Moving for a job, a change of pace, or more room for your family is an exciting new chapter in your life, but before you can turn the page, you need to sell your old house. Unfortunately, selling your home isn’t as easy as it seems, especially if you’re looking to close the deal quickly. With a few tips, however, you can increase your chances of finding the perfect buyer and receiving the offer you want in a matter of days or weeks.
If you struggle with cleanliness, selling your home is the time to get your act together. Not only should your home be tidy, but it should also smell great and be entirely free of clutter. This will improve the aesthetics and olfactory aspects of your house, and also improve its selling power.
Start by cleaning your house from top to bottom with a thorough dusting, sweeping, and mopping. Any place that’s out in the open should get a touch-up. You should also clean any areas that you’ve neglected such as baseboards, door frames, and window sills. Once you’ve cleaned, remove all clutter and keep a watchful eye on places where clutter congregates such as counters, shelves, and mantels throughout your home.
Kick Up the Curb Appeal
The oft-used idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a solid teaching for your children and an excellent saying in theory, but face it. People judge others subconsciously and instantaneously, and this same principle applies to your home. If the exterior looks a bit worn or dilapidated, a potential buyer’s interest in the property falls dramatically.
Thankfully, you have numerous options to improve your home’s curb appeal across a range of prices. An affordable yet fantastic way to improve the look is minor landscaping. New mulch, trimmed hedges, and fresh flowers transform your yard into a mini botanical garden, while a fresh lawn mowing makes everything neat and tidy.
If you have extra capital to improve your home’s aesthetic, consider a fresh coat of paint, at least on the front of the house. This gives it a like-new condition that the buyer will appreciate. Another option is to power wash the sidewalk, deck, driveway, and siding of your house to restore the gleam.
Sell at the Right Time
Selling your home in spring or summer is a surefire way to sell it faster. Armed with tax refunds, excited about warm weather, and ready for change, buyers are more willing to buy homes in April and May than in any other months. Summer months are a close second.
With spring and summer as the best sellers’ months, you have fall and winter to make any large-scale repairs and minor touch-ups. Hopefully, you can use this time to your advantage and have your home on the market in late March, just in time for buyers.
By following these tips, you can attract more buyers in a shorter time than other sellers in your area. You might even find a buyer that’s ready to sign on the dotted line today. There are few things in life more exciting than that.