9 Reasons Homes Don’t Sell on a Hot House Market

We may be in a seller’s market in 2021, but as with all things, a shift is bound to come eventually. Even now, a “hot house market” doesn’t mean it’s hot for every seller/house out there. With that in mind, we’ve put together some of the most common reasons folks find themselves pulling out their hair while asking that fateful question, “Why won’t my house sell?!?” Here are nine potential answers — nine obstacles that could be getting in the way of your perfect buyer and those closing papers.

9 Reasons You’re Having Trouble Selling on a Hot House Market

A hot house market isn’t hot for everyone. As a general rule of thumb, if your home isn’t move-in ready, you may still have trouble selling. As we’ll see, only half or so of the topics on this list are renovation or repair issues. So buckle up for a few curveballs you might not have considered!

Location (…location, location)

We all know how important this is. That’s why we tend to say it three times. It’s also why it goes first on this list. Several of the other difficulties homeowners experience when trying to sell can be traced back to location in some way.

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Why can’t I sell my house? Well… where is it located?

Outdated Style

If there’s one thing that doesn’t ever seem to stick around, it’s the latest fashion. Just ask the spirits of shag carpeting and bell bottom jeans. The nature of ever-shifting trends can definitely haunt homeowners when it comes time to sell. It makes sense when you think about it though. what if (hopefully this is a hypothetical for you…) your walls were bright pink? It’s kind of a big ask for potential buyers to “just imagine” that the home is instead coated, perhaps, in a more on-trend shade of urbane bronze.

An outdated kitchen is another place where outdated style can be an issue. A real estate agent might insist you make upgrades here in order to be competitive in your listing. There are, however, ways around dealing with the requirements of real estate agents.

Damp Basements

A basement doesn’t have to be haunted by a boogeyman to scare off buyers. While your buyer may have no problem buying a home with an unfinished basement, a wet basement is definitely a reason homes don’t sell. So make sure that sump pump is in good working order!

School District

Securing access to a good educational system is obviously a priority for those with school-aged children and those who expect to start a family down the road. According to Matt Woods’ article in SOLD, if you have time to invest, a willingness to be reasonable about price, and you’re ready to work for it, you should be able to market your home for a successful sale. Granted, the concession on price may be a non-starter for many sellers.

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Major Repairs

Foundation or roof problems in particular can be a nightmare. These will often require an expensive upfront investment from the seller in order to even list on the market.

Bad Neighbors

Ask a landlord how they feel about unruly tenants and you’ll either get a long sigh that says “Let’s not” or you’ll witness a human being quite literally short circuit in front of your very eyes.

Bad neighbors can cause problems for would-be sellers too. While it’s unlikely that Bill from down the street will scare off a would-be buyer through the power of his questionable personality, the inattention he pays to his property just might. No one wants to move in next to the home with the unicorn statue and trash strewn about the lawn.

Nearby Construction

This one can be extra frustrating because you never know when the city will decide you need a new traffic light system right at the entrance to your neighborhood. While there’s nothing you can do to stop construction on a project, if you’re able to ascertain the estimated timetable, you can at least offer that information to interested buyers to show that there is an end date in sight.

Seven construction workers standing on the roof of a building being built.

Home Surrounded by Commercial Property

Like several of the other reasons homes don’t sell above, there’s not a whole lot you can do if a strip mall or industrial park pops up in your backyard. Even in a hot house market, folks may be reluctant to buy if the area feels too noisy, crowded, or overrun.

Lack of Economic Opportunity

The rise of remote work may mitigate some of the geographic pressures of landing a job. But if there’s no decent economic potential in your home’s vicinity, that will still deter folks who work in most industries. Like we alluded to at the start, unsellable homes are often in bad locations.

So What If I Have an Unsellable Home?

While there are a variety of reasons homes don’t sell, few homes are truly unsellable. Even if you’re having trouble listing on a hot house market, you still have a few choices.

A tiny birdhouse hanging — proof that not everything sells in a hot house market.
Do you have a traditionally unsellable home?

I Can’t Sell My House, What Are My Options?

Some people opt to put in the time and renovate a home to sell it. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, this can be risky. Since hiring contractors isn’t always the best solution (either because it costs too much or the timeline is undesirable) folks with fixer-uppers may want to consider calling local renovators.

How to Sell a Fixer-Upper Home Fast

A reputable local buyer is often the fastest way to sell an “unsellable home.” For homeowners wondering “Why can’t I sell my house?” who look at this list and see that several of these nine causes apply to them, a local home buyer could be the next option you haven’t yet considered. Give us a call, connect with us on Facebook, or learn more about what we do for communities and homeowners in this video with Fox 28.

Selling a House During the Pandemic

If you’re wondering what is the best method for selling a house during the pandemic, Upward Home Solutions has a service to help you.

These are stressful and uncertain times. First and foremost, I’d like to extend our best to you and your family. Our top priority is promoting public health and safety. Together, we hope you are taking the necessary precautions along with us to stop the coronavirus in its tracks. 

selling a house during the pandemic of COVID 19

Unfortunately, the fear and fallout surrounding this pandemic are not confined even to our physical wellbeing. For many in our community, this situation is also a financial concern.

Many homeowners are realizing that finding a realtor and listing on the MLS has never been more difficult than it is right now.  When you list with a realtor, you are contracting with someone to help you sell your home. Upward Home Solutions works differently. We want to buy your home. We will give you cash for my house.

For homeowners, selling a house during the pandemic presents some unique problems. We buy your house.

Here’s some good news for homeowners:

Home prices remain strong despite a very volatile stock market. Equity in homes has never been higher. Selling real estate is still a viable option, despite it being difficult to find a realtor and go through that whole process for selling a house during the pandemic.

At Upward Home Solutions, we believe that now, more than ever, the first priority of any business should be to lift up its community. We understand the constraints that a tough market can put on a homeowner’s wallet. So if our services can help you with selling a house during the pandemic, we want to hear from you. 

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What is the process of selling a house during the pandemic?

If you were counting on selling in the near future, you might be wondering how in the world to do that now. Many things have changed about selling a house during the pandemic.

Upward Home Solutions remains in a unique position to buy your home quickly. We can streamline the process and put cash in your hand when you really need it—no waiting on bank approvals or inspections. We’ll close on your timeline, in as little as a couple weeks. 

We are buying houses, and people are still selling a house during the pandemic. New procedures keep you and your family safe while eliminating stress and uncertainty.

Rental Properties

Many landlords have been watching governmental developments. Those relying on rental property income for their own bills may have trouble with the moratorium on evictions. The laws seem to change weekly. It’s a headache keeping up with all the new rules.

We get it. Selling a house during the pandemic is a tricky situation.

If you are a landlord and you’re wondering about selling a house during the pandemic, UHS is in a position to purchase property regardless of occupancy or lease status. We will assume your risk and all that goes with it. 

How we are adjusting our services for selling a house during the pandemic:

As mentioned above, health and safety remain priority number one. Thankfully, UHS is able to limit and do away with the need for close proximity as we fight the spread of this virus. When selling a house during the pandemic, you will want to be extra careful.

If you’re curious about your options with UHS, we’ll get you on a phone call with Amy, who can answer any questions you have and outline our process in more detail to help you with selling a house during the pandemic.

greetings when selling a house during the pandemic

After a quick greeting with Tim at your appointment, don’t be offended when he keeps his distance. We’re being very cognizant of health protocol. Tim’s car will remain stocked with hand sanitizer and wipes, and you have our word that he won’t go on any appointments if he or anyone in his family is feeling unwell. Tim always wears a face mask to every appointment.

Tim will take photos and videos of your house so that we can assess value without sending anyone else to walk through your property. However, we are also offering two alternatives to in-person appointments.

  1. We can make “curb offers” where we don’t even have to come into the house. 
  2. Homeowners can leave keys for us in a lockbox and we can go through when no one else is there. 
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Tim Smith

As always, meeting with Tim and getting an offer doesn’t mean you have to sell your house to us. We would never pressure you into doing something that isn’t right for you. Our business has always been based on trust. Meeting with Tim simply gives you one more option that you didn’t have before for selling a house during the pandemic.

If you need a fast house sale, we can finish the purchase of your house in less than a week.

Homeowners do not even have to show up in person to the closing. 

We use digital signatures for the contracts and for closing documents. Recently, Upward Home Solutions purchased a home from a man who lives in the Caribbean. We never met the homeowner in person. Nonetheless, we were able to use a notary in his home country, digital signatures, and a wire transfer for payment.

At the end of the day, selling a house from a remote location is always difficult. Selling a house during the pandemic is even harder. Fortunately, Upward Home Solutions is an expert in non-traditional sales.

We’re In This Together

Stay safe, stay strong. If there’s anything our business can do to help you, please let us know. Selling a house during the pandemic is a unique situation. Nonetheless, we have many ways to help.

We built Upward Home Solutions on a belief in community and on finding ways to serve ours. If we can help in your situation, please let us know.    

Amy is ready to answer your call. She will explain our process for selling a house during the pandemic.

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More About Upward Home Solutions

Upward Home Solutions has been helping homeowners since 2005. We have bought hundreds of houses in Columbus, OH. If you want to sell my house fast, there’s no company with more experience and professionalism. UHS is Central Ohio’s #1 company for buying homes from people who are selling a house during the pandemic.

Maybe you have seen the “we buy houses” signs. That’s not us. Our business is built on relationships. Our best source of houses comes from referrals.

You can read reviews from happy clients.

Selling a house during the pandemic is safest with Upward Home Solutions. So if you’re wondering, How can I sell my house online? we’re here to help.

We specialize in difficult situations. Realtors are wonderful, but they aren’t right for everyone. When selling a house during the pandemic, selling to cash buyers like Upward Home Solutions may be your best option.

My situation is unique

We work with homeowners in unique situations everyday. Tim S is amazing when with working with families or couples who disagree on what should be done with the home.

UHS buys inherited houses that are in probate. We can help with the transition to senior care or a nursing home.

If you owe taxes or have liens, we can help. If your house is messy, you can take what you want and leave the rest. You can sell my house as is fast.

Upward Home Solutions can make selling a house during the pandemic less stressful, emotionally, and financially.

Find A House, Get $$: Our Referral Program

Find A House, Get $$: Our Referral Program

We pay you for each and every referral that leads to a sale.

Upward Home Solutions is looking for people who want to partner with us in our mission to revitalize neighborhoods, one house at a time.

Know of a house in need of a fix-up? You don’t have to own it and it’s easy to submit a lead. Click here to get started.

Columbus’ Own Fixer Upper Couple


Have you ever wondered where the Fixer Upper power couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, find the houses for their business? They have a network of people who are constantly searching for their next flip. Of all those homes, they then choose one that has good bones, lots of potential, and a fair asking price.

The Owners, Tim and Katie

Tim and Katie are the fixer-upper power-couple in Central Ohio, and they’re looking for their next renovation. But they need help.

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Tim and Katie

Do You Know A House That Fits These Descriptions?

**Do you know of a vacant house in your neighborhood? The windows are always dark, no one shovels the sidewalk in the winter or mows the grass in the summer. You don’t remember how long it’s been since you’ve seen a car in the driveway.

**Maybe you have an uncle who is retired. He lives alone and hasn’t done much to the house since he bought it 30 years ago. There is wallpaper in the hall and a pink sink in the bathroom. Your uncle has been talking about how nice it would be to buy a condo in Florida and be a beach bum, but something is holding him back.

**Or perhaps you have a good friend who owns a rental house. At girl’s night out, she was talking again about how freakin’ hard it is to find a good tenant. Her husband hates spending weekends doing handyman jobs at the property and it’s stressing them both out. They like the income, but there’s just too much going on right now to handle it all.

We want to hear from you!

Upward Home Solutions has services to fit every need.

We buy houses as-is so people don’t have to fix them up. Even better, they can take the stuff they want and leave the rest.

Our company uses technology to help people who have mobility issues or live out of state. We recently bought a house from a man who lives in the Caribbean. He did not have to travel back to Ohio for the closing, saving him time and money. Moreover, our title agency will come to you, even if that means driving to meet you at a nursing home.

We recently had one elderly couple who were ready to move on to the next stage in their lives. We were thrilled to be able to offer a win-win solution, and check out the amazing transformation we put their house through!

And many of these amazing properties come to us from our network of friends, Realtors, and through social media.

How It Works

1. Send Us The Info

You give us as much info as you know about the house. At a minimum, we need a property address. If you know the name, phone number, and/or email address for the owner, that’s even better. But don’t worry if you don’t have the owner’s contact information. We can figure that out.

Email information to Upward@614Houses.com

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Submit the information on this form.

Be sure to include your contact information because we will tag the lead with your name. That’s how we know who to pay!

2. We will take it from there.

We’ll contact the homeowner. If the homeowner is interested in selling, we will set up an appointment to visit the house and make an offer.

3. If they accept the offer, Upward Home Solutions will give you $100.

You get your choice of a Cameron Mitchell gift card, an Amazon gift card, or cash. We will get in touch with you and ask you how you would like to receive your gift.

It’s that easy! One email or phone call is all it takes to get the process started.

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Check out our Referral Program FAQ or give us a call if you have any further questions!