How to Sell Your Home Fast: Easy Tips That Work for Sellers
The Right Way to Sell Your Home Quickly
This article covers tips for selling your home fast and for a good price.
Get a Good Real Estate Agent
Few home sellers are equipped to sell their own homes (For Sale By Owner, or FSBO). Those who try often find that they don’t understand marketing, they don’t know how to price their own home, and they lack time to show it during work hours or hold open houses on weekends.
There is nothing wrong with selling it yourself. Give yourself a specific amount of time and then bring in a pro if you have not gotten into escrow yet. Listing with a professional real estate agent should speed up the home selling process.
Just use an experienced and ethical pro with a good reputation. And choose someone who specializes in your area. A quick look at the For Sale signs should tell you who knows your community best.
Understand that you do not have to pay 6% to get good representation, Many experienced and capable agents work for full-service discount real estate brokerages. They charge less per sale but make it up in volume by doing a good job for a fair price.
Research Recent Comparable Sales
Home sellers should research the homes that are nearby and similar to their homes to see what they are selling for.
Understand that listing price and selling price is different. Listing prices are just what sellers hope to get. Selling prices are what they actually get. Home appraisers base values on closed sales of the property and not the listing price.
Check out websites like Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin and do a search of properties sold in your area that is similar to yours; lot size, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms. You can at least find out what the ballpark figure will be of the value of your home
You can also contact a few Realtors and see if they can do a market analysis on your property and see what their opinions are.
Window Dress Homes
Prior to listing home, make sure to remove all clutter both outside and inside.
Take care of these tasks:
- garbage cans are out of sight
- kitchen is clean
- no dirty dishes is laying around
- toilet seats are down
- all beds in all bedrooms are made
- add floral arrangements in the kitchen and eating areas
- paint the home if it needs it
- make sure lawn is mowed and shrubs and trees are trimmed
The exterior and entry are your only chance to make a good first impression. Don’t blow that opportunity with clutter, dirt, and weeds.
Hosting an Open House
Hosting an open house can attract potential home buyers to visit the listed home and view all the details for themselves.
- Even with all of the technology of the internet we have today, the best seller is for the home buyer to actually see the product they are buying in person instead online
- Be present at the open house to answer questions to potential home buyers
- Home should be a move-in ready condition with no clutter
- Make sure that all lights are in working order and all appliances are in perfect condition
Keep in mind that most home buyers will hire a home inspector who will comb the property inside and out so make sure that everything is in working order.
Realtors can organize and host open houses and do the following:
- send out mailers
- set up landing pages for home
- market home through social media outlets
- list homes in local directories
- list property on Zillow and other real estate websites, and network with other real estate agents.
Some real estate agents will also pay for advertisement costs on major newspapers, real estate websites, and real estate magazines for maximum exposure. Other real estate agents will pay for staging your home which can become quite costly.
You need to feel comfortable with your real estate agent so we highly recommend that before you list your property, interview several real estate agents and do your due diligence. A listing agreement with a real estate agent is a binding contract so if you become unhappy with the services of the real estate agent you hired, you need to cancel the listing agreement in order for you to list your property with another real estate agent.