Selling a home is a hassle that requires a lot of energy, patience, and money. Fortunately, there are some hacks that you can leverage to make selling your home fast easier. If you live in Raleigh or the surrounding areas, read on to learn six ways you can get your home sold faster for a quick, easy sale.
1. Focus On The Product–Your Home
Before you call your listing agent, do a thorough walkthrough of your home and take note of its condition. I recommend starting in the kitchen. What is the condition of the appliances, faucet, sink, countertops, and cabinets? Are they old and worn out? Are any of the electrical outlets lose? Are the appliances old and dated? Are they spotless?
Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer. Ask yourself what you would want to see if you were about to spend over $100,000?
Whether it’s a leaking faucet or a broken appliance, now is the time to make these easy changes. Well-maintained homes will generally sell faster.
If you need an objective, third-party opinion, consider hiring a home inspector. While you are not obligated to get your home inspected before selling, it can be helpful to have an idea of the repairs that are needed before you start spending money. Keep in mind that the most costly repairs are found around the HVAC systems, roof, and siding.
2. Selling Your Home Fast–Don’t Forget the Curb Appeal
We feel like a broken record sometimes, but the importance of curb appeal can not be overstated. If you look at the before and after photos of many renovations you will notice the difference. Remember the phrase, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression?” Make sure your curb appeal is beautiful, clean, and updated for buyers to see.
Trimming trees and overgrown bushes, and some fresh mulch in the garden beds can go a long way. Consider removing some large shrubs and replacing them with new ones. Power washing is a great way to make a home stand out for under $200. New porch lighting and a new lockset can add to the curb appeal as well.
If you need some help, consider talking to a local realtor who can help make a few suggestions. The better the curb appeal looks, the greater the odds are of selling your home fast.
3. Clear the Clutter
It’s amazing how much stuff is accumulated over a few years. What homeowners don’t notice is how homes appear cluttered to new buyers. I would recommend touring some listings of new construction, or newly renovated homes. You will get an idea of modern staging trends for the best effect.
Not only will cleaning up the clutter make your home look better, but it’ll also free up floor space and make your home appear larger. Consider renting storage for the items you don’t want to discard.
You don’t have to buy new furniture when selling your home. However, a home staging company can help to transform your space and make it neutral and enticing for a wider range of buyers.
4. Consider Some Upgrades
If you’re interested in selling your home fast, you probably don’t have the time or budget to undergo a major remodel. However, you can still make a few simple upgrades that can boost the value of your home.
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do. We recommend neutral colors, such as Sherwyn Williams Agreeable Grey SW 7029 for the walls and a neutral white for the trim.
Granite countertops are another great way to add value to a home. There are some granite options that can be had for around $2,000, as of this writing.
Flooring is another aspect to consider. You can steam clean carpets and replace outdated vinyl in the wet areas for a great presentation.
Replace old, outdated lighting with some modern fixtures from Lowes or Home Depot. They have a great selection of affordable, and stylish, fixtures for all the rooms in your home.
5. Know The Local Market
The best way to sell quick is to really understand your local market in terms of pricing and demand. Your agent can compile a Comparative Market Analysis which will tell you things like the average days on market (DOM), as well as the average and median list prices. When you know what local buyers are consuming, you can make better decisions when it comes to changing or updating specific features of your home.
The better you know your market, the quicker your home should sell. Asking too much could turn buyers away while asking too little could make them suspicious or could also short you some potential profit.
Find your “sweet spot” when you’re planning to sell your home, and start there. With a few tweaks, selling your home fast should be no problem.
6. Sell To A Local Home Buyer
Selling your home to a local home buyer such as Wake County Home Buyers will you to bypass all of the above. You will not have to make any repairs, or do any cleaning or decluttering. We even allow you to discard unwanted personal items in the home. If you don’t want that couch, leave it where it is! You can just pick up and go.
We even pay closing costs and allow you to take the time you need to move your items. If you need to sell your home fast or would like more information, please visit my Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us today.