It’s easy to think of creepy items in your living room that would be instant deal breakers for potential buyers. First impressions start with curb appeal, but next to the kitchen, the space that arguably carries the most weight is your living area. After all, it’s where we spend the most time trying to decompress and escape the worries of the day. So buyers, of course, are going to run full speed the other way if they stumble across a living room that freaks them out.

Dead Bugs

Make sure every corner of your home is pest-free before you show your home. The last thing you want is for potential buyers to want into a bug graveyard. Although it could be worse, they could be alive, however, it’s still not welcoming to see several dead bugs on the floor.

Your Strange Collections

Those sad clown paintings on your living room walls might strike you as hilarious, but a potential seller will slowly back out the door. Anything too thematic should be removed from your living room. Victorian dolls? An obvious no. But even a huge array of decorative items can strike buyers as icky. Pack your precious collections away, no matter how harmless they may seem to you. Even too many pet accessories will make the home feel like an animal shelter.

Surprise Smells

Without questions, experts list bad or even unexpected odors as the number one turnoff for buyers. It’s one thing to walk into a home that smells like the Grand Floridian hotel lobby at Disney World but it’s another to walk into a home that smells like fast food restaurant. Keep the odors pleasant or non-existent.

Evidence of Your Pets

You might accept the fact that your beloved German shepherd shed his whole coat onto your couch cushions. However, potential buyers won’t be as understanding. Of course, the buyers will vacuum when they buy the home, but some feel they will never get all the hair up. And it’s not just hair that can gross them out. Fleas and ticks have found their way onto the clothes of unsuspecting potential buyers and that will surely take your home off the list.


Light is the number one seller of a home. Opening the curtains and turning on every light in the home will make the space look bigger and more inviting. Although caves are great for movie nights, you want to show off the features of your home and that is kind of hard to do when it looks like Knockturn Alley in your home.

Evidence of Hoarding

If you have ever seen the TV show “Hoarders” on TLC then you know how horrible hoarding can get and what unwanted secrets can be uncovered when the hoard is removed. Having too much stuff in the home will make the space look smaller and cramped which is off-putting to buyers. It also hides potential problems in the home like damaged floors and walls. The mystery of what lies beneath the piles of stuff will scare potential buyers away.

Personal Photos

A photo on the living room wall of you and your family at Disney World isn’t creepy, but it can still turn off buyers. Buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in the home and it’s kind of hard to do that when there are countless pictures of family vacations on the walls.