10 Things You Didn’t Know About HGTV’s Unsellable Houses


HGTV just premiered episodes of its series “Unsellable Houses“. “Unsellable Houses” is also available to stream online. Based on the Canadian, British and Australian versions of the show “Unsellable”, “Unsellable Houses” will have expert realtors and property experts help families sell their homes that have been on the market for a long time. Often sellers are desperate. Their house has been on the market a long time and they need to move it fast. They don’t have time or money to make large scale changes to their homes to get it sold. While the real estate market is currently improving, why are some houses just not selling? Here are 10 things you didn’t know about “Unsellable Houses”.

1. It’s based on the British series “Unsellable”

The United Kingdom aired its version of the Canadian hit realty show “Unsellable” on BBC One in the spring of 2009. The show was hosted by realtor Sofie Allsopp & property expert John Rennie. Allsopp also hosted the Canadian version of “Unsellable”. Sophie Allsopp has a company that specializes in helping sellers and buyers with sales negotiations, moving and settling into a new home. “Unsellable” is also available through HGTV online.

2. What does the show teach us

Television shows like “Unsellable” and “Unsellable Houses” can teach people trying to sell their house a lot. On the show, the property experts and realtors point out important things that are easily fixable in order to sell a home. Although a lot of things that are holding back a house sale can’t be fixed, certain things can. Small changes don’t have to be costly and can help move a house quicker.

3. What things can’t be changed

Certain things can’t be changed to help sell a home and some things can be costly. Some unchangeable or costly changes include a home’s location and its architecture. You certainly can’t change the house’s location. Is it near an airport or near a railroad? No one wants to live in a home with excessive noise. Who wants to live in the center of a flight path or have a railroad track running through their back yard? A home’s architecture and structural problems can’t be changed easily. Who wants to live in a home with low ceilings or no natural light?

4. What can be changed

While somethings are impossible to change when trying to sell your home, there are many things that can be easily changed and doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. Curb appeal is essential to getting a home sold. The front yard is the first thing that’s noticed by prospective buyers. Clean up your yard. Plant some flowers. Repaint the house if necessary.

5. Working with a realtor

“Unsellable Houses” shows the importance of working with a good real estate agent. An experienced realtor will instantly know why the house isn’t selling. Is the asking price too high? What small fixes can make a big difference to get the house sold? Is your real estate agent easily accessible by you and available to schedule showings?

6. What can you do to help sell your house

Often there are things the seller is doing that make a home unsellable. It’s not a good idea for the seller to be present at showings or open houses. While you may feel the right to be present, you really shouldn’t talk directly to potential buyers. You may offer unnecessary information. Sellers often have the need to stretch the truth about home features which is never a good idea. If you have a good real estate agent, he or she should be able to handle prospective buyers’ questions professionally.

7. What else can you do to sell your house

There are many things you can do to enhance the sale of your home. “Unsellable Houses” teaches us good tricks that are simple and mostly inexpensive. Don’t leave your home cluttered for showings. While your house is on the market you should always keep your home neat and clean. It’s a good idea to purge your house of unnecessary clutter before you put it on the market. If your décor is outdated, you may want to give it an update. Pet odors can also be a problem. If you have pets, you’ll need to regularly clean up after them. When selling a house you can expect to constantly dust and vacuum. “Unsellable Houses” helps you find ways to easily turn a negative selling point into a positive one.

8. Other reasons a house won’t sell

There are a number of reasons that a house won’t sell. While some can be fixed, some cannot. Like poor location or bad architecture and floor plan are impossible to improve without costing a lot of money, a death in the home (which must be disclosed) or environmental problems like flooding or mold can mean you’ll need a really desperate buyer or work with home investors.

9. What type of episodes can we expect

There are several episodes of “Unsellable Houses” that will air and take us around the country. The sellers are often desperate and in dire need of help to get their houses sold. They may already have another house to buy. Their houses have been listed for months with no hopeful activity.

10. Will “Unsellable Houses” be a success

HGTV and its variety of home improvement shows are popular with viewers. Although there are a lot of home renovation shows available, “Unsellable Houses” is unique. While the series offers people trying to sell their house tips, the show also offers some valuable advice on updating any home’s looks with some inexpensive and quick fixes. Even if you’re not trying to sell your home, you can learn many tricks to update your house for you to continue to live in.

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