Instructing a Real Estate Broker

Two Potential Reasons Why Your Home Hasn't Sold Yet

by Natalie Adams

If your home is on the market and you're confused as to why it has not sold yet, here are some potential reasons why potential buyers are not expressing any interest in it.

The appearance of your next-door neighbour's property is putting people off

Your real estate agent has probably explained to you that in order to sell your home as quickly as possible, you must ensure that it has plenty of kerb appeal (i.e. you must make sure that its exterior looks attractive enough that it piques the interest and curiosity of potential buyers who come to view the property).

However, it's important to be aware of the fact that the kerb appeal of the properties that are adjacent to yours could also determine how many people want to buy your home.

For example, even if your front lawn is immaculately manicured, prospective buyers might decide against offering to buy your home if the next-door neighbour's front garden looks like an unkempt jungle. The reason for this is that buyers might worry that this type of property neglect might be an indication that the neighbours aren't conscientious or pleasant people.

If your next-door neighbour's property exterior looks very messy, it might not be because they are deliberately neglectful. Instead, it might be the result of them not having the right gardening tools or the physical fitness required to maintain their garden (for example, elderly or disabled people may not have the strength to mow their lawn). If this is the case, then it might be worth offering to tidy up their garden for them for free.

Provided you ask them in a polite manner, they will probably be quite happy to let you do this. Your efforts should help to ensure that those who come to your home to view and potentially buy it will not be deterred from doing so by the sight of your next-door neighbour's untidy garden.

The photos you are using to advertise the property don't show its imperfections  

When selling a property, most people want to paint it in the best possible light. Because of this, they sometimes make the mistake of editing the photographs they have taken of their home to such an extent that these images don't serve as an accurate reflection of their properties.

For example, if you take photos of your property and you then proceed to use editing software to turn up the contrast on these images so that the imperfections in the building (such as chipped wall paint or patches of damp or stained carpets) can no longer be seen, the potential buyers who decide to visit your home because they liked these images may be disappointed and frustrated when they see the actual condition of the property.

In this situation, it is highly unlikely that they will put in an offer as the deceptiveness of your photos may make them suspect that there are other problems throughout the property that you have also not disclosed.

As such, it is important to ensure that the images you use to advertise your home are flattering but also accurate.

Contact a local real estate agent for more advice on selling a property.