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What Puts Buyers Off?

What Puts Buyers Off?

There’s a lot of talk about what adds value and attracts buyers when it comes to getting a good price for your property. But just as important are the key things about the property that will put most buyers off:

  • Bad smells. Prior to your first open home or viewing make sure your house is free of all pet smells, stale cigarette smells, stale food smells, damp smells or anything else that will give a negative first impression.
  • Clutter. This is a recurring theme in any list of how to get your property sale ready and it can’t be overstated enough. Make sure all floors, surfaces, cupboards and shelves are free of piles of your own belongings, leaving only organised, purposeful items and one or two ornamental items that elevate the space rather than merely fill it.
  • Dirt. The need to clean might seem obvious but it’s worth getting a fresh set of eyes (such as your sales consultant) to let you know what needs work. A good place to start is to do a thorough clean of all floors, walls, skirting boards, windows and sills, mirrors and tiles. Also make sure you have cleared any flotsam from the garden and that it is weeded. All mildew should be water-blasted from surfaces and the fences and gates should be well maintained.
  • Dampness. Consider investing in a dehumidifier and give it a good workout before potential buyers view the property. Wipe any signs of mildew from walls, windows and sills. Make sure your bathroom feels light and well-aired.
  • Vendors on site. As a rule, potential buyers do not want you, the vendor, on site during a viewing. It will make them feel as though they are guests in your home, rather than buyers at a viewing.
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