It’s a challenging market for home sellers right now. Buyers have a lot of options—and they don’t have to buy what you’re selling. Your house is likely just one located in a sea of for-sale signs, so you can’t be sloppy about putting it on the market.
Luckily, I’ve rounded up the ideas that will help you collect enough showings by prospective buyers for your home listed in the market.
Here are 20 thing you can do to help sell your house fast.
#1. Price is always going to be the #1 factor in how fast your house sells. You have to strike a balance between your need to get the house sold in X amount of days vs. what you realistically expect to get out of it.
#2. Hire a good realtor to market the heck out of your home and help you set a correct price.
#3. Hire a Professional photographer. The largest disparity was seen among homes priced from $400,000 and $499,999, with those with DSLR photography selling 64% of the time, compared to 46% for homes with amateur photos.
#4.Get as much stuff out of your house as you can. Declutter, declutter, declutter. If this means renting a storage unit, so be it.
#5. Paring down the amount of furniture in your rooms.
#6.Let the light in as much as you can to brighten up the space.
#7.Clean out closets so that they look practically empty.
#8. Regarding the dogs and cats, You need to deal with the animal smell. I know you don’t smell it. It’s there. Get a professionally cleaning company to come in a clean everything thoroughly. Since you are used to living with your pets, have a friend who you know will be honest to come into your home and say if there are lingering smells (there may be, there was for me, and I only have two dogs). I don’t smell the baby poop and cat box at my house either.
#9.Consider replacing carpets, if this is the case or get your carpets professionally cleaned.
#10.Consider painting rooms that need some freshening, or may be an odd color. The biggest thing is paint any rooms a very standard color if it isn’t already. Like a light tan or light gray something everyone can at least deal with.
#11. One of the easiest things to do is, get fresh, new, white, fluffy towels, new shower curtains and bath mats for your bathrooms.
#12. Don’t use the towels and bath mats. Just trot them out every time your house is going to be shown.
#13. Have nothing out on bathroom or kitchen counters. Nothing! Clean out fridge completely. I’m sure I could think of more.
#14. Take breakfast table out of the living room. It highlights the smallness of the space and the lack of a true breakfast area. Dining table with formal setting could be nice to help them see how it looks.
#15. Get rid of the firepit completely if it takes up too much walking space.
#16. Drop a few drops of vanilla oil onto every door hing where it meets just before a showing. This will make the house smell great and every time a door is opened or closed it releases more smell.
#17. Make the house look like a show house you see on TV and you will be just fine as long as you listen to your agent on the price and 1are flexible with offers.
#18. If you have exterior landscaping, fresh black bark really improves that initial curb appeal, and it’s cheap.
Be Wise Yourself:
#19. Don’t take the very first offer that comes to your door. I would say always counter offer even just a little unless they are giving you everything you want and paying 100% of everything without asking anything of you. Hardly ever happens though 🙂
#20. Let your neighbors choose their neighbors. Invite them to your open house – turn it into a block party. Share link of your listing with them via social media.
My advice is hire an agent to market your home quick, negotiate a better offer for you, and just give it a better overall shot at being purchased. Plus a good agent will help you with staging.
About author: Jeff Hylands is a real estate investor, have been buying homes or distressed properties cash around Phoenix, AZ for last 25 years. He resell purchased homes after fixing up repairs and staging to prospective buyers. His website is open for homeowners looking to sell homes fast in Phoenix for cash.