The top 10 decorative turn-offs for homehunters (and top 10 turn-ons)

Woodchip wallpaper, mirrored ceilings and nude portraits are the top decorative dealbreakers for prospective buyers, suggests a new report.

Two thirds of potential buyers told property website NeedaProperty.com that they would offer less than the asking price if a property had many turn-offs and more than a third would simply not make an offer at all.

The top 10 (percentage of people who find it a turnoff in brackets) are:

1. Woodchip wallpaper (39%)

2. Mirrored ceilings (36%)

3. Nude portraits (35%)

4. Avocado bathroom suite (31%)          

5. Taxidermy (24%)

6. 1980s paint effects (stencilling, rag-rolling etc) (20%)       

7. Strip lighting (17%) 

8. Artex ceiling (16%)

9. Themed rooms (12%)

10. Hot tub (11%)  

The results also show that two thirds still associate the presence of pampas grass with swingers and that a red front door is the most attractive colour.

The top 10 turn-ons were:

1. Fitted kitchen (36%)

2. Granite kitchen surfaces (31%)  

3. Wooden floors (23%)

4. Wood burning stove (22%)              

5. Concealed appliances (21%)

6. Neutral colour scheme (20%)          

7. American fridge-freezer (19%)

8. Aga / range cooker (18%) 

9. Heated towel rails (16%)

10 Roll top bath (15%)            

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