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A modern living room with two sofas, a two glass of wine and a chessboard above a table

Welcome to Wednesday and the third in my series themed on Wimbledon.

In his book, Adapt – Why Success Always Starts With Failure – Tim Harford explains we must adapt—improvise rather than plan, work from the bottom up rather than the top down, and take baby steps rather than great leaps forward, in order to achieve success. Thus our great tennis players are constantly adapting in order to improve their games, often one tiny step at a time. Only by losing a point or a game can they re-evaluate, review, adapt and apply a new technique. In other words, without failure, there can be no success.

If your house is languishing on the market, with no viewers in sight, it is very easy to become disheartened and disillusioned with the entire selling process. It certainly isn’t often easy, especially when you are selling a unique home. Maureen O’Hara once said, “To cope, people need to be certain enough to act and uncertain enough to learn”, in other words, to have the courage of your convictions whilst still being humble enough to accept you may need advice and help.  Not an easy conflict to deal with.

If you don’t have any viewings, review your marketing, and make some small changes to effect overall large improvements; if you have plenty of viewings but no offers, critique your home; maybe commission a professional home stager. If you are getting offers but they are below your target sale price, read up on negotiation skills, or even engage a professional homebuyer to negotiate on your behalf. In short – raise your game, and adapt, adapt, adapt.

If you’d like my help to sell your home more effectively, please answer a few short questions here and if I think I can help you, I’ll be in touch.

Pillows and a blanket on a bed with a lamp on top of a table, and a single couch chair inside the bedroom.

Well done Andy!!  I think I speak for the entire nation when I say that I was very proud of our ‘grumpy Scot’ yesterday. I think my whole village heard my shouts of delight when that ball went in the net and the trophy was ours after 77 years!

Britain’s Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon Championship

So as a tribute to our success, I decided to write a series of 5 posts with Wimbledon as a theme for the HomeTruths’ blog! Not such a contrived proposition as you might first think! Today’s post is all about:


To be seeded in tennis, the levels of determination required are intense. Practice, review, and practice again; repeat ad infinitum. It’s this persistence and tenacity that really sets apart the professional sportsperson and without it, they cannot hope to achieve success.

When you are selling your home, you need to display a dogged persistence in the face of adversity. Viewers will fail to show up, agents won’t call you back, lots of people will make negative comments about your lovely home, and throughout it all, you have to rise above it, and carry on regardless, and try to keep a smile on your face besides. Only by picking yourself up and still making sure your property is looking at its very best for each and every viewing can you, in turn, hope to achieve success. Many sellers fall by the wayside: statistically less than half of sellers actually sell their homes through their original agent, and over 15% just give up. It takes determination, perseverance,  and a certain amount of stubbornness to stick to your asking price, and keep your chin up, but if you do this, eventually you will sell!

If you’d like my help to sell your home more effectively, please answer a few short questions here and if I think I can help you, I’ll be in touch.