House & Garden

Help! Why Can’t I Sell My Home?


When you have made the decision to sell your home, you just want to get things moving. It can be frustrating and stressful if things don’t go according to plan. Your house has been on the market for months, and you’re hardly getting any viewings. What do you do next?

  1. Review Your Real Estate Agents

Are your Real Estate Agents effective? Reputable realtors will be able to advise on all aspects of the sale. They can critique your home and alert you to areas that may be a barrier to potential buyers. In addition, they can place furniture and furnishings to their best advantage and arrange for a high quality photo shoot. They will be experienced copywriters and will be able to place your ad to target your ideal market. Also, any agents worth their salt will have a waiting list of potential buyers.

If your agents are not working out, then consider replacing them.


  1. Assess The Exterior

Walk through your home and look at it through the eyes of a potential buyer. Start in the street and assess the outside of the property. Is there anything that could be improved? Is your garden looking a bit overgrown and in need of some TLC? This could be off-putting to buyers as they may assume that other areas of your home have not been looked after. If your garden needs attention, then take some time to put it right.

Other areas of the exterior which might be a barrier are:

  • Broken fencing
  • Broken garden walls
  • Peeling paintwork
  • Old or worn window frames
  • Untidy or worn front door
  • Damaged or peeling garden gate

If you spot any of these problems, take steps to fix them.

Are there other properties on your street that are up for sale? If so, what can you do to make your property stand out? This may mean investing in a professional gardener and carrying out some landscaping. It will be worth the expense when the buyers start flocking in.

  1. Look Through A Buyer’s Eyes

Take a critical look at your home through a buyer’s eyes. Walk through the whole house and scan for potential problems. The following may be off-putting for a potential buyer:

  • Old, faded, or dirty paintwork
  • Chipped plaster
  • Handles missing from doors
  • Doors that won’t close properly
  • Cracks in ceilings and walls
  • Cracks in windows
  • Dirty or stained carpets or flooring
  • Too much clutter
  • Busy or garish decor

If you notice any of these issues, then take steps to make them right. It’s worth giving your home a lick of paint, especially if your tastes are individual. Opt for neutral tones instead. This will help potential buyers to visualize their own possessions in your home.

Making simple fixes like replacing broken handles, should take no time at all and will make all the difference.

If your carpets and upholstery need cleaning, then find a professional company to carry out the work. And finally, hire a cleaning crew to deep clean your home.


The best way to sell a property is to look at it through the eyes of a potential buyer. A good realtor will be able to guide you through this process and will spot potential barriers to sale.

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