Clutter and mess are among the most off putting things when looking at a potential new home, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 UK adults commissioned by Mashroom revealed some of the issues that turn prospective renters away from putting an offer in on a property.
Almost half of Brits have described a property viewing as “disgusting” - due to filthy carpets, dirty dishes in the sink and the smell of cats.
It also emerged baking bread, making fresh coffee, and hiding all evidence of pets are among the tricks of the trade landlords use to attract those looking to rent a property.
But the most popular ways to present a home in the most attractive light were also among the simplest - vacuum everything, ensure the house is tidy and declutter.
The study found that the average adult spends an average of 70 minutes cleaning and tidying a home before a viewing.
Mashroom CEO Stepan Dobrovolskiy said: "There’s a stigma that tenants aren’t ‘houseproud’, but this simply isn’t true - and we are able to reward them to make their house a home.
Mashroom has launched a campaign to show people how to stage their home perfectly for potential renters and buyers.
The online letting portal, which lets landlords and tenants upload video trailers of their property, has created a series to show people how to make the perfect first impression. Watch the full series here.
Three quarters of those polled said it is important to have a good video of the property before they go to see it.
Some 31% of those polled said they would be happy to judge a property based only on a video viewing provided it gave a good impression of what the property is like.
Dobrovolskiy continued: “We all know that first impressions matter, but in the rush of everyday life, properties are left in a less than presentable state.
“With millions of people renting and on the lookout for their new home, landlords need to up their game, so we encourage them and their tenants to watch this step by step series to showcase their property in the best way possible.”
He added: “Our research has revealed just how many landlords and sellers have fallen at the first hurdle by not presenting their property correctly for a viewing.
“While the average person spends more than an hour preparing the home, so many appear to be making such simple mistakes and potentially missing out on the perfect tenant.”
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