7 Pro Tips for Selling Your Property, Fast!
Better schools. Bigger property. Empty nest.
There are so many reasons why people move. But now it’s your turn — you’re selling your property, and you want to make a deal happen fast.
The best thing you can do is prepare for the road ahead with these seven tips for property selling ASAP.
1. Half-Empty Your Closets
Whether you’re selling a sprawling mansion or a cozy condo, potential buyers will want to see that the place has plenty of storage.
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One way to create visual space is to clear out your stuff. You don’t want to get rid of everything, though. Without enough furniture and possessions in place, it can be hard for visitors to visualize how their own belongings would fit.
So, clear out about half of what you keep in your closets and cabinets. Organize what’s left behind so it looks like there’s plenty of space for the new owners’ stuff.
2. Hide Pet Must-Haves
You love your pet, and there’s a good chance that potential visitors would, too. Still, you should make a point to take your pet out of the house when it’s time for a showing.
Not only that, but remove the evidence that you have a pet living with you. Put away their bowls, hide their food and put toys in a basket — and stick that basket out of view.
Unfortunately, seeing pet accessories makes people think your house is unclean. So, make a point to clean everything up before a viewing, and take your pet with you when you go.
3. Make Quick Updates
You might think that your house needs a new, top-of-the-line kitchen to get it sold. This isn’t always the case.
In fact, most houses sell more quickly with just a few superficial touches. So, rather than sinking thousands into a remodel, try simple projects.
Re-paint the walls to a fresh, neutral hue. Replace the hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. And have your grout cleaned so bathrooms and backsplashes look fresh.
These little steps don’t cost much, and you can do many of them yourself.
4. De-Personalize Your Living Spaces
You’re selling personal property, which means it has your touch on it. But neutralizing this vibe can make it easier for potential buyers to picture themselves living in your space.
On that note, take down family photos and mementos that you have scattered throughout the house. Re-paint any walls that are personalized — not everyone likes bold colors and patterns. And, as we said before, put a good chunk of your clothes and personal effects into storage until it’s time to move into your new place.
A home stager can help you make your place look its best. You don’t have to worry about this if you want to sell land privately, but if you’re selling a home? It’s a vital step to take to get a quick sale.
5. Focus on the Kitchen
Remember how we said you shouldn’t replace your entire kitchen pre-sale? We stand by that statement still.
However, you should make the kitchen the focal point of your updates if you want a quick sale. A buyer can easily knock thousands of dollars off of their offer if this space looks dated or old.
Again, your best bet here is to make superficial updates to breathe new life into the kitchen. Spend a weekend re-painting your kitchen cabinets if they’re old or an out-of-fashion hue. Like we said before, replacing the hardware can make a huge change, too.
Another good trick for your kitchen update: if you do have the cash, invest in one stainless steel appliance. Even if you can’t afford to replace all of your pieces, a single silver appliance will make the rest of them look more modern. It sounds crazy, but it works.
So, focus your energy and effort on your kitchen — it will sell your home. And, if you do it right, it will help get the job done quickly.
6. Let the Light In
No one wants to live in a dark house. They especially don’t want to invest in a property that’s perpetually shady.
So, maximize the natural light in your property to entice potential buyers. Before a showing, open up all of your blinds and throw back any curtains. Let as much of the sun’s glow into your space as you can.
You can further amplify this light with mirrors placed close to windows. Reflected light further brightens your living space, of course.
And, if your showings come later in the day, turn on all of your lights. Layer overhead lighting with table and floor lamps to make the space look warm and bright.
7. Get the Best Photos
Most buyers will have seen your house before they step foot inside. That’s right — they will check out your property online to make sure it’s worth a visit. One poll found that 44 percent of clients started their home search online, and 87 percent found pictures a vital part of the decision process.
If the pictures of your home don’t do the place justice, though, you can’t really expect anyone to come to see it. So, it’s worth the cost to invest in a professional photographer to take photos of your property before the online ad goes live.
Your real estate agent should offer this service to you and, in most cases, it’s free. But if you’re selling without an agent, make sure to invest in this service.
Selling Your Property — Make It Quick
You are not only selling your property, but you want to do so ASAP. Taking on these seven pieces of advice can make that happen for you — and help you into your new home quickly.
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