People viewing properties tend to be extremely judgemental. Even to the slightest and smallest detail, potential buyers will criticise all aspects of the house. As a seller, it is your job to know how to make a good first impression.

Today, we will identify the major turn-offs for homebuyers and ways to leave a good impression.

In a recent survey conducted in the UK, it has found that cracks, marks and stains are the major turnoffs for potential buyers, whilst minor damages on door handles, cabinets and cupboards are the least off putting.

Seventy-six per cent of homebuyers said that finding cracks on the exterior and marks and stains on walls, floors and ceilings will definitely stop them from making an offer. On the other hand, 71% of the survey participants stated that improperly maintained bathrooms, including low water pressure, will leave a big negative impression.

Mould also came out in the top along with heavily damaged kitchen cabinets and worn out household appliances. Almost half of the survey participants, specifically 54%, said they consider mould as a major problem and would be extremely unimpressed.

How do you avoid leaving a negative impression to prospective buyers?

Now that we have identified the major turnoffs, these issues should be addressed before putting up a property in the market.

Find areas in the property that need thorough cleaning, as well as household appliances that ought to be repaired. Broken appliances can make the impression that the previous and current tenants are careless and have not watched over the property.

Fix all wood works and remove all stains using professional services to make your property good as new. Extensive cracks may sometimes indicate major structural damages, so it is also advisable to have your property surveyed by an expert.

Aside from the property itself, homebuyers also look into the garden and the whole ambience of the place as they imagine themselves living in the property. To impress them, remove dead plants, dried leaves and litter, as well as trim the overgrown grass. Add colourful plants and appealing shrubs.

Also remember to get rid of personal belongings including family photos, posters or any possession that will hinder the prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there. Removing large furniture such as sofas and tables could help them see how they want to set up the ‘feel’ they want to have in the property. Absence of large furniture can also create the illusion of extra space.

Property viewing can be stressful sometimes but keeping in mind and avoiding these major turnoffs will surely help you leave a positive impression to prospective homebuyers.

Written by Heidecel Serrano

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