Whether you’re building a new home, moving to another city, relocating to another continent or you’re simply down-sizing, you need to sell your home.
With the ongoing fluctuations in the current market, it is always best to sell your house as quickly as possible. Some research also suggests that the longer a house lies on the market, the lower the chances of selling. So, how do you quickly sell your house in the fast-paced world? These 10 tips might help you achieve just that, without really digging a hole in your pocket.
Tip 1: Think like a buyer
To sell your house to a potential buyer, you need to think like a buyer. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes – what will you like to see in a potential new home? A neat and clean house. A house that has a lot of natural lighting which isn’t dull or depressing. A house with clean fans, clean ledges, clean table tops and clean kitchen counters. A house which has an inviting entrance. Think of all the things that you will look for in a new house and then make those very changes! That is a sure-shot way to get your house to sell quickly.
Tip 2: Make the house look liveable
When a buyer walks into a house, they like to imagine what their life in that house will be like. Why not make that imagination process easier? Set the table so the buyer can imagine what their family dinner might look like. Do up the bedrooms, with the master bedroom decorated for the main couple and a guest room decorated for the kids. If you know the potential buyer has a dog, just put a dog bed in one corner of the house. Put a few throw pillows on the couch, maybe a vase of fresh flowers in the lobby. If the house looks liveable, the buyer is probably going to prefer it to a basic commercial empty house.
Tip 3: Paint, paint, paint
The first impression is made when a potential buyer drives past the house. If the house looks dirty, shabby or even old from the outside, the chances of the buyer liking this house aren’t too high. If you’re on a really tight budget, just go and buy some paint and paint brushes and start painting the house yourself! The buyer starts looks analyzing the house as soon as they step out of the car, so you definitely want to make a good impression for those ten seconds that they take to walk from the car to the front entrance. If you paint the insides of the house too, you can pretty much consider this to be a done deal – given your house is fit for the potential buyer.
Tip 4: Get professional pictures
Once you have got the house painted, cleaned, spruced up, decorated nicely and looking brand new, it is time to get professional pictures taken. Due to their busy lives, most potential buyers will look at houses online and pick a few to actually visit simply based on pictures. So, you need to make sure that the pictures you have posted showcase your house very well. And, the best way to do that is by hiring a professional photographer. You can also use someone who just has good photography skills and a high-quality camera, but at the end of the day, you need great pictures to make your house stand out.
Tip 5: Stage your home correctly
The first rule of staging is to declutter! No one wants to walk into a house which looks cluttered or messy, because that actually gives off a sense of less space. Try to move your living room furniture around so it actually looks like an open plan living room – that creates the illusion of more space.
Add a few plants to the house. Open the curtains so a lot of natural light is coming in – this also creates the illusion of a bigger space. Get rid of dated things like last year’s Christmas decorations! Try to stage your house in such a way that it looks clean, modern, welcoming and very liveable.
Tip 6: Make your house memorable
Every potential buyer is going to see multiple houses before finalizing one. So, to make your house memorable you need to set yourself apart. If you have a house with a plunge pool in the front lawn or a brick stone pizza oven in the backyard, then you’re good to go. If not, little touches like making freshly baked cookies when the potential buyers come to visit – just walking into a house smelling like freshly baked cookies is sure to make the buyer happy! Maybe something small like putting out tiny bottles of drinking water or maybe a plate of muffins or finger sandwiches with a note saying help yourself. These small efforts are always remembered!
Tip 7: Find the right agent
It is always a good idea to hire an estate agent to help you sell your house quickly! Just reading a simple guide to selling a home in Surrey or asking your friends how they sold their house isn’t going to help you that much. You need to find a real estate agent who is as vested in the house as you are. You need to find an agent who will actually tell you what to improve, what to change and what to scrap completely. The right estate agent will take a personal interest in your house and will actually find buyers who are looking to make a deal! Choose an estate agent who makes your work easier, not harder.