Messy bedrooms mean less value

A messy teenager's bedroom can knock thousands of pounds off the price of a house, a new study has suggested
A messy teenager's bedroom can knock thousands of pounds off the price of a house, a new study has suggested
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A MESSY child’s bedroom can knock thousands of pounds off the price of a house, a new study has suggested.

A survey of more than 1,000 adults by mortgage provider ING Direct found that two out of five prospective buyers would be put off a property if it had an untidy boy’s or girl’s bedroom.

Many said they would use it as an excuse to negotiate a lower price for a house.

Other scenes which would have an impact on buyers’ impressions of a house are:

• traces of pets

• smelly bathrooms

• overgrown lawns

• grubby kitchens

ING Direct chief executive Richard Doe said: “Parents aiming to sell their home should bear in mind the impact an untidy kid’s room could have on any offers.

“Even if the mess doesn’t completely dissuade a buyer, it seems that it certainly impacts on the price they’d be willing to pay - so kids keeping their rooms spic and span could really pay off.”