Putting your home on the market can be exciting and stressful at the same time. You have to keep your house presentable for showings, find a way to get the word out to buyers and decide how to price your home correctly. Selling your home quickly is important since most buyers will be interested during the first few weeks your house is on the market. Don’t let your listing grow stale or buyers may start wondering what’s wrong with it!
1. Determine the Best Time to Sell
According to the Home Owners Alliance, spring is the best season to sell a house. People are less likely to be away on holidays during the spring. Plus, your home will look better with a flourishing yard and sunlight streaming through the windows. Avoid summer and winter when people are busy with vacations and taking care of kids. Anytime in autumn before October also tends to do well. Don’t forget to check with your city to make sure there won’t be roadwork or construction nearby while your house is on the market!
2. Find the Best Listing Agent
When looking for a listing agent, The Balance cautions sellers to avoid two common mistakes: choosing an agent based on low commission and choosing one based on the highest listing price. Agents can never guarantee a sales price, so find one that gives you a price range instead. Next, look for an agent who has a big advertising budget even if this means paying a slightly higher commission. They will be able to market your home to as many buyers as possible. Overall, your listing agent should be experienced, honest and have great negotiation skills.
3. Set a Competitive Listing Price
Your agent can help you research your competition and arrive at an appropriate listing price. Look at the original listing price of similar homes and how much they actually sell for. It’s helpful to drive through your neighborhood and take note of homes that have recently sold. Visit local open houses to get an idea of their selling features. You don’t want to overprice your home and have to cut it later on. Instead, aim to underprice your home by at least 3 percent in falling markets.
4. Tackle DIY Projects
To get your house in great shape for buyers, do some simple DIY updating projects. Give your walls a fresh coat of light-colored paint to make your rooms look larger and cleaner. Upgrade faucets and knobs in your kitchen and bathroom. Add extra lighting to your rooms with floor lamps and light fixtures so your home is bright and inviting. You can also benefit from refinishing cabinet doors and hardwood floors.
5. Deep Clean and Stage the Home
Staging your home for potential buyers allows them to picture a future life there. First, clean your home thoroughly, making sure your kitchen and bathroom sparkle like new. While cleaning, declutter your home by storing knickknacks and other small items that litter your tabletops and shelves. Also, keep your storage decluttered and organized since buyers will want to look in closets. While staging your home, remove photos and other items that make the living space personal to you and replace them with generic decorations. Finally, open all of your blinds to let in natural light and touch up your home’s exterior.
6. Promote Your House Online
Today, most buyers start shopping for real estate online. There are tons of websites you can list your home on to reach the maximum number of potential buyers. Many of these are dedicated real estate sites where buyers will go to search for properties in their price range. Other sites, such as Facebook, allow you to post your home to interested buyers in your area and interact with them over social media. Importantly, get professional listing photos done for posting online. Professionals know how to make your home appear inviting and enticing to interested shoppers.
You can sell your home quickly if you know what potential buyers are looking for. You want to present them with a comfortable, luxury image of your home that they can get excited about. Taking the time to understand your local market and make the proper preparations will help you find a buyer as painlessly as possible.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.