7 Reasons Why Your House Won’t Sell

Are you looking to sell your house for a good price but your marketing efforts not bringing the desired result? Well, selling your house may not always be as easy as you think. There are several factors that can hamper the sale of your house making it harder than you expected. Here we discuss some of them.

Why Won't My House Sell

1. Your house is not priced right

Placing a high price tag on your home is not going to benefit you in any way. Though you may feel the house is worth that much, a high price will keep it on the market without getting picked up.

Before putting your house on the market, a considerable amount of research and work need to be done to get the price right for your home. Have the house inspected to analyze its worth. But before pinning a price on it, compare your price with other houses on the market and ensure it is not too exorbitant. By quoting a lower price, you will catch greater interest and the subsequent competition among buyers can help you get a better price.

(More: How to Price Your Home Correctly to Sell – Strategies to Follow)

2. Your house needs renovation

If your house is completely out-of-date, getting someone to buy it will certainly not be easy. However, hasten the selling process by making a few necessary renovations so that prospective buyers find it appealing and not ancient.

Simple things like putting a fresh coat of paint on it, making sure the bathroom and kitchen have modern gadgets and a stylish look as these are places that people spend a lot of time in, will do the trick. Also make sure all repair jobs like leaky faucets or creaky doors are taken care of before showing the house to people.

(More: Renovations That Can Help You Sell Your House Quickly)

3. The presence of pets can be a deterring factor

Homes with pets often don’t sell quickly. Pets tend to leave behind them not just a certain odor but also pet stains. Though pet owners may be used to this, for a person who doesn’t own a pet these things are seen as undesirable. There are ways to sell your home even as a pet owner.

Keep your pets out of sight when showing the house to potential buyers. It would be best to leave them elsewhere during the showings but if this is not possible, keep them contained in the innermost part of the house so that they don’t bite people or make themselves comfortable on your furniture in the presence of buyers.

(More: Home Selling Tips for Pet Owners)

4. Bad neighbors can reduce the desirability of your home

If you are about to make a place your home, you would certainly be interested in the kind of people you surround yourself by. Hence, neighbors do come to play an important role in the sale of your house.

In case, you have the misfortune of having noisy or abusive neighbors, it is best to inform potential buyers about this so if they really want the house, certain measures can be taken to deal with your bad neighbors. Of course, this is only if your attempts to amicably settle the situation with the neighbors have not yielded a favorable result.

(More: Ways to Deal with Bad Neighbors)

5. Your neighbor’s backyard diminishes the beauty of your house

Even if your house and the yard around it are well tended, the presence of overgrown weeds in your neighbor’s backyard can dampen the beauty of your house. Thus blocking this unappealing sight will serve you well.

You can do this by planting some big, shady trees in your compound or by installing a thick fencing around your house so that only slight glimpses of that unsightly neighboring yard pass through the fence. Having vines or creepers on your fence may provide a more picturesque boundary to the place, blocking the rest out.

(More: Backyard Fence Ideas – Block Neighbor’s Ugly Backyard)

6. Your real estate agent isn’t doing a good job

When looking to sell your house, don’t leave the reigns entirely to your real estate agents. If your agent is not good enough, it will negatively impact the salability of your home. Agents make money selling more places so they may not always be interested in getting the best price for you.

This is why you should make sure you have the right agent on the job. Pick a real estate agent who is professional and well-groomed and has proper negotiating skills.

(More: Bad Real Estate Agents – Top 5 Signs)

7. The listing language and photos used to showcase your house may lack appeal

When you list your property on a website, you have to show it in the best light so that your listing appeals to prospective buyers. Language that can entice will further facilitate the process of selling.

You can enhance the appeal of your home by showcasing some of the best rooms, those that have a comfortable and cozy feel to them. Apart from this, a front view picture that includes your well-tended yard and manicured lawns will serve you well. Since language is also important, make sure the description mentions the things that make your house beautiful.

(More: Real Estate Photography Tips: Shooting Perfect Listing Photos)

Selling your house will only come easy when all factors are in your favor. So if you want to put your house up on the market, make sure you have avoided or taken care of all of the above factors and you will certainly get a buyer in no time.

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  • Michael Karppe says:

    Feb 29, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    This is a great list. Sometimes clients do not listen to their realtors. It is great to have an article like this to share.


  • Suzanne Hamilton says:

    Apr 14, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Great list. I agree completely. Location can be a part of the equation, but it is something you can not change. Everything on this list can be changed by the owner. The price is the top. That is the fatal error most sellers make when they listen to listing agents who are just saying what they want to hear. Price it right – the market does not lie, homes are worth what they are worth.


  • PART Realty says:

    Oct 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    This is a great list of common problems that occur in the house selling process. Many home owners trying to sell their residence run into these seven problems. Following this advice and simply addressing these issues can make the world of difference. Thanks for sharing.


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