When it comes time to sell your house, everyone waits for a quick sale. If your home is in the market, you may lose the dream of the landlord you want to buy or end up paying two mortgages. If you are relocating to another area for a job opportunity, you may also have to go to your new job while your family lags behind with the house. For a quick sale, make your home attractive to potential buyers without sacrificing too much at the end of the sale.
- Hire a professional
Hiring a top notch real estate professional has a big impact on how quickly you are going to sell your home. Choose a real estate agent with much experience in the sale of houses similar to yours. Seek a solid track record of residential sales in neighborhoods and similar price ranges. A professional, motivated real estate agent focuses his efforts on educating you on the sales and marketing process of your home for a quick sale. Ask for neighbors, family and friends recommendations if you do not already know a good real estate agent.
- Sales expectations
A clear set of expectations for the sales process prepares you for the experience and can speed up the sales process. Work with your real estate agent to set a realistic price for your home. Find out how much you need to make a profit. Determine the minimum you are willing to accept so that you will know how to approach a buyer’s offer. Keep all this information handy so you can make quick decisions about deals on your property. Being willing to go lower than the list price can mean a faster sale.
- Incentives for buyers
Incentives make a home more attractive to a buyer, particularly in an area where many similar homes are on the market. Set your home apart from the competition by offering buyers something extra. For example, money for closing costs attracts many potential buyers. If the home is older or has some cosmetic issues, they offer a subsidy towards new carpets, appliances, windows or other items needing updating. Another option is to offer a one-year home warranty or a refund for home inspection upon acceptance of an offer. These offers will not cost you much, but they can make the difference for a potential buyer on a tight budget.
- Cleaning and maintenance
A well-maintained home is more attractive to potential buyers. Clean each area of your home before re-putting it on the market. Mix up the clutter that can make the house seem smaller. Neutralize a very personal decoration so that potential buyers can picture living in your home. If you have a different style of decoration that cannot appeal to everyone, lower the tone of the decoration by removing some of the decorations. Bold paint colors can scare some buyers. Consider painting the main rooms a more neutral beige or gray. Fix any small repairs so your home is move-in ready. For example, make sure that all the light bulbs in a decorative lamp are in place and working.
- Highlight features
Highlight the distinct features of your house to make it stand out in the real estate market. Spruce up the landscaping to accentuate the curb appeal of your home. Focus buyer’s in particular architectural details within their home arranging furniture to draw attention to a special feature.