5 Keys to Getting Your House off The Market When Selling

You just landed your dream job – in another state. Or you finally found a forever home – across town. Whatever the reason, you want to put your house on the market – and you want to sell it fast.

Here are five keys to getting your house off the market quickly:

1. Find The Right Broker

Broker With For Sale Sign

You can save some money by listing your home yourself or using a cut-price agent, but in nearly every neighborhood 90% of the sales are made by 10% of the brokers.

Ask for recommendations from your neighbors and friends around the community to ensure you find a pro familiar with your area.

Check out your potential broker's other listings online. Are the pictures professionally done and do they show off the houses to their advantage?

Do they use multiple online resources, such as Yahoo, Craigslist, Zillow, Trulia, and social media? Most buyers start their search online, and you need a broker with the know-how to make sure those buyers see your home.

2. Price Your Home Right

The best time to price your home to sell is from the very start. Just like the clothing on a markdown rack looks unattractive when compared to the fresh new arrivals, homes that have been on the market for some time and have numerous price drops have less allure to prospective buyers.

Interest in your home will be greatest in the first 30-45 days, so take advantage of that by listing it at the right price.

Your broker should be well aware of comparable sales and can help you choose an amount that will get you the most return in the fastest amount of time. 

Don't let your listing stagnate by pricing it too high and then having to decrease the cost to get offers. Better to boost other incentives such as proposing to pay closing costs or including a landscaping credit in the price.

3. Boost The Curb Appeal

House With Curb Appeal

The first view a prospective buyer has of your home is its exterior, and nothing beats great curb appeal.

Drive by your home as if you were house hunting and analyze what you can do to improve your curb appeal. Your lawn, bushes, and trees should be trimmed and tidy at all times, but there is more to see.

Does your siding need a power wash or your garage need a coat of paint? Would some flower boxes freshen things up? Or maybe your mailbox has seen better days.

Taking a look at your exterior from an outsider's perspective can help you to determine how you can make your home more attractive to buyers before they even walk in the door.

4. Make Small Upgrades to Your Interior

If you would like to get your home on and off the market quickly, look for inexpensive ways to freshen up the interior of your home without going overboard on extensive remodels.

Small upgrades, especially in the bathroom and kitchen can make a big difference in the time it takes to sell your home and the amount that you receive for it.

Brighten things up with a fresh paint job and new light fixtures, and add modern faucets to your sinks and pull knobs to your cabinets. Little changes can have a significant impact.

Consider hiring a cleaning service to do a deep clean that will also brighten up your home and make it look fresh and new again.

Additionally, if you have necessary repairs such as an old water heater or a leaky roof, get them done before you list your home.

An inspection will reveal these problems anyway, and neglecting them will just leave room for negotiation by a potential buyer.

5. Declutter and Stage Your Home

If you are serious about getting your home off the market as quickly as possible, rent a storage unit, go through your home, and remove any mementos, personal items, and furniture that aren't essential.

A potential buyer will see themselves living in the home more quickly if they aren't distracted by the clutter of your life.

It's not personal, it's business, and your business is to sell as soon as you can. Suffer a short time without your family portraits and collectibles to get an offer fast.

Listing your home for sale can be stressful and interrupt your life. Your goal should be to get it on and off the market as quickly as you can. Following these five essential keys can help you sell your home before you know it.

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Topics: Home Selling Tips, Home Selling