5 Reasons Why Your Home Is Not Selling
It can feel like an eternity when you’re trying to sell your home. People can miss out on their dream properties when time isn’t on their side. No matter the amount of advice from an agent and a flurry of viewings, it can be disheartening when you don’t receive any offers.
Whilst as a seller you can do everything in your power to prepare for the best possible outcome – such as freshening up your home or being accommodating to viewings – many of the issues lie outside of your control. Below, SOLD.CO.UK shine a light on five of the most common issues that could be having an impact on the sale of your house.
Is your estate agent right for you?
It is commonplace to trot down to your local high street and pick an estate agent based on your home and initial customer service. There is nothing wrong with this and plenty of people sell their homes with traditional estate agents every day. However, we live in a world where you have options when it comes to selling your home. Online estate agents have taken the power of all things digital and created a new way of selling that can be significantly faster than a high street agent.
At SOLD.CO.UK we offer three different ways to sell your home. This means we can provide a bespoke service and sell our customer’s homes in a way and a time that suits them.
Is the asking price realistic?
Most traditional estate agents value properties a little higher than what they’re worth. This gives a starting point for negotiations when a potential buyer puts in a lower offer. However, sometimes this can backfire on sellers. There have been plenty of cases where properties have been put on the market at an unrealistic price and haven’t booked any viewings. Similarly, as a buyer it is easy to take an agent’s valuation as gospel and refuse to budge on it for any interest parties – this can present problems too. Your estate agent should help you settle on a realistic asking price and also discuss the possibility of having to take lower to help sell your home.
Why haven’t I seen my property advertised?
When you know your property is up for sale you’d expect to see it listed on property portals, your agent’s website, and in their shop window if opting for a high street agent. Your agent should be utilising every available channel to get your property in front of the eyes of as many prospective buyers as possible. If your property is for sale and you don’t feel like it is being marketed correctly you need to contact your estate agent as it is their job to help sell your property.
Why do the photographs of my house look so terrible?
Everyone is initially drawn to a property by how it looks. Regardless of the finer details it is the exterior shot of your home that will help it sell, along with all the interior images. Therefore, if the photographs used are poor quality or are an unrealistic representation of your home it can have an impact on how quickly your home sells. Furthermore, too many photographs are better than just a handful – buyers will assume there is something to hide otherwise.
If you are dissatisfied with the images being used to sell your home you are within your rights to request the agent creates a new set. Provide references of what you think is quality property photography and don’t settle for less. Every estate agent should have a dedicated professional photographer that works for them.
Why is my agent not keeping me in the loop?
Your estate agent should touch base with you reguarly to discuss how much interest your property has had. Furthermore, feedback from viewings should be reported to you to, as well as any potential offers. You should feel confident that you are getting all the information and never left in the dark. After all, how can you expect to sell your home when your estate agent isn’t giving you their attention? Make sure your estate agents keeps you in the loop via your preferred method and never be afraid to lay some ground rules as to the levels of communication your expect.
If you want to receive top class service and want to sell your home fast, get in touch with the SOLD.CO.UK team today. Book a free valuation online or call 0800 566 8490 to discuss your needs further.