We hear this all the time, “I want to sell my house FAST.” We know. We hear you. But there are somethings we need to do, together, to make that happen.
If you’re ready to sell, we’ve put together some tips. Of course, we can’t guarantee a quick sale, but putting these 5 tips into practice definitely won’t hurt your chances of securing a buyer.
1) Tidy Your Home To Make It Stand Out
If you’re looking to sell quickly, you’re going to want to start cleaning, especially before those listing photos are taken. Trust us! Do not take photos of a messy house if you want a fast sale and close to asking price.
Clean. Crisp. Uncluttered houses are most attractive to buyers. This small task will keep the buyers interest and keep the buyer excited to see your home and maybe enough to entice them to possibly make an offer on your home.
That means getting rid of clutter both inside the house and outside and putting some elbow grease into making everything look its best. This includes but is not limited to: inside, outside exterior, your yard, the shed, the garage and even the surrounding area.
Clean your area from top to bottom. Think of your area as the lot you own. If you don’t have time, hire a cleaning company, hire the kid next door to clean up the yard and cut the grass…just make sure everything has a lot of curb appeal.
Wipe down cabinets and drawers, remove any scuffs from the walls, give all kitchen appliances a once-over, clean air vents, shampoo your carpets, and then sweep, vacuum, or mop every inch of the house.
Again, don’t have the time to invest in this. There’s a company for that! Hire one.
2) Stage Your Home
Consider staging your house.
Sometimes sellers are too attached to the house and not able to “remove” items that they are attached to. Again, there are companies that can help with this. Remember, this is a place you are trying to sell. It does not need to be decorated for your taste. Rather, it should appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.
Staging typically takes anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the availability of rental furniture, the movers, and the installers.
Don’t have a lot of time or money, just focus on staging the beds, sofas, tables, chairs, and art—items that make a house feel like a home where people can live and get cozy.
3) Professional Photos Are A Must
It may feel like hiring a professional will be a waste of money; after all, your cellphone has a great camera, right? WRONG! This is a no!
We use some great photographers and trust us, they are worth it!
First impressions are everything (and you get one time to make a first impression) and it needs to be done right. A professional photographer has all the tools to capture the right lighting and make everything look brighter and inviting.
The pros also have wide-angle lenses to fit the entire room in the photo.
4) You (and your home) Need To Be Available 24/7 For Showings
Once everything is staged, pictures are taken and your home it listed, get ready to spend a lot of time away from your home. Once you are gone, buyers and real estate agents can view the property comfortably— without you or your pets wandering around the halls.
Remember: If you own pets, remove them from the home during this time. Ask friends or family members to help you out with your pets during this time.
5) Price Is Right
Staging and marketing your home are important components, but at the end of the day, the amount of money you’re asking buyers to pay could be what seals the deal.
Nothing will overcome a poorly priced home—and a well-priced home can overcome many other issues.
To sell your home fast, your house needs to be priced to compete with the others currently on the market.
As always, if you need help buying or selling a home let us know. We provide a free home evaluation with no obligation.
Gregg Bamford and Ryan Bamford