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Turn offs for Potential Home Buyers

Blog by Claire LeLacheur | July 16th, 2016

If you’re in the process of selling your home, you undoubtedly want your home to look as inviting as possible. As well as a competitive selling price, attractive photos, and a good real estate agent, there are a few other ways to be prepared when selling your home. Your goal as a seller is to help buyers to envisage their life in your home, but it’s easier than you think to make a bad first impression. Here are a few common turn offs for potential home buyers and things to look out for!


Unkempt exterior

Your home must have that curb appeal if you want to make a great first impression. The last thing you want is to turn off your potential buyers, before they’ve even stepped foot in the door. They’re also more likely to assume that the rest of your home is unkempt if the exterior isn’t well maintained. Make sure your porch and yard area is tidy and inviting, and tend to any broken slates or overflowing guttering, when selling your home.


Bad odours

Bad odours are a huge turn-off, and potential buyers will question how well you maintain the home if you’re living with bad smells. Pets, strong air fresheners, and food can also produce bad smells, so make sure to air out the house before a viewing and ask your agent what they think your house smells like for an honest opinion.



A pristine home indicates that it’s well cared for, so make sure to tidy up before a viewing or hire a professional cleaning company to come in and spruce up your space. While those scuffs on the walls may be normal to you, buyers will notice these things, so a few paint touch ups here and there make a huge difference too. When selling your home, dirt can only be bad.



Your potential buyers need to be able to imagine their life in your home. They need to be able to envisage sitting and watching television with the family on an evening, or having guests around for dinner. They won’t be able to do this if the home is cluttered with the seller’s personal items. Make sure to create space within the home to allow buyers to envisage living there, or better still, call in a home stager to come in and organize your home in the most attractive way.


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