If you’re looking to sell your home and start over somewhere else, you’ll likely want to see that sale happen as quickly as possible. After all, it isn’t easy to be paying two mortgages at once. You might also be counting on the proceeds of the sale to help make a down payment on your new home.
Read on for 15 fantastic tricks to get your home into the hands of its new owners as quickly as possible.
Price it right
Find out the true worth of your home, and then lower it 20%. You’ll have buyers rushing—and then bidding up the price to what you really wanted.
Choose the right agent
Do your research before hiring a realtor. Your broker should have an excellent track record that includes recent sales and being updated on market trends. Be sure to ask for references and credentials, too.
Let the light shine
Change your lampshades and use the maximum possible wattage for every light fixture in your home. You can also scrub your windows, remove the drapes and let the sunshine in.
Rent a storage unit
You want your house to be clutter-free and your closets to look as spacious as possible. To do this, you’ll probably need to get rid of half the stuff around your home and in your closets. Consider renting a mini storage unit to store your extra stuff until your house sells.
Amp up your curb appeal
Attract buyers by sprucing up the exterior of your home. Splurge on a striking patio set, trim your shrubs and plant some pretty flowers along your walkway.
Focus on the kitchen
The kitchen is where it’s at. Depending on the state of your kitchen, you might want to do a quick remodel, including a fresh coat of paint, new cabinets and more. Remember, a buyer can easily shave $10,000 off the asking price by claiming your kitchen is outdated.
Upgrade—but don’t go overboard
It’s okay to do some light remodeling throughout your home, but don’t go overboard. A paint job, new light fixtures, door handles and rugs can do the trick.
Make it impersonal
Get rid of your personal items before showing your home. You want visitors to envision their own belongings here—not yours.
Market it yourself
Be your own best agent. Let everyone and their neighbor know you’re selling your home and be sure to speak in glowing terms about your house to anyone who asks for details.
Make it sparkle
Don’t skimp on this one. Give your entire home a deep cleaning before showing it to buyers.
Hide your pets
Not everyone is an animal lover. If you’ve got some furry critters at home, hide the evidence. If you’re hosting an open house, send your pets to a friend’s place for the day.
Hire a professional
Consider hiring professional help for staging and photographing your home.
You’re all set! Now get out there and put your home’s best face forward. Once you find a buyer and are ready to put in an offer on your next new home, we’ve got the perfect mortgage options to fit your needs. Plus, for a limited time, we’re offering up to $1,000 credit on closing costs. There’s never been a better time to move into the home of your dreams.