How To Sell Your House In A Hurry

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Statistics suggest that it can take between three and six months to sell your home. While this is just an average, it’s enough to scare anyone who is considering selling their home. What can you do to speed things up and make it sell a bit faster so you can move forward with your life? This guide can help.

Don’t Hold Your Home Back

If you’re ready to sell your home fast, the key is to make sure you’re not making any significant mistakes that might hold it back from that faster sale. Most research has found that four key things mean your home might spend longer on the market.

Limited property appeal is one. Different homes generate varying levels of interest, and certain properties may have limited appeal due to specific characteristics. For example, a large home with a small garden, a small home with a spacious garden, and properties with more than three bedrooms may not attract as wide of an audience. If you’re in that situation, you may want to contact a professional like an estate agent to decide how best to market the property.

Pricing issues also tend to keep many homes from selling quickly. If a prospective buyer can find a comparable home in a similar location at a lower price, they have little incentive to make an offer on a more expensive property like yours. Be very careful when it comes to pricing. You don’t want to underprice it and walk away from some potential, but you don’t want to overprice it and turn away many buyers before they’ve ever even seen the home.

Don’t overlook the power of the first impression, either. This is key when you’re trying to sell your home. You have about forty seconds to help a buyer make up his or her mind about your house, and the tips here can help ensure those potential buyers want to buy from you.

Start By Preparing Your House for Sale

The best first step is to make sure your house is ready to be on the market. There are several steps you should take at this stage. You’ll likely want to begin by decluttering your home, removing personal items, and organising your belongings. Initially, this task can feel a little overwhelming, but it’s easier than you think. Start with a solid plan in mind. Take an overall assessment of your home to build your plan. Your goal is to decide which areas need the most attention. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to break down the decluttering process into manageable tasks for each room or area.

The best way to avoid getting overwhelmed during the process is to focus on one room at a time to prevent feeling overwhelmed. You’ll want to start the process with fewer personal spaces like storage areas, utility rooms, or garages. Then you can gradually move to more personal spaces like bedrooms and living areas.

As you work, it may help to sort your items into various categories. Most people use a category for things they’re keeping, a category for things they either intend to donate or sell and a category for things they’d like to discard. As you try to work through those categories, be as honest as possible with yourself so you can truly minimise what you intend to keep. Think about whether you’ve used a given item within the past year. If you haven’t, it may be best to donate it.

During this process, you’ll want to be sure that surfaces and countertops are as clear as possible. You’ll also want to make sure all of your storage spaces are well organised. Maximising the look of your storage space is a good way to attract buyers quickly.

Once you’ve sorted your items into the appropriate categories, take action. Sell valuable items through online platforms, hold a garage sale, or contact local consignment stores. Donate usable items to charity or local organisations. Properly dispose of broken or non-functional items.

Keep up with decluttering and maintenance throughout the selling process. Regularly clean and tidy your home to maintain a welcoming and clutter-free environment for potential buyers.

A clean and tidy house creates a positive impression on buyers, and decluttering is one way to make that happen. Even after you’re done decluttering, though, you’ll still need to do some cleaning. You’ll want to deep clean every room, including carpets, windows, and surfaces, to ensure your home looks its best.

As with decluttering, performing a deep clean can be an overwhelming process. It may help to go room by room to make the process a bit easier. Remember that you’ll want to work from top to bottom in a room so that any dust you find in that space will settle down as you continue to clean.

In each space, dust and clean ceilings, walls, and light fixtures using a duster or a microfiber cloth to remove dust and cobwebs from ceilings, corners, and light fixtures. If necessary, clean walls with a mild detergent solution to remove any stains or marks.

Don’t forget about the windows and the mirrors in each space. Spray glass cleaner on windows and mirrors and wipe them clean with a lint-free cloth or newspaper. Pay attention to streaks and ensure the glass is sparkling.

Additionally, you’ll want to be sure you clean and polish doorknobs, light switches, faucets, and other hardware throughout your home. These small details can make a big difference in overall cleanliness.

Once you have finished most of the room, the final step is the flooring. Vacuum or sweep all floors to remove dust and dirt. Use appropriate cleaners for different floor types, such as hardwood, carpet, or tile. Mop hard floors and steam clean carpets if necessary.

The kitchen and the bathroom may need some special work. These areas are particularly important to buyers, so give them extra attention. Clean inside and outside of cabinets, drawers, and appliances. Scrub sinks, faucets, and countertops. Remove any soap scum or grime from bathroom tiles and fixtures. Ensure toilets, showers, and bathtubs are thoroughly cleaned.

Additionally, if you have pets or your home has some other lingering odour issues, ensure your home smells fresh and clean. Use odour-neutralising sprays or air fresheners sparingly. Identify any potential sources of unpleasant odours, such as pet areas, carpets, or upholstery, and then do what you can to address those areas.

You’re not quite done after you’ve finished your decluttering and cleaning, though. Now you’ll be able to spot any small problems with the home like scratches in the baseboards or paint issues. Address those minor repair problems before you take the next step forward. You want the house to look like it has been taken care of well, and the only way to do that is to handle all of the minor repairs. Fill in any small holes or cracks in the walls and ceilings. Repaint surfaces with a fresh coat of neutral-coloured paint to give the rooms a clean and updated look. Repair or replace any broken light fixtures, switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, or drawer pulls. Fix loose or creaky floorboards and repair any noticeable damage to flooring. Address plumbing problems, too. Fix dripping faucets, running toilets, or slow drains. Check for any water stains or signs of water damage, as these may indicate plumbing issues that need to be addressed.

The final step in this process is to make sure your home looks as good outside as it does inside. Focusing on kerb appeal means the moment buyers pull up to your home, they’re ready to consider making a purchase, and that’s something that can sell your home faster. Clean and tidy up any outdoor areas like patios, decks, or balconies. Sweep or power wash these areas to remove dirt and debris. Trim hedges and bushes, and ensure the exterior of your home looks well-maintained.

As with every other step in this process, you’ll want to take a hard look at the outside of your home and make a plan for what may need to be addressed. Start with the entrance itself. Your front door should look clean, well-maintained, and visually appealing. Consider repainting it if necessary. Polish or replace the door hardware for a fresh look. Make sure the entrance area is free from clutter, with a clean doormat and well-maintained porch or steps.

Move from there to the exterior walls of your home. Repair any cracks or damaged areas. Consider repainting or touching up the paint if it’s faded or peeling. Ensure that gutters, downspouts, and fascia boards are clean and in good condition.

You’ll want to look at the path, too. Repair any cracks or potholes. Pressure washing these areas to remove dirt and stains.

Finally, tidy up your garden to create an inviting and well-maintained appearance. Trim hedges and bushes, mow the lawn, and remove any weeds or dead plants. Add fresh mulch or bark chippings to flower beds for a polished look. Plant colourful flowers or add potted plants to add vibrancy.

Listing Your Home

The next step is to list your property. To do so, you’ll have to decide how you wish to list it, as you have many different options. The most traditional choice is to work with an estate agent. An estate agent can often be the easiest option, too. With a traditional estate agent’s services, they’ll handle everything in terms of marketing your property, showing it, and negotiating when you find a buyer.

To find the right estate agent, start by researching estate agents in your local area. Look for agents who have experience and a good track record in selling properties similar to yours. Ask friends, family, and neighbours for recommendations based on their past experiences.

Once you have a few individuals you’re considering, read online reviews and ratings for estate agents in your area. Websites like Google, Yelp, or Trustpilot can provide insights into the experiences of previous clients. Pay attention to both positive and negative reviews to get a well-rounded perspective.

Narrow down your list of potential estate agents and schedule interviews with at least three of them. Ask questions about their experience, knowledge of the local market, marketing strategies, and the services they offer. Inquire about their fees, commission structure, and any additional costs. Then, ask each estate agent to provide a valuation of your property. Compare their valuations, but be wary of any valuation that is far higher or lower than the others you received.

As you work to choose an agent, remember that effective communication is crucial throughout the selling process. Assess how responsive and accessible each estate agent is during the interview process. Consider their communication style and whether you feel comfortable working with them.

Once you find an agent you like, you’re ready to begin showing your home.

If you’d rather not work with an agent, you do have other options. You can try to market your property yourself. The most significant advantage of selling your property without an estate agent is the potential to save on commission fees. Estate agent fees in the UK typically range from 1% to 3% of the property’s sale price, so selling on your own can potentially save you a significant amount of money. More than that, though, when you sell your property independently, you have complete control over the selling process. You can set the asking price, decide when to schedule viewings, negotiate offers directly with potential buyers, and manage the overall marketing strategy.

There are a few drawbacks to handling your home’s sale on your own, though. One of the biggest challenges of selling on your own is limited market exposure. Estate agents have access to multiple listing services, online portals, and a network of potential buyers. By not utilising their marketing channels, your property may reach fewer potential buyers, reducing your chances of securing a quick and competitive sale.

More than that, though, selling a property requires significant time and effort, from marketing and scheduling viewings to managing inquiries, negotiations, and paperwork. As a homeowner, you may already have other responsibilities and commitments, making it challenging to dedicate the necessary time and attention to all aspects of the selling process.

Finally, you may have trouble pricing your property if you’re trying to sell it on your own. Determining the right asking price for your property can be difficult without access to up-to-date market data and expertise, something estate agents have. Pricing too high may deter potential buyers, while pricing too low can result in financial loss. Estate agents have experience in accurately valuing properties based on market conditions, comparable sales, and property specifics, and that can help your home sell faster.

A Faster Way

If you’re not sure either of those methods will provide you with the speed you want, you can also sell your home to an individual investor or an investment company. You’ve likely seen commercials for many of these companies. They typically say things like “We Buy Homes for Cash.”

These companies typically buy homes in “as-is” condition, so you won’t have to handle the deep cleaning or decluttering. Instead, you contact the company and then provide information about the property. This may include details such as the property’s location, size, condition, and any known issues.

Based on the provided information, the cash home-buying company evaluates the property and determines its value. They typically make a cash offer, taking into account the property’s condition and market factors. The offer is often below the market value to account for the convenience and speed of the transaction. In most cases, it’s about 80% of the home’s market value. If the homeowner is happy to proceed, the process will move forward with a more detailed inspection, the exchange of contracts, and then closing day. In some cases, the entire process can be achieved in as little as a fortnight.

Sell Your House Faster!

These tips can all help you sell your house faster than you thought possible. While it may seem like a long road to the day of completion, with a bit of hard work at the start, you’ll find a great buyer for your home, then you can move forward with your life fairly quickly. Just be sure you start things off on the right foot with a bit of preparation.

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