Selling your house is a huge step. You don’t just wake up and put up a sign outside; it follows careful thinking back and forth, debates both in your head and with those affected. The actual sale is not a walk in the park either. Depending on a number of factors, you house can sell within a couple of weeks or years. But the housing market is not known for its stability. There are unpredictable fluctuations that will upset everything you might have hinged on the sale of your house. For this and other reasons, you obviously want to get it over with in the shortest period of time. Here are 10 things you have to do if you want the house gone in a flash. Okay, maybe not a flash, but at least reasonably fast.
Make it Stand Out
Your buyers will be driven by what they see and they will be definitely more interested if your house stands out. Try to customise everything you can to make it pleasantly unique from the rest of the buildings in your neighborhood. You could retouch your landscape to make it livelier, improve your windows, or put up a new roof.
Do everything you can to make the house attractive at first sight. Even if the inside of your house has golden floors with a diamond encrusted ceiling, make sure you work on the outside to make it decent as well. The outward appearance may turn off potential buyers and reduce the value of your house greatly. First impressions matter. People fall in love or hate the home right from the sidewalk. A simple new coat for your walls can go a long way.
But not all your attempts at improving your house will result in more buyer interest. Improvements such as bathrooms and roofs do not increase buyer appeal much. Consult some pros to understand where exactly you have to hammer to hit the nail right on the head.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter can be a turn-off, anywhere anytime; and when it comes to selling your home, it can greatly affect buyer appeal. Selling implies riding on the buyer’s imagination. Whether you are selling a car, the buyer has to picture themselves opening the door, behind the wheel, revving the engine, and all that. The more easily they can do that and love it, the more likely they are to buy. Equally, your potential buyers should be able to see themselves in the house easily. They should imagine their furniture in there, imagine the kids playing in their room, and see themselves in the kitchen preparing their favourite meal. With stuff randomly placed everywhere, this is can be hard and the buyer will retreat from the chaos in discomfort.
Clutter here does not just mean putting away empty cans of food off your kitchen table, or picking up the clothes the kids left on the floor. You might want to take this a step further and remove some furniture from some rooms to make them roomier.
If you have some money to spare, why not go pro and hire a stager? Yes, there are people who are just specialized in arranging interiors to attract buyers. How much you will have to pay depends on what is involved exactly. They don’t only push furniture around to achieve optimal aesthetics; they sometimes have different types of furniture to blend attractively with your interior. Hiring their furniture of course will improve your home’s appeal, but this may do some damage to your wallet as well. Your call.
Price it Right
Of course the cheaper it is, the more people will want it. But again you need to get paid so you will have to push the price up. Get overboard with this and the last question every potential buyer will ask you is, ‘How much?” You won’t hear from them beyond that. You need to understand the current housing market conditions, and the value of houses in your neighborhood with similar features. Hiring a good real estate professional here might help you lots.
Make it Possible for the Buyer to Move in Immediately
Don’t give people the impression that x number of things need to be worked on before they can move. This usually happens in the form of damaged plumbing systems. Make sure all the pipework is intact, the electrical wiring is fully functional, etc. The buyer should be able to move in once the transaction is through.