What to Do When You’ve Been on the Market for a While

Added on February 4th 2019

You started off with big hopes of selling up and moving within three months but it’s been almost three months and you haven’t yet had anything remotely resembling an offer. Every property can sell, but if you’re languishing on the market, it’s probably down to one of these reasons.

You have no kerb appeal

Many buyers make up their minds when they drive up to or past your property and if your pavement, front garden and frontage are looking messy or tired then this could be a real turn-off. Remember that all-important first impression; put wheelie bins somewhere more discreet, send the garden toys to a new home for a while and wash the windows.

The inside of the property is untidy and cluttered

You already know about depersonalising your place to attract buyers, but look beyond clearing away bric-a-brac and photos to clearing out the garden shed, finally getting rid of that bulky old furniture and that old trampoline.

You could also get rid of the kids and the pets – albeit temporarily – as their presence can prevent people from imagining your place as theirs. If the children are old enough, get them to take the dog out for a walk, or send them to a willing neighbour during viewings.

Your photos could be better

Most property searches start online now, so your photos really need to grab attention. There are so many property portals, with so many properties on them, that dull, dark and uninspiring images will just be passed over. If your agent uses a professional photographer then you’re in luck! Many agents also have an instinct for great photos, though, so check yours out before they go live. If they’re not wowing you, they’re not going to wow someone else; ask for more to be done or for a professional to come in.

You’re at the wrong price point

It’s vital to get the price right. If you’re too high, you’ll take ages to sell and if you’re too low you’ll be missing out. Make sure you get valuations from at least three agents and go for the price in the middle (roughly). This should help you to avoid agents that promise you a great price to get you to sign up, as well as agents that go in low to get a quick sale.

You’re not making the most of your estate agent

If your estate agent is giving you “unwelcome” advice and you’re not taking it, then maybe it’s time you started listening. If you’re getting viewings and no offers, then tweak the price. If you’re stalling in a busy market, then try one of their suggestions, even if you’re very proud of your lurid pink fur feature wall.

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