So, you’ve decided it’s time to move on from your old home and step into the unknown terrains of the real estate market. Selling your house is never an easy process and is often one that involves a lot of effort. Finding the right buyer takes time, but it doesn’t have to take forever.
Sometimes you don’t have much time to waste. You might be ready to get on with your new life or, according to ZipStart, need the money from the sale sooner rather than later. If that’s the case, then read below for some tips on how you can set up your home for a quick and painless sale.
Step up your curb appeal
First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home. If the exterior of your house is not up to par, you can’t expect many buyers to take an interest. To really wow your buyers from the minute they walk up the front lawn you need to step up your curb appeal.
This doesn’t have to be an entire landscape overhaul. Sprucing up the outside of your house can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint, nicely trimmed bushes, and even some outdoor furniture. A beautiful outdoor space can help buyers envision their new life in your home.
Declutter and depersonalize
The last thing that potential buyers want to see is old magazines laying around your house or pictures of your grandma. While you may think these things are necessary, they only distract the buyers from what they’re actually there to buy—your house.
Start by getting rid of any trash or items that are just laying around. You don’t want to give buyers any reason to think the previous inhabitant of the house, aka you, is a slob. Throw away all trash and move clutter far from sight.
Depersonalizing your home will also allow buyers to easily picture themselves living there. It’s hard for them to envision all their belongings in the space when you have knickknacks lining the walls. Start the packing process early by boxing up your belongings and putting them in storage.
Increase your home’s visibility
If nobody knows your home is for sale, how are they going to buy it? Increasing your home’s visibility in the marketplace is vital to selling it quickly and easily. Make sure you’ve posted it on all the major listing sites and social media platforms out there.
You also want to make sure the pictures and descriptions included with your listing are high quality and relatable. Pictures should be professional and show every angle of your house, inside and outside.
As for your description, try not to be too salesy and use relatable language. Make sure you have all the important information in there like price, square footage and features. Including a personal touch so your buyers can feel more connected to the house is always a good idea.
Create a desirable lifestyle
When someone buys your home they’re not just buying the physical house itself. Their purchase includes the neighbors, the school district, and the local community. This is something you want to include in your listing and in conversations with potential buyers.
If your area is known for its schools, make sure you work that into your sales pitch. Also include details and pictures of nearby recreation centers, restaurants, and shopping areas to give your buyer an idea of the lifestyle they’ll be buying into.
Selling a house on the fly means that you’re going to have to be open to last minute viewings, visits at odd times of the day and even some on the weekends. It’s a good idea to keep your schedule open and flexible so that you’re ready whenever your buyer is.
This also means that you need to keep your home in tip-top shape around the clock. This can be hard for families with small children who are always busy. Remember—the more effort you put into the presentation of your home, the faster you can sell it.
DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.
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