Property news: Expert reveals THIS is what most puts buyers off when purchasing a home | Property | Life & Style

Property expert Elliot Castle, founder of, has revealed the selection of reasons your home could be struggling to shift, and what you could do to change them.

He said: “Buying or selling a house is more stressful than being made redundant, getting divorced or going bankrupt, according to a report from

“The study of 2,000 adults showed that more than a quarter had suffered bad experiences with an estate agent, and 45 per cent had difficult time with their solicitor/conveyancer, while people felt selling a property was far more stressful than buying one.

“With homeowners struggling to sell in many parts of the country, it’s a buyer’s market out there. Vendors therefore need to make sure they do everything they can to secure a sale.”

Elliot shared the reasons you may not have thought of which could explain why your home isn’t selling:


Or rather, being shown around a property by you, the seller. Buying agents claim that it makes the buyer uncomfortable as they feel they can’t view the property properly.

They find it harder to ask questions or have a frank discussion about the property with the current owner in earshot. Perfectly understandable. In fact, showing someone around your own home can increase the time it takes to sell your home by 3-6 months. So, its worth at least asking a trusted friend or handing over to your estate agent.

Coloured bathroom suites

This is a prime example of how being a slave to fashion can affect you in the long run, in property terms at least. Coloured bathroom suites were regarded as extremely tasteful in the 80s, but they happen to be one of the biggest turn offs for a modern buyer.

So, what to do? The solution is surprisingly cost effective. A new white suite can be bought for less than £300, and if you’re happy to just replace the fittings rather than the entire layout of the room the cost of fitting it may only be a few hundred pounds.

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