Putting your home on the market is intimidating, with realtors, inspectors, and potential buyers stomping through the hallways and seemingly judging every nook and cranny of this place where you’ve made memories. With any luck, this process will not be a long one for you. The average home was sold within four weeks of being listed in 2016. Find yourself among these fast sellers by following these secrets to selling your home quickly and easily.
Get A Storage Unit To Free Up The Closets
When you’re decluttering your home, you won’t be able to shove everything into closets to hide it from potential buyers. Anyone touring the house will want to check out the storage space, so it could mean disaster if they open a closet door and clothes and blankets start to tumble out. Keep the closets about half full when showing your house. Rent a storage unit to house the things you don’t use every day, which should be about a third of everything you own. If the storage unit is portable, you can easily transport it to your new home.
Maximize The Light
Good light is the second most popular request on a buyer’s list, after location. Make sure to clean the windows and curtains, allowing as much natural light in as possible. Supplement it with artificial light by getting the highest watt light bulbs and new lampshades and light fixtures. A fresh coat of paint can also do the job of brightening a room.
Find The Right Agent
The perfect real estate agent will have a proven track record of fast sales, a strong knowledge of the neighborhood and housing market, and a knack for social media. They should be able to promote your home on their website and social media channels so that buyers are interested before stepping foot inside.
Take The Home Out Of Your House
Prospective buyers need to imagine themselves in your house. The best way to do that is to take out personal photos, artwork, and memorabilia. While your family’s baby pictures may be adorable, they’re not what buyers are there to look at. Stage your home instead. This will be much more professional and appeal to a wider range of people. Consider hiring a professional home stager who can see your house from a buyer’s perspective. They usually also take flattering photos for the online listing, which makes a home twice as likely to be viewed by buyers.
Focus On Small Upgrades Inside And Out
Major remodels tend to take more money than they give back, but small remodels in the kitchen and bathroom instantly impress potential buyers. Simple fixes in the kitchen like a new sink, cabinet hardware, or lighting fixture and new hand towels and shower curtains in the bathroom can instantly give the spaces a boost. Assess your house’s curb appeal as well. That is the first impression buyers will have. The outside of your home should be clean, well-maintained, and welcoming.
The best strategy to sell quickly is to simply put yourself in the buyer’s shoes to see what small improvements the house needs, or ask a friend for their honest opinions. You’ve already bought a new home and you’re eager to settle in, so don’t waste time caught up in a long selling process with your old home.