To sell a house fast, it needs to be priced correctly, presented well and marketed exceptionally. If you keep these three things in mind, you are setting yourself up to do well from the start.
The following top tips should help you achieve a quick sale, especially when timed well for the market and season. If everything goes just right, you may find that these simple, cost-effective tips get you a sale in as quickly as seven days.
The first step to preparing any house for the open market is getting it to look presentable. This involves de-cluttering, cleaning and home improvement work.
Potential buyers want to see everything nook and cranny in a house before they decide if it’s right for them. By de-cluttering your home, you will strip it back to its essentials and won’t distract potential buyers with unnecessary clutter.
Rather than hiding everything in cupboards and wardrobes, consider renting a storage unit. Potential buyers won’t look positively on storage space that is full to the brim with personal items. They’ll likely feel that storage space is lacking and hard to keep organised.
Aim to keep only what is necessary during the sales period so buyers can see the true potential of your home.
Likewise, remove any family photos or other personal items. The aim is to help potential buyers imagine the home as their own and personal items only distract from this goal.
Once you have a clutter-free house, take the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning. To sell quickly, your house needs to shine and built-up dirt and grime will detract from this. Scrub walls, baseboards, windows and fittings and steam clean carpets to brighten them up as much as possible. If all else fails, a quick coat of paint can work wonders.
4. Home Improvements
You may not have much time for repairs and maintenance work if you want to sell your house quickly. However, the more you can do, the better your house will look on an open day and the more likely you are to get the right price for your house fast.
Try to tick off as many odd jobs as you can, including:
- repairing anything broken, like cupboard doors, shutters and blinds
- repainting any paintwork that is dull or aging
- replacing all burnt-out or dim light bulbs with bright, high-watt bulbs
- replacing old, worn-out cupboard doors with fresh, modern ones
- revitalising timber flooring
- replacing outdated light fittings with stylish new ones
- fixing any problematic electrical wiring
5. Stage Your House
Once your home is sparkling and functioning well, it’s time to consider staging. A fresh pair of eyes is beneficial for this because you might not be able to see where improvements can be made. The key is to see the property from the eyes of potential buyers on the open day. How do you want them to see or feel about the property as they walk through?
Co-Principal of Sydney-based Staging Professionals, Janne Petrie quotes a 500% return on investment when staging a home in Australia. That means for an investment of $2000 in home staging, you could receive a $10,000 increase in the value of your property.
You can hire a professional stylist to help with staging, but if that’s outside your budget, there are other ways to ensure your home is well-presented when it counts. Ask a friend to walk through and give you tips on what could be improved. Your real estate agent is also a great staging resource and will offer tips based on industry experience.
6. Professional Photography
Listings generate initial interest from potential buyers, so you want yours to stand out. Professional photography can make all the difference and need not cost a lot.
- A friend with a keen eye and some photography experience might do you a favour and take some professional snaps of your property.
- You could contact a local TAFE or university for students wanting some extra experience.
- Before choosing a professional photographer, shop around for the best price and make sure you see property-related samples of their work.
A survey of agents in Australia found that 99% of real estate agents agreed that quality photographs contributed to increased interest in listings.
If photography will be done through your real estate agent, be sure to check that they use a professional who has relevant experience.
7. Improve Your Property’s Curb Appeal
Curb appeal should be your number one priority when it comes to sprucing up your home. Potential buyers will see your home’s exterior before all else in listings and on the open day. An exterior that isn’t well presented can mean the difference between potential buyers choosing to visit your property or deciding to give it a miss.
If you are short on time, focusing on the exterior before the interior is your best chance of getting potential buyers there on the open day. Of course, do as much as you can on the interior as well but getting your exterior right is essential.
Here are some things you can do to increase curb appeal and sell your home fast:
After mowing, removing weeds and cutting back foliage, consider how you can quickly improve the appeal of your garden. Refresh mulch, repaint garden edging or add some brightly-coloured plants. Anything you can do to add a wow factor to your landscaping is worth considering.
- Wash your home’s exterior
A pressure washer is a great option for removing built-up dirt and grime from the outside of your house and the driveway. It’s a fast way to help your exterior shine on the open day.
- Repaint dull or cracking paintwork
Repainting exterior paintwork around windows or on shutters can instantly brighten up your home and make it inspection worthy. Consider repainting the entire exterior of your home if it will dramatically improve the first impressions of potential buyers.
In the eyes of potential buyers, a well-kept fence is a sure sign that the house will have plenty to offer. Completing any much-needed repairs and brightening up timber fences with a fresh coat of paint is a great place to invest some time and money.
Sweep away any cobwebs that could be making your home look uninhabited and be sure to polish anything that can be polished to make even the smallest elements shine.
Colour can instantly brighten up your home and make it feel welcoming. Consider adding some colourful flowering plants to entryways and porches. Some well-placed flowers on either side of the driveway can invite potential buyers on the open day and give a great first impression.