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Selling a house? 6 things that drive buyers away

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If you are selling your house, then you want to attract as many potential buyers as possible. There are many things you can do to improve your chances of getting the best price for your house, but there also mistakes that home owners can unwittingly make during sale time. Read on to learn the top 6 things that can drive buyers away from your house.


First impressions are very important. An unclean house implies a poorly maintained house, and buyers want to know that the house has been loved and cared for. Do everything you can to ensure that your house shines like a display home. If you can, hire a professional cleaner and a home stager to ensure that your house sells quickly and for the best possible price.


Cluttered houses not only give a bad first impression, but can make buyers question the storage systems and livability of your house. Buyers are not there to see your house not your stuff! Personal items can detract from good aspects of the house, so be sure to declutter thoroughly.


When people are evaluating something, we use all of our senses – even if we don’t know it! Unappealing smells such as cigarettes, animals or mustiness may turn off buyers. Get rid of the source of these uninviting smells first, by cleaning, removing any old carpet, rugs or furniture, and thoroughly airing out the house. Then add subtle inviting scents before your open inspections. But don’t overdo it! Or else buyers may think you are trying to hide a bad smell with a good one.


The temperature of your house during an open inspection can influence potential buyers’ first impressions. If it is too hot or cold they may question the house’s heating and cooling abilities. Ensure that buyers see and feel your house at its best.

Lack of information in advertising

To get people to come and visit your house ensure that you give them enough information. Inspecting houses is time consuming, and buyers don’t want to waste their time visiting houses that turn out to be unsuitable. Make sure your agent includes the full address, the price and plenty of photos of your house in any adverts to catch those buyers’ eyes.

Poor agent

Your agent is your intermediary between you and potential buyers, and they are key to selling your house quickly and for the best possible price. Make sure you choose an agent who is organised, friendly and efficient and it should be smooth sailing ahead!