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Please can someone tell me why my flat isn't selling?!

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Puffykins Thu 29-Oct-20 20:33:54

Price-wise, it's appropriate - even cheap - for the area. I know that it hasn't got it's own garden, but there is a huge communal garden which, in central-ish London, I'd argue is better than a tiny garden.

Admittedly I don't like the estate agents pictures much. It's really light in real life, but they always seem obsessed with turning on all the lights.

Anyway, any tips would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!

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Sexnotgender Thu 29-Oct-20 20:36:49

The clutter! And the bathroom...

Amicompletelyinsane Thu 29-Oct-20 20:37:42

It needs to be decluttered. It's looking so much smaller because of the books etc everywhere. The outside shot is awful too

EmmaC78 Thu 29-Oct-20 20:38:53


The clutter! And the bathroom...

Sorry but I have to agree with this.

Ickabog Thu 29-Oct-20 20:39:28

If this is genuiniely your property, then my advice would be

Get rid of the clutter
Paint over the awful mural in the toilet
Remove the photo of the tiny balcony
And once again get rid of the clutter.

Although i'm not entire convined the post is genuine.

ShellsAndSunrises Thu 29-Oct-20 20:39:33

I wouldn’t go for a communal garden, especially not so close to Covid. I also agree that it looks quite cluttered, and the lights being on makes it seem like it might be dark without them.

Can you send some better photos to the agent? How long has it been live for?

Trisolaris Thu 29-Oct-20 20:39:35

Yep, so much clutter. It makes it look really cramped and that there is no storage space. You would do well to hire a cheap storage facility and just strip back as much as possible.

Mrstwiddle Thu 29-Oct-20 20:39:41

As above, far too much stuff everywhere, the bathroom needs repainting and outdoor photos are best.

Ickabog Thu 29-Oct-20 20:40:00

Entirely convinced

Mrstwiddle Thu 29-Oct-20 20:40:01

“Not the best”

2020hello Thu 29-Oct-20 20:40:13

I think it looks rather small because of all of the clutter id have to redecorate everywhere as its very personal to you and filling all the holes from the picture would be a pain.

You need someone who is willing to do a bit of work and not want to move straight in.

If you can make It look a bit clearer and less personal amd then retake the photos that may help.

1990shopefulftm Thu 29-Oct-20 20:40:26

I d agree with previous suggestions, try and get what you can packed away as it makes the rooms seem smaller and if you can paint or replace the doors of the storage in the bathroom I think that would make a big difference

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Thu 29-Oct-20 20:40:37

I can't even see the flat.

Puffykins Thu 29-Oct-20 20:40:42

We have actually taken more out of it since the photographs were taken. It's just so hard - it's our home and I want it still to feel like our home until we sell it - what do people do with all their stuff?

My husband is a set designer and turned the bathroom into a jungle for the children. I do realise it might not be to everyone's taste.....

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DragonLegs Thu 29-Oct-20 20:40:54

Way too much clutter! If I were you I’d declutter then box you everything you don’t use frequently and put it in storage for a short while. The towels etc in the bathroom all need to be out of sight except one which can be neatly folded over the bath. The pictures etc need to go. Maybe keep a couple of neutral ones.

Someonesayroadtrip Thu 29-Oct-20 20:41:18

Ummmm ... you really like books then?

If this is genuine then get rid of all the clutter. Paint over the bathroom. Really just put stuff in storage and have the bare minimum out.

Chinam Thu 29-Oct-20 20:41:37

You really, really need to declutter. The bathroom is interesting... Could you make it less so?

MrsJamin Thu 29-Oct-20 20:41:57

I have no idea why you think that amount of clutter on every surface bar the ceiling is acceptable in Rightmove photos. Bizarre.

MrsPworkingmummy Thu 29-Oct-20 20:42:13

I actually really like your style BUT not many others will. It's cosy and welcoming, but, every room is SOOOO cluttered. The photographer should have asked you to move the clutter as he/she was taking each photograph. I think lots of people will be put off by how much work they'll have to do to neutralise the decor.

Puffykins Thu 29-Oct-20 20:42:32

It is genuine! Truly. And oh. I need to do quite a lot of work then....

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Sunflower40 Thu 29-Oct-20 20:42:38

As pp said it's probably the clutter - the photos are so busy I struggled to make out what the rooms were on first glance.
The photo of the balcony adds nothing - ask for that to be removed.
The painted leaves in the bathroom are very personal taste.
Overall I think it's hard to visualise the space without your possessions in it as it's so busy looking.
On the plus side it does look very bright & sunny!

Marbles321 Thu 29-Oct-20 20:42:40

Agree with pp - it's a nice space but hard to see it because of all your things. Can you box up all the books/loose objects and store them away for the photos? And tidy up the balcony a bit. The bathroom is quite quirky and may be off putting to those who just want to move straight in. I also wonder if its the proximity to the train line - I'm in London and looking and won't usually consider anywhere that backs onto a train line. Not much you can do about that obviously, but is it reflected in the price?

OnTheBenchOfDoom Thu 29-Oct-20 20:42:41

You cannot see the bones of the property due to the amount of stuff you have. Literally every surface is covered and people have no imagination.

You need to make it easy for them to imagine themselves in the space and most people would struggle.

Hire a storage unit and pack up a lot of, well, most of it. You are going to be having to pack anyway so you may as well start now.

angelopal Thu 29-Oct-20 20:43:03

Looks really cluttered which suggests no storage. Also agree about the bathroom.

PlanBea Thu 29-Oct-20 20:43:26

I agree with PP, it's hard to see the flat behind all the belongings. Particularly the kitchen looks really small because of the bookcase, could you shift it out of the way for a photo at least?

I wouldn't like a second/child's bedroom with a door to a balcony. Could you swap the beds around and show the second bedroom as a double?

Picture 9 doesn't really do any favours for the balcony, I'd take that one down. Could you post a picture of the communal garden? I'd only read the description if the pictures intrigued me, and I'd have missed the garden space if you hadn't said in your post.

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