The Best Way to Sell Your Home Quickly
Once you've decided to sell your home, you will, of course, want to find a buyer and close the deal as quickly as possible. And the longer your home is on the market, the harder it becomes to find a buyer. A property that has been on the market for a few months might be seen as "stale" and this will make it even more difficult to sell. With that in mind, here are some tips for ensuring a quick sale.
Find a Good Agent
An agent will be able to give you advice on how to price your home competitively, and their knowledge and impartiality will aid in pinpointing problem areas that might reduce your property's appeal and the chances of selling quickly. Start looking for an agent by talking to people you know who have sold homes recently. If they were happy with the service they received, their agents are a good place to start your hunt. Find an agent who is familiar with your area. They'll know how to market your home in a way that builds on the strengths and downplay the weaknesses of the location. Remember that you're paying your agent on a commission basis rather than for billable hours, so don't be afraid to make the most of their services.
Over-pricing is the easiest way to make sure that your home stays on the market for months. Work with your agent, get an appraisal and find out exactly what your property is worth, and then price your home a little under market value. This is a great way of increasing your home's appeal and creating multiple offers - and with several buyers interested in your home, you may end up getting the price you originally wanted after all.
You're moving anyway, so why not start packing early? Getting a head start will save you time when you're ready to move out and it will help make your home more attractive to buyers. Reduce the clutter in your home by packing up all the odds and ends you don't use regularly, as well as personal items such as photographs. Stash things you use often such as kitchen and bathroom items in cupboards when they're not in use. This will make your home feel roomier, and help potential buyers imagine how their own possessions will look in the house. While you're at it, organize and tidy all your closets and storage spaces - not only will this make packing up the contents easier when the time comes, but buyers will be able to see how much your closets and cupboards can hold. If your storage spaces are relatively small, good organization will help them seem larger.
Make sure your home is clean from top to bottom, both inside and out. and that it is always clean and fresh-smelling. Curb appeal is particularly important - if the property looks good on the outside, you're more likely to entice buyers inside. Clean up the yard and the exterior of the house, and make the entranceway attractive with brightly colored potted plants.
Help Market the Property
Your agent is there to do most of the work, but you can help out by posting flyers at work and on community message boards. Post on classified Web sites and tell everyone you know that you're selling your property. The more people you tell, the more opportunities you create - and the faster you'll close the deal.
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