Your home has been on the market for months, but for some reason, you just can’t seem to find a buyer. All of the other houses up for sale in your area seem to get snapped up in days, but for some reason, no one is interested in your home. It’s a good size, it’s in a sought-after location, and it’s well styled and designed, so you’re struggling to work out why no one is interested in it.
The truth is that some homes get snapped up within days, while others take a little longer to sell. There are various reasons why some properties take longer to sell than others. So it can be hard to tell why a house seems to have little interest from buyers. However, that being said, there are a few things that pretty much guarantee a house won’t sell, and these are listed below.
Have a read of these four things and consider whether they could be why your home isn’t popular with buyers.
- The photos don’t do it justice
Most buyers house hunt online, which means that the first impression they get of a property is via the photos that have been posted with the listing. Take a look at the photos of your property and see if they do it justice. It could be that they make it look too dark or small, or maybe they just aren’t good quality images. If this is the case, take some more yourself and send them to your realtor to swap with the old ones.
- It doesn’t smell nice
A lot of the time, when it comes to smells in our homes, we go nose blind – aka we no longer notice them. Invite a friend round and ask them to be brutally honest with you about how your home smells. Whatever they say, listen to and don’t get offended. Most scents can be easily got rid of; it’s just a case of airing the place out and dotting a few air fresheners around. An old trick is to put cookies in the oven when you have people coming to view your home. Apparently, it makes people feel comfortable and cozy.
- The property isn’t that appealing
Be honest with yourself, is your home as appealing as it could be? Take a look around it and look for anything that could put potential buyers off. Say, for example; you notice that the paint on the exterior of your home has started peeling, this could put potential buyers off. So it’s probably best to contact local painters to see if anyone is available to repaint your home. Or, for instance, say you notice that the grout between your bathroom tiles is slightly discolored, this could also put buyers off. So it might be worth having it professionally cleaned or redone, depending on the severity of the staining. Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that can put potential buyers off.
- The price is too high
Last but not least, is the price that you’re asking too high. A property that’s priced too high is a big turnoff to buyers and can mean the difference between making a sale or not. So, it might be worth reevaluating the price that you’re selling your property for, and considering lowering it a little.
Hopefully, by implementing the above suggestions, your home will soon have a line of people queuing up to buy it.