10 (Un)Surprising Things Putting People off Buying Your Home

May, 2017

Struggling to sell your home? Research by GoCompare has revealed some of the biggest turn-offs for homebuyers – are you surprised by any of the entries?

Damp patches and suspect stains

71% of survey respondents reported that damp patches or suspicious stains would stop them from buying a property. If your home has issues with staining or damp, get things sorted before listing your home.

Pebble dash

Pebble dash and stone cladding got a big thumbs down from homebuyers, with many seeing it as old fashioned and outdated.

Wooden windows

27% of those surveyed said that wooden windows would put them off buying a property. This may be because, unlike uPVC windows, they are prone to rot and can be costly to repair and maintain.


Are you guilty of dodgy DIY? 43% of respondents said bad DIY would send them running for the door. If your home looks like a scene 20 minutes in to an episode of 60 Minute Makeover, get to work on the repairs.

Outdated appliances

50% said that outdated appliances would put them off buying a property. This is hardly surprising because the cost of replacing white goods (refrigerators, cookers, dishwashers, etc.) can run into thousands.

Textured ceilings

Artex and textured ceilings are a big no-no for buyers. 18% said a property boasting this dated feature would be a no-go. It seems as though retro charm can only get you so far…

Small rooms

Unsurprisingly, small rooms aren’t high on the list of must-haves for homebuyers. Small, poky rooms were listed as a problem by 48% of those taking part in the research. If your home has a small room or two, the way you present it can make all the difference. Choose furniture pieces carefully and give thought to the layout of the room.

Bad smells

“I love that smell. Is it damp dog or stale cigarette smoke?” Nobody has ever uttered these words after entering a property for the first time. In fact, a whopping 61% of people said that bad smells like stale cigarette smoke and pet smells would put them off making an offer. For a quick sale, keep your home clean and fresh.

Unfinished building work

55% said that unfinished building work would be a deal breaker for them. If you’ve started any big projects recently, you might stand a better chance of selling your home once the work has been completed.

An overgrown garden

Want to impress potential buyers and not put 19% of buyers off before they have even stepped inside your home? Take care of your outdoor space. It’s not just what’s inside your home that matters, your garden needs to look the part too.

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