According to the National Association of Realtors, 5.34 million homes were sold in 2018. If you want a piece of that action this year, you need to learn how to sell a house quickly. To help you out, here are our top five tips for selling fast and making the most money possible from your sale.
1. Clean Every Room With Care
Our first tip for a quick sale is not a fun one, but it’s necessary. It’s time to declutter your house, spruce up the living space, and help buyers visualize themselves in your home.
When cleaning, pay particular attention to a few key spots:
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Laundry room shelves
- Garage cabinets and shelves
- Closet space
Chances are, your closets have accumulated more than their fair share of dust and debris — cardboard boxes, piles of clothing, or forgotten shoes. It’s very likely a buyer will open up the closet and see your mess firsthand. Make sure they’re clean too so your buyer can see your house at its best.
2. Rearrange the Furniture in Each Room
Once you’re done decluttering and cleaning the home from top to bottom, it’s time to open up each room. It is especially vital to rearrange the furniture in the living room and bedrooms.
Often we forget that what looks good to us may seem messy and disorganized to everyone else. By pleasingly rearranging the furniture, you’re not only opening up the space for the buyer to visualize their own furniture, but you’re also revealing how clean and tidy the home is.
3. Set the Dining Room Table
You would never think of setting the dining room table unless you’re calling the family for the evening meal. But by setting the table before a buyer arrives, you create the sense that a family can live there.
When setting the table, use fine china, attractive flatware, and the right linens. Also, consider adding a few bold colors. A bit of red, for instance, will liven up the room and draw in attention.
4. Take Good Care of the Landscape
They say the exterior of your home is like the cover to a good book. When selling your house, you want to attract the right kind of buyer. Your landscape needs to reflect that.
You don’t have to spend copious amounts of money. There’s no need for extravagant, rare flower beds and a custom-built fountain as a centerpiece. Instead, take some time to mow the lawn, trim the bushes, add a little mulch to flower beds, and cut back low-hanging tree branches.
In most cases, you already have the equipment and materials available. You don’t need to spend much time to stage an attractive lawn and garden.
5. Paint the Interior of the House
Both the home appraiser and potential buyers will notice chipped, peeling paint.
On the interior, avoid using dark or dreary colors. Many colors, such as brown or dark blue, tend to shrink the space in the eyes of a buyer. Instead, you may want to opt for safe colors. For instance, an off-white or cream color is an ideal choice.
It’s important to remember that this is not about personal preference or stylistic choices. You may have a favorite color, as we all do, but a buyer may enjoy the complete opposite. It’s best to stick with a safe, neutral color for maximum effect.