03 Nov How to Sell a Home Quickly
A “for sale” sign on your front lawn may be a necessary step, but it shouldn’t be the first one. Before putting your home on the market, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of a fast sale while still getting the most money possible.
Here are our top tips on how to sell a home quickly.
The first step is to declutter your home. And you need to be ruthless. Go through each room and edit, edit, edit. Extra furniture, off-season clothing, supplies for hobbies, personal items, they all have to go. A cluttered home looks smaller. It is also one of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers. With a careful edit, you will show your home to its full potential.
Give It a Good Scrub
To impress buyers, make sure your home shines. A freshly cleaned home gives a great first impression, making it easier to sell. Get rid of rugs, sofas and cushions if they are dingy. Freshen-up your bathroom with new towels and a new shower curtain. Before showings, shine up the sinks and keep dirty dishes and laundry out of sight. A spotless home sells.
Make It Smell Nice
Don’t forget about your other senses when it comes to preparing your home for sale. A home that smells like smoke, pets or other strong odours is harder to sell than one that smells fresh. Air out your house and eliminate as many odours as possible. Don’t just mask smells with perfume. Potential buyers will notice them anyways, and then worry the smell is there to stay.
Make It Bright
Home buyers love light, and they are prepared to pay for it. Let in lots of natural light to best show off your home. Open your curtains and blinds to allow the sunshine in – it will make your home feel bigger and brighter. Don’t forget to clean your windows to make them sparkle. If any room in your home tends to be dark, consider painting the wall in a lighter, brighter colour and adding extra lighting.
Price It Right
Now that your home is in great condition, it’s time to tackle the most important factor in selling it quickly: price. A home that is priced right will sell much faster than one that isn’t.
How to get the price just right? If you’re working with a realtor, ask them to provide examples of similar homes for sale in your neighbourhood, also known as comps. Ask them what price they recommend in order for a quick sale.
If you haven’t chosen a realtor yet, meet with a few to get a feeling for who would best represent you. Take the time to check out their current listings to see their style. Are their write-ups professional? What about their photos? Do you have confidence in their skills and the selling price they suggest?
By pricing your home right and showing it to its full potential, you can expect to create much more interest from day one. Stuck with a home that just isn’t selling? This CTV article has a few more tips to help you get that sign on your front lawn to say “sold”.