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    • flightsoffanciful
    • By flightsoffanciful 11th Jul 17, 11:13 AM
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    Help please - no viewings :(
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:13 AM
    Help please - no viewings :( 11th Jul 17 at 11:13 AM
    Hi all. We are selling our house and don't seem to be getting any interest (we have had 1 viewing in 4 weeks). Our estate agent doesn't think we should drop the price (or do anything else but wait). I don't think the photos do justice to the kitchen/diner in particular but the estate agent thinks the photos are fine. The market seems ok in our area but houses on our road have typically taken a while to sell.


    We would appreciate some feedback- please be honest! Won't let me post a link but the our postcode is WF11 8BT - it's guide price is £120 - £130k. Thanks in advance.
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    • Clutterfree
    • By Clutterfree 11th Jul 17, 11:16 AM
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    Link...

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60443686.html
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    • aneary
    • By aneary 11th Jul 17, 11:16 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:16 AM
    I would suggest clearing up some of the clutter in the garden, I would clean the fish bowl and some of the pictures are dark so maybe ask for them to be retaken.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 11th Jul 17, 11:20 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:20 AM
    it's guide price is £120 - £130k
    Originally posted by flightsoffanciful
    So what are you asking for it - £120k or £130k?
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 11th Jul 17, 11:24 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:24 AM
    I don't think the photos do justice to the kitchen/diner in particular
    Originally posted by flightsoffanciful
    From the photos, I'd be asking "What diner?" - if there is a table somewhere, you need a photo of it.

    Same with the bathroom - details say there's a shower but there's no photo.

    Remember, you are paying the EA - if you're not happy with his work, get him to redo it.
    • flightsoffanciful
    • By flightsoffanciful 11th Jul 17, 11:26 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:26 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:26 AM
    Thanks for the quick replies. We want £120k. The estate agent wanted us to market at £130k but we thought this was too high for the area. They insisted on a guide price between the two. Do you think this puts people off?
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 11th Jul 17, 11:28 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:28 AM
    Thanks for the quick replies. We want £120k. The estate agent wanted us to market at £130k but we thought this was too high for the area. They insisted on a guide price between the two. Do you think this puts people off?
    Originally posted by flightsoffanciful
    It would put me off.

    Have you thought about changing agents?
    • flightsoffanciful
    • By flightsoffanciful 11th Jul 17, 11:32 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:32 AM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 11:32 AM
    Yes I think we will be changing agents once our tie in period is over. They recently sold a house on our road and I was sucked in by their sales patter...but have been less than impressed by the service! I will call them today and ask them to come back out to do more pictures (or send them some pictures as I have a decent camera!) and change the price to £120k in the meantime. Thanks for your help.
    • DumbMuscle
    • By DumbMuscle 11th Jul 17, 11:37 AM
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    Yeah, that kitchen photo is pretty bad, it makes it look like a smallish kitchen, but from the measurements given it really shouldn't. Picture 6 makes that bedroom look tiny. The rest are OK though. I really can't see why you're getting so little interest. The only other thing there that would turn me off is that it's right by the canal (so I'd be checking if it was a flood zone).
    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 11th Jul 17, 11:40 AM
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    I'm no expert but I had to look at the floorplan as I really thought that the bedroom in pic 5 was in the hall.


    Also I'd hide your frying pans as that suggests no cupboard space and I'd get rid of the lamp ( could you get a small bedside cabinet if you don't want to get rid of the lamp?)
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    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 11th Jul 17, 11:49 AM
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    Well presented IMO, but you have to accept that present economic conditions/uncertainty and generally over-inflated/stalled property market will maybe mean interest in your property isn`t that great. I would try offers over 100k.
    • flightsoffanciful
    • By flightsoffanciful 11th Jul 17, 11:49 AM
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    Great thanks - I definitely think some new photos are in order! Good idea about the pans as there is plenty of cupboard space. We actually now have bedside tables in the bedroom rather than just a lamp (which the EA actually moved there for the photo!) but the updated photo the EA took was so blurry I asked for it to be taken down.


    I'm not sure what to do about the 'big' bedroom in picture 6. Do you think it would be OK to take some furniture out and stage it for a photo (but then it look different if someone came round to look?). It probably has too much furniture in with a king size bed, cot bed, 2 x chest of drawers, shelving unit etc. It's actually a lovely big room!
    • swingaloo
    • By swingaloo 11th Jul 17, 11:51 AM
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    It is a nice looking house although having lived in a three storey once I would never do it again but the description is a bit confusing. It says split over 3 floors and the hallway, cloakroom and garage are the ground floor and then says the kitchen diner is on the first floor implying that the kitchen and lounge are above the garage/hallway. But, the photo shows the kitchen doors as being on the ground floor.


    The kitchen is described as kitchen diner but the photos don't show a dining area. I think the kitchen could be photographed from a different angle perhaps showing the units and window wall rather than the pan hanging wall.

    The main bedroom could be photographed from a better angle as it looks like the bed overpowers the room. It looks like there are wardrobes to the left as you walk in? but the room looks small from the angle the photo is taken.

    Removing the rug in the lounge would make it appear more spacious. I do like the rug but it gives an 'over busy' look to the room.

    I would de clutter the garden to make it look a more restful area.

    If I was looking for a house then the 120 to 130 would put me off. I would prefer it to say either 120 or 130 as then I would have a better idea of what to offer.
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 11th Jul 17, 11:52 AM
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    Given £120k could also buy you this, I think you're being optimistic even with the figure at the bottom end of your price range. I don't know what the 2 areas are like, but this place is far better presented, and with a more conventional layout than yours - townhouses are a slightly harder sell. The only downside is lack of a car parking space/garage, but many people would probably settle for onstreet parking in this case.

    Therefore the reason is the same reason as it always is. Price. It's too expensive. Suggest you market it at £117,500 and take anything north of £115k. Even at that price, this is your competition.
    • DumbMuscle
    • By DumbMuscle 11th Jul 17, 11:55 AM
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    Great thanks - I definitely think some new photos are in order! Good idea about the pans as there is plenty of cupboard space. We actually now have bedside tables in the bedroom rather than just a lamp (which the EA actually moved there for the photo!) but the updated photo the EA took was so blurry I asked for it to be taken down.


    I'm not sure what to do about the 'big' bedroom in picture 6. Do you think it would be OK to take some furniture out and stage it for a photo (but then it look different if someone came round to look?). It probably has too much furniture in with a king size bed, cot bed, 2 x chest of drawers, shelving unit etc. It's actually a lovely big room!
    Originally posted by flightsoffanciful
    Sorry - mistyped the number, I actually meant picture 5 as numbered by Rightmove (6 as numbered in the picture titles) (the one with the purple bed). I think a lot of the problem with that picture is the thing in the bottom left of frame - taking the picture so that that's not included (e.g. it looks like you could position the camera above it) would make some significant difference!
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 11th Jul 17, 11:57 AM
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    Make the colours neutral in bedrooms and sitting room, and hide the guitar, that is YOUR personal space, they need to be able to visualise it being their space.
    • cloo
    • By cloo 11th Jul 17, 11:58 AM
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    I made the mistake of putting my first place on with a guide price... all it means is that you end up hoping for the top end, while no one wants to offer above the low end. When I did that, I got one offer of below the lowest price, and some people thought I should have accepted that. Put it back on with a different agent for 'offers above x', and accepted an offer 12% above X in the end. That was in a busier market than now, but at any rate, it was a better way of putting the pricing.
    • Tiners
    • By Tiners 11th Jul 17, 11:58 AM
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    £120k seems reasonable based on other comparable recent sales, although the market certainly appears to be slowing with buyers and lenders being a lot more cautious.
    So recent sales may well prove to be the high point of this particular phase of the property market and prices might, erm, do something other than inexorably rise in the short to medium term (I'm trying to phrase it as delicately as possible to avoid incurring the wrath of the resident house price rampers and HPI happy clappers).

    I'd definitely lose the ''guide price'' tag... at best it's just irritating marketing speak and at worst it might make people think it's an auction property and dismiss it completely
    • Placitasgirl
    • By Placitasgirl 11th Jul 17, 12:00 PM
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    I'd definitely say that you would benefit from some better photos. Before having them taken I personally would suggest that you:

    1) Remove the frying pans and aprons from the rack on the kitchen wall and the papers on the side of the fridge freezer for new photos. This will help to make the space seem less cluttered.

    2) Make your beds more neatly for photos and viewings - although they're not exactly "unmade" they could be a lot neater for the photographs and viewings.

    3) I'd turn around the bed in the "green" room so that it was under the picture on the wall and not right under the window. I think this would "open up" the room.

    4) If you're calling a room a kitchen/diner you really ought to be showing as a space you can cook and also eat in. Consider putting in a table and chairs even if it's only the green set you currently have in the garden. At least you're then selling the idea that two people could enjoy meals in the kitchen diner.

    5) Put away some of your garden chairs for photos and viewings to de clutter the garden a little.

    6) Borrow or rent a power washer to clean off the green moss from your garden decking and patio slabs. This will help it look brighter and more attractive to buyers.
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 11th Jul 17, 12:01 PM
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    I'd definitely lose the ''guide price'' tag... at best it's just irritating marketing speak and at worst it might make people think it's an auction property and dismiss it completely
    Originally posted by Tiners
    The £1k buyers' incentive sounds a bit fishy too.... why not simply knock a grand off the price?!?
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