9 Tips for Selling Your Home Fast


Lake Ridge Plan 3 | San Diego | Pardee Homes

Ready to start a new chapter in your next home, but need to sell your current home pronto?

A home typically gets the most buyer attention when it first becomes available. But the longer a home is listed, the more time for additional questions to arise for potential buyers and the more difficult it may be to sell. Keep these home selling tips in mind if you need a fast sale.

Price to sell.
Work with an experienced agent who has sold in your area to help you properly price your home. He or she should have a pulse on the current market and comparable homes currently on the market in the area.

Make the best first (and most recent) impression.
Consider how much the “primacy and recency effect” plays in the role of an average person’s memory. Numerous studies in classrooms show students are far more likely to remember the first and last thing they see.

Apply these same memory principles to selling your house. Complete the smaller projects that make a big first impression like repainting the front door or installing new knobs. If the backyard is the final spot on tours, add fresh landscaping.

Show your home in the best possible light.
Boost the amount of natural light inside your home, whether it’s by removing drapes or trimming the bushes next to the windows. Higher wattage lights and clean windows also help rooms feel full of light. Emphasize specific parts of a room (such as mounted art or glass-front cabinets) by incorporating accent lighting.

Updates with bang for your buck.
Before investing more money on larger renovation projects that commit to a specific style (such as new flooring or a revamped kitchen), consider updates that offer the most bang for your buck. Beaten up door handles, leaky faucets or old curtains are something prospective buyers notice quickly. If you’re looking for less expensive kitchen updates, replace hardware or repaint faded cabinets.

Emphasize the space.
Remove personal items like family portraits, so families viewing your home can imagine themselves living there. If you have any empty rooms or nooks with no obvious current purpose, stage them. For example, add an office chair and computer to an empty butler’s pantry to make it an office. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of Realtors®, about half of agents reported staging a home increased its dollar value and 62 percent claimed it helped speed the sale of a property.

Furniture provides buyers context to its true size so they can visualize how they can arrange their own furniture. If you are unable to stage the entire house, start with the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. Some agents offer to stage your home as part of their services so you potentially won’t need to acquire new furniture.

Be flexible in showing times.
Stay as flexible as possible with the timing of showings and open houses. Some of your agent’s clients have packed schedules and an early morning or evening may be their only options. Anytime there’s a showing, leave your home so prospective buyers don’t feel intrusive or rushed.

Let photos tell the story.
Once your home is staged and clutter free, hire a professional photographer to present it in the best light possible. An experienced photographer will know all the right angles to snap your home’s interiors so that buyers will be eager to check it out after browsing online.

Show off the location.
In the home’s listing, paint a picture of what life is like in the area by writing about in-home features along with nearby entertainment options, schools and major employers. Browse Airbnb and other vacation rental sites for inspiration as you write your description.

Pet-free showings.
Keep your home free of any signs of pets during home showings. Temporarily remove any kennels, dog toys and any other accessories. Discerning buyers will start looking for pet damage if they discover there’s a pet in the household.

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