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8 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Sep 8, 2017 1:34 AM

Most homeowners who list their house on the market want to sell the property quickly to ensure that it doesn't lose its value or appeal over time. When it comes to finding the right buyer, there are a several ways that you can increase the appeal of your home and allow it to sell quickly. If you want to get the house off your hands as soon as possible, there are a few important steps to take.

1. Price it Right

The listing price of your home will ultimately determine the buyers that you attract depending on each person's budget and what they can afford. Hire a professional appraiser to come out to the property to give you an accurate estimate of what the home is worth. List the home 15 to 20 percent lower than what it's worth, which will allow you to get multiple bids. Buyers who fight over the home with their offers are more likely to increase their offer and can end up bidding more than what it's worth.

2. Remove Clutter

Removing clutter will not only allow the home to appear tidier but will also create a more spacious interior setting. Rent a storage unit where you can keep all of your paperwork, family photos, and children's toys to prevent them from being an eyesore in the home when buyers tour the property.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

You may want to save more money while selling your home, but hiring a real estate agent will allow your property to have more exposure on the market. A real estate agent can also handle the negotiation process and has the necessary experience to avoid turning buyers away.

Gokul Putumbaka, owner of Cash Closing Home Buyers, and a real estate agent in Philadelphia PA for over 6 years states "I believe honesty, integrity, effective communication and in-depth market knowledge are some of the most important qualities an excellent real estate professional should possess."

4. Upgrade the Kitchen

Stick to minor upgrades that won't take too much time and money, and can make it an affordable purchase for buyers. Focus most of your attention on the kitchen, which is the most important room of the home that visitors will want to have updated.

Most sellers understand the importance of upgrading different features or rooms of their home to update the property and allow it to stand out on the market. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of upgrading too much of the property, which can make it easy to lose money that you won't get back once the home sells.

5. Boost Your Curb Appeal

Increasing your curb appeal will allow your home to stand out. Consider painting the front door with a bright color, adding new address numbers, and installing a new mailbox. Buyers are more likely to tour the inside of the home if they're impressed with the exterior.

6. Hire a Professional Photographer

The photos in your ad are one of the most important parts of your listing, making it necessary to hire a professional photographer that has the equipment and software to produce quality images. The photos should be taken during the day when the home has the most light once you've made the necessary upgrades and repairs.

7. Choose the Right Time to Sell

The time of year that you sell the home will influence how many buyers visit the property. Spring is the most popular time of the year for homes to be sold when the sun is out, and buyers won't be traveling in harsh weather conditions. If possible, get your house ready to sell by April or May.

8. Offer Incentives

Leaving a new refrigerator behind or a flat screen television will work as incentives that will make potential buyers feel more inclined to make an offer. Sweetening the deal with high-end products that have significant intrinsic value will make your home stand out on the market.

When you're ready to find a buyer quickly, there are important tips to follow that will prove to be effective. By sprucing up your home and pricing it right, you can create an appealing property that is in demand and is easy to sell.

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