How to sell an ugly house

ugly houses

We can’t all be lucky enough to have houses that look like they should be gracing the pages of a glossy magazine.

Sadly, some of us just own ugly houses.  If you own a property that is ‘aesthetically challenged’, and are struggling to find a buyer, we’re about to help as we tell you how to sell an ugly house.

Make the most of what you’ve got

Make a list of the property’s biggest selling points and think about how you can make the most of them.  How can you best draw potential buyers’ attention to the benefits of the property?  This may mean a declutter to show off the size of your bedrooms, or moving furniture to highlight a fireplace?  Whatever makes your property stand out from the competition should be maximised to attract the right buyer.

Show potential

Do the same for the negatives about your property.  What might put potential buyers off?

It might be wise to ask some of your most honest friends and family members to help with this.  If can be tricky to view your own house objectively.

Once you have a list of your property’s less favourable features, think about how they could be improved or resolved.  You don’t need to actually do the work, unless it’s quick, easy and relatively inexpensive to do.

What’s important is that you and your estate agent have suggestions for improvements to address any concerns potential buyers might have.  Know that parking’s an issue at your property?

Research costs for local garages to rent.  Unattractive house frontage? Make the most of any front garden and smarten up the front the best you can.

You can then research ways to makeover the front of your property, ie. rendering, brick staining and new tiling.  Some potential buyers will be able to see potential in a property easily, others will need a little more help, so it’s best to be prepared.

Don’t underestimate the small touches

An ugly house shouldn’t mean and unsellable house.  Many potential buyers will be able to overlook an unattractive façade or one problem room if the rest of the house is presented well and the property is priced correctly.

A fresh coat of paint, clean carpets and a tidy, well-organised house can work wonders.

Every area of your property doesn’t need to be perfect; it’s likely any new buyer will want to come and put their own stamp on the house anyway.  What they do want is to get a good feeling in the property.  That should be achievable, whatever challenges you’re working with.

Know your audience!

This is where your estate agent should really prove their worth!  They should be able to give you a clear idea of who your potential buyers are, and what those buyers are looking for.

There is a buyer out there for every property, even an ugly house! Just ensure you get your sales strategy and pricing correct.

Here are some of the world’s most ugly houses…

If you’ve got a property that you’re struggling to sell, Quick Move Now could buy your house in just 7 days.  If you’re looking for a quick and guaranteed house sale, call Quick Move Now on: 0800 068 3366 or fill in our free, no-obligation estimate form.

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 31st October 2016
Last updated on 7th August 2018

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