The seven undesirable home décor features that put home buyers’ off

Garish décor, dark rooms and clutter are three of the things most likely to put prospective home buyers off, it has been revealed.

First impressions are a huge factor in selling a property, so presenting your house in the best possible way and considering how it looks from the street should be the first place to start.

This means tidying up front gardens, painting tired woodwork and replacing front doors and windows if necessary.

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Cracks, damp and mould on walls and ceiling present huge red flags to potential buyers so should be sorted properly before any viewings are arranged. Even clutter and dark rooms are a sure-fire way of putting doubt in buyers’ minds as to how well the rest of the property has been looked after.


Personal finance experts from website The Money Pig have compiled a list of undesirable home décor features that are almost guaranteed to ruin house viewings and limit the chances of selling your homes.


Dirty rooms, appliances, or furniture are a sure-fire way of putting doubt in buyers’ minds as to how well the rest of the property has been looked after, so keeping your home clean and tidy is really important.

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Signs of damp and mould are enough to stop the majority of homebuyers in their tracks, no matter how smitten they are with the rest of the house. Damp stains, stained ceilings and crumbling plaster work are all red flags, signalling a problem that could be expensive to sort out.

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Nobody enjoys living or even sitting in dark and dingy rooms, so you might want to consider getting brighter light bulbs or position lamps in strategic spots for viewings. Also think about replacing curtains or blinds with something light and translucent and position a mirror in the darkest corner of the room to reflect light.

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First impressions are a huge factor in selling a property, and often decisions will be made before buyers even set foot through the door. This means that you need your present your house in the best possible way and consider how it presents from the street. You might have to replace a front door or windows, paint tired woodwork, and give everything a good clean. You could also plant a welcoming flower bed, and jet wash walkways.

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An example of beautiful kerb appeal. Photography: TI Media


Home buyers’ number one concern is that the house they purchase may be hiding an expensive secret, so visible cracks in walls or ceilings are sure to set alarm bells ringing. But this doesn’t mean you should just bodge it or try to cover up the issue. If you can’t repair it, you need to be upfront with the buyers.

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If your property has a garden with grass, make sure its been cut, hedges have been trimmed and flowerbeds weeded before viewings. This goes for all garden areas but particularly ones at the front, as this is the first impression potential buyers will get of your property. You don’t want to fall at the first hurdle.

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You’ll want to make it as easy as possible for prospective home buyers to imagine themselves living in your home, so that might mean giving it a quick paint job before arranging any viewings. If your personal décor choices are too garish – think elaborate wallpaper patterns or gaudy paint colours – buyers will have a hard time seeing past it. Choose instead inoffensive, neutral tones.

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