If you've made the decision to sell your home, chances are you don't want your home sitting on the market for too long. This is the worst nightmare for someone selling a home. The longer your home sits on the market, the more it could be costing you. See below for tips to help you sell your home fast.
Take Great Pictures
A lot of potential buyers shop for homes via the internet first, so if the pictures posted of your home aren't up to par, they most likely won't take a second look. Be sure the photos of your home capture its beauty properly. Use natural lighting during the daytime to take your photos. If your photos are still dark, open up blinds, curtains and even turn on lights to help lighten them up. Take pictures from a doorway to show the depth of a room. Use a ladder to get up high to take pictures of rooms from up above, especially in rooms that have tall ceilings or even cathedral ceilings. If taking your own photos isn't working out for you, hire a professional.
Add Curb Appeal
If a potential buyer gets past the photos on the internet, most likely a drive-by will be done. Again, if the seller doesn't like what they see, they'll never step foot inside to see anything further. Add curb appeal to your home by cleaning up your yard a bit. Clean up brush piles, trim back bushes/trees, clean out garden/flower beds and fertilize/seed the lawn so you have more grass than weeds. Power wash your siding to remove any mold or mildew, and power wash your deck, porch or patio. You want everything to look clean, not moldy. Adding some flowers, a new mailbox, and a new coat of paint on your front door will also help add some appeal to your home.
Clean Up The Interior
The interior of your home needs to be cleaned like never before to appeal to a potential buyer. Nobody wants to tour a home and smell something awful, see clutter laying everywhere, or notice stains on the carpeting. Have your carpeting cleaned by a professional, take out some of the excess furniture to make each room appear larger, and remove clutter, knickknacks, as well as family photographs. Be sure your home smells clean and fresh, not over-powered with scents (so don't burn candles, plug in fresheners, or bake cookies to try to hide smells). If need be, hire a professional cleaning company to come out and clean your home top to bottom.
If anything in your home is broken, it needs to be repaired. This means broken stair railings, missing spindles, or light fixtures that need to be replaced. Make sure all light bulbs in the house are working, and be sure none are missing. If there's a running toilet, leaky sink or noisy pipes, repair them all.
Selling your home can be stressful, especially when it takes your home a little longer to sell. Contact your real estate agent about other things you can do to help sell your home faster and make your home stand out.