10 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast
Everyone wants to sell their home as fast as possible. Yet many homeowners get stuck in a long and painstaking process that ends up costing them a lot of time and money. So what can you do to attract buyers and sell your home quicker?
We compiled the top 10 tips to sell your home fast with help from some big names in real estate. From developing a strong online presence to making your home move-in ready, these tips will shorten the time between listing and selling your home.
1. Find an Experienced Agent
A licensed and reputable real estate agent has the resources to properly list your house. Beyond that, their experience can potentially save you thousands of dollars and months on the calendar. First-time mistakes are bound to happen when attempting to do it yourself. The right agent will efficiently and effectively move through the process. Find an agent that has your back and your needs and desires are their top priority.
2. Set an Appealing Initial List Price
Setting a realistic and appealing list price is critical when trying to sell a home quickly. It’s important to have some insight into your local market so you know what a home like yours can go for. We recommend researching listed homes in and around your neighborhood before putting your house on the market. If your house is priced to sell, you set yourself up for multiple offers and you are in the driver's seat as far as terms and conditions. Remember, your house is only worth what the market will bear.
3. Market Your Home With Photos and Video
An overwhelming majority of house hunters start their search online. In order to have a chance to sell your home fast, it needs to be popping up where people are looking. And when people do find you, they need be impressed enough to get in the car and come visit. Quality photography, detailed descriptions and easily accessible contact information can help make this happen. For example, a study by Trulia revealed that homes with more than six listing photos online are twice as likely to be viewed. Take the buyer on a tour so they can see themselves living there. Call out the details that are not obvious in pictures, the key items that you have enjoyed about your home. Your realtor should offer to provide professional photos at no additional cost. Consider something cool, like footage from a drone.
4. Talk to Your Neighbors
While a strong online presence increases the chance of selling your home fast, already established relationships can expedite the process. Talking to your neighbors prior to listing may result in a quick and easy sale. There’s an off chance they have family or a friend that is looking. At the very least, they’ll be aware of your plans and can become a pseudo marketing team.
5. Update Cosmetic Features
It’s essential to keep your home looking well-kept. Whether it’s fixing a broken light or regularly mowing your lawn, make sure your home looks neat and move-in ready. This process should include making minor updates to your home, such as adding new mulch to your beds or painting your bathroom. It is the little things that go a long way. Don't let the buyer feel as if they have a huge punch list before they move in. Consider painting all the molding and trim for a clean look.
6. Organize and Declutter Spaces
You hear it over and over, declutter! It is especially relevant when attempting to sell your home fast. Homes typically look bigger when there is more open space. Clutter distracts potential buyers from looking at the actual house and it collects dust. Don’t let your “stuff” get in the way.
7. Clean and Clean Some More
A home that is unappealing to the senses can leave a bad impression on potential buyers. In fact, smell alone can be a major factor when buyers first enter your home. If your home feels, looks or smells dirty, chances are offers will be few and far between. So, clean your carpets, dust off cabinetry and deep clean every room in your home. Think baseboards, doors, top of pictures, book shelves, and the floor under furniture. It’s time to do the dirty work.
8. Depersonalize Your Home
Your personal taste and style may be important to you, but they probably aren’t the same as the next person who will own your home. Removing personal items can go a long way in attracting buyers, as it allows them to form their own connection with the home. Your next residence can become the place to display your life and personality
9. Be Accessible
Buyers want to be valued. When they’re buying something as big as a home, it’s important to properly take care of them. That means consistently being available for showings, answering questions when called upon and being polite throughout the process. At the same time, you don’t want to breathe down their necks. Give them room when they need it, but be accessible when they need you.
10. Think About Not Selling Your Home Fast
While selling your home for the highest price possible is ideal, consider the cost of not selling your home fast. Many people focus on the money they will make, rather than the cost of keeping their home on the market. Your mortgage, insurance, utilities and upkeep costs can add up quickly and surpass an offer that’s a few thousand dollars below list price.
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Buy or Sell traditionally or by the auction method. Tamara Whelpley has lived and worked in Denver for over 30 years and is an expert in Washington Park, Cherry Creek, Highlands and throughout the Denver corridor. Consulting is her top priority. She is your advisor and advocate and understands the importance of communication throughout the real estate process. She is also well informed and experienced on where to ski, bike, hike, golf, and dine at the new upscale restaurants throughout beautiful Denver, Colorado. Tamara is a trained auctioneer and would be happy to discuss the benefits of buying and selling real estate at auction in a hot market. Visit her website to be linked directly to the best information on real estate in Denver.
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