5 Things That Instantly Turn Off Home Buyers

It may be a seller’s market but that doesn’t mean that buyers will snatch your home as it is. You still have to make an effort to make your Gainesville VA home stand out and be more appealing than the other homes up for sale. 

As a seller, you need to understand what the buyer wants, and place yourself in the buyer’s shoes. That way, you can prepare your home better, and avoid all those things buyers don’t want in a home.

I found this article on professionalstaging.com that lists things that are major turn-offs to home-buyers. Check it out and see if your home for sale in Gainesville is harboring any of the unpleasant aspects mentioned.

5 Things That Instantly Turn Off Home Buyers


Decluttering is the first thing we recommend doing before you put your house on the market because it can have an enormous effect on the presentation. 

Clutter makes any space appear smaller, dirtier, and overall less appealing to buyers. While it’s easy to think buyers can just look past the clutter, it has a subconscious effect on how buyers feel in a space and actually distracts from the positives that are buried beneath it. Take the time to declutter the entire house, clearing off all the surfaces barring a few pieces of decor, thinning out the bookshelves, and even paring down on how much furniture is in the home to encourage a nice, easy traffic flow.

Taste-Specific Decor

Homes with very bold and personalized decor never show as well to buyers as neutral decor.

Decor that is very taste-specific is distracting to the home itself, causing many buyers to get a negative impression of a home simply based on the aesthetic if it doesn’t match their own style. This is especially detrimental if the decor in question includes boldly painted walls, wallpaper, flooring, or other elements that require an investment to switch out. To ensure buyers are focused on the home itself, neutralize the decor completely. This allows buyers to effortlessly imagine their own decor in its place rather than getting caught up in what they don’t like about the current state of it.


A buyer’s sense of smell can have as much impact on their impression of a home as their sense of sight.

In fact, it could be argued that the odor of a home can actually have an even greater impact than how it looks in some cases. Homes that smell of tobacco, pet dander, mold, or simply have a “funky” odor are major turn-offs to buyers. All of these things create the impression that the home has not been well-maintained. Buyers will be concerned that the smell won’t leave with the current homeowners and that it could end up being costly to remove it before they move in. To combat bad odors, give your home a thorough, deep cleaning before you list it. (We recommend hiring professionals to make sure it is as clean as possible.)

Bad Lighting

The right lighting can change the entire look and feel of a space. Most buyers are turned off by dark spaces because they feel smaller and less inviting.

Allow as much natural light into each room as possible with the right window treatments and trim back plants or trees that could be blocking the sun. If any rooms don’t have access to good natural light, install attractive artificial lighting to make sure each corner is well-lit. Bright, open homes always show better to buyers.

Stains & Damages

Scuff marks on the floors and/or walls, holes, water damage, and any other structural issues are big red flags to buyers.

No one wants to buy a money pit, which is exactly what your house will appear to be to buyers as they start calculating all the initial costs they’ll incur just to fix any necessary repairs they spot on the walk-through. Even small damages will have buyers wondering if there are bigger issues hiding where they can’t see them. It’s better to take the time to make the repairs before listing so you don’t give buyers any reason to wonder if the home has been well-maintained and whether it’s worth the asking price.

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