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Although recent figures showing that house prices soared by 0.9% in December may make some homeowners feel as though they can rest on their laurels when it comes to the sale of their period property, a great deal of care and attention is still need to show our homes off in their best possible light.

Research conducted by Woolwich showed that a range of factors can act to turn buyers off property, resulting in an estimated £3bn in lost property sales each year. Here are just a few:

A less than perfect Aga

If cleanliness is next to godliness, then the sight of a grease-stained Aga is positively sacrilegious according to 10% of would-be buyers who also wince at the sight of a less than spotless fridge. A wire brush can be used to scrub off any stubborn stains on the inside of your Aga, while splashes and spills on the vitreous enamel can be cleaned with a damp soft cloth.

Modern fireplaces

When buyers look around a Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian property they will have a mental check list in place of the features they expect to see from that period. For all three eras, original or good reproduction fireplaces are essential, particularly as fireplaces have recently swung back into fashion. As a result, it is little wonder that the sight of a modern fireplace in a period home is enough to make 3% of buyers run for the hills.


While flocked wallpaper was all the rage during the 18th century, heavily floral patterned wallpapers doesn’t sit too well with 2% of 21st century house hunters. As an alternative, why not try using plain wallpaper in a colour that reflects the era you are trying to emulate, providing a neutral backdrop for your statement antique furniture and accessories.

If you are renovating your period property, The Sash Window Workshop can help with many aspects including if you are looking for sash window draught proofing.

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