Set the Stage
Eager to sell your home as quickly as possible? According to the Real Estate Staging Association, staged homes sell 90 percent faster than unstaged properties. When your schedule for buying, selling and moving is tight, staging is indeed one of the best ways to speed up the process.
Of course, not everyone has staging money in their budget. If you’re short on cash, think like the professionals do. Rearrange furniture, set a pretty dinner table and bring in fresh elements like potted plants and fresh flowers. Don’t forget to downsize – decluttering can do wonders to showcase your home! Takedown family photos from the mantel and stash holiday cards in a drawer. The success of staging lies with depersonalizing a home and giving buyers a blank slate so that they can imagine making the home their own.
Boost Curb Appeal
They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, and in the smartphone age, that’s more true than ever. People will scroll past hundreds of available properties before clicking on the listings with the very best lead photos. Since that photo is typically of the exterior of the home and its front yard, you’ll want to put your best foot forward both online and in real life. Invest in a yard service to clean up your lawn, tidy up the flower beds and trim trees. Of course, a DIY approach is always an option, too!
Curb appeal goes beyond just gardening, though. Spruce up your home’s exterior with a wreath or a pretty new mailbox. A fresh coat of paint on the front door can do wonders to breathe new life into an older home, too. Bring that same fresh, welcoming vibe into the entryway of the house with a plate of cookies or a colorful bouquet. These little touches can go a long way to make buyers fall in love with your place.
Invest in a Home Inspection
Though not typically required for sellers, a home inspection could be the secret weapon you’ve been looking for. You know your home best, but a professional home inspector will examine every foot of your property to identify any hazards, defects or causes for concern. In a way, an inspection report is your cheat sheet – consider it a list of possible criticisms buyers may have about your home. This shortcut allows you to identify issues and address them before a prospective buyer ever sets foot in your home!
Use the inspection report findings to your benefit by repairing the things that can be easily addressed and factoring the more expensive issues into your listing price. By offering home buyers a fair deal, you’ll save yourself a lot of anxiety and negotiating. At the very least, a pre-listing home inspection will minimize the risk of any unpleasant surprises cropping up in the due diligence period!
Skip Winter Listings
Winter is a slow time for real estate. The weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Day are filled with shopping trips, holiday parties and family vacations. Most buyers simply don’t have the time to dedicate to house hunting during such a busy season. Of course, cold weather doesn’t help, either. On a chilly Saturday in January or February, most of us want to be cuddled up at home, not out looking at new properties!
If you’ve been considering listing your home, wait until Spring to pull the trigger. While there’s nothing stopping you from putting your house up for sale in December, the process will likely take longer and offers may be lower than you anticipated. You’ll have more interest in the warmer months, and you’ll also buy yourself some more time to prepare.
Vet the Professionals
Taking a DIY approach to your garden is one thing, but selling your home by yourself is generally not a good idea. Instead, thoroughly vet the professionals with whom you decide to work. Realtors command a hefty commission for their services, so why not dig into their background and experience before agreeing to work with them?
Apply this philosophy to all the service providers you work with to sell your home. A home inspector, for instance, should be certified and trained in their specialist duties. While the requirements for licensure vary from state to state, it’s not hard to vet the education and training of the person you opt to hire for the job. Many earn their certification online or in the classroom with ICA.
Regardless of which of these strategies you opt to try, you’re sure to find the right buyer in no time!