6 Tips to Make your Home Sell Faster

What buyers want to see and what you can do to make your home sell faster.

If putting your home on the market is in your future, it is good to know what buyers are expecting, and what you can do to make your home sell faster. Much of these do not require a big investment, just some time, thought, and effort to make your house look its best to potential buyers!

1) Curb Appeal

The outside of your home is the first thing a potential buyer is going to see. Don’t forget about it! Curb appeal does not mean you need to paint the exterior of your home or do major improvements, but you should spend some time sprucing up your outside to make your home look the best it can.

If you’re not sure where to start, It’s helpful to enlist a friend who can look at your home’s exterior with a fresh eye. It’s surprising what you stop seeing about your own place! Here are a few things you can tackle in a few hours

  • Depending on the season you may have leaves, snow, or mud to deal with. Clear any debris from the front of your home and store shovels, rakes or other seasonal items out of site. Keep any walkways or driveways clear so that buyers can approach your house with ease.
  • Seasonal touches can help a lot when making your home look fresh and cared for. If weather allows, put a plant on the front porch or stoop if you have one. A wreath on the door also adds a welcoming touch.
  • Look at your front door – is it dirty or damaged? Give it a good scrub, repair any small damages (like holes in a screen) and maybe even do some small paint touch-ups – this can go a long way with upping your curb appeal!
  • Check your outdoor lights and replace any bulbs that are broken or dim – and clean them out if there are any dead bugs in there!

For some affordable and big-impact curb appeal ideas – check out Pinterest board!

RealtyWorks Ready-to-Sell Checklist

2) Interior Updates

Again, enlisting the help of a friend to point out what could use updating is helpful. Minor updates can make a big impact so don’t assume that only major renovations will be worth your time.

  • Fresh paint makes a big difference! If you can’t paint a whole room or area, concentrate on touching up areas that get the most traffic and show signs of wear. Trim and moulding around doors, areas around light switches, and stairwell walls can always use a refresh.
  • Clean up and invest a little in your entryway.  Whether you have a mudroom or just an area inside your front door, it most likely gets a lot of use and could use an upgrade. New baskets for small items like hats and gloves, a colorful area rug, and good lighting can all make this high traffic area look appealing.
  • New light fixtures will make your home look updated without a big investment. You don’t have to tackle your entire home but replacing anything that looks really outdated with an inexpensive new fixture from a home improvement store can make a big impact.

 

3) Clean and De- Personalize

Home staging has become a big buzzword in real estate over the last several years, but you don’t need to hire an interior decorator or rent furniture to stage your home to sell!

A good cleaning goes a long way, and this includes de-cluttering and removing any items that are personal to you (tips for de-cluttering before an open house can be found here). Minimize family photos or trinkets – you want to provide a clean slate so that a buyer can picture him or herself in your home.

Make sure all surfaces are clear, especially countertops! Stow away or move out of sight any large appliances that normally sit on your countertop. Clean counters and tables open up a room and can make it appear larger.

If possible, return rooms to their primary purpose. This means, if you are using an extra bedroom as an office, return it to a bedroom for the purposes of showing. It can be hard for people to visualize a bedroom if all they see are musical instruments or shelves of books. The same goes for dining rooms  – buyers will want to know there is room for at least a table and chairs.

 

4) Price it Right

It can be tempting to price your home high so that you have room to negotiate, but this isn’t a best practice. Pricing your home too high can mean that it will stay on the market longer, and that could lead to a price that is much lower than you had hoped for. According to this article from Realtor.com, “The longer a home stays on the market, the deeper the discount is likely to be off the original price.”

You are going to see the most activity and interest in the first few weeks you list your home – take advantage of the exposure and list your house at the right price so that you don’t lose the interest of potential buyers.

 

5) Share Neighborhood Info

Do you live in a great neighborhood? Can you walk to the park or school. Do you have a great view of the sunset or a Farmers’ Market nearby? Share that info!!

Whether you put it in an online listing, or just share it with buyers at a showing, it is great to let them know about the area with photos and information about your town, village, or neighborhood.

 

6) Good Photos and the Internet

Whether or not you are using a Realtor, make sure you invest in great photos! People search for homes online, so the more information they can see, the better. Dark, grainy, or minimal photos are not going to entice people to make the effort to schedule a showing.

Make sure you have a good amount of well- lit photos (taken after you update and de-clutter!). People want to see as much as possible and are used to having information at the click of a mouse. Floor plans and exterior shots are great too so if you have a deck, porch or yard, share it!

Once you have your photos, make sure your home is being marketed online. Having your home available in an MLS search is good, but is it being shared on social media? RealtyWorks markets all of our available properties on our Facebook page, and other social platforms like Twitter and Pinterest.

It’s amazing to see what kind of exposure you can get through social media! We got our staff involved in sharing a property through Facebook and over 1600 people saw within 24 hours! The property was shared with a huge audience for no extra cost.

In the digital world, this is essential. Make sure your Realtor is actively marketing your home on relevant social platforms.

This is something you can do even if your Realtor shares on social media. Share a great photo of your home with friends and family and ask them to pass it along – you will be amazed at the amount of people who will know your fabulous house is on the market!

 

A little effort goes a long way!

Investing some time in making your home look its best is essential before you list it. You want buyers to have a great first impression of your home or they may not return for a second look! A little and effort before you list can make your home sell faster – something all sellers hope for!

What about you? Do you have any great tips for low-cost home improvements that you can make to help sell your home faster? Leave them in the comments – we love to hear from you!
Are you thinking about buying or selling a home in the Rutland area? Give us a call, we’d love to hear from you and help you get your home sold!