But before you start to think about moving, we’ve got some other price boosting tips too
It seems we really are a nation of romantics. Insight company Yomdel have analysed house prices from the Land Registry and found that on average, properties with ‘love’ in the address sell for £507,171, that’s 105% more than the English average.
Looking at addresses with the L word in the street, house or area name, they compared the romantic residences with their local averages and found those four little letters really add the pounds.
Lovers Walk in Mendip, Somerset, had the biggest difference with property prices 255% more than the Mendip average of £263,452. That’s a hefty £935,000 average house price. Lovering House in East Devon sold for £840,000, 188% above the average for the area.
Newloves in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Loverdale in Lover, Lovell Cottage, Lovelace Drive (in Woking and Cherwell), Lovers Walk (in Barnet and Bedford), Loveton, Loves Lane, Loveridge Lane and Loversall are also boast higher sold prices than their wider area.
As Juliet, arguably one half of the most famous pair of lovers, asked, “Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” For houses, yes maybe.
But before you head out to buy a Love Cottage sign for your front door, or petition your local council to change your street name, we’ve rounded up some other ways to charm buyers.
Spruce up your garden
A Homebase survey rounded up the 10 garden flowers most attractive to house hunters and while roses took the top spot, fragrant jasmine and lavender were also up there. Time to plant some blossoming sweet peas or geraniums and sell the country garden dream, or add a blast of colour with sunflowers or fuschia. Here’s the full top ten:
5) Sweet Peas
Pick the right time of year
When it comes to selling your house, the time of year plays a big part. Avoid Christmas or the late Summer months while people are celebrating or holidaying.
Reader’s Digest report Spring is the best time for selling. Not only will your beautiful garden be in bloom but the warmer days coming will have people looking to the future and families with children may want to time their move with the end of the school year.
Ditch the candy coloured doors
Research from TSB and Dulux found that white front doors were most desired by buyers, closely followed by varnished or stained wood.
But if your heart is set on a colour, Oxford Blue, Racing Green and Postbox Red go down well, with paler shades like greys, Celadon Greens and Duck Egg Blues right behind them. While brightly coloured turquoises and fuschias were reportedly trending a couple of years ago, they didn’t make an appearance in the buyer’s favorites.
A hybrid of grey and beige, ‘greige’ may not sound like an appealing colour, but houses painted in the hue were found to sell for as much as $3,496 (£2,733) more than the expected price. Pots of paint and a few days labour definitely come in below that lump of cash.
When in doubt, blue it out
We did a whole article on the thousands of pounds that blue paint can bump up your property price. From the downstairs loo to the master suite, blue seems to always be a winner.
Blue kitchens – often soft grey-blue: $1,809 (£1,420)
Light pale blue/soft periwinkle blue bathrooms: $5,440 (£4,273)
Light cerulean to cadet blue bedrooms: $1,856 (£1,457)
Slate blue/ pale grey blue dining rooms: $1,512 (£1,191)
Navy blue/slate grey doors: $1,514 (£1,177).
*study by Zillow of more than 32,000 photos of properties sold online