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The top 15 things that put people off a house

When it comes to selling your home, it’s fair to say that most sellers will be looking for the highest possible price and a quick house sale. Achieving this in a market with so many different tastes, budgets and priorities is never straightforward, but fortunately for sellers, research has been carried out that can help them get inside the mind of their prospective buyers.

Below are some of the top turn-offs that stop buyers from following through with a purchase, preventing sellers from achieving a quick house sale and requiring a service like Quick Buyers. Factors relating to parking, room size and cleanliness are always high when we speak to people but a few others may surprise you.

15. Stone cladding, render of pebble dash on the outside of the property

This one’s understandable. Homes built in the 21st century will rarely have a pebble dash exterior and there’s a good reason why.

14. Wooden windows

While they might be attractive to some, many people would be put off a home if it had wooden windows.

13. General untidiness and/or dirtiness

Hoover your carpet, dust your surfaces, take out the bins and tidy your clutter. Otherwise, you could be dissuading a lot of prospective buyers.

12. A small kitchen

For many, the kitchen is the most important room in a house. If there’s not enough room to swing a frying pan, that’s a big negative.

11. Bad DIY

A quality finish to DIY is important, if you have botched anything no is the time to get the professionals in.

10. An old, inefficient boiler or central heating system

Boilers are expensive to replace and if yours is on its last legs, buyers won’t be happy.

9. Small, pokey rooms

You can’t easily alter the size of your rooms, but you can affect the way they feel. Light-coloured walls and bare floor space will help to make a room feel bigger.

8. Outdated electrics

For similar reasons to the central heating, old electrics are a big sticking point for prospective buyers.

7. Poor natural light and/or dark rooms

Dark spaces can feel gloomy and oppressive. Try to maximise the light with mirrors and white walls.

6. Unfinished building work

Who would want to buy an unfinished house? Get those jobs complete and if they are going to be expensive then look for a cash buyer.

5. No garden

A little garden can go a long way.

4. No parking space

In this day and age, space to park is at a premium. The average household has 2 cars now so if you haven’t got a drive you may find the people interested is low.

3. Bad smells including pet smells, damp, cigarettes, etc.

Unpleasant smells are sometimes an unfortunate side-effect of keeping a pet, but simple things like regularly cleaning your carpet can help to minimise these.

2. Property being in a poor state of repair e.g. rotten windows, etc.

Houses that need lots of work aren’t as popular as those that don’t. This should come as no surprise.

1. Damp patches and/or stains on walls or ceilings

By far one of the number-one turn-offs for potential buyers is the dreaded damp.

If you can say yes to more than two of the above and your house has been on the market for over six months then now is the time to free up the cash held in your property.