How not to sell your home?

Horror movie fans will be in for a frightful treat when they see this home for sale in London. Everyone else, though, might be in for a surprise.

The semi-detached property was listed on the market this week by estate agent Ideal Locations. The Leytonstone home boasts six bedrooms, off-street parking, a sizeable garden and sits less than half a mile from Leytonstone Tube station.

The listing on Zoopla describes it as a “rare semi detached double fronted Victorian property, set over 4 floors, with many original features”, noting its “huge potential, whether it be a large family home or investment offering great rental returns”.

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All in all, enough to warrant a typical London house price of £1.2 million.

“Situated in the highly sought after area of Upper Leytonstone this property is sure to attract a lot of attention,” it adds.

While the price tag is enough to raise the hairs on the back of anyone’s neck, though, it was another part of the listing that really shocked house-hunters across the UK.

The “original features” include everything from period carpet and rugs to an old gas cooker, as well as a whole heap of movie memorabilia, from framed stills to a poster of Heath Ledger’s The Joker in the living room (housing an expensive entertainment system). Venture into one double bedroom, though, and unsuspecting guests will find themselves faced with bright red walls, skulls on a shelving unit, mannequins of Freddie Krueger and Michael Myers… plus two walls mounted with crossbows, guns and knives.

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For horror movie fans, the memorabilia and costumed figures may well provide a thrill, but to the casual property browser online, the weapons on display have spooked up a veritable frenzy, with people taking to Twitter to jokingly refer to the chamber as a room of death.

It is hardly the kind of publicity a home seller wants – or is it? The listing has seen a lot of interest, Ideal Locations tells the Huffington Post, but the unfortunate photo recalls a number of other embarrassing images agents have placed on listings by accident. Was this one intentionally designed to spark some attention, or was it a property listing fail? And would you arrange for a viewing of a home after seeing that image? While you mull that question over, take a look at our gallery of other examples of how not to sell your home.

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