Real estate markets change drastically depending on where you live. At the moment, the market is so hot in the United States in its entirety that some homeowners are selling their homes before looking for a new place. Just last month, a family in the Washington State sold their home so fast that their real estate agent had to accommodate them. For three months, the family of six — and their dog — lived in their real estate agent’s driveway in an RV.
It’s common for people to find themselves in situations where they need to sell their house urgently. The process of selling a house can be difficult, and the experience frustrating. But there are some clever steps that you and your agent can take towards selling your home fast. We suggest that you don’t invite yourself to live in your agent’s driveway – you don’t have to. Here are a few tips you can follow to make the sale fast — and for the best price.
1- Timing Is Key
You may not always have the luxury of choosing when to sell your house, but if you do, choose the best time to sell. Historically, many people prefer to buy houses during spring. Buying a house during spring means that the family can have a smooth transition to the upcoming summer break, and the weather is good during spring; perfect for moving.
2- Get the Services of a Professional Photographer
When looking for a new home, a potential homebuyer will start by looking at properties listed in local magazines and online sites. Hire a professional photographer to take high-quality images of your home. That way, you will have the best images to accentuate the best features and the selling points of your home.
3- Set a Competitive Price for Your Home
Pricing your home competitively does not mean selling cheaply. It means choosing the right listing price for the property. If you price your home too high, you will not get a lot of offers, and you will probably have to watch your home go stale on the market. On the other hand, pricing your home too low leaves less money on the table. Take all factors into consideration and calculate the most appropriate price for the house.
Depersonalize your home, it may be a little hard to do that, but it helps your house become the blank canvas that potential buyers can easily paint their own dreams upon — clean and welcoming. As long as your house is in the market, it’s a model home. Take your time to neutralize and simplify it by removing vibrant paint colours, quirky art and collectibles, and family photos.
Make the necessary upgrades and repairs to improve your home’s curb appeal before putting it on the market. Major remodels are not necessary, but small upgrades such as updating an old water heater or replacing a kitchen sink faucet are recommended. Address all these repairs and upgrades to avoid having a potential buyer walk out of the deal because the inspector’s report indicates such issues.
6- Keep Entryways Clean and Clutter Free
Keep your home clean and tidy on the outside, especially during wet weather. At the door, have a mat where guests can wipe their shoes and make sure that there are no objects on the way that may trip the visitors on their way in. It paints a good impression and increases the likelihood of selling.
7- Don’t Neglect the Exterior
Do your best to ensure that the property looks well cared for and properly maintained from the outside. Wash the walls and windows to remove any dirt. What the buyer sees within the first few minutes of his/her arrival has a big impact on his/her decision.