Wardrobes are the new wow factor for women

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Wardrobes now provide the wow factor for property according to latest research, as 43 per cent of women say a walk-in wardrobe would be a definite plus point in any set of particulars.

In contrast, only eight per cent said they would be impressed by a home gym.

Meanwhile nearly a fifth of men think a utility room is important, compared to just 13 per cent of women!

And pets are the biggest turn-off when viewing property, with 46 per cent of men and women say they are put off by pet smells

The consumer survey from estate agent William H Brown proves that gender lines are not that clear cut when it comes to why people choose their houses.

As well as the walk-in wardrobe, a designer kitchen is a big plus with two thirds of women – but more than half of all men feel the same way.

Just over a quarter of men would prize a wet room, slightly higher than the number who yearned after a cinema room and well ahead of the 15 per cent who said a gym would fix it for them.

Off street parking is a big plus with nearly half of all men and woman, but while 49 per cent of women are keen on quality storage only 37 per cent of men feel the same way.

Turn-offs that came up in the survey were pebble dashing and stone cladding, slow phone and internet connection, an old boiler or dirty dishes left on show when people came to view.

Chief executive David Plumtree said: “When it comes to property stereotypes, the gender divide has certainly been eroded, and in some cases reversed. The division of labour in everyday lives is now very much reflected by what each sex finds important.

“While some might argue that women will always want a walk-in wardrobe, or a shoe rack which stretches to Mars, this survey highlights the importance of appealing to both sexes when looking to sell or rent your home.

“Neither sex likes grubby or smelly homes and leaving dirty dishes in the sink is bound to raise potential buyer or tenant eyebrows. There’s no doubt that presenting your home to its best advantage will help a quick sale.”