How to Sell Your House Quickly and Easily
Before you put that "for sale" sign on your house, you'll want to make sure you've done everything possible to bring a quick sale for the best price. Don't make rookie mistakes that can cost you time, money, and a lot of frustration. Get your home ready for sale the right way and have everything in place to put you on the path to home sale success. Just follow these expert tips and before you know it, you'll be signing on the dotted line and happily finalizing the sale of your home.
Here's what you need to do to sell your home quickly, easily and without stress.
1. Improve your home's curb appeal.
You know what they say: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When potential home buyers drive up to your home, that is the first impression that they will get about your house, so make sure it's a good one. When your home is on the market, it's crucial that your lawn is mowed, your patios and decks are clean, and that your landscaping is well maintained.
Walk out onto your driveway or street and take an honest look at your home. What do you see? What catches your eye? Does it look like it needs attention or does it look like it has been well-maintained? Sometimes you are just used to what your home looks like and that makes it hard to be objective. Don't be afraid to take suggestions and recommendations from friends, realtors and potential home buyers who are looking at it with a fresh eye.
Curb appeal is what draws buyers in, helps maintain their interest, and sets your home apart from the competition. Remember that unless you’re willing to discount a home’s price well below market value, prospective homebuyers generally won’t want to buy a house that looks like it needs a lot of work.
2. Make repairs and small upgrades.
You really don't want to invest in major upgrades if you're preparing to sell your home. If you put $30,000 into upgrades that doesn't mean your home value is increasing by $30,000. Remodeling your home has its benefits, but don't count on the pay off you'd expect. And if you're looking to sell your home in a timely manner, major renovations and upgrades are just not the way to go and don't always guarantee the additional profits one might hope for.
Instead, address any repairs that need your immediate attention or would cause an issue for the home buyer. The vast majority of buyers make a purchase offer that’s contingent upon receiving a satisfactory report from a certified home inspector. Why? Well, most home lenders require it, and also may require additional inspections—such as a termite report—depending on the state where you live. So, don’t try to ignore necessary repairs that would be a red flag to a home inspector or a mortgage company. These include major problems such as an outdated electrical system or a leaky roof, as well as minor ones such as sticky windows and leaky faucets. These are the things you should focus your time and energy on addressing and fixing.
Choose to make small upgrades like replacing the kitchen sink faucet or updating an old water heater in place of any major remodels. If you have a sorely outdated kitchen or bathroom, you’ll generally come out ahead by discounting the asking price, so a buyer can choose their own finishes.
3. Clean, declutter and depersonalize your home.
After you've improved the curb appeal of your house and made the necessary repairs and upgrades, it's time to get your house ready to show! But before you can schedule an open house or invite potential buyers into your home, you need to do a few really important things.
First, clean your home really well. Make your house sparkle and shine from top to bottom. Potential home buyers will be looking at everything, everywhere. They'll open cabinets, look under sinks, and open closet doors. You want your home to be impeccably clean to be show ready.
Second, you want to depersonalize your home. Remove your family portraits, your quirky artwork and wall hangings, and any really bold or vibrant paint colors that may not appeal to the masses. Your goal is to create a soothing space that allows buyers to visualize their own family and lifestyle in the home—not yours.
Lastly, you must declutter the rooms in your home. Less is more here. Simplify and neutralize your home as if it were a model home, because that’s exactly what it is while it’s on the market. If you have to, rent a storage unit to declutter and remove excess trinkets and closet junk—it’ll be worth it in the end. Or if you can live without the extra stuff, then go ahead and take the next step and just get rid of it. This makes it easier to freshen up the paint on interior walls and tone down any bright colors with off-white or beige.
Make your home a clean, welcoming, blank canvas that any buyer can visually paint their own dreams upon. It won’t feel like your home for a little while, but this is only temporary. Once you sell your house and move into your next place, you can decorate any way you like and create your new space just the way you like it.
4. Price your house competitively.
This is one of the biggest mistakes many home sellers make. They either overprice or underprice their home from the start and then are stuck with the consequences. Choosing the right listing price is one of the most important tips for selling your home quickly. If your home is priced too low, you’ll obviously leave money on the table; and if it’s too high, you’ll get few offers and watch it get stale on the market.
This is where a good real estate agent comes in. An experience, professional realtor will save you both time and money. Since a real estate agent is paid a percentage of your selling price, it’s in his or her best interest to price it perfectly. They want to earn the highest commission possible, but they also want to earn a commission within a reasonable amount of selling time. Real estate pros know the local market like the back of their hands, and will review comparable sales to make sure you set a realistic price right from the get-go.
5. Be ready to sell at the right time.
If you're trying to sell in a hurry, you may not have the luxury of waiting for the right time or the high buying season. That's okay. You do what you've got to do to get your house on the market when you need to. However, if possible, try to align your home sale to fit in with the buying season to up your chances of more buyers and a quicker sale overall.
Historically, spring is the most popular home-buying season. The weather is good, and families with kids can make a smooth transition during the upcoming summer break. So while serious home buyers will shop year-round, consider having your property spruced up and ready to sell by March or April if you can.
6. Let the professionals help.
It may be tempting to want to do it all yourself, but honestly it is best practice to let professionals in the field help you make this a stress-free, streamlined process where the goal is to sell your home as quickly as possible and for the price you want. From professional photos and expert marketing to getting your home listed and shown, the right real estate professionals are worth their weight in gold.
You want to highlight and showcase all your home has to offer and market it in the right places to ultimately attract the most potential pool of buyers. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a leg up on the local competition and attract as many buyers as possible, for the right price. Interested in learning more? You can read more tips on how to sell your home fast in any real estate market here.
Don't carry the burden solely on your shoulders. Realtors, real estate agencies, professional photographers and stagers, and others can make your home selling journey the best it can be. We're here to help!
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