5 Ways To Sell A Home Faster

by Sundaybell on October 21, 2011

When selling a home, the last thing you want is for it to be sitting on the market for ages, gathering moss as it were. It’s no secret that for every day the house remains unsold; it impacts negatively on your selling price. So what can you do? Well, we thought about that and came up with 5 tips to help you sell your home faster!

Get a good real estate agent

According to the National Association of Realtors®, over 85% of home sellers use an agent when selling a home. Agents have access to powerful marketing tools and know how to sell a home quickly and profitably. Having a good real estate agent in your corner can make all the difference between a quick sale and no sale at all.

Pricing is key when selling a home

This is one of THE MOST IMPORTANT points when selling a home. In fact, this is where the majority of FSBO sellers go wrong because they really have no idea what the true value of their property is. Agents know how to price a house to sell and make sure that the homes they’re listing are neither over nor undervalued.

Prepare your home for sale

This may sound like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it! Some examples:

  • Make a checklist of what needs to be repaired and get them fixed
  • Stage your house properly – your agent can help you find a professional who can do this properly
  • De-personalize and de-clutter all the rooms
  • Enhance curb appeal: make your front lawn as attractive as possible; nobody wants to look inside a home that’s messy outside! Also, throw on a fresh coat of paint and brighten up some of the rooms as well; the more appealing you make your home, the better chance you have of a quick sale

Here’s a great video showing how a professional home stager prepares a house for sale:

Selling a home? Let people know!

You can’t sell a house if nobody knows you’re selling it! Once again, a good real estate agent’s help can be invaluable here. Real estate agents are professionals and know exactly how to market a property in order to achieve a quick sale. Remember, the longer a home takes to sell, the longer the agent remains unpaid, therefore their motivation for a quick sale is at least as high as yours, if not more!

Throw in something extra!

People love getting stuff for free! By offering prospective buyers an incentive, you could end up selling your home faster than you had hoped. Some examples:

  • Offer to share the closing cost
  • Give them a year’s home warranty for free
  • Think about throwing in some nice accessories, like a flat screen TV

With a little bit of effort and the help of a good real estate agent, selling a home can be both quick and profitable. Knowing what you need to do is the first step to success!

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