People knock £45,000 off their house price due to little-known bath rule

People who have a mortgage have been warned they have had £45,000 knocked off their house price - thanks to a "less obvious" factor. Minute details are slashing your property cost by as much as £45k, it has been warned by experts.

Terry Fisher, from WeBuyAnyHome, warned property with a north-facing garden, artificial grass, no off-road parking and no bath could see £45,000 knocked off its value. He explained: “While everyone has their tastes and opinions, the best approach is to imagine a very ‘normal’ family living in your house and working out what they would and wouldn’t want.

“That means it’s out with any funky decor, but also some less obvious and even surprising factors that can put potential buyers off handing over their cash." He continued: "As a sun trap, it is no surprise that north-facing gardens can be an automatic dealbreaker for many homebuyers.“

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"Outdoor spaces have become much more desirable in recent years and enjoying as much sunshine as possible is important for many buyers." He added: “If you have a lovely garden that faces north you won’t enjoy the full benefits and that is going to hit you in the pocket - up the tune of £5,000.”

“The growing popularity of electric vehicles, (EVs) is important," noted Terry. "If you have a private driveway you can fit a charger and top up the battery without any issues. But if you have to park on the road, you can’t string wires across the pavement so this can put off buyers and therefore lower the property value.”

“Maintaining a luscious lawn takes time and effort, so many people have opted to have artificial alternatives laid,” said Terry. “But in recent years this has become a big turn-off when it comes to dipping into the housing market. There is an environmental impact of course, while the look of fake grass just isn’t doing it for modern buyers and it could cost you £15,000 in fees.”

“Many people favour a shower but you have to think who might be buying your house,” he said. “Families with young children will want a bath while older people also favour it over standing up for a wash. Others simply just like sinking into a hot tub to soothe their aches and pains. Not having one can be costly.”