Unexpected ways you can boost or unknowingly reduce the value of your home

Written by Georgia Carr

Location, location local pub? There are many factors in play when it comes to valuing a property, some much more obvious than others. From the quality of your nearest drinking hole to the toys strewn on a kid’s bedroom floor, issues that may seem insignificant can have a shocking impact on price. Whether you’re looking to sell or moving to a new area, it’s important to be aware of anything that could have a negative impact on your property’s value and impede a future sale.

Messy kids

Now there’s another reason to get children to tidy their toys away. A messy kid’s bedroom can knock £8,000 off the value of the average house, according to ING Direct. That threat to withhold pocket money doesn’t sound so mean now, does it?

What’s in a name?

Quite a lot, actually. Research by Zoopla found Warrens are the priciest types of road with houses fetching up to £607,267 more than double the national average of £282,978. Streets are much cheaper, at an average of £184,722. As for the other half of the name, Kings are 20 per cent costlier than Queens. Rude names sell for less, too, simply because of the embarrassment. Fancy living on Lancashire’s Slag Lane or Bell End in the West Midlands?

Counting the cost

Numbers, too, have a surprising influence. A Zoopla study revealed that, on average, odd-numbered houses fetched £538 more than even-numbered equivalents.

And it seems we are a nation of superstitious so-and-sos. If you own a number 13 (deliberately missed out on Downing Street and others) your home is likely to sell for £6,500 less than its neighbours. Unlucky.

Dog sleeping on a living room floor

Providing your pooch isn’t smelly or intimidating you have nothing to fear! Credit: Tom Merton

The truth about cats and dogs

Don’t worry there’s no need to give up Fido or Fluffykins just yet. Most of the 39 per cent of people who own a dog or cat in the UK will have no related issues selling their house. However if your pets are intimidating, smelly or there are just too many of them, that could cost you dearly, knocking up to five per cent off the asking price.

A decent local

A noisy, rowdy drinking hole with ne’er-do-wells spilling out on to the pavements every night can really put potential buyers off and have a negative impact on your house price. Equally, a lovely local pub with craft ale and a delectable line in homemade pies is a major plus. Similarly, the Waitrose effect is a real thing, last year a report by Lloyds Bank suggested an upscale supermarket can add 12 per cent or £40,000 to the average property.

A question of taste

You might completely adore that jacquard wallpaper and have read that wood panelling is back in fashion, but does everyone else? Perceived bad taste can knock between five and 10 per cent off the value, according to experts. If your main purpose is to sell your home for the highest possible return, stick to relatively neutral, non-offensive decor. That way potential buyers can visualise their own stamp on the place.

Everybody needs good neighbours

No matter how well-heeled an area, how good the schools and how lovely the local pub, disputes with neighbours can have a terrifying impact on prices.

An estimated one in five homeowners will encounter serious problems with neighbours, whether it’s arguments over noise and territory or just living next door to people with anti-social habits or behaviour. A survey by Halifax Home Insurance suggested this can shave up to £31,000 off the price of the average property. Before exchanging, talk to the seller about the neighbours and try to get a feel for the area. You can also contact the local council to see if any disputes have been recorded.

Our Norwich estate agents ensure that you’re aware about any of the mentioned factors above before buying or selling property. You should feel comfortable to ask your agency any questions about what could affect the selling price for your property.