How to Sell Your Home Fast

Setting the right price and making an excellent first impression are key to attracting buyers. But what else can you do to get plenty of offers quick? Here are 10 tips to help you sell your home fast!

  1. Price it right from the start. Here’s the trick: If you price it high in the beginning and then lower it later if the house fails to sell, it can result in a slower sale which isn’t attractive to buyers as your house has been in the market too long, and result in a lower price. The first 30 days on the market is typically the busiest activity you’ll experience. If the price is too high, you’ll scare off buyers and their agents assuming you’re not serious or unwilling to negotiate.
  2. Work on your curb appeal. Add new sod, planters, paint the front door, replace the mailbox. It’s the first impression you don’t want to mess up. Driving into the driveway and walking into that front door sets the expectations. 
  3. Update the interior and exterior. Get new fixtures, update the landscaping, paint the walls. It’s got to be on par with current market expectations. Remember that you’ve got competition out there. 
  4. Clean and declutter. Move things out because the fewer things are in the home, the more spacious it will look. Remove all personal items such as family photos, mementos, knick knacks, posters. Make it look like a clean slate to help prospective buyers visualize what they will do with the space once it’s theirs.
  5. Stage the home. Professional stagers are skilled to show how the rooms are supposed to be used. When they see an odd room, an alcove off the kitchen, they know to stage it as an office or a pantry, for example. This is what they’re good at. They also use furniture with neutral colors and may add modern pieces, or a center piece – all to help increase the value of your home. 
  6. Make the property easy to show.  The more flexible you are about visits, the more people will be able to see your home. Know that prospective buyers are busy too, so be ready to show early in the morning, at night, on weekends, at short notice. Also, leave the house when the house is being shown so that buyers can feel free to check out everything, and comment, and talk to their agents frankly, without feeling like intruders.
  7. Remove your pets. Also remove your pets’ things, their toys, litter boxes (if any), paraphernalia. Some buyers might be allergic, some not pet-friendly, some germaphobes. If a prospective buyer can’t tell that a pet lives in the home, then you’ve done good.
  8. Put up your listing on all the major online portals. This is typically your agent’s job, but double-check it was done, go to all places buyers shopping for homes will visit – Zillow, Trulia, etc. Also check your agent’s website, Facebook and other social media, as your agent and your agent’s broker should have your listing up on their Facebook business pages. Google your address listing and see what comes up.
  9. Make sure your listing has great photos. Most homebuyers decide which homes they want to see based off of the photos, so make sure the photos are hi-res, not pixelated, and the photos are appealing.
  10. Read the actual listing. A good listing has good wording on the property description, neighborhood information, public transportation information, nearby recreation, etc. You’re marketing the home, the neighborhood, the lifestyle.
Source: US News, Real Estate US News

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