It goes without saying that when you sell your home, you want to get the best price possible. That said, there’s usually more to a successful sale than money. If you’re like most sellers, you probably also want to close the deal on a timeline that works for you—and often, that means doing so quickly.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make a fast, efficient, and profitable home sale. Here are seven things you can do to reduce the time your property spends on the market…
1) Set the right price
When it comes to selling your home in a hurry, accurate pricing is key. A sky-high asking price may deter buyers—and that could lead to fewer offers for you (or none at all). On the flip side, pricing your home too low can send the message that there’s something wrong with it. In either case, you may find that your property is left languishing on the market.
An experienced real estate agent can help you price your house to sell quickly. Using their local market knowledge, your home’s unique features, and recent sold prices for properties in your neighbourhood, they’ll ensure that you strike just the right balance.
2) Declutter and clean—thoroughly
Many sellers aren’t aware of just how much work it takes to completely declutter and clean a home. That’s unfortunate, because if you list your property before it’s in pristine condition, many buyers will overlook it—and that could mean waiting a lot longer than anticipated to make a sale.
To ensure that the selling process goes smoothly, give yourself plenty of time to declutter. Once you’ve pared down your belongings, consider having professional cleaners come in to make sure every room in your home shines!
3) Stage to sell
Don’t underestimate the value of staging! By using paint, furniture, and decor to create just the right atmosphere, you can cut down on the time it takes to sell. Believe it or not, studies have found that staged homes spend up to 90 percent less time on the market than those that don’t get the same type of personalized attention.
To see the full benefits of home staging, consider working closely with the professional your real estate agent recommends.
4) Boost your curb appeal
Of course, it’s not just your home’s interior that matters. First impressions are important, which is why sellers looking to make a quick sale should focus (at least partially) on curb appeal. From landscaping in summer to adding fall accents in autumn to installing stylish lighting in the winter, there are steps you can take to improve your property in any season.
The bottom line? When you’re trying to sell within a short timeframe, make sure your home looks stylish, comfortable, and well-maintained—both inside and out.
5) Make the right improvements
Some sellers get major remodelling work done before putting their homes on the market. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn’t always provide the high returns they expect—and it can lead to high costs and a lot of wasted time.
To reduce your expenses and cut down on the time it takes to close, opt for small, impactful upgrades. This may not be the time to renovate your whole kitchen, but repainting your outdated cabinets can go a long way towards making a great impression!
6) Keep it show-ready
One of the best ways to secure a quick sale is by showing your home as often as possible. That means being ready for last-minute showings from buyers—at times that are convenient for them.
During your homes showing period, there are steps you can take to make the process as efficient as possible. Keep your rooms tidy, eat meals out whenever you can, and have an exit plan in case you get a call from your agent.
7) Find the right agent
If making a sale quickly is the goal, working with an agent who knows the market and what buyers want is crucial. Look for a professional who knows your neighbourhood—and has a track record of selling success.
When you’re interviewing a prospective agent, be sure to also ask how they plan to sell your home. You can get an even better sense of their strategy by reviewing some marketing materials they’ve used in the past. If they’re polished, clear, and professional-looking, it’s a good sign!
Need to sell your home in a hurry? Sometimes, it’s the little things that can lead to a quicker sale. If time is of the essence, talk to your agent about what you can do to get that “For Sale” sign down as soon as possible.
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