I Feel Like I’m Doing Everything Right – so Why is My Home not Selling?
Committing to a house sale can be tough. Although some people get an easier ride than others which could be because of the fluidity of the market, unfortunately a lot of people are actually struggling to sell their home nowadays. It can be so frustrating, because you might be getting plenty of viewings, and you feel as if you’ve done everything you can – and yet no one seems to be taking the bait. Sometimes it might be that you’re simply just down on your luck, however there are in fact some reasons your home might not actually be selling. If you feel as if you’ve done everything you can, and yet your home still won’t shift off the market, here are a few reasons why that might be, and how you could change that.
You Haven’t Gotten Your Property up to Scratch with the Competition
Now, there might not be 101 reasons why your house isn’t selling, but there’s bound to be at least a few. One of which, could be that you simply haven’t gotten your home up to scratch. Let us explain how.
Basically, if the market isn’t great and most of the houses in the area aren’t selling, then yours needs to be up there with the ones that are. Have a look at houses in the area, and make a note of what’s selling, and what’s not selling. For example, if your asking price was more than similar properties in the area that seem to be selling, it could be that this is the reason no one seems interested in your home. After all, why would someone pay more for a house, when they can get one of the same quality cheaper?
That being said, if you are wanting to charge more for your home, then some improvements may have to be made. It could be that whereas most of the houses in the area have a small, separate kitchen and dining area, you could extend yours and make it into a spacious kitchen-diner of sorts. People LOVE a home feature like a breakfast bar, so why not try and set your home apart from the rest? Think of it as an investment, and it’s likely to be worth it in the long run.
Your Photos aren’t Good Enough
Let’s be frank here, if the photographs you’ve had taken don’t sell your property well enough, then you aren’t going to get the viewings. It’s as simple as that.
If you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense that they’re so important. These pictures are the first impression that potential buyers are going to get of the house you’re selling – and in the property business, first impressions are crucial. These photos could be the decider between someone even enquiring whether or not they can view your property, or simply scrolling straight past it without a second glance. You don’t want to be overlooked, so here are a just a few of the things you should be doing make sure your home looks the best it can in its photographs:
You may have only shot the master bedroom. This is a common mistake as it’s usually the best cared for out of them, but remember that people will count the number of bedrooms they see on the pictures.
Take more pictures of the kitchen! People often consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, so make sure you show it off.
Showcase your home’s best features. Some rooms may be more spacious, impressive and have better features than others – so focus on these. Remember, you’re trying to entice people, so make it look appealing.
Set it up showroom standard. Set the dining room table, plump up the cushions and set out some fresh flowers! Finish it all off with either some bright artificial lighting, or the presence of natural lighting and you can’t go wrong.
You’re not Marketing Enough
Last, but certainly not least, it could be that you’re not marketing the property enough so it’s not being seen by as many people as it could be.
If you can afford to, it never hurts to have your home advertised by a few online listing agents. Some companies are more successful than others, so do your research, and give yourself the best shot you can of getting that house sold!
Likewise, if you’re on social media – make the most of it. It’s free to advertise on there, so share, share, share your listing to your hearts content! You never know who might be watching.