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Ghosts and mice put Plymouth house-hunters off buying older properties

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Ghosts and mice put Plymouth house-hunters off buying older properties

A study of 2,000 adults reveals one in 10 say the possibilities of ghosts being present in a property suffices to put them off seeing anything which was built more than 46 years earlier.

Worrying somebody might have died inside the structure, a worry of finding asbestos and not knowing if there are dead animals buried in the garden are all reasons that lots of grownups would prevent moving into an older property.

Others, in the poll by Skipton Building Society, are worried about not knowing the history of the property - in case someone has actually been killed inside or 'unsavory' individuals used to live there.

In addition, 46 percent of individuals would avoid older houses because they wouldn't want to exist with any hidden expenses, while a 3rd loathe the idea of needing to clean up away another person's mess.

Scientist discovered only four in 10 people would think about moving into an older house if money was no object, and those who would move into an older house confess would be better not to understand anything about its past.

The study reveals many Brits are concerned about the stability and dependability of older buildings - with 44 per cent declaring they 'd fret about the wet and 38 per cent having trepidations about structural issues.

Needing to spend great deals of money on a property to obtain it into the style you desire, inadequate insulation and discovering it tough to heat are other elements which put people off buying an older house.

A lot of those surveyed do not like the idea of having to move into a 'job' while others would be stressed over uneven walls and floors, little and uncomfortable cooking areas, awful decor and an absence of natural light.

Needing to preserve an old chimney, along with small restrooms, mud floors in the cellar and usually unsightly exteriors are all reasons that Brits would prefer a brand-new develop over an old.

Concealed tricks are also a real fear for those thinking about an older house - including learning that previous renovations have gone wrong, discovering the floors remain in a state beneath existing carpets and unearthing wasps or birds' nests in the attic.

Rebecca Willey, from Skipton Building Society, which performed the research, stated: "Buying an older home, specifically a 'fixer upper' is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it everybody's cup of tea

" Living in and modernizing an older property can take years of unexpected and expensive repair works. But it seems, it's not just the unanticipated costs associated with purchasing an older home that is terrifying the nation; a fear of ghosts, mysterious property history as well as dead pets buried in the garden suffice to put individuals off from purchasing an older house."

Remarkably, one in 10 participants claim they have actually been sorry for buying an older property, and would never ever do it once again.

The primary reason for regret was the expense of keeping the house warm, while 28 per cent ended up being overwhelmed by the amount of embellishing that was required, and the same portion found a raft of 'mishandle tasks' made by the previous owner.

However sadly for 56 percent of property owners, the choice of old or new very much comes down to money, when they next come to move they will be compelled to buy whatever they can manage at the time.

Rebecca continued: "What is clear from our research is a home is what you make of it - and the compromises you want to accept to obtain on, or even more up, the property ladder.

" So whether you choose a new-build blank canvas or a home full of historic appeals, you will need to guarantee your finances are in the best shape possible to ensure you get the keys to your dream home, no matter how old - or haunted - it may be."