Do you need to sell your house, stat?
It is possible to sell your house quickly, without compromising on price.
All it takes is some extra love and attention to prep your home before it goes on show.
We’ll cover all the quick tips and big tricks you need to sell your house quickly.
First Impressions Count
The first thing potential buyers see leaves an important impression while they look around the rest of the house. So you want to make it good.
Make sure your front yard and front door are in tip-top shape.
Gurney the driveway, repaint the front door or simply mow the lawn.
Plus, ensure the first sight when you open the door looks bright, clean and welcoming.
It could set the mood for the entire house.
Make it Shine
Putting your house on the market is like putting it on stage. So make sure it looks its best.
Yes, this means the cleaning gloves will need to come out.
Don’t stop at the basics like dusting and vacuuming. Make your house really sparkle and clean tile grout, wax wooden floors, deep-clean carpet and don’t forget the kitchen.
Scrub the kitchen sink with baking soda and water and make sure all dishes are clean and put away.
Fix and Repair
Putting in the effort to make your house look in tip-top shape will pay off for a quick sale.
Fix any repairs necessary such as cracked paint, holes in walls, cracked tiles or broken door handles.
Replace any broken light bulbs. You want the house looking as bright and fresh as possible.
A fresh coat of paint will make rooms appear brighter and bigger. Neutral colours are great for house hunters to envision how their furniture would look.
A cluttered space not only looks messy, but it makes a room appear smaller.
Show off the space and embrace minimalism.
Start by donating the excess items you no longer need to charity shops.
Store ornaments, toys, books and hide clothes, shoes, food and beauty products behind their cupboards.
Put unnecessary furniture in storage to create more space, however, remember to make it look livable.
Unused space is a big turn off, especially for families. The more ‘rooms’ and the possibility of family areas, the better.
Damp Proof Your Home
It may sound minor, but dampness can make a home look and smell unhealthy and downright uninviting.
Luckily, there are solutions to de-dampen your home.
You can install a physical damp course to the bottom of your home creating a total barrier against rising damp.
Ventilation does wonders to air out damp smells. This is especially vital in the bathroom. After hot showers or baths, make sure you open windows and doors to ventilate the damp air.
Chemical injections into the lower part of the walls will settle inside the walls creating a waterproof layer.
Add dehumidifiers to affected areas in your house.
Get the Price Right
Setting a reasonable price is the first thing you need to do before putting the ‘for sale’ sign up.
Getting your house evaluated to determine an accurate asking price will put you in a much better position to sell your home faster.
But don’t stop there. Do your own research and find out the prices other homes in the street sold for, track house price trends and check market forecasts.
Ask the Tough Questions
A real estate agent with knowledge of the neighbourhood and good negotiating skills will do wonders to a speedy sale, so make sure you choose the right one.
Before you say yes to the agent, ask these important questions:
- Does the agent have experience selling in your neighbourhood? If so, what prices have they achieved?
- What price do they recommend to market your house?
- Have they had experience in quick sales? If so, what tips do they have to sell your home quick?
- What media outlets will they market your property?
- Will they carry out open homes?
- What extra fees do they charge?
- What is their commission rate?
The Power Of Photos
More than 98% of house hunters start their search online.
Those statistics make online marketing a must. But if you need to sell your house ASAP, you need to stand out.
So what do people look at first?
Photos. It’s vital to invest in a professional photographer to get the best shot at drawing the audience in.
But it’s not all up to the photographer to work their lens magic.
Make sure your house is looking photoshoot ready. Clean windows, plump up cushions, re-pleat curtains and don’t forget to make the bed!
Quick Tips To Go:
- Hang up large mirrors to make an illusion of more space.
- Add some fresh flowers to the house.
- Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct on all marketing. Research shows real estate ads without any spelling mistakes sell three times faster than those with errors.
- Spread the word that you’re selling. Tell your friends, friends of friends, colleagues, neighbours, newsagent, everyone. You never know who might be interested.
- Use social media to get the word out too.
- Upload your online adverts on Friday. Most house hunters look on real estate websites on Friday to plan their weekend of open homes.
- Turn lamps on in dark corners.
- Give possible buyers a takeaway file to keep your house in their minds. Ensure you highlight the key facts, show photos, and contact details.