If you’ve experienced the process of selling a home in the past, you may have asked yourself “how you I get that year of my life back?” Today’s environment has presented home sellers with an interesting set of challenges along with some benefits. With the right set of tools and knowledge base, selling your home fast does not have to be a painful process.
The reality is that many lenders are still cranking up their requirements for obtaining financing, and the buyers out there that are qualified know what they want. However, because inventory for nice houses in many neighborhoods are low, this creates a sellers market in many neighborhoods especially the high demand neighborhoods. That is great news for sellers. However, that doesn’t give you reason to leave your house a mess once it goes to market.
So if you are a homeowner looking to sell and looking to sell fast for top dollar, your house better be in tip-top shape to attract the coveted pool of qualified buyers. Here are some quick and helpful tips to sell your house fast:
1. Treat your home like a product
One of the hardest parts of the selling process as a homeowner is detaching one’s emotion from the home. A home can be extension of who we are complete with our personal memorabilia, religious relics, large family photos and other personal items to remind us of all the memories. When selling a home however, success usually depends on creating an environment that is appealing to the broadest range of potential buyers. It is important to keep emotion aside and treat your home as a product in which you need to create demand for.
2. Take a Feng Shui approach
Feng Shui is a Chinese system that draws a connection between our dwelling place and our inner energy. According to the philosophy, the less cluttered our habitat the less cluttered our inner being and the more positive our spiritual energies. Whether you believe this to be true or not, there is still some great advice to be learned. De-cluttering a space is extremely important to selling a home because it makes the home look bigger and buyers can then visualize living in it themselves. Not only with this tip bring in offers, but you’ll also save packing time later on when you’re finally ready to move.
3. Dress to Impress
Staging is like renting a tuxedo for prom night. You don’t actually own the tuxedo but you sure look good wearing it for a short time. Staging a house is a commonly used practice that “dresses” the home up with furniture and accessories in order to make it more appealing to buyers. You can hire a professional to do this for you but my recommendation is to try it yourself to save a few bucks. All you need are a couple of decorations to spruce up the house to make it look more homely. Go to Walmart and get items that are inexpensive and strategically place them around the house. You can also check out online sites like Craigslist and the eBay Classifieds where you can find some great pieces. Remember, it’s usually the smallest details that make the biggest difference and buyers do notice.
For more information and additional resources check out the following:
10 Best Kept Secrets For Selling Your Home – HGTV
10 Tips To Sell Your Home Fast – US News
Selling Your House? Avoid These Mistakes – Investopedia
How to Sell Your House: 100 Tips to Sell Faster and For More Money – Biggerpockets.com
How to Sell Your House – Bankrate
Good luck on your selling adventures!