In this three-minute read, we look at what Neath sellers can do to avoid their property sitting on the market.

Making a bad impression

We’ve all heard the adage that first impressions are the most important. This is definitely the case when it comes to selling your home. Smart presentation is a must as it sets the tone for the whole viewing.

First things first – kerb appeal. Does your property entice strangers to want to peek inside? If it doesn’t, make a difference by tidying up the outside of your home. Maintain the same level of pride throughout your home. Make sure you’ve cleaned and tidied and the space is smelling fresh. Clutter can be distracting, making it difficult for prospective buyers to imagine how to make your property their home.

Poor state of repair

It’s critical to make sure the basic fixtures in your home are in good working order. You may not need to replace whole bathrooms and kitchens before you go to market, as any modernisation required will be reflected in your sale price. But minor issues can create doubt and concern about what further essential work might be needed.

Fix broken door handles, attend to areas of damp and replace faulty fittings. A little bit of pride goes a long way.


We love pets. Dogs, cats, rabbits; our staff have them all. But not everyone loves pets. An excitable dog or a cat prowling around your viewers could take the focus away from your property so if you can, remove your pets temporarily by taking Fido for a walk or letting the cat out for a bit. 

The price is too high

Sounds simple, and it is. Pricing your home is not about how much it’s worth to you, or believing the hype of a crazy valuation, it’s about being realistic. Consider the strength of the market, the specific area, and what similar properties around you have sold for recently.

Right now if you're a seller, the market is very good. The best it's been in terms of activity and sale prices in probably the last five or six years. Covid has had a very positive effect. But everything has its limits and property is no different. Most buyers will be buying with a mortgage and a surveyor has to agree your property is worth the sale price - and they are a cautious bunch.

Naturally, buyers are always looking for a good deal that represents value in comparison to all the other properties currently on the market and there’s a fine line to tread. So take the guidance from your agent seriously. If you’re overpriced, you’ll struggle to get viewings, never mind offers.

Poor photography

Great photography of your home will make all the difference online. True first impressions begin here and if you think about how many property listings the average buyer scrolls through, it’s crucial to stand out.

TOP TIP: Remove any unnecessary objects as the eye will be drawn to these first. Dishcloths, bathroom products, piles of toys, and clutter should be out of sight for pictures – even if it just means hiding them for the photographs.

It may sound like a cliché, but fresh flowers can lift a room by their mere presence. Remember, you are creating a lifestyle that accompanies the home so your accessories should reflect that.

Human interaction is key and the right agent can make all the difference. Here at Alison George, we create demand and a buzz around your property rather than solely waiting for it to be discovered online. Call us on 01639 631706 to find out more.