If you want your home to sell quickly, you need to know which areas are most likely to make it attractive to buyers.
Otherwise, you might be looking at it sitting for a while – even in a hot real estate market. This could prevent you from jumping on the home of your dreams, or otherwise delaying the start of a new chapter in your life.
Here are our top ten tips for getting your home to sell quickly:
1. Price It Right—The First Time
First things first: you’re going to want to know the sales prices of similarly sized homes in your neighborhood. This will give you an idea of what your home can sell for.
Sometimes pricing your home in line with appropriate “comps” might help attract multiple offers; as opposed to setting the price too high and receiving no offers.
Just remember that the price of your home is going to depend on what buyers are willing to pay, and that depends on the current market.
BeenVerified’s address lookup gives you access to data including property values, sales prices, loans, deed history – a potentially helpful tool for pricing your home.
2. Hire The Right Agent
Ideally one who’s tech-savvy, with a successful track record of sales of homes like yours, in your neighborhood.
The right agent will be able to give you insights such as average DOM (days on market) and provide helpful tips for selling your home more quickly than average.
Take out the family photos, memorabilia and keepsakes that make your home personalized.
It’s harder for buyers to imagine themselves living in the home if it has all your personalized belongings in there.
You can put that stuff in a storage unit for now.
4. Improve Curb Appeal
There’s nothing like a good first impression.
Make sure your lawn in mowed, the flowers have been watered, the driveway and exterior walls are clean, etc.
An attractive outside will make buyers more interested to see the inside.
5. Hire A Pro Photographer
Step away from the camera phone.
Online services like Trulia, Zillow and Redfin play a huge part in attracting prospective buyers to your doorstep.
Redfin found that professionally photographed homes are (1) more likely to sell in general, (2) sell for more money, and (3) sell faster than homes with amateur listing photos.
Your top-rated agent should be able to recommend a good, professional real estate photographer.
6. Do Small Upgrades
If you’re able to, making small upgrades can do wonders for getting your home to sell.
Things like changing the door handles, giving your walls a fresh coat of paint or adding a flower bed by the front door can really enhance the appearance of your home without getting yourself into a big project.
7. Clean Up
A dirty home is unwelcoming. A clean home is inspiring.
Hire a cleaning service or put on those gloves and DIY. Either way, cleaning up your home before showing it to buyers is critical.
8. Take Your Pets Out
Just because you’re a dog or cat lover, doesn’t mean a buyer is. In fact many prospective buyers could have pet allergies and some might even refuse to see homes where pets are present.
If you are serious about selling your home quickly, consider vacating it along with your pets to a short-term rental to ensure that deep cleaning makes an enduring difference.
9. Stage It
Once you have taken out your personal possessions, it might benefit you to hire a home stager, or stage the home yourself. That means setting up the home with furniture and décor that helps buyers visualize living in the home.
You may even consider painting non-neutral colored walls to bring them into lone with what a typical buyer might expect.
The Real Estate Staging Association found that “staged homes spend 90 percent less time on the market than their nonstaged competition.”
10. Utilize Social Media
Share a post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that your home is for sale. Social media can help to amplify the news.
Ask friends and family to help by sharing your post, too.
Follow these tips and your home should sell faster!