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Top turn ons and turn offs for property buyers

June 13, 2017

If you want to sell your home quickly, there are a few things to remember that can make or break a sale. We’ve gathered a collection of the top turn-ons and turn-offs for prospective buyers so that you can spruce up your home ready to sell. And the good news is many of them are very easy to do, with minimal cost.

Turn ons:

Well maintained

Home buyers want to feel the property has been well looked after, so create the right impression right from the start, by ensuring the outside of the home looks neat and tidy. Cut the grass, clear paths of weeds and debris, wash down paintwork and repaint it if need be.

Make space

Creating space in a home can make the rooms feel bigger and look tidier. De-clutter the house by getting rid of any unnecessary furniture, and keep items on surfaces such as ornaments, plants and books to a minimum.

Let there be light

Dark rooms can put buyers off, so if any areas of your home seem dark, brighten them up with attractive lighting, and use mirrors and reflective surfaces to bounce light back into the room. Light reflective paint in a pale colour can also help boost a dark corner of the home.

Clean up

It may seem obvious, but keeping the house clean is a must if you want to sell your house. Making sure you give all areas of your home a thorough clean and tidy will not only make it look better, it will make it smell nice, appear well maintained, and feel bigger as it will be less cluttered.

Do your homework

Things like local amenities, cost of council tax, the best schools in the area and places to visit could be of interest to prospective buyers and can give you extra selling points, so make sure you mention any positives when you meet viewers, and don’t forget to smile too! Your friendly manner can make all the difference in securing a sale.

Turn offs:

Pongy pads

While good smells can help sell a home, bad smells from things like smoke, pets, or greasy cooking can put buyers off. Giving the home a really good clean, opening the windows, and investing in some nice air fresheners, scented candles or diffusers can help to eliminate any offensive odours.

Storage shortage

Lack of storage space can also be a no-no for homebuyers. Make sure you highlight any storage space available in the home such as attic space, cellars and under stairs space, and keep the property clutter-free so that buyers get the impression they will have enough room to store all their belongings.


Damp and mould can be a sign that something is seriously wrong with a property, but often the issue can be easily improved. Make sure any mould issues are addressed before they become serious, and if there are any traces of mildew in the bathroom or kitchen, scrubbing the grouting and replacing the sealant can be a cost effective way of improving matters.


Washing drying on radiators can make a home appear untidy and cluttered, but it is such an easy issue to fix, so make sure you remove your laundry from radiators before a viewing.

We hope you found this guide helpful. If you need any more advice on selling your home, why not drop into your local branch for a chat?