New research has determined the property features that will often prevent Australians from buying a home. The survey by comparison website showed that 87% of participants would not buy a property if there was mould present.


Other deterrents to buying a property were:

  • Structural decay 84%
  • Peeling paint 49%
  • Damp smell 83%
  • An out-of-date kitchen 45%
  • Evidence of smokers, e.g. yellowing walls 83%
  • Signs of a dog or cat 42%
  • Dirty bathrooms 54%
  • Worn carpets 36%


Other discouraging features included a messy interior, an untidy garden, old-fashioned wallpaper, dirty windows and a motorbike or ute parked outside.