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Can’t Sell My House

How To Speed Up The Selling Process

Can’t Sell My House

One of the most common complaints our experts at 321 Move hear is ‘can’t sell my house’ or ‘I can’t sell my house, what are my options UK’. We understand how difficult and frustrating it is to miss out on your dream home as a result.

321Move are here to help. We’ve put together a useful guide of common reasons your house isn’t selling and what you can do to speed up the selling process.

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Can’t Sell My House – Why Not?

Research from Zoopla has found it takes an average of 50 days to sell your property on the UK housing market.

There are so many factors that go into a successful house sale. As choosing a property can be a very personal decision, it’s important to distance yourself from any of your own perceptions of your house. Everyone has different needs and requirements, so try not to take it personally if your house it taking longer to sell than you expected.

The key is to ensure that you and your estate agent are proactive in identifying any potential reasons why you can’t sell my house. The good news is, a little effort goes a long way in solving any issues.

Does Your House Have Kerb Appeal?

The front of your house must make a good first impression to potential buyers. A quick spruce up can go a long way. This can include a new front door, weeding or planting flowers in the front garden or decluttering your shelves. A quick lick of paint can also work wonders; a survey by Barclays Mortgages has revealed that on average, home improvements add £9,829 to the value of your home.

The Photos Aren’t Doing Your House Justice

Photos from your estate agent should draw any potential viewers in. They are often the first impression of your house people will see, so they need to display your home in a good light. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer who is searching for an ideal home by scrolling images online or through the window of a local estate agent.

The great news is, it’s easy to identify any issues in the photos and enlist the help of your agent to retake them. Pay attention to lighting and angles that highlight the attractive features of your home whilst staying faithful to its current condition.

Has It Received The Correct Valuation?

If your home has received a valuation that is too high, it can put off potential buyers. This is a common reason why you can’t sell my house. If you suspect this is the case, it is essential that you discuss valuation options with your estate agent or seek an independent valuation.

Similarly, a valuation that is too low can also deter potential buyers. It can arouse suspicions about the condition of the house or the area it is in; price reflects the quality or area of a property and people want to make sure they’re making a worthwhile investment. 

There May Be An Increase In Recent Crime Or Anti-Social Behaviour In Your Area

Crime statistics for your area may show anti-social behaviour to be on the rise. Many potential buyers will check the crime rates of an area they are looking to move to which can influence their decision. It is common for viewers to speak to local residents nearby to ask for their experience and even an off-hand remark can plant seeds of doubt. Word of mouth can be a powerful influencer in the sale of your home. While there is little you can do about the words of others, it is useful to speak to your local council about further measures or reassurance about nearby activity.

The Market

Many factors can affect the UK housing market. For example, political and economic uncertainty can cause the market to slow down which can drive less viewers to the property and increase the chance of a sale falling through at the last moment. For instance, Spring is traditionally a boom time for property sale in comparison to December which is notoriously quiet.

Can’t Sell House Because Of Neighbours?

Sometimes your neighbours can inadvertently put off a potential buyer. For example, thin walls, loud dogs or an untidy garden can send alarm signals to your viewers. A poll from Skipton Building society found that a shocking seventy three per cent of Britons don't know their neighbour's names and regard them as strangers. One of the easiest ways to combat annoyances such as loud noise is to get to know your neighbours. A quick introduction is all that’s needed to break down barriers and create an easier space to communicate any issues.

Can’t sell house because of neighbours? If the relationship with your neighbour has broken down, it may be useful to frame the issue in a positive light in front of viewers. For example, you can point out that it is possible to hear noise through the walls, as is typical in this kind of property.

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Can I Sell My House Without Building Regulations?

If your property has an extension, it may require a building regulations certificate. If the extension has been in place for many years  or there was never a building regulations certificate available  when you moved in, the buyer’s solicitors’ can delay the sale until you are able to produce valid certification.

For more information, The Home Owner’s Alliance (HOA) has a useful guide on ‘Can I sell my house without building regulations’.


I Can’t Sell My House – What Are My Options UK

Re-List Later

You can take your house off the market and relist it 6 months later. This is an effective way to reach a new audience with a fresh pair of eyes. However, this method is time-consuming and can mean that you miss out on your dream house.

Switch Estate Agent

The HOA has a free and impartial tool to help you switch estate agents. It allows you to compare estate agents in your area in terms of fees, their past success rate and more.

Sell With 321 Move

Sometimes you need to sell your house fast Leeds. We can help! Our friendly, expert team are passionate about helping you navigate life’s biggest moments with care. For example, we work with many clients who need to sell their house fast due to divorce, a broken chain or to avoid financial difficulty.

We purchase your property using our own cash, so that you can get the best price for your property. You receive 100% of our final offer price and don’t contribute to any fees associated with the selling process, unlike the traditional estate agent route.

Can’t Sell My House - It’s Up To You

Our expert property team work with you and your family to find a schedule and moving date that works for you. This allows for a stress-free move that you’re in control of, with no messy chains to deal with. We pride ourselves on offering a hassle-free service for your peace of mind.  

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We use our own cash to purchase your property so that you can move home, sell a house or release funds as quickly and as easily as possible. The location or condition of your house doesn’t matter. We will make you a guaranteed cash offer so that you can move on with your life.

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