Let's say that you found the home or apartment of your dreams or perhaps you got a job in your dream city and can't wait to move there. However, there's one thing getting in the way – you have to sell your current home. In this economy, it can take weeks, and sometimes months, to sell it in the best way possible.
Don't give up yet, as there are multiple ways in which you can enhance the possibilities of selling your house quickly – you just have to think like the buyer. Take a look at these simple yet very effective and cheap tricks to sell your house as fast as possible.
1. Use all the major portals
Obviously, you will be placing your house on several portals that deal with selling and buying estates. Even though this is the job of the real estate agent you hired for selling your house, it's not bad to double check if the house is on all the major portals. Moreover, make sure to ask your agent (or somebody influential that you know) to showcase your home on social networks such as Facebook or Instagram, as they happen to be huge advertising platforms at the moment.
You want to have the best reach so that you get as many potential buyers as you can. Remember that the first month is the most important, and the chances of getting a buyer during then are the highest. Once you make it to month two, things tend to go a bit slower.
2. Think about the price
As far as the price is concerned, pricing your house can be a double-edged sword. Some say that the best policy is to price it a bit higher in the beginning so that you could lower the price and thus give the impression you're making a “good deal”. However, that can sometimes result in a slower sell, sometimes even at a lower price.
If the price is higher than expected, many buyers and their agents will stay away from the house, thinking the price is too high and that you're unwilling to negotiate. The best idea would be to talk to your listing agent and discuss the most realistic price of your house.
3. Clean, declutter, organize
Obviously, the next step would be to clean the interior of your house and get rid of all the things that do not belong there once the buyers arrive. Make sure to clean every room, as there should be no rooms containing anything that will make the buyers unwilling to buy your house. Many people make the same mistake – they don't declutter nicely.
If you have a pet, you'll have more work here – make sure to clean their hairs, transporters, litter boxes (if you have a cat) and toys, as those make your house look cluttered and dirty. Here is also a great tip to stage your home quickly, for those ‘last minute showings'.
4. Work on the interior and exterior
A bit of investing in your house can definitely raise the selling price. If you have a certain amount of money saved up, make sure to use it to enhance its look. First of all, paint all the walls in your house so that you make it fresh and presentable. Since the smell is also very important, browse the internet for the best air purifier ratings and find the one that you like the most.
You definitely want your house to smell nice as it can draw more buyers, and make them more interested. You can also set the dining table so that the buyers see how the dining room actually looks, decorate the interior with nice flower arrangements and don't leave a room empty and without a certain role. Moreover, decorate the exterior with a bunch of fresh flowers – nothing looks more inviting than a nice garden and an interesting approach to the house.
5. Take good photographs
Since you want your house to be as presentable as it can for all the portals and social networks, it is of crucial importance to take nice photographs of your home. Because you want the best photographs, it would be a good idea to book a good photographer to do this. Make sure you have your house perfectly prepared and decorated, so that the photos look on point. Choose a sunny day for this, as all photographs look better with natural lighting.
6. Organize an interesting open house
Think outside of the box and plan a quite unusual and different open house day. Prepare cocktails and a small buffet for all the interested buyers, and make them feel at home. This will definitely make your chances of selling your house higher. If you have a pool at your house, you can organize a small buffet next to the pool so that they get the gist of living in such a house. The choices here are endless.
To sum up, selling your house is not an easy task, but it can be quite interesting if you make it that way. You just have to think like a buyer and make the best out of the whole process. Don't run from a couple of investments, as they will definitely pay off in the end.
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About the PublisherBo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market. He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages. He can be reached easily By E-Mail or call/text him Call/Text Here
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