Mould in the bathroom and on windows was named as a big turn off by 50% of respondents. Damp is most common in bathrooms and showers as it thrives in damp conditions so keep these areas well ventilated. In the meantime, applying specialised anti-damp paint will do the trick.
Just shy of half (49%) of potential homebuyers named off-putting smells as a major turn-off. Odours from pets, greasy food and cigarette smoke send a bad message to buyers. Sarah Beeny says: "Don't cook strong-smelling food ahead of viewings and invest in some great air fresheners or room scents." In other words, stock up on Febreze and leave that vindaloo for another night.
Clutter is another big no-no. "If you want to make your property appeal to potential buyers, go all out to make it as attractive as possible by removing unnecessary clutter," says Beeny. Clutter takes up so much space and can be a real distraction for potential buyers. A clearer house means a clearer mind too so get rid of the junk for a bit of zen.
Dirty pots and pans, stains on the carpet and old food is horribly unsightly, leaving a bit of a stench in its wake. It might also make buyers question how well you maintain the property. Make sure it's cleaned up before anyone comes over.
A grumpy, unfriendly owner is a big turn off for 26% of buyers. "If you're showing people around your property, it is imperative that you're polite and friendly. You should also be able to answer any questions the buyer has, so make sure you know your stuff before showing people around," says Beeny.
If nothing else, just smile.
Having lots of pets roaming about the place is a problem too. If a buyer or someone in their family has asthma, having loads of pets around is not going to help you sell. They can also be a bit smelly.