Selling your home can be frustrating and a test of ones patience. I have known friends and family members who have had difficulty in selling their home. Selling a home can take months and even years if you don’t know how to market your home. There are things that you can do to help sell your home fast. The following are some suggestions that I have seen work for myself and can work for you too.
Set a realistic price for your home and leave room to negotiate. If you over price your home no one is going to show interest in buying. They will look at similar homes and see that they can get it for a less inexpensive price. Find out what the going rate is for your home. Talk to a real estate agent and / or look at other homes online in your area such as the Multi Listing Service. Then set a price based around the value of your home but leave room for negotiating. When you set a price you are bound to reduce because a buyer always will ask for it to be lowered even if it is reduced just a little. This is part of the bargaining that normally goes with selling your home.
Find a good real estate agent. You can find one through word of mouth or interview a few agents to see which one would be a good match for you. I think a good agent is one who is knowledgeable, informative, helpful and supportive. The agent must be familiar with the selling and buying market in order to be able to help you. They should provide support and be an advocate in selling your home. I know I have found a good agent when they are just as excited as I am in selling my home.
Ask friends and family what they think of your home. Getting feedback from others can be of great benefit when you’re trying to sell your home. They can give you some insight about the strengths and weakness of your home. In return this will give you some idea as to what you can do. For example, when I was selling my home a friend of mine told me my home looks good except for the all the stuffed animals that are on the mantle of the fireplace. I took that point to heart and removed them. I realized that keeping the home simple would be better in the long run than over personalizing it. Someone else will have different taste in décor than I do so I better keep the home looking neutral.
Keep your house clean at all times. You never know when an agent is going to bring a potential buyer. You may not even have enough time to pick things up if you get a call say an hour before they come. In addition you may not be home when a potential buyer comes to see your home. A messy and disorganized home can be an automatic turn off. A well kept home will make your home look nicer and a place that someone may see him or herself living.
Remove all odors. We all have different opinions as to what smells good and what doesn’t. For example, you may like it when your house smells like freshly baked apple pie. Someone else may not like the smell of apple pie. Any odor in your home can be a turn off to a potential buyer. One time I was looking at a home and the odor in the home made me feel so sick that I didn’t want to continue looking at that home. I couldn’t wait to leave. You can create an odorless home by opening up all your windows and airing it out. You can also purchase an air odor eliminator to help get rid of unhealthy air particles.
Make sure everything in your home is fixed. A perfect home with no flaws of any kind is more likely to sell than one that has problems. One of the things a buyer is looking for is a hassle free home. They don’t want to move into a home that involves a lot of fixing.
Make your home standout from the rest. Create an atmosphere that is inviting so buyers will have an easy time visualizing themselves in your home. Add special touches throughout your home. For example, place your china on the dining room table. Have flowers in the master bedroom. Light odorless candles in your living room. Have some soft music playing.
These are a few more suggestions that have helped me and I believe will help you in selling your home.