21 Ways to Make Your House Sell Faster
No one wants to live in limbo with their house on the market for months on end. Fortunately, there are many ways to catch the eye of prospective buyers and make your home sell faster. Better yet, most don't cost more than a few dollars and a generous application of elbow grease, regardless of whether you live in New York City or Dubuque, Iowa. Here are 21 tips from veteran real estate agents to make your home stand out.
You want to get as much money for your home as possible, but don't get greedy. If it's priced too high, buyers will look elsewhere. After all, it's easy to go online and see the selling prices of other homes in the neighborhood. Consider spending a few extra dollars for a market appraisal, says Sam Schneiderman, principal broker of the Greater Boston Home Team.
There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint to liven up a house. You may just love burgundy red or Big Bird yellow, but it's better to stick with a neutral palette, says Neda Vander Stoep of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Boston.
Dirty windows can be a big turnoff to potential buyers. That means washing both the inside and outside, Vander Stoep says.
To make it as easy as possible for someone to buy your home, have a schedule of showings and a clear process for submitting offers when you put your home on the market. "Buyers and their agents like to know how showings and offers are being handled, and this presents your home much more professionally," Crowley says.
It's hard to say which is worse: trying to show off a chilly house to potential buyers or inviting them into a stiflingly hot house. If people are comfortable, they're more likely to linger and admire the home's attributes.
A dirty house will send buyers running in the other direction. Make sure your house is spotless -- hire someone to come and clean for you if cleaning is not your thing. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, steam clean it, Vander Stoep advises.
This might sound counterintuitive, but be up front about any issues your house might have and sign a disclosure statement, Schneiderman says. If issues come up later in the home inspection, it could head off a round of haggling with a buyer over a price you both previously agreed on.
The first thing a buyer is going to see when driving up to your house is the front yard and the front of your home. Spend some time on the landscaping, maybe put in some flowers, and paint your front door. First impressions count.
Maybe you can't wait to sell your house and move into a bigger home with more closet space. That's fine, but you don't want prospective buyers to know that. Organize your closet so it looks like you have space to spare, Vander Stoep says.