7 simple tips for selling your home faster – home buyers will be most interested in buying your home during the first few weeks that it is on the market, so you need to get prepared and hit the ground running! In addition to hiring a good real estate agent, pricing your home right and marketing it well, here are seven proven methods that can help you in selling your home—sooner than later.
Light it up.
Turn on the lights—both inside and outside. A dark or poorly lit home feels depressing and uninviting. However, you can brighten it up by using natural and artificial light, making your home feel larger and brighter. When you leave for showings, turn the lights on and open curtains and blinds. For lamps and light fixtures, get the highest wattage light bulb that is acceptable for the fixture, which will instantly brighten up the room. A fresh coat of paint can also brighten a room. Class Act Property Solutions recommends a neutral color, not only to appeal to more people, but to better reflect the light.
Clean it up.
It is a well-known fact that dirty homes (or homes that appear to be dirty) do not sell as quickly as homes that are clean. Do a deep cleaning yourself, or hire a professional cleaning service to do a deep clean. A deep cleaning will also help brighten baseboards, windows, and light fixtures. Then, continue to keep it clean in case of a showing, including frequent vacuuming, straightening, polishing, mopping, etc.
Declutter all rooms and storage spaces.
It is important to remember that the fewer things there are in the home, the larger and more spacious it will look to potential buyers. You may think the easiest way to declutter your home is to shove everything into the closets. However, this is a bad idea! Anyone who tours your home is going to check out the storage spaces. Disorganized, overstuffed closets only serve as evidence that your home is lacking space. Instead, opt for a storage unit to store things that you will not need while your home is on the market. If you do not use an item every day, store it elsewhere.
Also remember to store holiday decorations, baby items, seasonal clothes, and even small appliances that you rarely use. In addition to decluttering, remove knickknacks, personal photographs, memorabilia, religious items, and political posters. You want your prospective buyers to envision their family in the house, and not yours.
Stage the house.
Good staging of the overall home and the individual rooms and spaces makes the home more appealing to prospective buyers, and is additional marketing for your home. A professional home stager sees your home from a buyer’s perspective, and understands how to highlight the home’s strengths and minimize its flaws. If you do not want to hire a professional stager, ask a friend to walk through the house with fresh eyes to offer their perspective on decluttering, cleaning, and staging. Your real estate agent can also walk through and give you feedback from a marketing perspective.
Curb appeal is everything.
Your home’s exterior is typically the first thing a buyer sees in person or on the real estate listing. If the outside does not look good, a potential buyer will often not even consider looking at the interior. Tidy up your yard by mowing, trimming and shaping bushes, refreshing mulch, and edging the lawn. Add new sod, plant flowers (and remove dead ones!), paint the front door, or replace the mailbox. Also consider pressure-washing the house, walkways, and driveway, or even adding a fresh coat of paint to your trim and shutters. Sprucing up the outside will make your home more inviting.
Be available and flexible—and leave—for showings.
Make it easy for prospective buyers to tour your home. The more flexible you are about visits, the more people will be able to see it. Be ready for prospective visitors early in the morning, at night, and on weekends—even with little notice. Also, leave when the house is shown so potential buyers can feel free to move about without feeling like intruders, and they can openly discuss the home’s pros and cons. If you are having an open house, your real estate agent should oversee the event.
Take your pets with you.
During showings or open houses, it is best if your pets are not in the home. Also, do not forget to hide your pet’s supplies, such as dog dishes and cat litter boxes. A prospective buyer should not even know that a pet lives in the home, if you can help it.
If you have done these things and are still having trouble selling your home, consider contacting Class Act Property Solutions to discuss your options. Class Act Property Solutions purchases homes in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and we look forward to helping Kansas City area home sellers and buyers.