Whether or not you’re on a quick timeline due to a job relocation, closing on your new house, or a major life change, it never hurts to sell your house fast.
After all, the longer a home is on the market, the less perceived value it has, which can lead to lower offers, and ultimately, less money in your pocket.
So if you’re looking to sell, why not use these tactics to help you get your home off the market as quickly as possible?
Price it right from day 1
Pricing your home correctly from the start is key if you’re looking for the fastest way to sell your house.
Some sellers start thinking that they should price it high to encourage higher offers, but the truth is that this can only hurt you in the long run.
If you price the home higher than its market value, chances are you’ll have to drop the price—maybe more than once. And this can send signals to buyers that you’re either an unreasonable seller, or there’s something wrong with the home.
To make sure you’re pricing your home correctly, make sure your agent does a Comparative Market Analysis. This involves pulling data on sale price and time on market for homes that are comparable to yours, and it can be of tremendous help when it comes to pricing your home.
You can also use a Home Value Estimator tool to give you insight into how to price your home correctly.
Give your home some TLC
While real estate agents generally do not recommend doing major renovations before you sell, as they almost invariably result in a low ROI, there are some more minor projects you can do that will give you some serious bang for your buck.
● Deep cleaning
● Fresh paint on the walls in a neutral color
● Basic landscaping like mowing, edging, raking, and tree/hedge trimming
Stage your home
If your home’s been on the market for a few weeks with little interest from buyers, staging can be an excellent way to get things moving.
In fact, according to Realtor.com, staged homes sell 88 percent faster and for 20 percent more than unstaged. This makes the investment almost certainly worth it, as continued price drops and time on the market will definitely have a negative effect on your bottom line.
Use the internet
44 percent of buyers start their home search online, which means that if your home isn’t listed on the major real estate sites, like Zillow and Redfin, you’re starting out at a disadvantage.
What this means, of course, is that you must have professional photos taken of your home—they’re critical for making a good first impression with buyers. When you consider that buyers can click past your home in a matter of seconds, as well as the sheer volume of the competition out there, you can see how important it is that they like what they see as soon as they click on your listing.
The Fastest Way to Sell a House
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And remember, working with a top real estate agent is always one of the best ways to sell your home fast!