Every seller in a perfect world would be flooded with offers the first day their home hits the market. Instead of worrying about finding buyers, they would have an offer and be ready to close in just a few weeks. As much as this is possible, it is not realistic unless you set yourself up for success. There are a handful of important steps you can take to get your home sold quickly. These seemingly minor items go a long way with buyers and increase your chance for maximum demand. No seller wants to wait around hoping for offers that may never come. Here are four things you can do to help get your house sold quickly.
Know Your Market. Every real estate agent wants to get the most money for their client. However, they also know that by listing too high it has a negative impact on your property. Selling real estate starts with knowing your market. In sellers markets you can push the needle slightly and list a little higher knowing that demand is there. In buyers’ markets if you outprice the market your home will be sitting unsold for a very long time. Gone are the days where you could list high and hope for an offer and if it doesn’t come in a few weeks simply lower the price. By doing that today, you will immediately turn off a large segment of potential buyers that may never come back. Getting your home sold quickly starts with pricing your home right from the start.
Clean/Update. When selling your home first impressions are everything. Something as seemingly minor as the walls of the garage could sway a potential buyer. If you make the decision to list, you need to make the commitment to do some minor updates. By painting, touching up or replacing outdated items you will realize a tremendous return on your investment. These items won’t break the bank but can completely change the appeal of your property. A freshly painted kids’ room or hallway makes the house pop and feel warm and inviting. You don’t need to replace the countertops or start knocking down walls to give your home a much-needed update before listing.
Be Flexible with Showings. The best ability is often availability. It is essential to capitalize on any momentum right from the first day of your listing. It can be difficult organizing selling your home while still trying to maintain a normal household. When your real estate agent calls for a showing you need to make the property available despite whatever else you have going on. Sure, this can be a nuisance, but it only lasts hopefully a few weeks, if not less. If you are not flexible with your showings and keep your house always ready to sell you run the risk of losing out on a potential buyer.
Consider Staging.Staging does not work for every property in every market, but for the right one it could make all the difference. Even if you don’t want to stage you may want to consider removing any outdated or overused furniture. One of the goals of selling is to make your property as appealing as possible. If the first thing a buyer sees when they walk in is a ripped-up carpet or an old mirror they may immediately get a negative impression. On the flip side if your buyer is wowed by the staging and the property feels like home they are much more inclined to make an offer.
The little things you do when you sell your home often make the biggest difference. Try these four tips if you want your home sold quickly.