10 Tips for Selling Your House Fast—and for Top Dollar!

When you’re trying to sell your house, you want to do it as quickly as possible. But did you realize you only have six seconds? Your house may be on the market longer than that, but that’s not what we’re talking about. Homebuyers generally make their purchase decisions based on first impressions, and real estate experts estimate those impressions are formed within the first six seconds—three from the curb and three from the entryway.

If you’re going to win over a prospective buyer, you’ll have to get their attention quickly to convince them that your house is their next home. Yes, location is key. And yes, price matters. But with a few strategic preparations, you can make your property as attractive and inviting as possible.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell ASAP

  1. Think like a buyer. It can be tempting to present your home in a way that highlights the aspects you like the most. The problem with this approach is that your favorites are just that—your favorites. Help them see your home as a blank slate that they can make their own.
  2. Focus on curb appeal. It’s incredible what a tidy lawn and freshly mulched flower beds can do for a house. Most buyers will drive by your property before deciding whether or not to take a closer look. A house that looks welcoming from the street stands a much better chance of selling quickly.
  3. Freshen up your front door. A freshly painted front door is a cheery welcome. Every buyer who looks at your home will most likely enter through the front door, so giving it a new coat of paint can cover up any scuffs and dings that have shown up over time.
  4. Make basic repairs. If you’ve lived in your home for any amount of time, there are probably a few problems you’ve learned to live with. Chipped paint, missing fence boards, leaky kitchen faucets, flickering lightbulbs… they’re the little details (and easy fixes) that could make your house less attractive to a buyer.
  5. Stay neutral. If you personalized your house by using vibrant colors in each room, it might be a good idea to repaint. While you might love bold colors, there’s no guarantee the next owner will. Painting the walls in neutral colors will let potential buyers observe the overall house without getting hung up on whether or not they like the colors you chose.
  6. Make it less “you.” Make an effort to remove decorations and knick-knacks that reflect your personal tastes and identity. Family photos will make buyers feel like their visiting someone else’s house. You want them to feel like they’re spending time in their own.
  7. Clean and declutter. Clearing clutter will not only make the house look cleaner, it will make it feel bigger. And when it comes to cleanliness, there’s no such thing as too clean. When you think things are finally clean enough, go over them once more. Buyers will notice.
  8. Use some common scents. It goes without saying (or at least it should) that you should do your very best to eliminate offensive smells like pet, laundry, or cooking odors. Go a step beyond deodorizing and introduce a pleasant scent. Candles, essential oils, and fresh-baked cookies can do a wonderful job of creating a welcoming environment for house hunters.
  9. Stage strategically. Arrange each room to highlight your home’s top features. Pay particular attention to the living room, the master bedroom, and the kitchen. These are the three rooms where the new owners will spend most of their time, so staging them well can make a big difference.
  10. Hire a real estate agent. Experienced realtors know the local market, and their expertise can help you sell your house faster and for more money. Selling a home on your own might sound like a good idea, but when you consider that a real estate agent can handle the marketing, negotiations, and legal details, their commission can be money that’s well spent.

Potential home buyers want to walk through a house that feels exciting and new. They also want it to feel like home. Following the tips listed above can help you give them exactly what they’re looking for. And the faster you make that happen, the sooner those buyers will give you what you want—a house with a SOLD sign in the yard!

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