People who buy and sell houses know just how stressful it can be. Particularly, if you’re putting it on the market during the fall. Selecting the right real estate agent to work with and market your home is the first step and one that deserves your attention. However, the burden of the selling process shouldn’t be placed entirely on your agent’s shoulders.
House Selling And Money Matters
There are plenty of things that homeowners can and should do to make their homes stand out because nobody wants a house that grows stale on the market. Below are some tried and tested tips to ensure your property stands apart from its competition, even in the off-season or over-saturated market.
These tips will solve all your “need to sell my house fast” worries with the highest possible returns. But beware, none of these recommendations is fun, easy, or for the uncommitted seller.
Find A Storage Unit & Clear Out The Clutter
We get it. It’s impossible not to gather some stuff after being in a home for a while. But, the majority doesn’t have a broader vision to see past things like ill-fitting furniture and clutter that makes the home look stuffier than it actually is. And nobody wants to enter a house that appears to be disorganized or unclean.
If you’ve found yourself thinking, “ I have to sell my house as fast as possible, “ then do yourself a favor and tidy up your space, so the home’s flow and square footage is easily visible and highlighted. Moreover, take out any personal items like photos or valuable items as people want to envision their new lives in the house and not the sellers.
Clean out everything from the attic, the basement, and organize pantries and closets. And if it doesn’t go to storage, donate it, or give it the old heave-ho.
Fix Anything Requiring Maintenance
Home inspections are more than due diligence—they are re-negotiation leverage, particularly in a buyer’s market. Getting everything fixed before you list your property may sound intimidating with some houses. Still, you should repair everything that’s broken to a reasonable extent, especially the ones sticking out like a sore thumb. Pay attention to peeling paint, floor stains, rotting wood on the exterior, dripping faucets, running toilets, broken lights, cracked windows, electrical switches, termite damage, and leaks in your crawl space.
The buyers will eventually discover these issues, either during the inspection process or sometime else, so it’s most certainly going to cost you either way.
Be Honest About Your Properties’ Shortcomings
Like humans, homes also have their strengths and weaknesses, few of which are undeniable. Knowing how to work with your agent to market and sell your property while recognizing those flaws upfront with potential buyers and other agents won’t waste anyone’s time and will be appreciated by all involved.
And don’t use exaggerated phrases in your listing like “immaculate fireplace” or “master chef’s kitchen,” unless your property truly offers buyers those features. There is nothing worse for a buyer than to be thrilled by the online presence of a property only to be disappointed upon actually seeing the home.
Make It An Experience
Turning your home into a place that people simply can’t resist and must buy is the goal. As invasive as it is to your privacy when people visit your property, you’ve got one shot at making an impression. Learn some tricks from the hospitality industry and make the showing experiential by stimulating all the senses during a potential buyers’ visit.
Your home needs to be clean—which entails no greasy fingerprints on doors or hair (pet or human) left behind for buyers to see. The house should be uncluttered, decorated with fresh flowers, fluffed pillows, fresh paint, and visually appealing decor. Put on some music if you have a sound system and light up the fireplace; these small touches show that you care about your home and are often good indicators of how well maintained the home is in less visible property areas.