1. Anything old and outdated
There’s retro cool, and then there’s retro ewww. Be sure you know what’s vintage or just plain ancient in your home.
While time capsule houses can be fun to look at and get a lot of attention on social media, only a few people would be prepared to move into one.
2. Quirky tastes
While outlandishly designed houses can sometimes rocket to the top of the most popular homes lists, they can be tough to sell.
Real estate professionals describe these homes as having a “particular taste” that can give some buyers the ick.
3. Cigarette stench
The stench of stale tobacco smoke is almost universally disdained—and it tops nearly everyone’s list of homebuyer icks.
Many of today’s homebuyers say wall-to-wall carpeting gives them the ick.
Carpeting in the bathroom appears to be a universal turnoff and a resounding ick factor.
5. Pets and pet odors
While we all love our pets, it doesn’t mean prospective buyers want to see signs (or smell odors) of yours at an open house.
Oh, and don’t think you can cover up pet smells with air fresheners because that can be another pet peeve.
6. Bugs and vermin
The last thing anyone wants to see when they’re touring an open house is signs of bugs or mice. So if this is a problem in a home you’re hoping to sell, have it thoroughly exterminated well in advance of showing it.
Even dead spiders or just spiderwebs can be off-putting. It was for the Moriartys.
7. Dolls, clowns, and religious icons
Prospective buyers report that collections of dolls and clowns give them the ick. For others, too many religious icons can be overwhelming.