7 tips to sell your home fast
Selling your home can be stressful, especially if it drags on for longer than you anticipated. Here are some tips that could help to increase your chances of a quick sale and decrease stress.
- Know what you’re selling.
When was the last time your boiler was serviced? What’s the condition of your roof? Make a checklist of all the things you would want to know when buying a home and have the answers and paperwork on hand for potential buyers. Your home doesn’t have to be perfect, but being transparent about its condition and providing as much information as possible early in the process can help buyers with their purchase decision, speed up the process.
- First impressions matter.
Many people will check out the neighbourhoods they’re interested in before looking at a property. Keep your yard, garden, driveway and the exterior of your home tidy and inviting before your listing goes up. While some people are happy to find a diamond in the rough, it’s better to make it easy for someone to fall in love with your property at first sight.
- Stage it well.
The point of showing your home during the selling process is to make it easy for buyers to imagine themselves in the space. Keep walls and furniture tones neutral and muted, and leave bold colours for accents such as fresh flowers, throw pillows and art. A fresh coat of paint is always welcome, and crisp white linens never fail to make bedrooms look soft and inviting. But keep in mind that individual tastes may vary.
- Make it spacious.
Storage space could be a big factor for buyers when considering a home. Do your best to declutter, which also makes moving easier. Make sure closets are not overstuffed and don’t forget spaces like your garage and shed. Clearing as much space as possible makes it easier for someone to imagine their things in your space.
- Know the market.
Keep a close eye on real estate listings in your neighbourhood by following real estate agents online or signing up for newsletters. Pricing strategies do vary, so agree up front with your real estate agent on what is the appropriate pricing strategy for your home.
- Know how to market.
Your real estate agent is responsible for marketing your home’s listing, however, it’s a good idea to know the tools your agent is planning to use to showcase your home.
Your real estate agent could list your home online and promote it with professional photography, video tours, 360° and 3D photos, and social media promotion. A compelling pitch that highlights the most attractive features of your home and outlines any potential shortcomings in a way that’s honest and doesn’t scare off buyers is always helpful.
- Get the right agent.
Do your research, consider asking for personal recommendations and look at their track record for selling properties. The right agent will work hard to sell your home and make this process easier than you going at it alone.
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