If you want to sell a home fast (and for top dollar), you need to be strategic and plan ahead. But where do you start!? Here are ten tips to help you out!
1. Hire an Experienced Agent
Although it's tempting to do it yourself, there are major benefits with hiring a realtor. Top-notch listing agents can help accurately price your home, ensure you get professional photos taken for the listing, write an amazing description, and be your biggest advocate when it comes to reviewing offers and negotiating.
2. Deep Clean Everything
Nobody likes a dirty house! And potential buyers will be looking at every inch. So don't leave any room, closet, or corner untouched. Ask a friend to come over and do a walk-through to let you know if there may be spots you missed or area that still need some attention.
3. Remove Personal Items
Buyers want to imagine themselves in the home, so take down any family photos or other personal items that may take away that opportunity for them. This includes artwork on your refrigerator or portraits hung in the family room.
4. Open Curtains and Blinds
Let in all the natural light you can to brighten up the interior! Add lamps (if necessary) to any spaces that don't get much natural light. This gives your home a more spacious and wam feeling. Because light and bright is way more appealing than dark and dreary.
5. Remove Clutter
Another way to make your home more appealing to a potential buyer is to make it as spacious as possible. If you have big furniture, store it elsewhere to declutter. Same goes for any knickknacks on display throughout your home. Think like a minimalist - less is more!
6. Consider Staging
If you lack furniture or yours just isn't cutting it, consider staging your home. A simple change in furnishings can make a world of difference for the look and feel of a home.
7. Paint the Walls
Changing the walls to be a blank canvas with neutral colors gives potential buyers a chance to imagine what they would do with that space. You also don't want to turn off any potential buyers with bold walls or busy wallpaper.
8. Check the Exterior
Don't forget about your home's curb appeal! When potential buyers arrive, the outside of the home is their first impression. Make it a good one by giving your landscaping some TLC or repainting your front door. Remember that potential buyers can drive by at any time, so make sure any walkways or porches are well lit.
9. Complete That Honey-do List
Whether it's something simple like fixing a squeaky doorway or updating a bathroom vanity, minor updates can make a major difference in a buyer's decision. And make the closing process easier with less items to be fixed on the PICRA.
10. Price It Right
Last but not least, you need to price your home competitively. This is where working with a realtor can really make or break the sale! If you overprice your home from the beginning, it may stay on the market longer, even after you reduce the cost, because buyers think there must be something wrong with it.
With the above tips, you should be well on your way to sell a home fast in any market. If you have questions about the process or are ready to get started with an experienced realtor, contact our team today! We're available around the clock at (757) 329-9854.