Things that put off potential home buyers

Buying a house is, for most people, the biggest single purchase they will make in their lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to get it right. Selling your home can also be stressful, especially in a buyer’s market. How do you know if your property is attractive to buyers or not? Here are some tips on things to avoid if you’re putting your home on the market and also some big turn-offs for potential buyers. For advice on selling your property,  think about Bath Estate Agents and visit

Dirty Bathrooms and Kitchens

Bathrooms and kitchens are real deal breakers for most viewers so there’s no excuse for leaving yours in anything other than tip top, sparkling condition. Viewers want to walk in and imagine themselves living in your property and that’s not going to happen if your offering a vision of grime and grubby grouting! Other big turn-offs include brightly coloured bathroom suites.


Another big no-no is having an unkempt garden. If a potential buyer sees a huge amount of work to be done before they’ve even stepped inside the house, then they’ll be feeling pretty negative about the experience. Other gripes from viewers include seeing strange plants in gardens. If they don’t know what it is, they worry it could be Japanese knotweed or a very high maintenance plant that will cause trouble as well. Japanese knotweed is extremely invasive and can even ruin the foundations of buildings.

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Messy Interior

It’s hard to get a feel for a place that’s full of clutter. Not only does it make it difficult to look around but it will also give the viewer the impression that there is clearly a lack of storage space. Have a good de-cluttering session and you don’t want to part with things then put them into storage until your home is sold. An important aspect of viewing a property is the ability to see your own things in situ. This can’t happen if a viewer can’t see past your furniture and ornaments.

Bad Odours

Nothing provokes a stronger negative reaction than walking into a house with a bad smell. Even on a subconscious level, a bad whiff will leave a bad feeling about the house. Make sure you put the bins out before viewings, open the windows and invest in a few air fresheners.


Most potential buyers will instruct agents that they don’t want to live near excess noise such as train lines, motorways or runways. If your home does suffer from noise pollution then consider investing in triple glazing, if you haven’t done so already. It’s not a cheap option and might not remove the noise issue altogether but if you’re having trouble selling, it might be your only hope.

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Multiple Pets

We all love animals but even a viewer has to think twice about a home full of cats, dogs, rabbits and other assorted furries. Potential buyers will be concerned over fleas, asthma and allergies if they have children. With our feline friends, viewers might be worried that the cats will return after the current owner has moved away.

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