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Tidy up your kid's tip.

Having a hard time trying to convince your children to tidy up the tip they call a bedroom? Well, threaten to withhold their pocket money until they have paid back the thousands it could cost you when it comes to selling your house.

They'll have it spick and span faster than you can say "Kim and Aggie".

According to a survey of more than 1,000 adults by mortgage provider ING Direct, two out of ?ve prospective buyers said they would be put off a property if it had an untidy boy or girl's bedroom.

Many said they would actually use it as leverage to negotiate a lower price for a house.

Traces of pets, smelly bathrooms, overgrown lawns and grubby kitchens also had a detrimental effect on buyers' impressions of a house, said the report.

ING Direct chief executive Richard Doe said: "Parents aiming to sell their home should bear in mind the impact an untidy kid's room could have on any offers.

"Even if the mess doesn't completely dissuade a buyer, it seems that it certainly impacts on the price they'd be willing to pay, so kids keeping their rooms spick and span could really pay off," he added.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 30, 2012
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