So, you’re about to put your home on the market and you want it to sell fast. How can you make that happen? These tips will help you reach more buyers and potentially speed up the selling process.
1. Make Your Home Stand Out
There are many ways that home sellers can make their home stand out to buyers. Talk to your real estate agent about what buyers want and try to emphasize those features in your home. For example, eco-friendly features are important to some buyers, so if you have these features, be sure to describe them in your home listing. Features like solar panels, ENERGY STAR appliances, energy-efficient light bulbs and drought-tolerant native landscaping installation can also make your home more attractive to certain buyers.
Another big consideration is your home’s curb appeal. HomeAdvisor reports that almost 50 percent of buyers make their decision before stepping inside the home. If you think your curb appeal is lacking a bit, you could try laying down more sod, redoing your landscaping or repainting the outside of your home to make it look fresh for buyers.
Lastly, make buyers feel comfortable during home showings by putting out refreshments like shortbread cookies and lemonade. If you have time (and really want to go the extra mile) you can make a binder of information about your home to highlight features that buyers might appreciate.
2. Stage to Sell
Staging is the art of making your home look beautiful, well-maintained and move-in ready. Some real estate professionals say that staging your home can increase the price by as much as 10 percent!
Here are some tips for staging your home:
- Start packing well in advance. Clutter can take away from the beauty of your home. Packing some things in advance will help remove any mess and make your home more presentable when it’s put on the market.
- Make the inside gleam. Buyers like to see homes that are clean and well kept. Before your first showing, clean your house from top to bottom, or hire a professional to get your home in tip-top shape.
- Use neutral colors. Paint your home’s interior in sophisticated, neutral colors that have universal appeal. According to Angie’s List, soft, muted colors are more attractive to buyers, so try to avoid high-contrast shades.
- Make upgrades. Home improvements like new faucets and carpeting can be just the extra touch your home needs to stand out from other similar homes. But don’t go crazy making updates before you sell. Research has shown many home upgrades have little to no return on investment. Check out these home renovations that get you the most bang for your buck.
3. Post Great Photos
Getting good interior shots can be a challenge. Far too often, sellers will post photos online that are dark, grainy and just plain unflattering. That’s why it’s so important to get a professional to take photos of your home. Professional photographers will find the right light, capture the right angles and make sure your home looks its best for potential buyers.
Some luxury homeowners will go as far as hiring a professional to take photos and videos of their property via drone! Drones can take aerial shots of expansive properties and provide a short, entertaining tour of the home’s interior.
4. Price it Right
It’s common for sellers to think that they can price their home high in the beginning and lower the price later if it doesn’t sell. The problem with this strategy is an overpriced home tends to dissuade buyers. The longer that a home sits on the market, the more buyers begin to wonder if there’s something wrong with it.
The best way to bring in potential buyers is to price your home competitively from the very beginning. Work with your real estate agent to identify comparable properties and determine the right price for your home.
For more tips and advice on selling your home, connect with a trusted real estate agent. They’ll identify more strategies to help sell your home quickly and for the right price.