7 tips for selling a home quickly

Category: Housing

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When it’s finally time to sell a home, every homeowner has his or her own unique reason. They may want to upgrade or downgrade the size of their home, they may be relocating, or they might be selling their home through a short sale in order to avoid foreclosure. In some situations, homeowners are pressed for time and may need to sell their home as quickly as possible. For example, you may have had your home on the market for a while now and recently just purchased your new home. Carrying two mortgages loans at the same time can be stressful, and maybe even be unaffordable, so you may need to sell your home fast.

 

No matter what the reason may be for the need to sell a home quickly, the following tips can help:

Work with a real estate agent

If you’re thinking about selling your home on your own because you don’t want to pay commission to a real estate agent, you may want to reconsider if you’re hoping to sell your home fast. If you have the time and you’re in no rush to sell your home, listing it on your own is always a practical option. But when you’re in a time crunch, you want to leave the sale in the hands of a professional. A real estate agent’s full-time job is to match up homes for sale with interested homebuyers, and they work round the clock to get these homes sold. A real estate agent has a lot more resources to get it done quickly, and will usually have more time and energy to focus on the sale of your home.

Lots of photos

If your real estate agent hasn’t included them already, insist that your ad has tons of high quality photographs. When it comes to home listings, you can really never have too many photos. Lack of photos, or low quality photos, can easily turn off potential homebuyers, especially if it looks like you’re hiding a particular room or part of the home. Even if there is a part of your home that’s a little unsightly, include it in your listing. You want to show every part of your home—both the good and the bad. This will help to bring homebuyers to your home who are genuinely interested in making a serious offer, since you know they already saw your entire home. You may also want to consider adding a video and a virtual tour feature to your listing, too.

Staging the home

Before you get photos taken of your home and prior to showing it to interested homebuyers, you’ll want to stage your home. This goes beyond deep cleaning—focus on creating a neutral look that can appeal to all homebuyers in general, and can allow them to picture themselves (and their own decorating style) in the home. First, you’ll want to put anything personal away, such as family photographs. Next, you may need to declutter parts of your home and put away larger pieces of furniture that make a room look too cluttered or messy. You’ll usually want to avoid loud, bright colors and patterns as well. You may want to repaint certain rooms or replace carpeting, for example, and stick to neutral shades. It may be a small, upfront investment—and it may be the last thing you feel like doing if you’re in a rush—but it can possibly help you sell your home much sooner.

 

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