Maybe you have already purchased another property, or perhaps you have to relocate for your job. Whatever the reason you want to sell your home quickly, taking the right steps can help attract buyers and convince them to see the deal. Here are five expert tips to try if you’re hoping for a fast offer and closing.
1. Stage it for Buyer Appeal
For the buyer to be interested, they need to be able to picture themselves in your space. Trulia recommends renting a storage unit for personal items such as family portraits and to store excess furniture in order to make rooms appear more spacious. Basically, put everything you don’t use every day into a portable storage unit that you can then easily relocate to your new home.
2. Price it Right the First Time
While you might think that you should start with a high listing price and then drop it if you’re not getting traffic, think again. According to U.S. News and World Report, you’ll get the most interest during the first 30 days of your listing. Dropping the price over and over can make you appear desperate to sell, which sends the message that something is wrong with the property. Hire a real estate agent who is intimately familiar with your neighborhood and can price the home appropriately to drive traffic and hopefully inspire an offer from a motivated buyer. Conventional wisdom suggests an asking price 10 percent lower than similar homes that have sold recently.
3. Hire a Professional Photographer
Once your home is pristine and clutter cleared, a professional photographer is your best bet for inviting photos that will attract buyers. While anyone can take pictures, they have the equipment and lighting to help your home shine in two dimensions. You might even want to splurge for a video tour.
4. Hire the Right Agent
Not only should you choose an agent who works specifically in your neighborhood, you should also select a professional with a proven track record of sales. Start by gathering recommendations from friends and neighbors in your local area who have recently sold their homes–especially those that accomplished the fast sale you’re looking for.
5. Enhance Curb Appeal
First impressions really are everything when it comes to selling your home. Make sure the lawn has been mowed, landscaping in great shape, and curbs and sidewalks cleared if it’s the snowy season. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for your front door and siding.