Only in a perfect world you could put a house on the market, attract a buyer and then sell it for top dollar in less than a day. Everyone wants to sell a house fast! But especially today, that’s not always so easy. First, it is hard to determine if it is a buyer’s or sellers market. It is kind of a mix and it all depends on the property. In a buyers market, you will have to make sure that your house is in its best condition and has nothing that would ale buyer upset. In the seller market, you can slack a little because there would be more than one buyer for the house willing to pay more.
To Sell A House Fast, You Have To Keep the emotions out of the picture, it’s strictly business
Many experts agree that the first step to sell a house fast is to detach yourself from the place. Let go of any attachments you might have to your home. Think of it as “this house” instead of “my home,” to help establish it as an object. It can be easy to reminisce and bring up old memories, especially if it is your first home you are looking to sell. The further along you are in the process of selling, the less room emotions should have to influence your decisions. Take a run around the house, spending a few moments in each room, enjoying the memories you have. And then, make a resolution that you are going to look forward and think about the new memories you are going to make in your new home.
Clean, Make It Shine and Stage!
Then, clean up the place! You will want to make sure that the floors are all swept and vacuumed, the windows are washed, and those pesky dust mites are all cleaned out from on top of and under the furniture. Bring down any cobwebs and make sure that your rooms (especially the lesser used ones) are all smelling fresh. Make sure to clean up any spills or stains on the carpets. Replace or get rid of any stained or damaged rugs, and dust any furniture that might need it. In the bathroom, take some time to shine the faucets and fixtures, clean or replace mildewy shower curtains or doors, and throw up some fresh, nicely folded towels so that the place looks inviting. Remember, in order to sell a house fast, you have to present it in the best possible way!
Declutter and Organize
Take this opportunity to reduce some of the stuff cluttering up the house. If you want to sell a house fast, you have got to make sure it sparkles! When you move, you are going to have to go through everything anyway, so you might as well get a jump start. You can reorganize the closets to make them less stuffed, getting rid of old clothes that you dont wear or that doesnt fit any longer. And tidy up that pile of shoes, too! When prospective buyers come inside, they will take a look inside cabinets and closets, and you dont want any negative associations going along with what they see. In the kitchen and bathroom, you can arrange the cabinets so that things look nicer, too, with plates and cups stacked and organized, and pill bottles and lotions all facing the same direction.
Get rid of Personal Stuff
Go ahead and start packing up books and trinkets you might have situated on bookcases and shelves. Take down any personal items like family portraits or pictures so that buyers arent looking at them instead of imagining their own things in this house. Who wants a buyer to be studying photos of your old aunts and uncles when they could be imagining how great it would be to decorate the place with their own things? Also, a good rule of thumb is to remove any personal religious items, it keeps your home for sale neutral and much more appealing to potential buyers of other religions.
Become a Minimalist
Lots of real estate agents agree that houses with fewer pieces of furniture crowding the place sell faster. And you want to sell a house fast! So, one thing you can do is get a storage unit. Take out any furniture that makes moving around the house less easy. That way, your buyer can focus on the house itself and not on what you have in it.
Besides, you will want to take out any pieces of furniture that you might want to take with you. There have been times where sellers have suffered from keeping items around during showings. If you leave items you plan on taking with you, whether it is a light fixture, an appliance, or even a window shade, during a buyer visit that buyer might assume it comes with the house. Then, when you have to say that you are taking it with you, the buyer might still want it, and it could hurt your prospects for selling. Make sure you are clear on what goes and what stays with the house.
Do a Pre-Listing Inspection
Definitely use the time before buyers come to make any repairs or tackle any fixer-upper opportunities that you are aware of. While it might take a little out-of-pocket money and effort to get taken care of, it will ultimately be cheaper than having a buyer ask for money off the asking price if they have to do it themselves. Switch out any down-and-out lightbulbs, and do a little maintenance to faucets and fixtures. Any stuck doors or holes in the wall? Take care of them before rather than pay for them after. Get a pre-listing home inspection done which will help you identify the items that need to be take care of.
One last step is to go outside and take a look at the house from the street. First impressions can be fateful, and you certainly want your buyers to have every opportunity to fall in love with your house at first sight. Try to think about what a stranger would think when seeing this place for the first time. Make sure plants and flowers and inviting and well-kept. Cut the grass if it needs it. Sweep the sidewalk. Power wash the exterior is needed.
Hire a Real Estate Agent
Although you can try and tackle it on your own, having a dedicated real estate agent on your team might save you time and money. Have an agent come look at your house and make a list of suggestions prior to making any repairs and getting it ready for sale. Real estate agents work with buyers all the time and know what they are looking for. Don’t be shy, ask for all the help you can get, after all agents get paid only when they sell it.