Ten Property Turn-Offs from a Homebuyer’s Perspective 

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Make or break a property visit.

Buying a home is a big investment. Prospective buyers want to make sure they are getting the best possible property at the best price. However, there are some things that can be a major turn-off for homebuyers who are visiting a property. Here are ten of the biggest: 


A dirty home makes the home look small, unkempt and uncared for. It can also hint at bigger problems such as floors or carpets that may need to be replaced, vents that need cleaning, pest infestations or structural damage. 

Bad smells.

A bad smell is a major turn-off for homebuyers. Common bad smells that can be found in homes include pet urine, mold, mildew, and cigarette smoke. These smells can be difficult to get rid of and make the home feel unsanitary. 

Outdated or damaged appliances.

Worn or damaged appliances will make a home look old and uninviting, and in need of immediate upgrades. They can also be a sign of potential problems or deficiencies with the home’s electrical system. 

Poor maintenance.

Poor upkeep is another major turn-off. Peeling paint, cracked walls, leaky faucets, missing bricks or shingles, water or termite damage, and other structural problems will make the home seem as if it needs, or will soon need, costly repairs. 

Layout issues.

Layout can be a major factor in whether a buyer is interested. If the layout is awkward or inefficient, it can make the home feel cramped and uncomfortable. 


When a home’s interior is filled with belongings or disorganized, it can send the message that that the home lacks proper storage space, and no one wants a home that won’t accommodate their belongings.  

No outdoor space.

If a buyer is looking for a home with outdoor space, a lack of it can be a major turn-off. This is especially true if the buyer has children or pets. 


The location of a home can also be a major factor in whether or not the buyer is interested in it. Homes in bad neighborhoods or a noisy areas are a major turn-off. 

Homeowners association (HOA) fees.

These fees can be expensive and many homeowners see them as an unnecessary cost. HOAs can also be restrictive, dictating rules that may seem unfair or arbitrary. Most homebuyers want the freedom to make their own decisions about what they can and can’t do with their homes. 

Foundation problems.

Cracked or crumbling foundations are a major red flag for buyers. These can be very expensive to fix, and can lead to major structural damage. 

These are the ten biggest property turn-offs for prospective homebuyers. If you’re buying a home, be on the lookout. You may be prepared to offer less so you can have the cash to fix these issues, or simply move on to a home that won’t require fixes in these areas.  

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If you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s important to address any of these issues before listing it.

You’ll fetch the highest sales prices with a home that is clean and decluttered, without major problems, and with updated appliances and fixtures. Make sure the layout of your home is efficient and functional and make the most of any some outdoor space. Remember to be honest and upfront about your location and any HOA fees or oversight. Doing so will increase your chances of quickly finding a buyer and settling on a fair price. 

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