First-Time Home SellersSellers September 6, 2021

How You Can Speed Up the Selling Process

At some point in your real estate journey, you may find that you need to sell your house quickly. Maybe you’re moving because you’ve landed a new job in a different city, or you need to attend to a family matter.


How quickly you sell your home depends on a variety of factors, a chief one being how quickly you are able to generate interest in your home. Read on to learn key ways you can generate interest in your house fast and speed up the selling process. 


Work With a Real Estate Agent 


While it may be tempting to try to handle your home’s sale on your own, we recommend that you hire a real estate agent. Real estate agents have worked with all types of clients and have likely had to sell a home fast. As experts in the local market, they can help you price your house effectively, create an attractive listing, and market your house. Beyond this, your agent will host walk-throughs or 3D tours and assist with any negotiations and the closing process. Navigating these individual steps without an agent almost ensures that the home-selling process will take longer (and you may benefit less). 


Price Your Home to Sell


You may think that to make the highest profit and sell faster, you need to start out with your highest price point. However, in some cases, a relatively lower initial price sparks interest and could result in multiple offers. We’re still in a seller’s market, so sellers are at an all-around advantage when it comes to pricing, but your agent can help you enact the ideal strategy for selling your house fast and at the price you want. 


Before you put your house on the market, set a timeline of when you will decide to lower your price if you haven’t received any offers yet. The longer your home sits for sale, the lower the chance you’ll sell at your original listing price. 


Clean, Declutter, and Depersonalize 


When looking for a home, buyers want to be able to walk into a house and envision themselves living there. One way to encourage this is by hiring a stager to help showcase each room’s best assets. While this can be a sizable investment, the National Association of Realtors estimates that staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more than homes that are not staged

Regardless of whether you hire a stager, make sure your home’s interior appeals to as many buyers as possible. You can ensure this by getting a storage unit ahead of time to store away anything that makes a room look crowded or small, organizing the closets to show off your storage, and by putting away any family photos or keepsakes that may distract the buyer. Remember: it is important that they can envision themselves living there. Before you show your home, deep clean every room. If you’re short on time, you can always hire a professional.


Clean Up Your Curb Appeal


First impressions are lasting ones, and the buyer’s first impression of your house is the exterior—including the lawn and any foliage, trees, or outdoor furniture. To make sure that you’re grabbing buyers’ interest from the get-go, you’ll want your home’s exterior to be welcoming and well-maintained. There are many ways to clean up your curb appeal, such as trimming your hedges and greenery, clearing walkways, cleaning windows and door knobs, pulling up weeds, mowing the lawn, sweeping away spiderwebs, replacing anything broken—like light fixtures or the mailbox—planting flowers, and painting/pressure washing if a clean coat of paint is needed. When you put time into these things, you’re also giving the buyer the positive impression that you’ve kept up with your home throughout the years.  


If You’ve Been Putting Off Repairs, Tackle Some


What really drives a fast sale is how move-in-ready a home is. If you’re looking to sell fast, you probably don’t have the time for any major renovations, but you can focus on some quick repairs to save buyers the headache of having to deal with them after they move in. Some easy fixes could be tightening leaky faucets, touching up paint with the extra paint can you’ve kept around, removing carpet stains, or tightening up door knobs and handles. 


As a Seller, Be Flexible


If you want to sell fast, you may need to be flexible and accommodating so that you can appeal to a wider range of buyers. Allowing open houses and keeping your home available for showings as much as possible are ways you can bring in a wider range of people (and land offers quicker). People want to see your home before signing on the dotted line, so make sure you are accessible when they have the time to stop by. Your real estate agent can help with this responsibility immensely and even take it on themselves. 


If you’re looking to sell fast, the most important thing to know is that you have a support system! When you’re ready to sell, our expert team of realtors can help! Get in touch with us to get started today!