Selling your home is nerve-wracking--even under the best of circumstances. However, add into the mix a short timeline and things become a bit more interesting.
There is good news: Buyers are snapping up homes across the US at warp speed. So, if you’re considering selling your home, now might be a great time to list it on your local real estate market.
Using these seven tips along with the right real estate agent can help speed up the sale of your home and still provide top dollar.
The Price is Right Getting your listing price right from the beginning is so important to selling your home quickly and for a realistic price. If you start with a price that is too high, your house can sit unsold, and you’ll lose money in the long run. Your real estate agent should provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA) to set a competitive price based on recent sales in your area.
Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal There’s nothing like creating a great first impression—especially when you’re selling a home. Curb appeal is essential to drawing people to your home, so make sure yours shines. Add flowers that bring color to the space, paint the front door and clean up the lawn. Make the home as attractive as possible for those who drive by because this will cause them to stop and schedule a showing. If a potential buyer does a drive by and is not impressed with what he sees, he's not going to take the home seriously when considering his prospects.
Give Your Home a Fresh Face Make your home appear more up-to-date and on trend with current home styles. Paint walls, add new fixtures and plant fresh landscaping. These are all low cost items, but can help fetch a higher price in the long run.
Clear the Clutter Make your home appear larger and more inviting to home buyers by removing excess knickknacks and excess furniture. You are going to be moving soon anyway, so take the time now to remove the clutter and pack it away for now. This will make your home look larger and more inviting, and it will also make it easier to keep it clean.
Don’t Make It Personal Your home may be your castle, but when you are selling your home it needs to be as neutral as possible. Take down the kid's art, family photos and collections that are important to you, but not to anyone else. The goal is for the house to look like a model home, so buyers can imagine their life in your home.
Make it Sparkle Deep clean your home from top to bottom when you’re listing it for sale. If you have the budget for a cleaning service, that might be a wise investment, but do everything in your power to keep the home clean at all times.
Hire a Professional Photographer Consider hiring a professional real estate photographer to take the images for your online listings. Most people are going to "tour" a home online before they schedule an in-person tour, so make sure your home looks its best. High-quality images may be an investment, but they will pay big dividends when you sell your home quickly and for a good price. (We are paying for your professional photographer)
Selling your home isn't always easy, but it doesn't have to be time consuming either. With the right steps, you can sell your home quickly and avoid the drama of endless days on market.