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Doorbells hit a sour note for buyers

The National Anthem, Jingle Bells and Nirvana&#39s Smells Like Teen Spirit ringing out bell-fashion from elegant front doors may be mildly amusing but could cost you the sale of your home, according to a report by Cheltenham & Gloucester.

The Diary agrees with 92 per cent of the country that novelty bell tunes are rather bad taste.

Squeaky front gates, pebble dashed walls and eau-de-dog are all also offputting to prospective buyers so get your Laurence Llewelyn Bowen painting smock on and chuck out that chintz.

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