Are you thinking of selling your home? If so, the first thing you probably thought about is how much money you are going to make off a quick sale. Although this is important, it isn’t always easy to sell your house as quickly as you would like. However, there are some things you can do to speed the process up. The thing is, you need to get inside the mind of a buyer. What are they looking for? Next, take a look at your house, not as you see it as home, but as a prospective buyer would view it. Would you buy it? Probably not! Here are four tips to help you sell quickly.

1. Wow Prospective Buyers with Curb Appeal

Remember, you are looking at your home through the eyes of someone seeing the property for the first time. If you drove up to your home the way it stands now would you be interested? Sylvia Newman, a property manager at Hurford Salvi Carr suggests that you wow prospective buyers with curb appeal. “Make sure your lawn and garden are well manicured and that the exterior is freshly painted or pressure washed. If a potential buyer drives up to a yard that is in shambles, they may never even make it in the door!”

2. Recognise the Kitchen as the Main Focal Point

Usually, not always, but usually – buyers looking at single family dwellings are just that, a family. The first thing mum will do is check out the kitchen. If you are selling your home complete with appliances, make sure they are all sparkling clean. Keep the counters and sink immaculate and by all means, make sure the rubbish is taken out daily. Whilst dad is looking over the garage and the kids are inspecting the bedrooms, mum is busy thinking about whether or not the kitchen suits her fancy.

3. Be Realistic in Pricing

When you find the right broker, he or she will do a walk-through and perhaps even suggest an appraisal. You may not be happy with the figure suggested, but you need to be realistic in your expectations. One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when listing their home for sale is to set an unrealistic asking price. Yes, your home is your palace but is it worth that amount on today’s market? Have you over-improved your home in relation to other homes in your neighbourhood? A reputable broker will explain why your home is valued as it is and help you list it accordingly.

4. Make All Repairs Prior to Listing Your Home

Always make sure all repairs are complete prior to listing your home. If the roof needs repair, fix it! No lender will extend a mortgage to the buyer if there are major structural repairs that need to be done. In fact, don’t stop at structural repairs but take care of the cosmetic ones as well. You want your home to be in good repair and as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

If you are looking for a quick sale, these four tips should get you started. Always look at the property as if you are seeing it for the first time. If you want it to go quickly, imagine what you would find enticing and then go about making those changes. Remember, you are not selling your home to yourself and once you understand that fact, you can begin to do what is needed to sell quickly. Otherwise, you may have it on the market for a very long time.



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    Carol McDonald