How to Sell My Home Fast + Tips for Properly Preparing
Selling your home is a tedious, stressful, and often time-consuming process. There are many things you need to consider, such as finishing any outstanding repairs, staging the home professionally, and keeping your home in good order while you make it available for showings.
If you need to sell your home fast, you may need help from an expert. Before you get that far, take a quick 5 minutes to read about the top tips to sell your home quickly.
What is the fastest way to sell your property?
The fastest way to sell your home is to rely on an experienced, qualified real estate agent with expertise in the market. Their experience will help you navigate the process quickly, while ensuring that you still get a great price for the sale of your home!
Having done this many times, they know how to price a home to sell fast, and will guide you through the entire process step-by-step.
Is it faster to sell my home by myself?
Property owners can sell their home by themselves, in what is known as For Sale By Owner (FSBO). In this case, property owners sell their home without being represented by a representative. While FSBO homes often sell quickly, it’s important to remember that these properties are often sold when the buyer and seller know each other.
They could be family members, friends, or even acquaintances. In theory, this close relationship makes agreeing on a price and completing the process fast. However, it’s important to remember that if you are not selling to someone you know, you are unlikely to sell with the same speed as the average property For Sale By Owner.
It’s also important to remember that FSBO homes sell for significantly less than properties that are sold through an experienced real estate agent.
Top 5 Tips for Selling My Home Fast
To get through this process, you’ll need to put some thought into selling your home. Below are five tips for selling your home quickly and for the best value!
1. Price your property accurately and reasonably
When selling, you will want to get top dollar for your home. While you don’t want to compromise too much, you do need to be realistic and reasonable when pricing your home. If you list your property too high, you risk discouraging potential buyers from jumping in on a bidding war. Work closely with your real estate agent to find a price you are happy with, that will still draw interest.
If you’re struggling to agree on a price, you may not be ready to sell quickly, and should hold out for when your real estate agent thinks you can list for an agreeable price. If you want to get top price for your home’s square footage, be sure to have your home in great shape, with everything repaired and in good condition.
2. Fix up and complete renovations before listing
If you don’t need to sell urgently, you can list your place with some repairs needed. Buyers will still show interest, but may be slower to send in offers. The more work a buyer sees that they need to do, the more thought they have to put into the purchase. This can significantly deter some buyers.
If you’re looking to sell quickly, having all of your repairs and renovations completed will greatly increase your chances of selling - and will likely speed up the process. Buyers are more likely to buy a property when there is little or no additional work necessary to fix up the property. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to complete even minor repairs, remove clutter, and stage your home - even if you’re in a hurry.
3. Put your clutter in storage and stage your home for showings
While you may think your home is beautiful for showing as is, the fact is, people have vastly different tastes and styles, especially when it comes to home decor. No matter how homey your property is, buyers want to see a property that they can make their own, and that they can fill with their own belongings.
It’s incredibly important to remove clutter and keep your home tidy. If possible, it’s best to put excess items in storage, so that buyers can see how spacious your property is. This is especially true of your storage areas, as they are hard for a buyer to picture when filled with all of your excess items. If you want your home to sell quickly, you should keep it in this state while selling, so your home always looks stunning. This will let you accommodate last-minute showings that you may otherwise miss out on.
4. Take high-quality photographs that put your best foot forward
In today's market, most buyers look at pictures (or even take a virtual tour) of the property before they visit an in-person showing. If you don’t take good pictures that show off the best features of your property, many people will never come to see your home in person!
Make sure that before you take pictures you complete repairs, put excess items in storage, clean up any clutter, and have done any painting you plan to do. Pay close attention to detail, tidying up your home for showing, setting the table, and choosing your camera angles to capture the room size and features. If possible, take images in the summer to better display the outside of your property. This may not be possible if you are trying to sell urgently in the winter.
5. Trust a qualified, experienced real-estate agent
If you want to sell your home quickly for a good price, the best way is to trust a real estate agent with experience and knowledge about your area. The real estate agent will be able to help guide you about the right listing price, can help stage your home professionally, and will often be able to get quality photographs taken that show your property in the best light. They will be able to navigate the processes much faster than you could on your own, and will significantly speed up the selling process.
A real estate agent that has done this countless times has more experience with gauging buyers interest. More than just picking the highest offer, a real estate agent will help you choose the right offer to ensure a speedy sale, so there aren’t issues that slow down the process.
If you’re selling, I have the expertise you need to help you navigate this challenging process, while making sure you still get a price you’re excited about! I’ll work diligently with you to list your home to sell, based on the current market, and provide advice on what you should do to properly clean, stage, and otherwise prepare for a speedy sale. Contact me today to learn about how I can help you!