There are times when home owners don’t have the luxury of being able to put their house on the market and waiting a few months to see who bites. If you have a new job in a new city or have other reasons to move in a hurry, you need to know how to sell your house fast. There are plenty of dos and don’ts for sellers that can make all the difference for a quick sale. The price is vital, but so is a well-considered, visible listing, a fresh approach to the appeal of the house and its rooms and some touch-ups to the interior and exterior. With these 10 tips for selling your home quickly, you should have a much better chance of finding the ideal buyers in no time.
1) Showcase the potential of every room in the house.
Many houses have a room somewhere that isn’t used to its full potential – such as a tiny third bedroom that has become nothing more than a storage area. Clean it out and consider its worth. Turn it into a study, workroom, home gym, utility room or whatever else makes sense for the placement and size of the space. Giving a room purpose is essential but these rooms also need to be made appealing through modernisation and depersonalisation.
2) Modernize your home where possible.
You may think that the interior decoration of a home is not that important when you are trying to sell in a hurry, because surely the new home owner is just going to rip it all out and start again. Buyers may not always want a new home in a new build, but they don’t want a home that seems to be stuck in a past decade either. A new paint job and some affordable fresh touches can make all the difference and this is also the case with the exterior.
3) Consider the curb appeal of the home as well.
Some modern landscaping, such as some work on the driveway and front lawn, could provide the ideal first impression in addition to modern interior design could help in selling your home quickly. Opinions on a home begin once the viewers pull up – not when they walk in – so adding curb appeal through a bit of gardening, a new mailbox or a simple coat of paint could make a massive difference if you want to sell your home fast.
4) Modernize, but also depersonalize.
Modernisation is a start, but it is all about that clean, fresh feel that viewers can latch onto and work with. You want to make the rooms as inviting as possible for the new owner and provide them with a starting point, a blank canvas that they can imagine themselves living in. This means removing just enough clutter and personal effects to make it seem as though any family could make themselves at home there – not just yours.
5) Depersonalization also means no pets.
If a prospective buyer is not a ‘dog person’, the smell of pets can be off-putting, as can the sight of litter trays, dirty food bowls and hair all over the carpets. That will be their carpet if they buy the property and they want it to be in the best condition. If you are a pet owner that wants to sell your house fast, keep the home as clean and fresh as possible, remove offending items and have a family member take the dog for a walk during the viewing.
6) Make sure your listing is a visible as possible.
Once the house is in the best possible state to sell it quickly, it all comes down to the listings and viewings. Listings may be the responsibility of your agent, but there is no harm in making sure that it is on a many platforms as possible. Make sure that your agent has an attractive, accurate listing on the right website and that they use social media as much as possible. There is a good chance that your ideal buyer may see the property on Facebook rather than the realtor’s website – but they can only do so with highly visible listings.
7) At the same time, make sure your listing is as informative as possible.
A list of details about the property is a great way of making sure that buyers are fully informed about what to expect from the house. You can, however, go a lot further with your information to make sure that buyers really know what they would be buying into. If a couple are new to area, it might be helpful for them to have information on the neighborhood. Highlight the best aspects of the retail and recreational facilities, local schools, transport links and other areas of interest.
8) A picture is worth a thousand words.
Photographs are essential if you want to sell your house fast because they immediately show hopeful owners around a property and give them the incentive to see the rooms and space for themselves. The more photos the better. If you don’t show a room, buyers may assume there is something to hide. Also, take your time to capture the room at its best with a high quality image.
9) Be flexible with viewings.
With a viewing, it is best to put the buyer’s needs before your own. It may be an inconvenience to have strangers inspecting your home at unsociable hours but if you accommodate them and show the house well, they will be more likely to make an offer. Allow people to come in the evenings and on weekends – whatever time suits them best – and give them the time and space to view the rooms and garden properly without hovering over them the whole time.
10) Get the price right.
The last consideration to make when trying to sell your house fast is perhaps the most important of all – the price. It is easy to have a plan of going in high and then negotiating to a lower price once the offers come in, but what if you are desperate to sell and potential buyers end up avoiding the property because they think it is overpriced. A lower, competitive price shows you mean business and is more likely to attract buyers quickly.