If you’re thinking of selling your home, or if you have plans to sell it soon, you might be concerned about the length of time it will spend on the market. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure your home sells more quickly, and most of them are fairly simple.
#1 – Sell it at the Right Time
One of the best things you can do to make sure your home sells as quickly as possible involves selling it at the right time. Of course, while there are some things that prevent you from waiting it out, such as a job transfer, there are other times when waiting can help you sell more quickly and at a better price. Every local area has what is known as a “busy” selling season, and this typically occurs during the spring and fall. Do some research, figure out your area’s busy season, and make sure your home is ready for the market when it rolls around.
#2 – Don’t Overprice
There are several things to consider when it comes to determining an asking price for your home. Your home’s actual market value and its tax assessed value are the most important, so be sure to keep both in mind. Find out what other homes in your area have sold for and be sure to consider everything from square footage to features and updates. Then, find a price that is competitive, and your home will sell much faster than you overprice to leave room for negotiation.
#3 – Focus on the Exterior
First impressions are everything, even when it comes to your home. If you want to make the best possible first impression on the buyer, you will need to ensure the exterior of your home is picture-perfect. Some things you can do include hiring a landscaper, applying a fresh coat of paint, adding some carefully-curated art pieces, and even changing or painting the front door. With that said you still want to make sure your home is clean and shows well at open houses.
#4 – Add Some Updated Features
People are far more likely to give your home serious consideration when you take the time to add some updated features. By and large, the updates that will bring you the most interest (and money) are those that you can make in your kitchen and bathroom. Consider buying some new appliances – especially smart appliances, which are in high demand. In the bathroom, think about updating the tub and sink, adding new fixtures, and updating the lighting.
#5 – Sell it as “Move-In Ready”
When potential buyers see a home that they won’t be able to live in right away, this can deter them from making an offer. A turn-key home will sell much, much more quickly than one that will require some serious work or updates. In some cases, selling your home fully furnished and complete with all the appliances – including a modern washer and dryer, security system, and more – will appeal to buyers much more than a home that does not have these things.
If you follow the five tips above, selling your home does not have to be a trying experience. Aside from these, make sure that you hire a real estate agency that knows your local area very well and who can help you get the most money in the shortest time possible.