Whether you’re hiring a listing agent or doing it yourself, selling your home can be a long and tedious process. As the current homeowner, you want your home to end up in good hands and of course, you want to get a good deal. Moreover, if you’re already in the process of selling your home, you most probably already have a new place to stay in that you’re excited about. During times like this, home sellers want nothing more than to quicken the process of selling.
Speed is the game when it comes to selling a home. The longer the home stays on the market, the less chances you can sell it for the price you want. According to Zillow, in 2018, majority of homes stayed on the market for 68 days which was way better than 140 days in 2010. However, you can always quicken that process with the following steps.
Find a reliable real estate agent
If you decided to hire a listing agent, avoid settling for the first one you meet. Make it a point to interview different agents and ask them about their background and experience. Your listing agent will be the person to help you make the sale and you will be in contact with them for a month or two so make sure to choose someone you like, trust, and feel comfortable with.
Price your home right
When it comes to pricing, most of us think that giving the highest price possible is the smartest choice since the potential buyers will surely attempt to negotiate it to a lower price. However, when it comes to home listings, that’s not how it works. Listing your home for a price that’s too high will scare off potential buyers. This will result in no one bidding on your home, making it a stale listing.
The smartest thing you can do is to price your home according to other homes in your area and according to its features. No one knows your home better than you do. If you recently took on home improvement projects such as repainting your walls or installing solar panels, your home’s price definitely deserves a boost. However, if you haven’t done any preventive care to or upgrades on your home over the last few years, avoid overpricing it as it will only make the selling process more difficult.
Prepare your home
Get your home ready for potential buyers by cleaning and decluttering. Make sure to remove all personal things. If your family photos are still hanging on the walls, it will be hard for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in it. When it comes to home buyers, you only get a few seconds to make them fall in love with it. Prepare your home by adding beautiful furniture and enhancing its best parts. Replace the carpets, add vases and throw pillows and update your light fixtures. These simple updates can make your home feel brand new which can help a lot in closing a good deal.
Too many days on the market is never good for any home. Buyers tend to avoid home listings that have been sitting in the market for too long, as it gives off the impression that something is not ideal about the property. Ensure a great and quick sale for your home by having the right person helping you, pegging it at the right price, and allowing for ample preparation.