Tips to Sell Your Home Quicker
You've got a new job in a new state or town, and it's time to sell your home and move on. Or, perhaps, you've sent your last child off to college, and you're looking forward to selling your home and moving into a smaller place. Whatever your reason for wanting to sell your home, one thing is for sure, you want to do it ASAP. A home that lingers on the market is a home that's keeping you from moving on.
Here are some quick and easy things you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers and to help speed up the time it takes to sell.
1. Deep Clean Your Home
Imagine walking into a house you're thinking about buying, only to find piles of dirty dishes in the sink, dust bunnies under the couch, and cobwebs in the corner. You'd probably turn around and run. Listing your home can be the perfect time to give it a good, deep cleaning so that it's more attractive to buyers.
Some areas to deep clean before anyone takes a look at your home include:
- The windows (both inside and outside)
- The bathrooms
- The exterior walls
- The interior walls, particularly near the ceiling and in corners
- Underneath furniture and inside cupboards and drawers
If you don't want to do the dirty work yourself, it might be worth it to hire a professional to tackle the cleaning for you.
2. Improve Its Curb Appeal
The first thing people see when they walk up to your home is the exterior. If you have an overgrown lawn, peeling paint on the exterior walls, or a garden that is in need of TLC, buyers won't be buying. Even a few small changes, such as reapplying the street numbers, giving the door a new coat of paint or adding some potted plants and flowers, can go a long way toward maximizing your home's curb appeal. A good pressure washing can go a long way, too, to help your driveway and sidewalk look fresh and clean.
3. Clear Away Clutter
While knick-knacks, framed family photos, and piles of stuffed animals can make your house feel like home, they can also turn off buyers. A home that's filled with the stuff of life, whether it's mementos or lots of kitchen gadgets, can look smaller. Having a lot of clutter in your home can also make it challenging for people to envision themselves living there. They're seeing too much of you and not enough of themselves.
If you're still living at home, pack up any items you won't need before you move and store them elsewhere. You may even consider removing unnecessary furniture if possible. Many sellers will even rent a storage unit or use their attic as storage space until their home sells.
4. Stage Your Home
Just as it can be tricky to sell a home that's full of stuff, it can also be challenging to sell a home that's completely empty. Inspire buyers and make them more likely to put in an offer by staging your home. You can hire a home stager, who might bring in furniture if you're not currently living in the home, or make the most of your current belongings if you're still there. A stager will arrange your furniture in a neutral, appealing way, with the goal of making your house attractive to the widest range of buyers.
5. Fix up Cosmetic Concerns
You don't have to pay a lot to remodel your home or give a full overhaul to make it sell quickly. A few small tweaks here and there can help to improve its appeal and lead to a faster sale. Some cosmetic changes you can make include:
- Giving the walls a new coat of paint
- Replacing faucets in the kitchen and bath
- Installing new drawer handles and door pulls on cabinets
- Replacing interior door knobs
A clean, clutter-free home with fresh updates inside and out is one that's going to attract a lot of buyers. Making your home the star of the block is likely to lead to lots of offers, fast.
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Selling your current home and buying a new one are significant financial investments. Our staff is ready to answer all your questions, review home loan options, and provide guidance every step of the way. Give us a call at 800-367-6440 or email us at _MortgageOriginators@campuscu.com to get started!
By Campus USA at 22 May 2020, 17:08 PM