Most bathroom renovations are designed to add value to a property – but some have exactly the opposite effect, especially if they happen to be the colour of an avocado.
Research into the UK’s most hated décor trends has revealed homebuyers would look to knock off £4,877.46 from the purchase price of a property if it still had a retro avocado bathroom suite.
One in six people (16 per cent) would expect to pay at least £5,000 less and six per cent of 25-34 year-olds would haggle for a £10,000 reduction.
Overall, 75 per cent of people would demand a price drop if a property had an avocado bathroom – a feature that can still be found in around 324,000 homes across the UK.
According to the 2,000 people polled, the outdated décor trends most likely to put off potential buyers are wood panelling (46 per cent), avocado bathrooms (44 per cent) and built-in bars (41 per cent), according to the study by Bathrooms.com.
Avocado bathrooms come under fire once again when it comes to the most hated décor trends, alongside carpets in bathrooms, woodchip, heavily patterned carpet and floral wallpaper.
Despite this, a fifth of UK homeowners (20 per cent) confess they’ve never updated their bathroom, and around a quarter of the UK (23 per cent) admit to being embarrassed by their outdated bathroom when their friends come over to visit.
Harshad Gorasia, Bathrooms.com commercial director, said: “Once upon a time, avocado bathroom suites were the height of fashion and a statement feature for homes up and down the UK, but now they tend to look tired, outdated and in need of recycling. Given that so many of us have never updated our bathrooms, it’s not surprising to see there are still over 300,000 in the country.”
Bathrooms.com has now launched an Avocado Amnesty to help the nation upgrade their bathrooms and help every homeowner get a bathroom they can be proud of.