When it comes to putting your home on the market people generally have two main goals in mind: To sell it quickly and to get the best price. We know, easier said than done! But, we’ve scoured the top realty websites and come up with the top 6 tricks you need to know to get your home off the market faster.
1. Clean & Declutter
We may be starting to sound like a broken record, but we can’t stress enough how important a deep clean is to selling your home. Not only will it help your home look (and smell) like new, removing the things you don’t necessarily need will make all the rooms in your home look larger. A few rules of thumb are to clear everything off all counter tops, keep closets only 1/4 full and remove any personal items or knick-knacks, including photos.
2. Fantastic Photos
An interesting fact found on Zillow.com is that close to 90% of all home-buyers start their search online. This means having amazing photography of your home isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Another study showed that listings with professionally taken photos get up to 61% more views and usually end up selling for more money. So when you’re looking to put your home on the market looking its best, consider hiring a professional photographer to capture your home in all its glory. Oh, and Zillow also suggests taking at least 6 photos to really give the buyer and idea of the overall home and layout.
3. First Impressions
You know that old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”. Well people do, and they’ll judge your house by its “cover” the same way. You may have spent $100,000 renovating the interior of your home but if the front yard and entrance way are a mess, you may not get a second glance. Sprucing things up with some freshly planted flowers, re-painted trim and a good pressure wash on the deck can make a huge difference in the way your home is perceived. You don’t necessarily need to decorate in the fall with pumpkins and hay but they are a nice touch, no?
4. Vegetable Garden
This one may seem a little “out-of-left-field” but the truth is, veggie gardens are all the rage. According to Trulia, they are loved by both “Grannies and Millennials” alike which opens you up to a pretty big market. Not only that, but they are a beautiful addition to any backyard and many people love the idea of growing their own produce. Starting a vegetable garden can be a big job, so if the foundation is already there (or there’s even a good spot to start) it will be a big plus to many potential buyers.
5. Price It Right
Many people believe it’s better to start with a higher asking price. The truth is, it’s not if you want to sell your home quickly. Your home receives the most interest in the first 30 days on the market so if you start with an outlandish asking price, it make scare away a large amount of potential buyers. It’s best to price your home competitively for the market and your neighbourhood with the help of a real estate agent. They can find you the best asking price that will have you moving on quickly and happily.
6. Inspect & Disclose
Getting your home inspected before anyone makes an offer is a great way to save time when it comes to selling your home. Although this option may not be available to everyone, if you can have a recent inspection ready for a potential buyer, it can help the buying process go smoother and faster. By revealing any “red flags” up front, any offers you get are more likely to go through and therefore sell your home faster. You may also want to account for what needs to be fixed when you’re determining the best asking price for your home.