Due to a variety of factors, some homes sell very quickly – in a matter of days – while others sit on the market for weeks or even months. The longer your home takes to sell, the less likely it is that the home will sell for your asking price. Plus, if your home does not sell quickly, you might be stuck with the stress of owning two homes or waiting to move until your home sells. Because of this, it is in the seller’s best interest to get the property listed and sold as quickly as possible.
What are some of the reasons a property might sit on the market? And what can you do to help ensure that your home sells quickly and for a good price? Keep reading to learn some tips for presenting your home in the best possible light.
1. High-Quality Listing Photos
Many people will view an online listing long before they come to see your home in person. In fact, most potential buyers will look at dozens of homes online before they even consider visiting one. Having well lit, high-quality photos of your home’s interior and exterior can greatly increase the chances that someone will schedule a showing for your property.
2. Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
First impressions are very important. A well-manicured lawn, a pressure washed sidewalk and newly painted shutters can help your home look its best. Making sure your home’s exterior looks as put together as possible will help to impress buyers from the moment they pull up to your home.
3. Make Sure Your Home Appears Move-In Ready
Many buyers are looking for something that is move-in ready. If your home has a long list of upgrades and home improvement projects, this decreases your chances for a quick sale. Some buyers love a fixer-upper, but if you're looking for a quick sale, this is not your target demographic. While it is not advisable to tackle major remodeling projects prior to selling your home, a new coat of paint can go a long way towards improving the property’s appearance.
4. Stage Your Home Appropriately
Consider very carefully which pieces of furniture and other belongings you will leave and which items should be cleared out before you start showing your home. A properly staged home can help to present the property in the best light possible. Remove any excess clutter and try to arrange everything to make space seem open and airy. Pay particular attention to your closets and cabinets – storage space is very important and a half filled pantry or linen closet will seem more spacious than a completely filled storage area.
Once you have your home set up, you will be ready to list it with a qualified agent and then cross your fingers for a quick sale.
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