8 mistakes that real estate experts say could turn off potential home buyers

When it comes to selling your home there’s no greater allure than being able to turn around a sweet profit that will help carry you forward on your next adventure.

To help you ensure you get the greatest return for your property sale, we’ve asked Veronica Morgan, property expert and former co-host of Location Location Location Australia, and Simon Cohen, star of Luxe Listings Sydney and Channel 7’s Dream Home, and co-founder of Cohen Handler, to share the five most common design features that can turn off potential buyers from your home.

While we’re all familiar with what areas in the home will add value to your property, there are a few key design mistakes that actually lower the appeal of your home to potential buyers, and can heavily impact the value of the offers you might receive.

Some of these are quick fixes, while others are much larger projects. Here’s what you should avoid…

1. Dirt and grime

It seems basic enough, but Simon says it’s make or break – and you’d be surprised by how many people neglect it. “First impressions count, and when you walk into a home to see dirt or grime, it can psychologically indicate that the home has not been cared for,” says Simon. “As a seller, ensure you have the entire home thoroughly cleaned – including those areas typically hidden from view – and pay special attention to living areas, outdoor spaces, and bathrooms.”

2. Scratches and chips

Scratched or chipped paint can be a real eyesore, but it’s so easily fixed with a quick lick from the brush. “The last thing you want is potential buyers making a list of the things they’ll need to fix if they purchase,” explains Simon.

3. Spa baths

Sure, spa baths have had their hey-day and were once lauded as the ultimate must-have resort-style luxury, but the gloss has undoubtedly worn off. As Veronica says, “No, they aren’t luxe, and most buyers hate them – particularly the oversized corner ones.”

So, while it may cause you grief to think about, it could be worth updating to a freestanding bath or replacing the whole thing with a walk-in shower instead.

4. Too much bling

While some love the idea of living in an opulent, decked-to-the-nines home that looks like it’s been lifted straight from a luxury magazine, you may want to tone down the overt glamour when your home hits the market.

“Everyone’s taste is different, and what might seem opulent to you is rarely shared by the masses,” says Veronica. We’re not saying you should rip out every brass or gold fixture in the home, but we are saying its important to make sure it’s all in good moderation. When it comes to selling and buying houses, there is such a thing as too much personality and you want to give your buyers’ the opportunity to imagine making the space their own.

5. Potential hazards

This may seem an obvious one, but you may not have even considered some of the hazards your home holds. “Over the years you’ve probably learned to avoid that rogue paver or become used to the fact the mature tree near the pool makes it non-compliant. But first-time visitors to your home will notice these things. Consider with fresh eyes and fix any safety issues.”

6. Bright colours

Adding pops of colour to the home is another personal touch that has become en-vogue in recent years. But, while it might sound boring, most real estate agents will recommend you cover up your vibrant feature walls in favour of safe neutral tones like whites, greys, or beiges.

Creating a ‘blank canvas’ in your home will help potential buyers envisage themselves moving in and creating a space for themselves.

7. Impractical kitchens

It’s one of the most commonly used phrases in the real estate business: kitchens sell homes. So although it might be tempting to splash out on a last-minute kitchen renovation, it’s vital to ensure you’re adding changes that will improve the space for both practical and aesthetic purposes.

“Newly installed kitchens that lack common sense are a common sight on the market,” says Veronica. Kitchen renovations can be costly, so if you’re planning on touching the kitchen, consider adding thoughtful updates rather than adding on elements that might look fancy at first glance but won’t hold up with constant use.

From kitchen islands that can only seat two bar stools, to ugly splashbacks, and impractical and small pantries, Veronica warns that, “Buyers see this as money that the vendor has recently poured into the home and will expect to have returned. But, a poorly designed new kitchen is also a major expense for the potential buyer, as they’ll have to have it ripped out all over again because they won’t want to live with it.”

8. No natural light

If there’s one thing that makes a major difference to any home and can instantly make a potential buyer fall in love with your home, it’s the amount of natural light that enters the house. Of course, re-orienting your home so that it boasts a perfect northern aspect is an expensive endeavour, but the key thing to keep in mind is to make sure you aren’t making any major design choices that will limit the amount of natural light your home receives.

“It seems obvious, but a lack of natural light is a major deal breaker for most buyers,” says Veronica. Consider installing sheer curtains that will help to amplify natural light during the day, or styling your house to sell with mirrors for a striking visual effect.

How can you tell if you’re making a smart property investment?

On the other side of the coin, as a buyer, it can be hard to determine whether you’re making the right move in purchasing a property. “When it comes to buying a property, there are a few red flags to watch out for,” says Simon, listing mould and damp, the quality of the appliances and fixtures, and a functional layout (preferably one with space to extend) as the top three things to keep top of mind.

He recommends using the “box rule”. “The “box rule” is a strategic approach I developed to guide property purchases. It involves listing your must-haves or non-negotiables versus the nice-to-haves. This criteria helps to prioritise essential features while keeping emotions in check during the buying process. Essentially, if it doesn’t tick all your must-have boxes, the box rules means it’s not a solid idea.”

Essentials to prepare your home for sale

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Shark HydroVac Pro XL cordless 3-In-1 cleaner

$399.99, Shark

Best for:a triple-threat clean

It’s the ultimate 3-in-1 tool that can tackle any task concerning prepping your home for inspections. One of the few multi-cleaners on the market that can be used on hardwood floors and tiles, as well as area rugs, Simon says the HydroVac combines cutting-edge technology with unparalleled performance.

Key features:

  • Self-cleaning function
  • 2-year warranty
  • Simultaneously vacuums and mops

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Trudon Josephine classic candle 270g

$159, Myer

Best for:a good first impression

When asked what the first thing they notice about a home is, many people will say ‘smell’, without hesitation. Inspired by Empress Josephine, a lover of hosting, style icon, and passionate botanist, Trudon’s candle of the same name is sumptuous and floral, with notes of kaffir lime, Turkish rose and Indonesian sandalwood.

Sizes: 70g, 270g, 800g, 3kg

Key features:

  • Single wick
  • Burn time of 110-120 hours
  • Smoke-free burn

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French flax linen curtain set in White

$225, I Love Linen

Best for:light-letting

Max out the potential of natural light in your home by swapping out block-outs for this set of gorgeous French flax linen sheer curtains. At a generous 285cm in length, these flowy curtains have the right amount of drape to elevate a home, making it look extra luxe.

Colours: Natural, White

Key features:

  • Each panel is 160cm wide, 285cm long and the ties are 2cm thick and 20cm long
  • 170GSM fabric
  • Highly-rated by customers
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