Nationwide: Property sales hinge on the smallest things

16 November 2004
According to Nationwide Building Society, property sales are influenced by small things like pet hair and cigarette smoke.

A survey by the society found 30 per cent of potential buyers would be put off by the smell of cigarette smoke, while 18 per cent said that pet hair or smells would stop them from buying a house.

However 22 per cent of people say they would be attracted to a property with a walk-in wardrobe, and one in five (20 per cent) find underfloor heating appealing.

"Taste is an individual thing and many buyers will want to change a new home in some way to suit their needs," said Nationwide mortgage executive director, Stuart Bernau.

"It is important, therefore, to factor in potential renovation or re-decorating costs into their home moving budget.

"Buyers should look beyond the upfront price of the property and anticipate ongoing costs."

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