6 Dealbreakers For Potential Buyers

When home shopping, things aren’t always what they seem. You’ve more than likely gone to a house viewing with the intention of getting one step closer to finding your dream home or at least get a better idea of where you want to live. What you didn’t expect to find were enough stairs to work up a sweat and a garden so steep, that any attempt at maintaining the grass requires a safety harness.

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Before signing on the dotted line, it’s vital to ensure that your future home won’t come with any hidden surprises. Some surface issues are more detrimental to the value of the home than they seem, while others can easily be rectified. Before running the risk of being out of pocket due to repairs or refurbishments, consider these red flags:

Poor state of repairs

There is nothing worse than being greeted by unsightly things like wall dampness, mould, ceiling stains or rotting floorboards.

Noisy freeways

“Unfortunately, living close to a busy road or freeway can be a deterrent for prospective buyers,” according to Trish Hatch of Wakefields, Westville. While some may not mind the ongoing noise, others prefer a peaceful abode where they can kick back and relax in.

Open plots of land and untidy neighbours

For those that are house pride, an untidy street, with unkempt or unfinished neighbouring gardens and verges can be a major issue. Adding to this, open plots of land and bushes can be a safety concern.

That old kitchen and bathroom…

“Dated kitchens and bathrooms are often off-putting as upgrading them is a costly exercise,” says Trish. Today, people steer towards kitchens that are more open plan and modern. When it comes to bathrooms, modern fittings and built in showers are preferable.


Our lives are busy, meaning we want ease of access to our home. Having too many stairs is often seen as a burden that only adds more time and effort to your day. Adding to this, parents with small children, pensioners or those who battle with mobility will undoubtedly avoid buying your home.

Steep gardens

“People look for child-friendly areas to ensure their children and animals can play safely outdoors,” adds Trish. “A steep garden can be a safety concern and also very difficult to maintain.”

While there are big and small deal-breakers for buyers, both are important. For the things you cannot change, focus on improving your garden and curb appeal, re-paint your interior and exterior (if possible) using some on-trend shades, polish your floors and update systems such as wiring, the intercom and plumbing.

“You have one chance to make a first impression with the prospective buyers viewing your home, and rather than sorting out issues raised by the buyers after their viewing, sort out minor issues before your home goes on the market,” concludes Trish.