Garden City Realty knows that selling a home can be a stressful situation, especially if you need to sell it fast. There are all sorts of details to consider. That’s where Garden City Realty comes in. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help your home sell faster. If you’re looking to sell your home quickly try following these methods:
Use a REALTOR:
Contacting an experienced real estate agent allows you to focus on what’s important when selling a home without getting hung up on the details of the process. Garden City Realty’s agents know the market like the back of their hand, so we’ll be able to give you the best advice about selling your home. From setting the price to creating marketing campaigns, having their expertise will draw the right buyers to your home.
Buyers are turned off by cluttered and unclean houses. They want to be able to visualize themselves in your home, and a messy house distracts them from that vision. Some key places to clean include the kitchen counters and cabinets, bathroom sinks, toilets, and showers, inside kitchen appliances, and closets. Make sure to maintain your outdoor area, too. Consider renting a power washer to clean fences, driveways, and siding. If you want to go a step further in clearing the clutter you can stage your home, which can help your potential buyers see the home’s full potential. You can check out this article from HGTV for tips about staging homes.
Ask Your REALTOR to invest in a Professional Photographer:
Poor photos can cause buyers to dismiss your home before touring it. Typically, REALTORS recommend having at least 30 pictures taken so that potential buyers will be encouraged to book a tour. Many REALTORs will arrange for a professional photographer to take pictures of the house. If they don’t, however, ask them to look into it or proof the photos taken before marking the listing active. In addition, ask your REALTOR to create a 3-D tour, this way buyers can do a virtual walkthrough.
Make Any Minor Repairs That Are Needed:
It might not seem like a big deal, but making minor repairs can save you a lot of time down the line when you’re in negotiations. Dealing with negotiations can take time and push back the closing date, especially if the buyer and seller can’t agree. Minor repairs such as chipped tiles, broken door handles, ripped screens, and holes in the wall are all worth investing the time and money in before you list, so you may get your home sold quickly. Plus, fixing these items will help the overall visual appeal.
Make Any Necessary Updates:
To help increase your home’s appeal consider applying a fresh coat of paint. Buyers will have a hard time picturing themselves in a room or a house that’s painted in a color they don’t like. The safest colors are neutral greys, whites, and beiges. Updating any old hardware such as bathroom vanities, cabinet knobs, and counters can also help increase your home’s appeal. Luckily, these changes can be factored into your asking price.
Be Flexible With Showings:
Buyers have busy schedules, which means they may want to schedule showings on weekdays, weekends, and nights. A good strategy to sell your home faster is to be open for showings as often as possible. Consider hosting an open house, as well as letting real-estate agents give private tours. For private tours, be sure to find something to do. Allowing potential buyers to view your home at their leisure will help them feel at ease, putting them in the right mindset to visualize themselves in the home.
Set a Realistic Asking Price:
These days buyers have as much access to estimating your home’s worth as you do. Sites like Redfin and Zillow will tell them exactly how much your home is estimated at, and how much it sold for previously. If you set the price too high it will impact how many buyers will choose to tour your home. If you have to cut the price after putting the house on the market, potential buyers will be suspicious, suspecting something is wrong with the house. Your REALTOR can help you set an asking price based on other homes selling in your area and the updates you have made – yet another good reason to use a REALTOR.
By Katie Robison, blog contributor for Garden City Realty