There are a lot of factors that will determine how quickly your house is sold, and it’s important to tackle the factors you can control. If you’re still living in your home while trying to sell it, these are a few simple ideas that can help speed up the home sale process.
1. De-clutter: Buyers want to step into a prospective home and imagine the possibilities. That’s a lot easier to do when a space is airy and clutter-free. Get rid of the clutter that’s just taking up space in your home, and it can totally transform how a buyer sees the property. Plan on de-personalizing while you’re decluttering, it can be distracting for a buyer if there are dozens of pictures of you or your loved ones around the home.
2. Offer an incentive: Don’t break the bank for add-ons that don’t make financial sense in the long run, but there are some reasonable expenses you can use to entice buyers, such as offering a home warranty. Reach out to me if you’d like to get a cost estimate for a home warranty and what that looks like to offer it as incentive with your home listing.
3. Focus on flow: Now that you’re working toward a new home, it’s important to position your furniture for easy movement through the space, rather than how you personally like it arranged. Position your furniture so that it’s natural to flow from one room to the next. I’d be happy to give you my advice on furniture placement ideas. I also have a contacts that can stage your home with the furniture you already have and it costs much less than having your whole home staged.
4. Take care of your to-do list: There’s probably a list of small repairs that you’ve been putting off for a while, like fixing a dripping faucet, light bulbs, or touching up paint on some walls. Make those repairs so that the home is more move-in ready for buyers.
5. Commit to cleanliness: Just like removing clutter, keeping your place clean can go a long way toward appealing to buyers. It’s especially true in the kitchen—no dishes in the sink or coffee rings on the countertops!
Lastly, of course a home that is clean and smells fresh is great. However, you should avoid using strong scents or plugins. Many people have sensitivity to smells and may get the impression that an odor is being covered up.
Depending what time of year you list your home, it’s a good idea to let in the fresh outdoor air. Have your fans going to keep air circulating.
For more tips and advice to get your home ready to sell quick reach out to me anytime! My advice is always free.