10 Secrets to Selling Your Home Fast for the Most Money
It’s the Holy Grail of real estate sales: selling your home fast for the most money. And in today’s real estate market its achievable for any seller. To better your chances of selling your home fast and getting a great price for it, try some or all of these tips.
Free and Cheap Strategies for Selling Your Home Fast
De-clutter (for real). The things in your home have special meaning for you, but they don’t have that meaning for a potential buyer. To them, it’s just stuff – it might be really nice stuff, but it’s still just stuff. They aren’t buying it with the home and it prevents them from visualizing their own stuff in the house.
If you have a lot of stuff, get a storage locker and get it right out of the house. Just trying to hide it will only make your storage areas look smaller.
And while you’re decluttering, be sure to empty out your closets and any storage areas to half full. This will make them look larger and help you in selling your home fast.
Make things bright. Make the most of the light in your home. Good light is one of the top things that buyers say they want in a home. Take down your drapes, get your windows cleaned, and increase the wattage in your lightbulbs. Maybe even consider dropping in some pot lights in areas that get very little natural light or have limited existing lighting.
Depersonalize your home. Similar to decluttering, you’ve got to take “you” out of your home. That means as many personal items as possible, family photos, mementos, memorabilia. This will allow potential buyers to better picture themselves in your home, which is the goal.
Pricing and Marketing Strategies for Selling Your Home Fast
Price it correctly. Get an estimate of your home’s worth and consider shaving 10-15% off the price to create a stampede of buyers. Discuss this with your agent. He or she will know your market best and if this tactic is likely to achieve the desired result.
Be honest. Be up front with your agent about any shortcomings so you can come up with the right marketing strategy.
Don’t leave it all to your agent. Share your listing on Facebook with your network – friends, groups, etc. That has a way of spreading and getting your listing out to a lot of people quickly.
Strategic Spending to Sell Your Home Fast
Fix everything. Get a home inspection before you list your property and attend to as much as you can on that list. Your potential buyers are going to get their own inspection and there’s no reason to give them leverage to lower their offer.
Spend on the kitchen. At the end of the day, you are selling your kitchen. The rest of the home just comes with it. That’s how important your kitchen is. A dated kitchen can cause a buyer to knock tens of thousands off their offer to accommodate updating it. Get a professional opinion on the best improvements to make that will keep your costs low and your return high. To learn how you can get your kitchen upgrades done without paying until you sell, ask about our Property Concierge program.
Curb appeal = first impression. You may wow them once they get into your home, but the first impression happens before they even get to the front door. Take a critical look at your view from the street and hire a landscaper to give you an upgrade.
Make a killer online listing. 52% of buyers find the house they eventually buy on the internet, according to the National Association of Realtors in the US. While it’s important to spend the time and effort to improve the look of the house, it’s also important to spend time and effort to make your online listing pop – especially on mobile. The best way to do that is pay for professional photos.
Thank you for reading. I hope you find these tips useful.
For more tips, you can download our free ebook, 12 Ways to Sell Your Home for More Money. If you’d like a free, personal assessment of your home, book a free consultation with us and we’d be happy to help.