House prices: If your kid makes a mess, your home is worth less
Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He writes a weekly food column – On the Menu – which appears in The Independent on Friday and i on Monday. And also travel and general features. Follow him on Instagram at @smuston
Friday 24 August 2012
How problematic is your teenager's messy bedroom? It's about £8,000-worth of problems if you are trying to sell your house, according to a survey by ING Direct. Judy Reith from parentingpeople.co.uk gives us her tips to saving a fortune.
Step 1 Try to create a team atmosphere (not a nagging one) by calling a family chat and then appealing to a teenager's interest in money. Say: "We need to show the house off to get the most money." Then make clear you will be cleaning, too.
Step 2 If they don't get out the vacuum cleaner and duster, up the ante. Say you'll clean (and root around in) their room if they won't. Children are suprisingly privacy-conscious, so this usually does the trick.
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