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Guide: Selling Your Home Quickly

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Are you interested in selling your home quickly? Here are 4 expert tips to make it happen.

1. Hit the Ground Running

As a motivated seller, you’re likely to hire property stagers and a real estate agent to help you sell your home. You absolutely should use these services, but don’t assume they’re going to do everything for you.
The bulk of the prep work will still be up to you. Your goal is to make your home as attractive as possible and then list it at a competitive, appealing price.

Although the national average for time on the market is 34 days, your listing should get the most attention in the first 1-2 weeks. If it doesn’t, it will quickly become stagnant. To avoid dropping your asking price, aim to create a prime listing from Day One.

2. Speed up the Process

Before your photographer can stage those gorgeous photos of your home, you’ve got some work to do.

Start by eliminating any areas of clutter, including closets and pantries. Potential buyers won’t be able to imagine their own belongings in the space if it’s overrun with your own stuff.
Take down family photos and portraits or anything else very “personal.” You want your house to look like a model home, so try to make everything as neutral as possible.

You may love that turquoise wall in your living room, but it might be a turnoff to someone else. Throw a coat of neutral paint over anything bright or bold.

And if there’s any minor repair work that needs to be done (i.e., a leaky faucet), get it fixed before you start showing the place.

3. Don’t Overlook the Details

What’s your home’s best selling point? Is it an amazing view, the gourmet kitchen, or the stunning patio space?

Whatever the feature may be, it’s time to make it shine. Set the stage with hosting elements (candles or glassware) so potential buyers can imagine themselves enjoying the space.

Open all the blinds and turn on all the lights to make your home as bright and airy as possible. You’ll also want to rid your home of any lingering odors and freshen the air with candles, diffusers, or deodorizers.

This is also the time to boost your home’s curb appeal. Add a few potted plants, trim the landscaping, or throw down a new welcome mat. That way, your home will be ready when the photographer arrives!

Bonus tip: Swap out your home’s featured image every few days to maximize the chances of someone calling. 90% of buyers start their search online, but the features that appeal to each buyer may be different.

4. The Right Price at the Right Time

What’s the average asking price for similar homes in your area? If you don’t already know, start by researching homes for sale in your locale.

Selling your home quickly could be as simple as listing it just below market value. On the flip side, pricing it too high can quickly make your listing stale.

Experts recommend listing your home in May to maximize the chances of a quick sale, but this could vary depending on your area. Spring and fall are generally accepted as the best times to sell, when buyers aren’t tied up with school holidays or vacations.
And, of course, never underestimate the importance of using the right agency to sell your home. The combined effort of your hard work and a hard-working agent is the perfect recipe for a quick sale.

Selling Your Home Quickly: Ready to Get Started?
Selling your home quickly will require some effort, but the results will be worth it when you place that “SOLD!” sign on the front lawn.