Posted on: 6 June 2017
In an ideal world, you could afford to take your time selling your home. However, sometimes life events move quickly. If you're moving out of state or overseas, for example, maintaining a home until it sells from far away can be difficult, and your best bet is to complete the sale before you move. But you don't want to have to drop the price so low that you don't make money on the deal just to sell quickly. Take a look at some simple tips that can help your home sell faster and that won't eat into your profits.
Spruce Up Your Exterior
The importance of curb appeal cannot be overstated. If potential buyers are turned off by the look of front of the house and front yard, they won't bother responding to your ads or coming in to see the inside of the home. It's important for the outside of the house to make potential buyers want to see more.
Maybe you already know that curb appeal is important. You may even have made some improvements already. But you're used to looking at your property, and that familiarity can cause you to miss flaws that might jump out at strangers. Get a neutral third party to take a look at your home from the curb and tell you what they see. Your real estate agent can be an excellent choice, since they look at homes with all kinds of buyers and will know what kinds of things attract their attention. You may find out that attracting more buyers is as simple as painting your garage door or doing some landscaping.
Make the Interior a Blank Canvas
Of course, the exterior alone isn't enough to close the deal. Buyers also have to like what they see inside the house. One way to help them do that is to get rid of personal items inside the house.
It's not that there's anything wrong with your personal items or choice of home decoration. However, when people check out a home for sale, they try to imagine what it would look like with their things in it. That's easier to do when the walls are empty and the colors are neutral. Think of your home interior as a canvas – if you want your buyers to paint on the canvas, it needs to be blank.
Remove artwork, collectibles, family photos, and quirky decorations. Paint the walls a plain, neutral color like beige or white. If you have to, rent a storage space to store the items that you're not using – buyers don't like to see clutter, either.
Use High-Quality Photos
Chances are that most buyers who consider your home will find it in a listing online or in a real estate magazine. That means that no matter how great your home's interior and exterior happen to look in person, the first impression people will get of it depends largely on how good the picture is.
That means that snapping a photo with your cell phone might not be enough. An image that's grainy or blurred is liable to be skipped over in favor of more appealing pictures. Attract more buyers by hiring a professional photographer to take high-quality photos of your home to go with the listing. This way, you'll present your home in the very best light from the beginning.
These are simple, inexpensive strategies that will bring in more buyers and increase the chances of your home selling quickly without the need to drop your prices. A good real estate agent can help you make the best choices for a fast but profitable sale.Share