Bad advertisement pictures
One of the main things potential buyers look for on estate agent websites and sites like and Zoopla are the images used to sell a property. You never get a second chance at a first impression. Failure to make full use of the space in your house or slight untidiness in rooms can make or break a potential buyer’s decision to view of your home. If your house listing is not completely up to scratch get new images taken ASAP. Or if that isn't possible, try changing the primary photo used on the listing to draw attention in. Showcasing a spacious kitchen as opposed to main bedroom might just make all the difference.
An unrealistic asking price
As the housing market changes, your home needs to be priced accordingly and there's no better way to put off potential buyers than an unrealistic asking price. A good place to start is by looking at what similar homes in your neighbourhood have sold for in the past 3-6 months. If yours is way off the mark then re-evaluate based on this.
It's the little things that count
The small maintenance issues that you overlook on a daily basis will not be overlooked by potential new buyers. Making the repairs needed to create a great first impression is crucial. Anything that looks old or shabby must be fixed immediately. Key points to consider are the state of the front door and garden, as these create a lasting first impression of your home.
The key to selling your home is letting potential buyers picture their lives there. They're not going to be able to do that if you have overbearing personal aspects in your home. For example, a personalized wall plaque or wall art in a child's room is a good way to put buyers off,
Similarly you may love your collection of vintage teddy bears or wall art, but not everyone will. To allow a buyer to really envision themselves in the space, temporarily remove anything like this that gives off a personal air. Similarly pets such as dogs could put buyers off, so if at all possible, arrange for them to be out during viewings.
Last but not least, time does have a part to play when it comes to selling your home. Many people spend the summer holidaying and in the winter people are often too frazzled in the run up to Christmas to think about house hunting until the new year. This doesn't mean to say you can't sell a house during these seasons, but if things are a little slow, this may be why.
Stick to these rules, and you'll be well on the way to finalizing that sale. But remember, if you do ever need any help feel free give us a call on 01226 288920. A member of our team will be happy to help with any assistance you may need.
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