According to a survey of 100 independent estate agents, unpleasant smells are the most common factor that potential buyers cannot overlook when considering whether to make an offer on a home.
The survey from Move with Us showed that 22 per cent of agents reported this as the top turn-off with a shabby, tired kitchen in second place (21 per cent) and a rundown bathroom third (20 per cent).
It also revealed the cosmetic flaws that potential buyers are most likely to be able to see past during a viewing. A bad paint job was cited as the easiest to get over (22 per cent), clutter and an unruly garden in joint second at 20 per cent, followed by poor carpets at 17 per cent.
Robin King, Director at Move with Us, said: "Some cosmetic flaws are easy to see past and potential buyers can normally visualise what they’ll do with the space regardless of a bad paint job or a bit of mess on the floor. Others however prove much more troublesome and can often mean that a property ends up sitting on the market for longer before being sold or the vendor having to sell at a reduced price. With higher numbers of new properties entering the market, sellers should pay extra attention to making their property stand out against the competition."