Selling your home can be stressful under normal circumstances. If you add a deadline on top of your already stressful experience, your blood pressure will rise through the roof. Regardless of what is prompting the deadline- you’re in luck because now is a great time to sell! According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors, 32% of recent home sales were on the market for less than a month. If other homeowners can do it, so can you! Sell your home in record time with these 4 tips.
Accentuate the Positive
Staging spotlights your home’s best features while making the problem areas less prominent. It starts with simply cleaning and de-cluttering and can include painting and rearranging furniture, among other tasks. The goal is to create a welcoming warm environment that’s easy for buyers to envision as their own. You have the option of hiring a professional stager or doing it yourself, but regardless it is well worth your time and money. A recent study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes that were staged before being listed sold in an average of 23 days. That’s 90% faster than those that sat on the market for several months before being staged!
Use Knockout Photos
When it comes to home search, the internet is mainly what buyers rely on to find their perfect home, and photos play a crucial role in capturing attention. According to a study in the Journal of Real Estate Research, photos are the first thing buyers go to in the MLS listing and where they spend most of their time. That’s why it’s important to put your best face forward. Save your smartphone camera for family snapshots. This job calls for a professional—preferably with a wide-angle lens! Schedule your photo shoot for a time of day when the sun casts the perfect light on your home and make sure every room looks catalog-ready.
Price It Right
This is no time to put your emotions on your shoulder. If you really want to move the ball, you’ve got to price your home to sell. It doesn’t matter how much you paid for it eight years ago or what you owe on your mortgage. Your home is worth what buyers will pay, plain and simple. If you price it too high, buyers will pass it up without ever stepping through the door. On the other hand if it is priced too low you’ll give it away to the first taker. Work with an experienced real estate agent to find a happy medium so you don’t lose time or money. Your agent can help you set a competitive price by comparing recent sales of homes in your area.
Hire a Mover and Shaker
Don’t waste your time on an agent who only sells a handful of homes a year. It takes more than a sign in your yard to sell your home fast. You need a pro with a plan, and a short deadline calls for the best in the business! A true pro knows there’s strength in numbers and brings a creative mind and a mile-long contacts list to expose your home to as many buyers as possible. Look for a high-octane agent who closes a minimum of 35 home transactions per year and has at least four years of real estate experience. With the right agent, you can get top dollar for your home even when time is short!