With a little work in the beginning, we will help you determine how to sell a home faster. Whether your house has been lazing around on the market, or you just made the decision to sell your home, the following steps will ease the transition into your fresh new start.
First things first, finish what you started. Are there projects in various stages of completion staggered around your house? Finish all these miscellaneous tasks. Screens with holes, doors that creak or stick shut, and paint touchups are necessary to give the buyers the impression that you care for your home and keep up with the maintenance. A well maintained home will ease the buyers mind ensuring a hassle free move into their new home.
Clutter equals stress! Nobody wants to go on a long awaited vacation only to open the hotel room door of your oasis to see dozens of painting of random locations, people and scenes scattered on the walls, or shelves you can not see due to the items piled on them, decorative or papers stacked. Buyers need to feel invited and at ease when they enter the home and each room in it. Allow them to walk freely around picturing their items in every nook and cranny by packing your personal items now and storing them. When they can visualize where to place their pictures and furniture, they are that much closer to making an offer.
Create a blank canvas. Pack up all items in a house which will show a buyer who is living there. Allow them to envision themselves in the home. They can not do that if all they see is you. Minimize decorative items and artwork, and keep them as neutral as possible. A fuchsia accent wall might look great with your disco ball in your study/bar area, but it might clash with a potential buyer's furniture. Therefore, this not how to sell a home. When trying to sell a home, eliminate the guess work for the buyer and neutralize your locations with classic taupes, creams and beiges.
Define the room's purpose. We have eliminated clutter, and created a blank canvas so a buyer can now start decorating the home in their mind. Help them along a bit more by minimizing furniture and odd items like exercise equipment in the dining room or an office/bedroom/playroom. Pick a rooms purpose and keep only items that serve that purpose. Remove crowding furniture which keeps them from walking into a room and throughout it. A sofa should not be placed in front of a room's entrance, and a dining room table should not be so big, that you can not maneuver to all the chairs with ease.
First impression is everything! Imagine flipping through dozens of pictures of homes, but you only have time to view 6 this weekend. What will put the picture of your house on the top of the pile? Curb appeal will draw more people to your home than anything, aside from giving it away. Prize winning hydrangeas lining a freshly painted exterior of one particular home created the look of a beautiful English cottage. Although the inside was in disrepair, the amount of buyers wanting to view this home was astounding. If you really want to know how to sell a house, hiring a professional landscaper to manicure the lawn, rake the leaves, mulch the flowerbeds and plant seasonal flowers and bushes is an important first step.
Buying and selling your home can be one of the most stressful events in your lifetime. Minimize the stress with these 5 simple suggestions which get you on your way to your new home and fresh start. Below I'll offer more tips for selling your home fast:
I make it my business to buy houses in order to re-sell them quickly, so I've learned a lot about how to see a house as an investment. But first I look at it strictly as though it is my own home, the place where I am going to live, and that is the exact viewpoint I need to sell my house quickly.
I'm going to repeat that last part because it might sound a little confusing to you if you're not familiar with buying and selling houses as a business. What I'm saying is that I get a perspective on each house I buy by looking at it as though it is the only house I own. For me, this exercise takes some effort since I've bought and sold dozens of houses and normally own quite a few at any point in time. Although every house is unique, it is an item of inventory in my real estate business, and I see it primarily for the profit it will provide me when it sells, except when I'm choosing to see it through the eyes of a homeowner.
What I am explaining here is the way you need to look at your house, too. Even though you are not a real estate investorbuying and selling homes for a living, you can adopt my perspective and look at your own house the same way I look at houses. You can practice being an investor, too!
If you choose to see your house the way I would see your house, this is what you might see:
1. You see what needs to be cleaned and repaired to prepare the house for showing to potential buyers.
2. You see the house with a new perspective that's pretty much the way you saw it the first time.
3. You know which features to point out to insure that other people notice them, too. You highlight the uniqueness of your house to everyone who sees it.
4. Your attitude switches from "I want to sell my house quickly" to "I think this house is really great and maybe I will just keep it!" Switching your own attitude is actually the secret to representing your house enthusiastically, an attitude that is contagious to your buyers.
Whether or not I hire an agent to work for me while I keep up the activities to sell my house quickly, my own attitude shift causes genuine excitement that allows me to share with everyone who looks at my house for sale. I use these same features in my classified ads and I talk about them when showing my house. I insist that my agent talks up and advertises the important features, too.
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