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‘Bad Taste Audit’ reveals the top ten decorative property turn-offs

By on April 3, 2014

A compelling new study by Need A Property has revealed that two thirds of prospective buyers would offer less than the asking price if a property featured decorative turn-offs – 38% would be put off altogether if a multitude of bad taste decor elements were present. 






Woodchip wallpaper, mirrored ceilings and nude portraits have been revealed as the top decorative and ornamental faux pas that can reduce asking prices and put prospective purchasers off making an offer on a new property.

Our study of 2,000 prospective buyers found that over half (52%) of prospective buyers admitted cosmetic details matter more than practical ones, meaning that now is the time for a home makeover for Brits putting their properties on the market.


 Topping the list of decorating no-no’s was woodchip wallpaper with 39%, followed by mirrored ceilings with 36% and nude portraits close behind with 35%.  Also featuring in the top ten was 80’s favourite – the avocado bathroom suite (31%) and taxidermy, a turn-off for nearly a quarter of us (24%). Over one in 10 (11%) identify hot tubs as a big turn-off, with over half (51%) admitting that they’d be put off using someone else’s hot tub for fear of a germ infestation.

The survey also revealed that 61% of Brits admit that they judge others by the décor in their home – particularly bad news for most of us, who go an average of five years without lifting a single paintbrush or roller.

When it comes to turn-ons, the results suggest 27% would pay more than the asking price for a house if it had a lot of turn-ons, and that men and women have distinct differences in what they look for when it comes to the home décor details.

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