Why Isn’t My Home Selling?
You can feel like you’ve tried everything you possibly can, done everything by the book, and yet sometimes your house still won’t budge off the market. Selling and moving on is stressful enough, without the wait for your home to sell going on for a lot longer than expected, and you having to sit and twiddle your thumbs and wait for someone to finally put in an offer. Sometimes it can just be hard luck, but if you’re in this situation, have you actually sat and considered why your home might not be selling as quickly as you’d like? It’s very easy to sit there and blame the estate agents you’ve chosen, and the housing market of today, but these aren’t always the biggest reasons why your house may not be selling. Below are some of the most common reasons behind properties ending up stuck on the market for a long time.
The Exterior isn’t Selling it
Have you ever heard the expression, “never judge a book by its cover”? Of course you have. Well, in regards to selling your home, ignore this nugget of advice entirely. Of COURSE buyers judge a book by its cover (or a house by its exterior) when they’re coming to view it, and if the outside of your home and your front garden are looking a little tired or untidy, chances are they’ll have made their minds up before even stepping in to view the rest of your home. So don’t sell yourself short like this, do something about it.
A great place to start is by simply tidying the front garden. Give your lawn a trim and a treatment, get your hedge looking shapely, paint your fence and plant some colourful flowers. While you’re at it, if you have a garden gate, make sure it’s well painted and oiled. There is nothing less welcoming than struggling to even step foot on the property because of an old, stiff gate, so make sure this isn’t the case with yours. Adding a lick of paint to your front door and a welcoming doormat on the step can just add the cherry on top too. Remember, the people approaching your home are probably excited to be looking at what their future could be, so encourage that to continue by giving it a warm and welcoming feel!
The Pictures Aren’t Representative of the Truth
With the internet and estate agent websites being one of the biggest forms of property advertisement nowadays, chances are no matter who you’re selling your home with, there’ll be photographs of the property online. If these photographs are the issue, this could be one of two things:
- The photos are not good quality, and therefore don’t show your home off to its full potential and won’t catch the eyes of homebuyers.
- The photos are good but are completely unrepresentative of what your home actually looks like when people come to view it.
If your problem is the first one, there are several photography tips available to you online, so there’s really no excuse for not getting the best pictures that you possibly can – and if you’re really struggling, consider hiring a professional. As long as you’ve considered lighting, angles, and used a good quality camera you can’t really go wrong if you follow an online guide. Oh, and make sure your home is clean and tidy too!
Which brings us to the next crucial point. If your problem is the second one, in that the pictures themselves are fabulous quality and make your home look lovely, but when people come to view them, this is really just down to carelessness. There is nothing more frustrating for a budding property buyer than false advertising, so make sure that they aren’t expecting something you’re not delivering. It can be exceedingly difficult if you’re still living in the property, but if your home is pristine and well lit in your pictures ensure that it is when people come to view it too. Even if it’s unachievable to keep it like this all of the time, make sure that it’s returned to this state before viewings. You even have the pictures for reference!
It’s Not a Fair Asking Price
If in relation to the rest of the market your home is above the average asking price, this could be a big reason why it’s not being taken off the market. If there’s one thing that people can not stand, it’s being overcharged unfairly, when they could get a better deal elsewhere.
If you’re concerned about this, confer with your estate agent, and if they’re still adamant, consider looking elsewhere. Remember that this is your sale, and you owe them no loyalties – it’s a business transaction and nothing else. If I wanted to find out what my house was worth, I would do my research and consider getting it valued by not only estate agents, but alternative companies out there too. After all, they’re more often than not, a lot cheaper!
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