How Do I Get My House Ready To Sell In A Week?

Selling a House In A Week

A week? Impossible! Absurd! Outrageous! Going from Point A to ‘Sold’ in seven days? It is unheard of!

To bust some myths and correct popular misconceptions: it is possible to sell your house in a week. While an average sale can take four to six months – or longer – to complete, there is no reason that you cannot expedite the process so you can start the next steps of your life… with cash in your bank account.

The key to a fast sale is preparation; the more you do and know now, the easier and more streamlined your experience will be.

In this guide, we will discuss your options, see what makes the most sense for you and provide some useful tips designed to help you move forward – literally and figuratively.

How to Sell Your House in a Week

When you wish or need to sell your home, generally, you have a few options open:

  • Sell it yourself
  • Contact an auction company
  • Work with an estate agent and hope they have the network reach to attract the right buyers fast
  • Work with a fast house sale company to accelerate the timeline and complete your sale quickly

The first three options have several steps each, such as:

  • Communicating with an estate agent or auction house
  • Marketing the property (whether through your estate agent or on your own)
  • Instructing a conveyancing solicitor
  • Arranging valuations (typically, you will go with three valuations to achieve a higher level of accuracy)
  • Address any significant maintenance issues in order to increase value
  • Arranging viewings.
  • Taking care of legal aspects, such as contracts, exchange of contracts and setting completion dates.

We will discuss the quick house buyer option in a moment. Before we do, however, let’s tackle some of the steps you will need to take if you want to sell on an accelerated timeline.

8 Tips for a Fast Sale

  1. Deep Clean

Perhaps the single most important step in selling your house quickly is making sure it is sparkling clean. This isn’t a ‘dust and throws random things into the closet’ type of chore. It involves going deep and attacking grit and grime. This, of course, makes it more appealing to potential buyers who won’t be assaulted by dust bunnies, cooking smells, and other less than pleasant sights and scents upon entering.

  1. Declutter

As you clean, take time to clear away the clutter, the decorations, the family photos, and school drawings… Not only should you remove excess, but you should also pack away your personal items. Potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves in the house, free of your history and memories. They need to be able to look through the kitchen or the closet, for example and picture how they would use that space rather than seeing how you do.

  1. Complete Maintenance Tasks

If there are any major repair tasks on the docket, make sure these get done quickly. There are little tasks, too, that should be completed. For example, you may want to apply a fresh coat of neutral-coloured paint to the walls, tighten screws, straighten shelves, cut the grass, trim the hedges, weed the flower bed, and replace the house numbers, and so on. Taking on the exterior is just as important as the interior as curb appeal can make your house more attractive to potential buyers.

  1. Dress It Up

Staging is a practice that allows you to set the scene for house hunters. It is designed to showcase your house in its best light, emphasising its style and comfort. Again, it is not about your style but rather effective staging creates a canvas upon which buyers can imagine their own lives. This encompasses easy steps that range from putting flower boxes on the porch or in the windows to adding pops of colour with throw pillows.

  1. Show It Off

After you’ve put in all this work preparing your property to sell, show it off! Great photographs capture your home at its finest and highlight key features, as well as allow for viewers to glean more information about the layout and flow. Make sure the spaces are clean and well-lit, as well as beautifully staged.

Never use filters or other trickery; you want to present an honest image of your house – but one that does show it off to its best advantage.

  1. Market Your Property

If you want to sell your house in a week, you need to be aggressive when it comes to promoting it. If you are working with an estate agent, they should have a network of buyers to whom they can reach out. You can also share a link and a description of your house on social media, being sure to use strategic hashtags. Do make these posts shareable so you can spread the word more effectively and efficiently.

  1. Respond to Enquiries Quickly

If you are willing and ready to allow viewings at any time, your chances of receiving a fast offer are higher. Be sure to respond to any enquiries or questions from estate agents and solicitors as quickly as you can. Return any required paperwork ASAP to avoid hold-ups.

  1. Remove Delays

If you can remove the chain, then you will not be delayed when you accept an offer. For example, you could move out and into a rental unit, in with a partner or family member, or to a new house. Whatever your plans, make sure you can get started on them as soon as possible.

Sell Your House In a Week with a Fast Home Buying Company

Now, selling your house on your own, with an estate agent or with an auction house can be done quickly, but a lot of it comes down to luck and banking on everything going forward without a hitch. As we all know, life does not always – or even usually! – work like this. Whether it’s having viewing after viewing with no offers, accepting an offer from someone who turns out not to have the proper financing, delays due to negotiations, or another reason, it is far too common for obstacles and barriers to pop up during the process.

The average house sale can take from four to six months to complete. This is hardly the week you may have been counting on. A fast home buying company works differently from average processes. Let’s take a look.

When you find a fast home buying company (you may also have heard them referred to as ‘we buy any house’ companies) that you trust and that has a solid track record of transparency, integrity, and success, how does the process work? The first step is simple: you fill out a quick form on their website.

From there, the company will return an offer within 24 hours. This is an initial offer. You are under no obligation to accept. You can decide to walk away and pursue another option or to continue with the company. If you choose to continue, the fast buying business will instruct valuation experts to inspect the property. Using this information, they develop a formal offer based on factors such as the location of the house, market value, condition, age, size, and so on.

If you are satisfied with the formal offer, you can move ahead. If you are not, you are encouraged to review any and all documents related to your valuation. It should be comparable; in some cases, the offer may decrease if there are significant issues with the house, such as foundation damage, a leaking roof, extensive wiring issues, and the like.

From there, the house buying company takes care of all the legalities involved in a sale, and your solicitors’ fees will be covered as well. You do not have to pay for anything, and again, you are under no obligation to proceed if you are not satisfied and comfortable.

Most buyers will offer around 75% of the total market value, but you can find reputable companies that extend that to as high as 85%. Again, though, consider that you will not have to pay expenses for estate agents, marketing, staging, solicitors, etc. – and you can sell your house in as-is condition. In other words, you will not have to put on that fresh coat of paint, place the flower boxes carefully in the yard, bake fresh cookies to appeal to house hunters, and so on!

This eradicates the issue of having to spend time and money fixing up, updating, and renovating a home – only hoping to recoup this investment. You can unburden yourself from a property you cannot afford, do not want, or otherwise wish to be parted from.

Now, when you accept a formal offer, the process moves fast. With all legal requirements completed and a buyer ready and willing to purchase, you can sell your house in a week.

If you do not have time to waste, a fast house buying company may be the solution you need. Cut the time it takes to sell from months (or longer) to just days. Then you can move on towards your fresh start.

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