Whether you are under contract for another house and need to sell your home right away or you’ve been relocated for work, there are steps you can take to improve your chances for a quick sale. Here are five of the best ways to entice buyers and help your home sell sooner rather than later.
1. Price it Correctly
According to U.S. News and World Report, many homeowners who want to sell quickly make the mistake of pricing their homes too high to give themselves room to drop the price later. But because traffic is highest in the first 30 days of the listing, you could risk missing out on buyers with a slightly lower budget–or those who think the high price means you won’t negotiate. A good agent will be able to recommend the best listing price based on knowledge of the neighborhood and market. And if you really need to sell quickly, experts say that subtracting 15 to 20 percent off the value of your home can bring in multiple buyers and even start a bidding war.
2. Improve Your Curb Appeal
When it comes to selling a home, nothing is more valuable than a great first impression. Look at your home with a neutral eye and make a punch list of things that need to be spruced up before it hits the market. Your lawn should be mowed, exterior landscaping tidy, driveway and walkways clean, and porch and trim freshly painted.
3. Depersonalize Your Space
Buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in the home, which means you should remove all traces of your family’s existence, like personal photos. HGTV suggests that eager sellers clear out their closets to appeal to buyer seeking lots of storage space. And if you have a pet, make sure that litter boxes and food bowls are hidden away during showings. Be vigilant about removing pet hair and odors from surfaces.
4. Throw in Extras
If you want to sell your home quickly, offering financial incentives can make all the difference for relatively little investment. Consider offering credit toward closing costs or invest in a transferable home warranty. In addition to these bonuses, offer to close in 30 days for buyers seeking a home with fast occupancy.
5. Choose the Right Agent
A savvy agent is the most important factor in selling a home quickly, so choose one with a great sales track record and take his or her advice when it comes to pricing and staging.