Top 15 Tips To Sell Your Home Fast | Stateside Movers
Many of us would like to sell our homes stress-free all while maintaining a delicate time frame. However, there are times where we need to sell our homes faster than normal, rather it is a new job opportunity or family circumstances. In this list, we will put the top 15 tips for selling your home quickly.
1. Deep clean your home before you list it
Since you may be short on time, try to rent a storage unit to put more bulky items away. You may also use them to pack up boxes with items that are not being used. Such as off-season items, picture frames, wall decorations, and other items not being used on a day-by-day basis. Make sure to deep clean the floor and vacuum. If you are on a tight time constraint, consider getting it professionally done to save time. Make sure kitchen cabinets, pantries, and closets are neat and decluttered. Research has shown that buyers see ample storage space as a very important factor when buying a home. So if possible, keep these areas clean and do not overstuff closets, cabinets, attics, basements, and pantries.
2. Pick a selling strategy
You may either sell through a realtor or do For Sale By Owner. (FSBO) For FSBO, although you save on commission costs since you do not have a realtor, you have to be prepared to negotiate like a professional. This may require effective marketing and knowledge of escrow guidelines and contract paperwork. Make sure to check with an attorney that all paperwork was filled out completely and accurately. You may also choose to hire a realtor who will do all of this for you, but there will be a commission fee.
3. Priced to Sell
Do not overprice your home, as this may cause delays in purchasing. Try to price competitively compared to other houses in the area. You may also plan to put the price slightly lower, to rouse up public interest in your home. You may also need to be aware of the fact if it is a buyers or sellers market. You may check on websites such as Zillow to see which category your neighborhood is in. If it is a sellers market, meaning more people selling than buying, your home may likely not be sold in a fast time frame. Finally, take caution on the exact amount you put. For instance, if you price your home on a website at $399,000, many people looking for houses for $400,000 and up, may not see your listing. Other tips for this include, set a timeline to start lowering the price of the home if no offers are coming up, or offer sale incentives when the market is especially slow. Sale incentives include paying the buyer’s closing costs or offer to include a few of your appliances.
4. Take Care of Quick Repairs
Such as leaky faucets, loose door handles, loose tiles, creaking in door hinges, and doing paint patch-ups. If time permits, it is also recommended to paint the inside of the house, fix up or install new hardware in the kitchen, fix light fixtures and outlets, and install new home appliances.
5. Rearrange and Decorate to add Curb Appeal
Consider hiring a stager to help spruce up the interior and exterior of your home. A stager normally brings in their own furniture and decor and helps the home highlight its best features. The exterior is equally important. Work on the outside of the home to highlight curb appeal. Such as landscaping, planting flowers, painting the front door, cleaning up spiderwebs around the front, and sweeping the front porch.
6. Hire a Professional Photographer
While it may be a good money saver to take pictures on your own, photographers have plenty of experience in what makes a picture look warm and welcoming. They will help bring in natural light into the photos, as well as other enhancements to make sure your home looks very attractive to buyers.
7. Depersonalize your home
Remove political and religious items, baby pictures, and also child artwork and trophies. Try to make the home look as neutral as possible. This is a good idea so when a potential buyer is looking around the home, they are reminded of the house and not the personal life of the homeowner. It will also make it easier for the home buyer to imagine themselves living in the home.
8. Try to be flexible in showings
Many active home buyers would like to tour your home as soon as they find the online showing, or at least within 24 hours of seeing it. Requiring a 24-hour notice before arriving may put some buyers off, and may steer them in another direction.
9. Be upfront about the shortcomings of your home
Instead of looking deceitful, mentioning small, subtle shortcomings is a sign of integrity from the homeowner or realtor. Such as a small squeak at a certain spot in the floorboards. That way no one feels their time is being wasted. This also ties into making sure your online listing is an accurate portrayal of your home. Do not put "gourmet kitchen" as a characteristic unless it fits such a description. Pictures on a certain level can look deceptive, so try to be as honest and upfront as possible.
10. Bring in fresh flowers and make the house smell nice
If you have pets, make sure the home is free of pet dander and pet smells. If you have had your cat become territorial and/or upset, and they sprayed sometime in the past, make sure that the spot is extra clean and does not transmit any odor. Fresh flowers are a perfect way to give the home a natural nice smell. Also, open up the windows once or twice a day to let fresh air in. Be wary of using air fresheners, as some home buyers may become disinterested by their overpowering scent.
11. Make sure you are ready to sell your ome
Ask yourself these four questions: Do I have enough equity in the house to sell? Can I afford the costs of selling this home? Am I ready to leave this house behind? If space is the main issue of the house, would it be more economical to do renovations instead of selling? Asking and pondering on the above questions will help you become more confident in whichever decision you choose.
12. Choose the right time to sell your home
If possible, choose to sell in the spring or summer. Since many families would like to move before the school year starts and while the weather is warm. Plus, this makes it easier for home viewings and touch-ups in and outside the house.
13. Utilize technology
If you are selling on your own and not through a realtor, the internet is a great way to list your home. According to studies, almost half of potential home buyers go to the internet first to look for houses. Offer 3D virtual tours if available, and make sure you have good photographs of the home and yard. Also make sure that the characteristics of the home in the description are easy to follow and straight-to-the-point.
14. Use social media
A cost-effective way to advertise your home is to put it on Facebook. Make it shareable so your friends and family will share it. Before you know it, it will be shared perhaps hundreds of times. This is a great way to make your house known to the surrounding area.
15. Bring it all together
It is always good to get a second opinion and to make sure research is done correctly and efficiently. Discuss final matters with a lawyer or realtor, to make sure everything was done right. Make sure all utilities are turned off by your last day, and double-check the house for anything that may get left behind.
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