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04 Nov

What You Need to Know About Buyer Turn-Offs

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According to industry studies and home-staging experts, there are multiple buyer turn-offs.

It’s the little things that matter in life. When it comes to selling your home, those little things can either make or break a sale.

We’re here to make your home selling experience a smooth one so here are some things to avoid to make your home as attractive as possible to homebuyers.

Neglected Landscaping

Landscaping can either draw potential buyers’ attention by boosting curb appeal or scare them off with the sketchy vibe neglect often brings, causing them to drive away, never looking back, costing you the sale of your home. When it comes to first impressions, landscaping is everything. According to Design and Dwell Homes, “buyers make up their minds about a home within 8-15 seconds of walking into the home.” If that doesn’t prove that the first impression is everything, we don’t know what will. The truth is that many of us have no time or interest in landscaping, however, there’s good news. Our Preferred Vendors’ list can help you find a trusted landscaper who can take that burden from you and help you sell your home faster. No matter how you manage it, the bottom line is that you must do more than just mow your lawn to make a positive impact. Trimming scraggly trees and shrubs, removing anything dead and beyond revival, weeding, and mulching garden beds should be on the top of your “to-do” list when it comes to putting your home on the market. We understand that landscaping can be expensive, but don’t panic. There are cost-effective ways of boosting your curb appeal. The best thing you can do for yourself and your wallet is to research beforehand what you want to buy and the tools you will need to improve the landscape of your lawn. Sprucing up your front entrance can result in more of a welcoming vibe. Buy one or two pots and fill them with some colourful flowers. Garden ornaments are a simple but effective way of increasing your overall garden look and they won’t put a significant dent in your wallet. Check out our blog post on some outdoor hacks to sell your home faster during the spring and summer months.

Let’s not forget we live in Simcoe County where winter is a reality we all have to deal with. This doesn’t let homeowners off the hook for boosting curb appeal with landscaping. There are lots of great winter landscaping ideas that can help your home to stand head and shoulders above the rest. Try putting some winter planters in front of your home or decorate with decorative birch branches.  A Muskoka chair and a plaid winter throw and pillow are easy touches that brighten up any winter scene.


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Need some extra ideas on how to sell your home faster during the fall and winter months? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered, this blog has everything you need to know.

Paint Palette

Believe it or not, the paint colours of your home are essential when potential buyers are doing a walkthrough. According to Kiplinger“Fun colours are for living, but neutral colours are for selling.” Potential buyers need to imagine themselves in your home, and in most cases, they won’t be able to do that if you have lime green and yellow walls – those just need to go. Choosing warm and neutral colours such as beige, ivory, taupe, or light gray, will work in your favour since they are colours known to make rooms look inviting, more substantial, and brighter. says, “Homes with rooms painted in shades of light blue, pale blue, and grey, can sell for as much as $5,440 more than expected.” Why not try every option you can to boost the sale of your home?

Check out Madison Taylor’s blog here for fresh, interior décor inspirations for 2019.

Wall-to-Wall Carpet Flooring

Potential buyers will walk away from homes with bad flooring just as easily as they would from ones that smell or look bad. In most cases, sellers overlook flooring when listing their homes to the market, but it’s evident that flooring matters. Something potential buyers are looking for is hardwood, hardwood-look laminate or engineered hardwood flooring. The National Association of Realtors® conducted a recent study finding that 54% of buyers were willing to pay more for homes decked out in hardwood. That being said, if the carpet is currently placed over your original hardwood flooring, it would be wise to remove it – even if it isn’t in the best condition. Someone will appreciate it more than wall-to-wall carpet flooring. Keep in mind, your agent knows best, so we advise you inquire about what the best option is for the sale of your home before making any major decisions or renovations.

Bathroom Carpet

Yes, carpeted bathrooms are still a thing, and no, they won’t help sell your home. Not only will it completely turn off a buyer, but it will often make them lose focus on the rest of the house. Stains and smelly odours in a bathroom carpet are a definite turn-off that could cost you a sale. Consider replacing your bathroom carpet (or even old laminate) with tile.

According to, this is the average cost to install tile:

National Average Cost$1,672
Minimum Cost$300
Maximum Cost$4,929
Average Rang$825 – $2,520

Tile Installation Cost:

ProjectAverage Cost
200 Square Foot Floor$2,200 – $3,400
80 Square Foot Shower Walls$520 – $2,2000
30 Square Foot Backsplash$690 – $1,250
72 Square Foot Countertops$2,756 – $4,929


When buyers walk through your home, the last thought they should have is, “This needs a reno.” Touch up the paint in the sink, tub, and walls to give it a fresh look. Setting up your bathroom to look chic and fresh with some statement pieces will improve the overall look of the bathroom. Replace towel bar hardware and switch plates for an inexpensive way to boost the look of your bathroom.

Unpleasant Odours

Every house has a scent. The goal is to make your home’s scent as neutral and clean-smelling as possible. As humans, our nature is to adapt to smells very quickly. It’s called olfactory adaptation which is the reason you can’t smell your breath, your perfume scent after a minute or two, or even your body odour. You may have grown “nose-blind” to the smell in your home, however, that won’t be the case for buyers walking through the door. While your house is on the market, it is a good idea to wash your pets regularly, take the trash out more frequently, cook with the fan on, and lastly, open your windows periodically to let in the fresh air, and deep clean regularly. Nothing smells better than a clean house. There are six scents you should totally avoid when it comes to putting your house on the market. You can find them here.

Furry Friends

Although your pet Rosco may be the most well-behaved pet out there, buyers may be allergic, fearful, or even distracted by him. The best thing you can do for yourself and potential buyers is to remove any animals from your home altogether during a showing. Take the dog on a walk or have a close friend watch over him. Cats can be a bit more complicated. If your cat lives indoors, consider putting them in a carrier and tucking them in a secluded room or garage. By doing this, you’re avoiding any potential of your home sale being anything but smooth and positive.


Having a dark and gloomy home is unappealing and unintentionally creates the illusion that your home is small, uninviting, and even dirty. You want buyers to see what you see, and that is a beautiful home – a home you are proud of. Open all of the blinds and curtains. Turn on the lights and look at each room as if you are looking to buy a new home yourself. Have a notepad near you and record any area that needs help. Remember that showings happen at different times in the day, resulting in different types of lighting so be sure to review your lighting in the evening, where natural light is limited and test out what your rooms will look like.

There are also non-lighting, lighting problems. There are décor pieces that can contribute to making your room look darker than it really is such as dark furnishings, wall colours, flooring, and ceiling colours. Here are a few cost-effective and low-commitment ways that you could brighten up your room.

  • Use light coloured bedding, throws, pillows, area rugs, curtains, blinds, and bedroom accessories to brighten the room overall.
  • Mirrors are a great way of reflecting existing light and create an illusion that the room is bigger than it really is.
  • It can be as simple as updating your lightbulbs with a true white or warm yellow bulb. You’ll notice a significant difference in the lighting of your room.

We know that putting your house on the market can be a stressful time and we don’t want the small stuff to end up sabotaging your sale. Implementing a few of these ideas into readying your home for the market or an upcoming open house will enhance the experience for a potential buyer.

Looking to buy? Our Realtor® services are totally free to buyers.

Looking to sell? Our proven marketing system can help sell your home faster and for more.

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