Spooky homes can devalue by 20pc

Nia Williams

October 23, 2014

The research found that potential homebuyers are spooked by the stigma of past events. This might include the property being built on top of a graveyard, a former crime scene or rumours the property is haunted.

Robin King, director of Move with Us, said: “A house with a chequered past can come with a stigma attached to it, particularly to those who live locally and have preconceptions of the property.

“With this sort of property, buyers often put in a lower offer or will use the history as a bargaining tool.

“For anyone looking to sell a home with a spooky history there are still a number of things that you can do to help sell the property for a higher price.

“Presentation really is everything and giving the property some serious curb appeal will help get viewers through the door as well as dressing the home in a way that creates an aspiration for a certain lifestyle.”

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