Have you ever been in a position where you needed to get your house sold fast? You have done all you can think of to make your house look more appealing: clearing out all the clutter from the garage, get all the carpets cleaned and made all necessary repairs. With every passing day you are anxiously expecting the perfect buyer to show up and make you reasonable offer. It could be a very frustrating experience. So, is there anything else you can do to get more offers for your home? The answer is Yes! There are some simple things you can do to speed up the sale of your home without having significant effect on the profit. This article will give you some inside secrets from real estate professionals that will get your home off the market faster than you can think of.
1. Improve Your Curb Appeal
You are probably familiar with the expression: First impression last longer. Oh Yes, this is also important when it comes to getting a house sold fast. In other words, what will a potential buyer think of your home as he drives to your property for the first time?
This is the time to walk out to the street and take a critical look at your home. Analyze it and look at the shortcomings. If you do not trust your judgment have a couple of friends do the same and ask for their opinion. This might be the best time to have those maintenance works that you have always been putting off.
Make sure your landscaping is well-groomed as well, and your lawn mowed. Also, make your driveway and exterior walls as neat as possible. Curb appeal is what draws potential buyers to your home. Thus, if you put in extra effort in making the exterior of your home clean, you have a high probability of making interested buyers take a tour of your home.
2. Know Your Home’s Selling Point
This is a very crucial point to consider in getting your house off the market as early as possible. In a bid to sell your house fast, you should know what makes your house stand out. I am sure you will agree with me that every home is unique in its own way. Remembering why you got the house in the first place, could be its selling point. What do visitors love most about the house? If you are having a bit of trouble locating your house’s selling point, ask for a real estate agent’s help.
Identifying the selling point is really useful when marketing your home to potential buyers. Is it bigger than neighboring homes, closer to the zoo or gym? This will give your house more value and credibility to potential buyers.
3. Depersonalize Your House
Try not to take it too personal. We know that you have a lot of history and memories in the house. But if you desire to get it sold as soon as possible, it is time to depersonalize it. Depersonalizing the house means you are getting it ready to prospective buyers. You could do this by removing family photos, collectibles, etc. Remember, you want your prospective buyer to feel welcomed and imagine themselves and their family in your house not yours.
Keep your home as simple and neutral as possible. De-clutter the storage units if available and also get rid of excess trinkets and junks. Make your house clean and welcoming. Keep the canvas blank such that prospective buyers will be able to visualize their dream color on it.
4. Avoid Bad Odors
Little things could turn off prospective buyers. In other words, bad smells could also sabotage your effort of getting your house sold. As much as possible, try and fix the source of every bad odour by
- Clearing drains and wash bins
- Allowing enough ventilations
- Get rid of old cooking smell in the kitchen
- Get the carpet cleaned – possibly through available carpet cleaning services
- Get rid of old furniture etc.
On the other hand, a good smell makes your home feel worth getting and also attracts prospective buyers. While you might not be able to bake bread or cake for every interested buyers, perhaps some freshly brewed coffee will do the magic.
5. Offer reasonable Price
Choosing the right price is one of the factors that determine how fast your house gets sold. This is where a real estate agent comes in. Many people like to bypass the realtor believing it would save money in the long run. This is not usually true always as a good realtor will save you time and money. There are several values in getting a realtor. Setting the appropriate and reasonable price is one of them.
As much as a realtor gets a certain percentage of the selling price,
it is in his best interest to determine the perfect price for your home. Like you, they desire the highest possible commission within a reasonable time. Thus, their knowledge of the local market will make them set a realistic price. They also have access to more platforms, like estate block, for listings of your house.
Do not be tempted to start with a very high price as you might end up shooting yourself in the leg. An overpriced house could sit on the market for a long time, a situation that might scare other potential buyers away. Most buyers, and even agents, will assume that something wrong with house already categorized as old listing. So, if you need to sell your house fast, consider starting with a reasonable price.