Carolyn’s Tips on How to Sell Your Home Faster

If you’ve put your home on the market, you probably want it to sell as quickly as possible. There could be a variety of reasons for wanting the home to sell faster, such as:

  • You may need to relocate for a job. Selling your home quickly will enable you to start your new job on time, without the pressure of owning your old home while you settle into a new location.
  • You may need to raise cash. If you’re facing a financial emergency, selling your home quickly can help you alleviate the crisis.
  • You may have inherited property you don’t want to keep and are looking for a fast home sale to take it off your hands.
  • You may be buying a new home and need your current home to sell quickly.
  • Market conditions may be favorable, allowing you to sell your home swiftly for an optimum price.

Whatever the reason, here are some tips on how you can sell your home faster.

Find a good real estate agent. My opinion may be biased 🙂 , but working with a real estate agent who is experienced in your market will help you sell your home faster. A good real estate agent simply has tons more knowledge and experience about selling a home in the local market than the average person does. An agent will help you sell your home quickly for the right price and help ensure that legal or administrative snags don’t delay the sale.

What’s more, your real estate agent will market your home to other agents, helping you sell your home faster. Almost 80% of interested buyers come through cooperating brokers in the Multiple Listing System.

Price your home competitively – not too high and not too low. Pricing it too high will drive buyers away. Homes that stay unsold for long periods tend to draw smaller offers as time goes on. Conversely, if you price the home low hoping for a quick sale, you may leave money on the table.

Make your home sparkle. Clean your home from top to bottom. That includes wet and dry vacuuming as needed, dusting, cleaning behind mirrors and wall hangings, and getting rid of stains. Paint or wash the exterior and remove any leftover holiday decorations.

One of the many tips I give clients for selling their home quickly is to wash the windows! Before prospective buyers visit, make sure that your windows sparkle and shine. You may need to get some replacement windows in if they are run down, but usually a cleaning will be just fine. This is a very important and easy step that you can take when preparing to sell your home.

One of our Associates, Amy Zeeve, recently had a wonderful experience with the company INO LLC (also known as Indoor & Outdoor Services – see contact information below). She had all the windows at her home cleaned, the service was great, and the price was unbeatable.

Declutter your home and remove excess furniture. Too much furniture makes a room look smaller and less inviting. Remember also to make any needed repairs inside and outside and trim the landscaping.

Additionally, depersonalize your home to help it sell faster. You want the prospective buyer to picture themselves in your home, so keep it as impersonal as possible. Remove family photos and any personal touches you’ve added to the home over the years.

Market your home. While your real estate agent is marketing your home, you should also do the same. Tell your network that your home is for sale and you’re looking to sell it fast.

Don’t be afraid to put up your own “For Sale” signs in addition to the ones placed by your agent, as all attention is good attention when it comes to selling a home quickly.

Get high-quality photographs of your home. A good real estate photographer knows how to work with light and camera angles to show a home to its best advantage. Many buyers will first see your home online, so good images are important in helping the home sell faster. You may also want to invest in drone videos and 3D walkthroughs. If you’re working with a real estate agent, take their advice on what kinds of images will work best for your home and ask them to recommend photo and video professionals.

Be flexible. Be prepared to show your house on weekends and evenings and to leave the home on short notice if your real estate agent needs to show the home urgently to a prospective buyer. Offer to make minor repairs free if requested by a serious buyer. Don’t let trivial issues derail your mission to sell your home quickly.

There are still more steps you can take to help sell your home faster, including offering incentives to buyers or providing seller financing. While there is no guaranteed method to speed up the sale of a house, following the above tips will increase your chances of selling your home quickly.

INO LLC (Indoor & Outdoor Services)
Phone: 888-670-7720
P.O. Box 1184 Norwalk, CT 06856-1184

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