5 overlooked things that kill buyer interest

By EdgeProp Singapore / EdgeProp | January 31, 2018 8:00 AM SGT
Everyone has their own idea on what their dream home should be like. While you’re not expected to fit everyone’s taste and needs, you can definitely avoid some of these biggest turn-offs for buyers and get your home sold in no time.
1) Clutter
Clutter is a killer. They’re not just distracting for potential buyers, having too much stuff around also creates the impression that there is a lack of adequate storage. Plus, clutter makes your home look small, dirty and downright unappealing.
Your home will look a lot more organised if you pack away any ornaments and trinkets that usually sit on shelves, and would-be buyers would have a much easier time picturing their own things in situ.
2) Personalised Decor
It’s pretty obvious why home décor could have an influence on buyer interest - one man's meat is another man's poison. Extreme and unusual décor tend to discourage potential buyers, as they may not be able to picture themselves living in the home.
For instance, you might think it’s cool and trendy to paint your kitchen walls and bar countertops in bright orange, but the next buyer might just dismiss it as a design disaster from the 1970s.
Which is why, you might want to play it conservative when it comes to home décor. Instead of loud colours, choose neutral designs, styles and shades that are considered “classic” such as beiges, greys and off-whites. These colours have a timeless effect and form a perfect backdrop for formal furnishings, ornaments and colourful artwork, and tend to have a broader, universal appeal.
You can still incorporate “trend colours” by using them in spurts, as they can co-exist beautifully with classic ones. Just be careful so that the colour-of-the-month isn’t the one that dominates and sets the tone for the room.
3) Noise
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