Preparing your house, and making it sell fast, is not rocket science; it involves careful planning and professionally convincing homebuyers to write the check right away. The number of houses for sale in the marketplace has necessitated homebuyers to be choosy. Homebuyers are looking for a house with attractive features – they are really looking for the best.
So, if your house is not in pristine condition, it won’t sell fast. Whether you are a real estate agent, or a homebuyer, these 10 tips will wow potential buyers:
Choose the best time to sell
Real estate is a very serious business. To make it big in this industry, you need to know the right time to sell your property. You may have an attractive property but made little money from it because you sold it at the wrong time.
According to some real estate gurus, the best time to sell your home is from March through May – during this time, sales velocity and conversation rates are usually high. All we are saying here is that there is a best time to sell your house. If you sell it at the wrong time, you may not be able to sell it at a high enough price.
Eliminate bad odors
Prior to putting your house on the market, all the bad odors in your home should be eliminated. Make sure you spray air neutralizer all through your home – both the interior and exterior areas. When you are showing the house to potential buyers, ensure you fill it with welcoming smells such as baking a pack of cookies and fresh flowers and beautiful fragrances.
Remove clutter and depersonalize
Keep in mind that potential buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. So, ensure you rent a storage unit for extra furniture, photos, knickknacks and other personal belongings. Make the house so amazing that a prospective buyer can’t wait to buy and start living on the property.
Make the house sparkle
Your house should be sparkling at all times; this should go beyond daily or weekly cleaning jobs. If you don’t have enough time to get this done, then consider hiring someone, because your house needs to be sparkling which will help it to sell fast.
Ensure you wash the windows at all times, both inside and out. Spray the exterior and down sidewalks as well as rent a pressure washer. Polish mirrors, chrome faucets, sinks, showers, and tubs. Try to vacuum daily, dust furniture, wax floors, clean light fixtures, ceiling fan blades, replace any worn rugs, and bleach dingy grout.
Pay great attention to your kitchen and bathrooms. Fasten your towels with bows and ribbons, so that they look really great. When the toilet lid is not in use, ensure it is closed.
Keep in mind that for most homebuyers, your kitchen is your top selling point. Try, as much as possible, to make it look uncluttered and spotless. The interior of your fridge should be orderly and clean.
Before presenting the kitchen to the real estate agent, ensure you clean all musty areas. If you cook something that is odorous, make sure you clean it before showing it to potential buyers. Don’t give potential buyers any reason to doubt whether buying your house is the best option for them or not.
Price it right from the start
It is really important to price your home right from day one. This will help you to sell your home faster, and at a higher rate. So, you need to set a competitive price from day one.
Find out the cost of similar houses for sale in your area, and make sure you don’t overprice or underprice it, instead let the pricing be moderate. A real estate agent can assist you in fixing the asking price.
‘Stage’ your whole house
While working on selling your home, you need to stage it in a way that will appeal to the market. Keep in mind that once you sell this house, it will no longer be yours. The best thing you should do is to de-clutter.
Pack away some of the items you don’t need, and give potential buyers the impression that they can start living in the house immediately after purchase, without you removing any item.
Repaint the walls neutral colors
Your walls should be repainted with neutral tones such as whites and tans; this will upgrade the status of your house and make it sell fast.
Clean the interior and exterior
As mentioned earlier make sure to wash your windows thoroughly, dust on top of fan blades and the fireplace mantle, and polish your faucets and appliances. Again, if you are too busy to get these things done yourself, whether you are still living in the house or not, you can consider hiring a cleaning service every couple of days or weeks.
Ensure the listing has good photos and lots of them
You need to write an inspiring listing description, and the listing should have good photos. When it comes to selling your home fast, give potential buyers the impression that your house is amazing.
Your listing should have enticing photos such as facts about the interior and exterior parts of your house, including nearby surroundings like; shopping malls, schools, and regular events that happen around your home.
A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. Through photos, you should wow potential buyers into thinking that buying the house is one of the best things that will happen to them.
Keep in mind that images are king. Posting low quality or unattractive photos will turn away potential buyers. The photos you post online should be shot with a good quality camera, so it can be high quality, which will reflect on your property too.
Hire a real estate agent
Although you are the owner of the home, you may not have the required bargaining power. So, you need to hire the services of a real estate agent who will advise you on how to prepare your home so that it can wow potential buyers.