Owner of 'pink house' defends viral property listing

Henry Reilly's three-bedroom, £180,000 house listing in Prescot, Merseyside, has divided opinion online thanks to its eye-catching interior.

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The exterior of the home in the town of Prescot, Merseyside. (Rightmove/Purplebricks)

A homeowner has hit back after the predominantly pink interior of his house was ridiculed online when it was listed for sale on Rightmove.

The house in Prescot, Merseyside, has gone viral after it was posted by estate agent Purplebricks on property portal Rightmove.

The three-bedroom home is listed for £180,000 and its distinct interiors have come in for criticism online, with some social media users calling the decor "horrendous" and "chavtastic".

In the property photos, there is a plethora of pink furnishing, with lavish ribbons on dining room chairs, several vases of rose pink coloured flowers, a Chanel logo rug and duvet cover and a glitter disco ball themed vase.

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The interior features lots of pink and a disco ball themed vase. (Rightmove/Purplebricks)
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The homeowner has defended the interiors after they were ridiculed online. (Rightmove/Purplebricks)

One user of X, formerly Twitter, commented: "I don't think I have seen a worse interior."

However, the owner of the property, electrician Henry Reilly, defended his house, telling the MailOnline: "I've had loads of viewings cancelled. I'm surprised people have been put off by the decor. Obviously I like it, it's my house."

The property's description on Rightmove reads: "Set in a popular location, this delightful three-bedroom semi-detached property provides excellent living space.

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"Perfect for first-time buyers or for those looking for a starter home for their young family, this delightful property has a great deal to offer."

The home has a large garden, a kitchen/dining room, a large family lounge and a family bathroom.

But it is the style not the size of the property that has sparked an online reaction.

It contains grey velvet furniture, as well as "love" and "laugh" hanging features on the living room wall.

Many people on social media defended the home from criticism, with one saying: "At least it's well kept by someone with a bit of pride."

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A view of one of the bedrooms at the property in Prescot, Merseyside. (Rightmove/Purple Bricks)
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A view of the kitchen of the property, which is for sale at £180,000. (Rightmove/Purplebricks)
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The bathroom inside the property continues with the pink theme. (Rightmove/Purplebricks)

Another said: "Garden is massive, interior is well kept, just full of stuff not to my own personal taste."

One X user said: "Someone loves that home. You can’t disagree that they have taken great effort in making it just the way they want it. We are all different. If you can’t be kind don’t say anything."

Another posted: "You know when you buy a house they take the furniture, right?"

Five tips on how best to photograph your home before selling

1. Use a good camera

If you are not using a professional photographer provided by an estate agent, a smartphone with a decent camera function is a must, according to property consultants Homewise.

2. Ditch the personal items

While family photos and fridge magnets may be an integral part of your home, it is best to remove them when taking property photos in order to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible, who will want to consider your home as a clean slate.

3. Don't use too many photos

Homewise advises sellers not to select too many photos of their property, saying that a dozen is enough, as a large number of images showing rooms from every conceivable angle can put off potential buyers.

4. Make it bright

Sellers should open all blinds and curtains and try to let as much natural light into their home before having photos taken. Any pictures should be taken at the brightest part of the day.

5. Don't forget about outside

Property portals will often choose an exterior image as the thumbnail for the property, so make sure the outside of your home looks pristine, whether this means cleaning the windows, cutting the grass or removing clutter from close to the front door.

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