Selling a house can be a tedious, emotional rollercoaster.
If not prepared properly, a house can sit on the market month after month. However, like most people, you probably want to sell your house quickly, and avoid the headache of a drawn-out period on the market.
Fortunately, there are ways to maximize your potency on the market and get your home sold in no time. It will take some groundwork, but you’ll be glad you put in the effort.
Check out these seven great tips to sell your house faster!
1. Hire a Realtor with Solid Experience
While not everyone thinks they need a Realtor, not hiring one often turns out to be a major flaw in their plan to sell their home.
First, there is a lot of work that goes into selling your house and getting it ready to put on the market. While most homeowners are quite capable of doing some of the work themselves, Realtors bring a vast array of knowledge and experience to the table.
Simply put, they know how to sell your house quickly. They know what buyers want to see, the red flags inspectors might throw up, and what makes a home seem more appealing.
Second, Realtors bring another crucial advantage to the equation. They’re not emotionally attached to your home and can, therefore, offer a different perspective. Than can objectively tell you work needs to be done and what your house is worth based on the market, the neighborhood, and of course, the home itself.
Hiring a Realtor to help sell your house takes quite a bit of weight off your shoulders. They handle photos of your home, putting it up on the market, and communication with any buyers and their realtor.
While hiring a Realtor isn’t necessary, it’s an incredibly intelligent idea.
2. Depersonalize the Home and Move Out if Possible
It may not be possible to move out while selling your house, but if you can make it happen, you’ll be better off for it.
First, living in a home that’s on the market means every time it’s shown, you have to pick up and leave. Every time you leave for work, you’ll have to make sure the house is spotless, constantly covering your tracks. Buyers like the warmth of a house that has furniture, but don’t like seeing a wet shower curtain or smelling last nights dinner in the kitchen.
If you can’t move out, it’s time to declutter and depersonalize. You want your house to come off as spacious, clean, and neat. Too much furniture, knick-knacks, and belongings make a house fell crammed and will even give some people anxiety.
Additionally, when you prepare to sell your house, you want to remove anything that’s too personal, such as photographs, awards, certificates, and any art or decor that might be offensive or off-putting. You want your home to feel warm, but neutral.
3. Hire a Home Stager to Sell Your House Faster
If you were able to move out of your home, you don’t necessarily want to leave it empty. When you sell your house, having it professionally staged could help it sell 73% faster.
Professional home stagers have a flair for art, decor, design, and Feng Shui. Their entire job consists of the science of how to make your home feel warmer and more inviting. They will bring in new furniture and decor and arrange it themselves.
If you can spare the extra cost, it could be very well worth it to hire a home stager. Otherwise, here are some quick tips on how to stage your home.
A clean house on the market makes such a better impression than a dirty one.
When buyers first step foot inside your home, they will immediately notice if it isn’t clean. They expect it, and they should. If your home is dirty, they will associate that with how the home was treated before it was on the market.
When you prepare to sell your house, you want to clean it as though your life depended on it. Put your back into it and make sure you hit the following points:
- Scrub the walls, floors, and ceilings
- Shampoo or steam clean any carpet
- Sanitize the bathrooms, getting rid of all odors
- Scrub the toilet, tub, shower, and sink
- Clean the kitchen – fridge, dishwasher, oven, stovetop, microwave, cabinets, pantry, etc.
- Dust and clean all horizontal surfaces – widow sills, door frames, tables, dressers, desks, shelves, etc.
- If your furniture is staying, vacuum it and clean it as best as possible
This is a brief checklist, and surely, there will be more to do. However, it’s vital that your home is clean and tidy.
If you don’t have the time, ability, or inclination to clean your home, you can also hire a cleaning service to do it for you.
5. Create the Best Curb Appeal Possible
Curb appeal is king in the world of real estate.
You know how people say “never judge a book by its cover”, then they do it anyway? The housing market is no different. The exterior of your home, including the lot, is the cover of your home.
You need to give as much attention to your curb appeal as time and ability will allow. Beautiful green grass and well-groomed plants create fantastic appeal to buyers. However, we also recognize that may not be an option for every home.
Just make sure you follow these tips to maximize curb appeal:
- Keep the grass short
- Pull the weeds
- Trim plant overgrowth
- Remove debris, clutter, garbage from outside
- Make sure the sides of the house are clean, wash if necessary
- Clean sidewalks, pathways, driveways, etc
Bonus points for the over-achievers:
- Put a fresh coat of paint on the house
- Update your front door or repaint it
- Plant fresh flowers
A house with poor curb appeal can sell, but if you want to sell your house quickly, curb appeal is a must.
6. Repair and Update
Most homes have small repairs and updates that could really improve their aesthetic appeal as well as push buyers in the right direction.
Small upgrades, such as fresh coats of paint, new door handles, new fixtures, and more are inexpensive and have a charming effect. On the other hand, new flooring can also go a long way, but it’s not always practical or beneficial for a buyer to spend that much on updates.
Small repairs should also be made. These include leaky faucets and pipes, damaged drywall, broken or cracked windows, broken fixtures, etc.
Big repairs may be required to sell your house based on the buyer’s lender, however, sometimes a reduced price can be offered instead.
7. Be Fair and Practical
Finally, to sell your house quickly, you have to become somewhat detached from it.
While you may have favorable memories and emotions tied to the home, your personal affections have no bearing on its monetary value or potential buyers.
Price your home based on the current market. See what other homes in your neighborhood of similar size and quality are selling for. Keep in mind any features such as garages, sheds, patios, outdoor fire pits, pools, etc. that might be different.
Be ready and willing to negotiate and don’t allow yourself to become offended if you get low-ball offers. Do your best to keep your emotions out of it.
Now that I’ve told you what it takes to sell your house faster, get out there and get to work!
Remember, however, that it always helps to have someone in your corner. If you need some professional help and some sage advice, let me know! I’m always happy to help those in need!