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Is It Hard To Sell A Link-Detached House?

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Most people don’t understand what a link detached house is, which can make it difficult to sell your property.

To clear up any confusion, we’re going to explain what it is, the potential issues that come with living in one, and provide alternative options for when you’re struggling to sell.

A link detached house is its unique category. It’s neither attached nor detached, making it a mystery to many people. But with our help, you can understand the answers to potential questions your buyers may have.

Living in a linked detached house can come with some problems. That’s why we’ll talk you through these issues and provide alternatives to the open market. This way, you can be sure that you’ll be able to get the most out of selling your link detached house.

We hope that by the end of this, you’ll have a better understanding of link detached houses and the process of selling one.

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What is a link detached house?

A link detached house is a residential property that doesn’t share any walls with its neighbouring properties. Instead, the house is connected to the next one via a garage or sometimes through the foundations, making it appear detached.

Is link detached as good as detached?

Often, the word “detached” in “link detached” can be confusing, as it may lead people to believe that the property is equivalent to a detached house.

However, this is not the case, as a link detached is still connected to another house through a garage or the foundations.

Whether a link detached is as good as a detached house depends on what you are looking for in a home. If you want a middle ground between a semi-detached and a detached house, a link detached could be a great option.

Link detached houses are priced lower than detached houses. This means that when you are looking to sell your link detached house, you likely won’t get as much money for it as you would for a detached property.

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Whether a link detached is as good as a detached house really depends on what you are looking for in a home.

Can You Convert your Link Detached Garage?

Converting a linked detached garage into a living space completely alters the atmosphere of the house.

This is because the wall that separates the garage from the neighbour’s house is a party wall, meaning sound can pass through it. As a result, it can be disruptive and cause issues.

It is easy to make the conversion. However, it is important to consider the potential sound travelling between the properties. This should be taken into account when deciding whether to make the change.

What is the difference between link detached and semi-detached?

The main distinction between a semi-detached and a link detached house is that a semi-detached shares a common wall of the house’s living area, making it look attached to the street.

On the other hand, linked detached houses do not share any walls of the house’s ‘living areas’, with the garage being the connection between the two houses, giving the property a detached look from the outside.

What is the difference between a detached and attached home?

  • A detached home will stand alone, with no shared walls and its land, which you, as the homeowner, will be responsible for maintaining.
  • An attached house, on the other hand, will have walls sharing one or both sides of the property, meaning there could be multiple properties in a row.

Since attached homes essentially share the same building, they may also share the same land, which the owners of each home would have to take responsibility for taking care of.

If one side of a property is attached, it’s a semi-detached or end-of-terrace house. But if both sides are attached, the property is known as a terraced house.

A detached house will offer more land, privacy, and floor space compared to an attached house, which is why it could command a higher price when selling.

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In some cases, the owner may decide to convert the garage into a kitchen or living room, and due to it being the link between the two properties, it could lead to noise travelling more easily into the neighbour's property.

Link detached house problems

With a link detached house comes more potential problems than you would typically encounter with a regular detached house.

If you are looking to sell your link detached property and you are concerned about the potential issues that may arise for your buyers, pay close attention.

We will go through the most common link detached house problems so that you can be prepared for what to expect.

  • Extending the house can be a problem– Even though the two properties do not share any common walls when wanting to extend a link detached house, most owners usually choose to do so above the garage, and this can affect both properties due to the link. In addition to the extension work affecting both properties, you may also be worried that it could decrease the value of the property.
  • Noise levels can also be an issue– In some cases, the owner may decide to convert the garage into a kitchen or living room, and due to it being the link between the two properties, it could lead to noise travelling more easily into the neighbour’s property.
  • Driveway confusion is a common issue–Having a shared driveway can quickly become a problem if your neighbour is always blocking your access to it or they have differing ideas about how it should be used.
  • Nightmare neighbours can also be a problem– Link-detached houses are more at risk of having issues with neighbours compared to a detached property due to the element of the shared area. It is important to try and foster a good relationship with your neighbours from the start to help reduce the chance of problems.
  • A lower price is also to be expected– In comparison to a detached property, a link detached property will usually have a much lower value, leaving you with less room to make a profit on it. This can make it more difficult when trying to raise funds to buy a new property.

Is it hard to sell a link detached house?

Yes, it is hard to sell a link detached house. The main reason for this is that it is priced higher than a semi-detached or terraced house, despite having the same problems.

This makes buyers more likely to opt for an attached house or a detached house if they can afford it, leaving few potential buyers for link detached properties.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry; there are still other options available to you to find a buyer.

Auction

Although an auction increases your chances of finding a buyer, there’s still no guarantee that your home will sell. Even if you ‘sold’ the house and exchanged contracts on auction day, the buyer may still opt out of the agreement, leaving you back at square one.

Keep in mind, too, that buyers will be expecting a large discount on the sale price. 

There’s no guarantee your reserve price will be met, which may mean your link-detached house won’t sell at all.

Is It Hard To Sell A Link-Detached House
Using a part exchange scheme can save you from having to pay estate agents' fees and allows you a chain-free sale, which has no risk of falling through.

Part Exchange

Using a part exchange scheme can save you from having to pay estate agents’ fees and allows you a chain-free sale, which has no risk of falling through.

However, for you to be able to use this scheme, the developer will need to deem your house eligible and even if it is, they can still withdraw their offer at any time.

Therefore, it’s important to remember that this scheme is only really suited to those wanting to purchase a newly built property. Otherwise, it won’t be an option.

Cash house buyer

Selling your link detached house can be a challenge. But you have a great option: a cash house-buying company. We have the funds available to buy your property. Plus, there’s less paperwork, and you control the timescale.

Property Saviour can purchase your house, no matter the location. We usually complete transactions within 2-3 weeks, although we have done it in as little as 7 days. We’ll take care of all the fees, including the legal ones.

We’ll only need one viewing to check our cash offer is accurate. So, forget the struggles of selling a linked detached house and get in touch. We’ll provide a free, no-obligation cash offer which could be in your bank in no time.

Why Choose Property Saviour

Here are some reasons why you should sell your home to us:

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