Tips for a quick house sale
For better or worse, there are times when we have to sell our homes. Mr. G and I have sold a total of two homes, the last time we sold we needed to do it QUICKLY. With all the trials of trying to sell and organising the move, trying to sell certainly felt like a massive ordeal. But, what that means is that I’ve learnt about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making selling a quick and easy procedure. Here, I’ve listed some great pointers for getting your home sold in a hurry.
Know the value of your home
Before anything, get a value estimation of your home. These days, you don’t have to splash out on an estate agent for this, as there are a variety of home value estimator tools online. Just google it and you’re sure to come up with plenty of options.
These tools will allow you to get a pretty good idea of the market, and how you should go about negotiating your sale. Another thing I found useful was to keep a close eye on houses for sale around the area, what their features were and how much they sold for. After you’ve got that out of the way, the next thing to focus on is curb appeal.
First impressions are exceedingly important when it comes to real estate but often it doesn’t take a huge overhaul to improve curb appeal. I remember for our first property it simply took a bit of elbow grease, new mulch and a few new plants to pretty up the front garden.
In order to get the fast sale you’re going for, you need to put yourself in the shoes of a complete stranger, seeing your home for the first time. This can be as simple as going out into the street, and scrutinising the outside of your home for any shortcomings. If you’ve lived at your current home a while, it could be a little hard for you to look at it objectively. To get around this, ask a few friends or even a professional estate agent for their opinions.
My second tip is to cram your home with any upgrades it may be missing. Home décor can be important in the showing stages, particularly the way you place it. We had our favourite 5 seater Freedom corner couch nicely displayed in our lounge room but little did we know, it was hindering the sale because it made the room seem overcrowded. The moment we changed its configuration and opened up the space in the loungeroom, we sold the house. A coincidence? I’m not sure, but it worked!
Remember that the ROI for domestic property is almost never 100%. Still, there are certain things you can do to up the value and attractiveness for buyers. When I say “upgrade”, it doesn’t have to be anything massive. For example, in our first home we sold we gave it a fresh coat of paint, it was amazing how much it lifted the interior. Don’t go for an entire remodel of your bathroom or kitchen, that won’t give you a better price, it will likely end up being a huge waste of money. Stick to small upgrades. Even as small as a leaky tap, this will stop your asking price from being knocked down.
Keep the buyer in mind
The next important thing to do with your home is to make it look like no one’s lived there. Go around each and every room and try your best to depersonalise it. Take down pieces of particularly quirky art or tacky holiday souvenirs. It’s likely to be a pretty weird experience when you take all of the you out of a home you’ve been living in but the fact is that many people find it really hard to place themselves in a house with other people’s stuff in it. They want to look around a house and picture their family living in it. For this reason, it’s important to grind the interior of your home down to a blank slate.
By implementing these tips, you’ll be able to speed up the selling process substantially. I know it’s hard, but try to think like a buyer at every single decision. Keep that habit, and you won’t be stressing over your sale for long!
In your experience, what are your tips for a quick house sale?
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