Tips to Sell Your Home Quickly
Selling your house quickly, without delay, might seem like a tall order. In a busy city, it could even border on the bewildering. Where to start? New properties come onto the market every week, so how can yours stand out from the crowd?
Don't despair! Below, you will find practical tips to attract buyers to your home. Even if dozens of other houses are on the market, following this advice will boost the probability of an early sale.
Firstly, potential purchasers place a great deal of importance on initial appearance. That's why entrance ways and garden areas should be well maintained and trimmed. Similarly, doors and window frames are at their best with a fresh lick of paint.
If you have green fingers, a hanging basket or window box is an extra detail that helps to make a property look presentable and welcoming. It's important not to overlook the backyard or lawn, too. Serious home seekers will find it easier to imagine themselves moving in and relaxing there if it appears well-maintained.
Spick and span inside
Inside, minor improvements count. Consider changing net curtains or window blinds, touching up paintwork and placing flowers in the sitting room. Little touches will add value by raising the overall standard and, ideally, leaving buyers with a warm feeling. On the other hand, grubby carpets or cupboards with doors askew or missing handles will likely put them off.
If you plan to redecorate before selling, a neutral choice of color(s) makes it easier for a buyer to visualize living there. Most people find it easy to imagine their belongings superimposed on a blank canvas of muted tones. Conversely, bright and bold shades are a personal choice and will narrow down the appeal.
To get prospective buyers visualizing themselves living in the property, depersonalize shelves and pare down the ornaments wherever possible. While you may not want to opt for total minimalism, simplified, uncluttered interiors tend to appeal more.
On the day of the viewing, neutral background music at a low volume is an excellent idea to help promote a relaxed atmosphere. Similarly, the aromas of freshly brewed coffee or newly-baked bread tend to evoke positive emotions.
To achieve that yearned-for sale within a reasonable timescale, it is essential to be realistic and not set the price too high. Make a comparison with similar-looking properties in the neighborhood, especially those with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
Remember price points: a price tag of $495,000 sounds considerably less than $520,000.
With few exceptions, Spring and Autumn are the best times of year to put a home on the market. You might want to list yours on a digital channel, as well as with an agent.
Whichever option you choose to promote the house or flat for sale, professional-quality photographs present the best possible image. For some of your picture portfolio, you could make judicious use of a wide-angle lens to show off that bay window or refurbished kitchen.
Spreading the word
By following the above suggestions, your property ought to sell when the right buyer comes along. One final tip: be ready to mention your home for sale in conversation if or when a suitable opportunity presents itself.
Good luck with selling your home and moving to a new one!
About Main Line Homes
Janis Peterson, Realtor®, GRI, ABR, SRES, CSP is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR). She specializes in real estate in Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester County, PA, Pennsylvania, and has been offering exceptional service to Philadelphia Main Line Buyers and Sellers since 1994.
The process of preparing, listing, and selling your home has many complicated steps for you to navigate along the way. Janis Peterson has been helping Main Line Buyers and Sellers since 1994 and can help guide you through all the steps of selling your home, including determining how much is your home is worth, staging, listing your home for sale, and advertising, to maximize the sale price of your home and to minimize the hassle and inconvenience.
Janis Peterson, REALTOR®, GRI, ABR, SRES, CSP
Main Line Homes
Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.
355 Lancaster Ave. Suite 100
Haverford, PA 19041