Need to move in a hurry? Or maybe you have already moved and need to sell your old home as quickly as possible. In good or bad markets, any home seller can do small, easy things that will accelerate the sales process. Here are some secrets to selling a house fast:
- Find the perfect price. Overpriced homes always languish on the market. If your house isn’t selling and you don’t know why, you may want to reconsider the price. Some sellers will list their home below market value to attract buyers who then bid the price back up to or above market rate.
- Empty your closets. Prospective buyers want plenty of storage. If your closets are full and overflowing, you’re sending a message that the home lacks sufficient space. Even getting your closets to half full/half empty territory would be a big improvement.
- Install bright lights. Dark rooms feel small and cramped. Do everything you can to brighten your home, including cleaning windows, removing drapes, increasing bulb wattage, trimming bushes and hedges that block light outside windows, and more. A bright home is a more attractive and enticing home.
- Make the right upgrades. A mansion in a starter home neighborhood won’t get the value it deserves. Similarly, don’t over-upgrade your home to the point that it’s the nicest on your street. Upgrading beyond what the market can bear makes it difficult to recoup the money you’ve invested.
- Depersonalize. Prospective buyers want to envision themselves in a home — not the existing owners. Take down your family photos, academic degrees, memorabilia and other personal items.
- Start with the kitchen. If you’re going to undertake major renovations or upgrades, start in the kitchen. Invest in stainless steel appliances that give the prospective buyer a sense of quality throughout the home. You can also use neutral colors to help prospective buyers imagine adding their own personal flair. If you finish the kitchen and want to go further, bathrooms come second.
- Let the outside sparkle. Create a clean and well-kept look outside your home, and keep your lawn and landscaping in good shape. Throw ratty lawn furniture or other items that are cluttering your yard into the trash. Take the time to power wash your siding, patios, decks and walkways, and hang simple house numbers that clearly identify your home.
- Pay attention to your front door. Your front door is your home’s first impression. If your entry door is worn and beaten, add a fresh coat of paint and install new fixtures. The result will be a first impression that gets a prospective buyer excited about seeing the rest of your home.
- Keep it clean and clear. There’s a delicate balance in staging a home. You want it to be tidy, but you also want it to feel lived in. Most sellers err on the side of lived in, leaving their belongings sitting on top of surfaces and photos hanging on walls. You can remove these items to enhance your home’s aesthetics while also staging it to feel comfortable and lived in.
- Hire the right agent. The right real estate agent can provide expert guidance as you prepare your home to hit the market. An experienced agent knows the market and how to price a home to sell. He or she can also quickly walk through your home and point out trouble areas, providing easy ideas for creating an environment that sells. By choosing the right agent, you’re more likely to get positive results.
If you need an agent in the York area, contact CENTURY 21 Core Partners. Our experienced team can walk you through the sales or purchase process to ensure you can maximize your value when you’re putting a home on the market. We know the secrets to selling your house — contact CENTURY 21 Core Partners about your home today.