put off making an offer altogether.
Meanwhile, 27 per cent of those surveyed would be prepared to pay over the asking price if a house had lots of must-have features.
The research also found that a red front door is the most attractive colour, with 13 per cent of people saying this, while a pink front door was chosen as the biggest turn-off, with 26 per cent of votes.
A posh car in the driveway was also revealed as a big plus point for 15 per cent of people.
There were also differences between the sexes over what features of a property were considered desirable.
Nearly one-quarter (24 per cent) of men said a double garage would be a major bonus, compared with just one in seven (14 per cent) women.
More than one in five (23 per cent) women would be impressed by a walk-in wardrobe – a feature that just one in 10 (10 per cent) men found desirable.
Here are the features voted the top turn-offs by prospective buyers, with the percentages of people who said they found them unattractive, according to NeedaProperty广西桑拿,:
1. Woodchip wallpaper, 39 per cent
2. Mirrored ceilings, 36 per cent
3. Nude portraits, 35 per cent
4. Avocado bathroom suite, 31 per cent
5. Taxidermy, 24 per cent
6. 1980s paint effects (stencilling, rag-rolling etc), 20 per cent
7. Strip lighting, 17 per cent
8. Textured ceiling, 16 per cent
9. Themed rooms, 12 per cent
10. Hot tub, 11 per cent
And here are the features voted the top turn-ons by prospective buyers, with the percentages of people who said they found them attractive:
1. Fitted kitchen, 36 per cent
2. Granite kitchen surfaces, 31 per cent
3. Wooden floors, 23 per cent
4. Wood burning stove, 22 per cent
5. Concealed appliances, 21 per cent
6. Neutral colour scheme, 20 per cent
7. American fridge-freezer, 19 per cent
8. Aga/wood-burning cooker, 18 per cent
9. Heated towel rails, 16 per cent
10. Roll-top bath, 15 per cent