3 simple steps to help sell your home quickly

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Putting your house up for sale can be a process that involves a lot of stress, especially if you’re trying to sell your home quickly. Finding the best realtor to showcase your property is the first step, and it’s not one to take lightly. We know this as we are interviewing real estate agents right now, with the hopes to move over the next year or two. There’s no rush but we know that will be our next step. We have been renovating our condo, and we are looking at our options.

Rather than putting the agent in control, instead you can start to take efforts to help your property stand out from others that are of similar value that are being listed on the market. In an over-saturated or low season, show your home at its best to sell your home more quickly than you might otherwise and get the best price for it. Plan yourself, and know that the tips below are not easy but they are right for a person who is seriously looking to sell their house in a short time.

1. Custom design

To position your house as one that others consider purchasing, consider adding custom furniture or upgrades. Doing so can dramatically increase the home’s aesthetics. For example, you could add high-grade windows or a modern roof.

Organizing and de-cluttering rooms will also help your space look better. It can often look bigger than it did before when there is minimal decor.

Any enhancements ought to be commonsense – don’t go overboard as you won’t get the return on investment – and use colors that will appeal to the largest group of onlookers. If you’re not sure what colors to use, stick with neutral shades or ask a realtor.

You might even consider adding a new deck if your has become wrecked over the years. Otherwise, an interested buyer will likely offer a lower price than you’re asking for as they’ll have to spend money to fix it themselves.

2. Update furniture

Once all the clutter is out of the way, take a step back and look at the broader picture. Are those who are doing a walkthrough of your home or looking at photos of it online able to see a clear transition from room to room, and does the living space look its best?

Unfortunately, outdated furniture can make your interior look tired. Furthermore, the size of the furnishings might be too big or too small for the area, which doesn’t look good.

Consider putting away bulky items into the basement or a storage unit off-site. Create an open area that is inviting for those who are interested in perhaps moving in there.

Ask a style-savvy friend for help if you’re not sure quite how to stage your home, or real estate agents often can be helpful in this regard. Go to each room and see how you improve it.

Perhaps you can move furniture or accessories, such as lamps and side tables, from one room to a different one to better make use of the space. That trick will save you from having to buy new furniture! It can provide the impact you need.

3. Selling strategies

Ah yes, the sale. You will have to pay a real estate agent a commission for selling your home for you. They will know whether to put a “coming soon” tag on the property to get house hunters interested in it, or they will start right away day one with a “for sale” sign at your property.

Inquire which online listings the agent will use to advertise your property. Also ask about photography and videography. A growing technique these days is using videos to help sell your home, including virtual walkthroughs, especially during COVID-19 when there are few in-person open houses.

If you need to sell your home quickly, make sure you pick the real estate agent who has a great plan for how to do so and outlines it before you sign a contract with them. Be ready to arrange timelines, have a good understanding of the size of mortgage you will get approved for, and know that there will be at least a few bumps along the way.

Knowing the ins and outs of the method is particularly vital if you wish to offer your house quick.

This post is also available in: French

3 COMMENTS

  1. Christy, I just wanted to let you know, I got a dozen blog posts from you by email – all in French? Did you write and post almost a dozen articles in French this week? Your blog may be possessed. I clicked on one and came here, and it’s not in French, but I noticed you’ve posted in June. WordPress is playing games with your blog. Same weird older emails came to me from Colleen too. – full moon lol. <3

  2. Great post, Christy! Deciding to sell our homes is a big decision with lots of ins and outs, just as you mentioned. The more prepared we are, the smoother the process. It’s also worth considering whether or not you’ll be living in the property while it’s up for sale. Showings can be intrusive, if the agents don’t respect the boundaries you’ve set for times, etc.

    I agree 100% with you about the quality of the real estate agent chosen. A friend of mine had her house on the market for a couple of years. It was a beautiful home that had been completely remodeled top to bottom. The agents simply weren’t getting the home sold. A couple of agents told her that she needed to drop the price AGAIN.

    Then, she switched agents to a woman who was a military Vet and had connections. Within one WEEK, the house was sold. Better yet? She had told her to raise the price! If your home is quality – there shouldn’t be a need to continue lowering the price unless it really was too high to begin with.

    Staging is also extremely helpful. We know how it is to walk into a home and envision ourselves in that space. We can ‘see’ the next years of our lives playing out with all sorts of great memories! People coming into our homes for sale are no different. :) If it feels fresh and inviting, it leaves a lasting impression. Home is definitely where the heart is!

    Love it, Christy. As always, you’ve done an amazing job sharing the ‘need to know info’ with all of us. Sending my love to you & yours. Praying you are well, sweet friend! 🤗💕

    • Dear Holly, thank you for the wonderful feedback on this post. As you say, getting the listing price right is a tough and can make for a quick sale – or not. It is good to have a realtor who has a handle on the neighborhoods you’re looking to buy in and is comfortable to speak with too. That’s as opposed to someone who drives the conversation and doesn’t consider your opinions as the client. I hope you are doing well! Much love to you xo

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