Sometimes selling a piece of real estate is a long, drawn-out process. But if you want to move on with your life, having a house on the market is one loose end you probably don’t want to leave dangling. If making a sale as quickly as possible is important to you, here are four strategies you need to adopt, pronto:
The best way to make your house easy to sell is to make it easy to buy, or rather easy to want to buy. In other words, make sure it’s in the best and most attractive shape it can be when showing it to prospective buyers. Give the whole house a thorough cleaning and decluttering. Make any necessary small repairs and consider making some affordable renovations, like updating light fixtures and kitchen appliances. The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. Add some curb appeal with a well-maintained lawn, a new walkways, or some flower beds.
Find the right broker
When selling real estate, it can be tempting (and often advantageous) to forgo using a broker and simply do it yourself. If you want to sell quickly, however, you need all the help you can get. Armed with the right knowledge, connections, and a smart marketing plan, a good broker is worth their weight in gold. For best results, get a full-time broker with many years of experience. Even better, look for one that specializes in the type of property you’re looking to sell.
Think like a buyer
Even with a broker, the best salesman your home has is you. Communicating with prospective buyers is important, and putting yourself in their shoes will help you do that. If you were the one asking yourself “Should I rent or buy a house?” what would make you choose the latter? If you were the one wondering “Is this neighborhood right for me?” what would convince you that it was? The better you can answer those questions, the better you’ll be at selling your home.
Anyone selling anything wants to get the best price they can. But sometimes making a profit is a secondary concern. If selling your home quickly is more of a priority for you, then that could mean making more compromises than you normally would. It could even mean taking a hit by selling below your preferred asking price. It’s up to you to determine how much of a hit you’re willing to take and how long you’re willing to wait. Sometimes, believe it or not, selling at a loss can actually be a win.