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Buyers would rather buy a murder scene than a house with damp

Ryan Fowler

October 24, 2019

Would-be buyers would rather pick up a house that was the scene of a murder than one with a spot of damp, well that’s according to property buyer Good Move at least. 

Its research found that nearly three in five (58%) would be put off if there had previously been a murder at a property – worryingly however the rest were fine with it.

It also found that more than two in five (44%) would reject a house if there had been reports of paranormal activity.

However should the house have a shared garden a whopping 73% would turn their nose up at  a property. A spot of damp and that goes up to 75% whilst cracks stands at 73%.

A short leasehold remaining (76%) also features high on the list of reasons to scarper after a viewing.

The biggest red flag for those looking to buy however is noisy neighbours, with a huge 85% of people saying this would put them off purchasing a property.

Ross Counsell, director at Good Move, said: “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 to make your house more attractive to buyers.”

However it appears that it is not a love for the macabre that is steering those who would buy a murder scene to consider it.

The research revealed it is down to the case that they would expect at least a third (32%) knocked of the market value.


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