As a home seller, one of the things you don’t want to happen is to have your house sit on the market for a relatively long period of time. Such a scenario affects the overall desirability of the property and, eventually, the sale. You might not be able to sell it for the price you want and make a reasonable profit.
It’s a good thing you’re here, for I know just what to do to avoid such a situation. Below, I listed down seven things you can do to hasten the home selling process.
Hire an experienced real estate agent
The first thing you want to do to ensure a fast sale is to find a real estate agent. Ideally, this professional should have extensive knowledge about your neighborhood and, better yet, experience selling homes in the area within the past six months or so. The latter assures that the real estate agent is up to date with the movements in the local real estate market.
Market expertise and selling know-how are not the only things you will be getting when you hire a local realtor. A 2018 survey from the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that homes sold by an agent go for a thousand dollars more in the market. If you’re looking for another way to increase the selling price of your house, working with a realtor just might do the trick.
Set a price that is just right
Negotiations are usually part and parcel of the process whether you are buying or selling a home. The thing is not everyone is willing to go through the constant back and forth. Buyers these days not only want move-in ready homes. They also want properties that don’t require the extra work in making an offer. And since you are a seller who wants to close a home sale as quickly as possible, it makes sense to set the right asking price right from the get go.
There are several ways to come to this figure. A comparative market analysis should give you a snapshot of the recently sold homes in your neighborhood that are similar to yours. Reviewing the prices of similar active listings also helps. Inviting a home appraiser to take a look at your property can determine a ballpark price.
You might have to do several things to get the right price, but don’t worry. Your real estate agent should be there to help you.
Do a home makeover
You don’t need an extreme makeover to sell your house fast. Simple fixes and upgrades, some polishing, and home staging can help the property look and feel like it’s brand new. And besides, a little home prep before the sale never hurt anybody.
If you are unsure on where to start, here are the essential things to do before selling your house:
- Deep-clean the property
- Invite a home inspector to identify most-needed repairs and upgrades
- Upgrade outdated fixtures and features
- Improve curb appeal
- Declutter and de-personalize the house
- Stage the home (by yourself or with the help of a professional)
You might also be thinking that renovations can boost your house’s value and desirability. These can prove to be risky and expensive investments. To be on the safe side, stick to upgrades and leave the major remodeling projects to the new owners. Only consider a re-do if a certain space or room really needs the makeover. Is the kitchen that is stuck in the 60s and slowly falling apart? Then it’s time for a redesign.
Make sure your listing is online (and in a mobile-responsive platform)
The National Association of REALTORS®’s Real Estate in a Digital Age 2019 report had some interesting findings. First, a lot of home buyers spend some time browsing online listings on their mobile devices. Second, social media also proved to be a valuable tool in generating leads. Third, more and more people are finding their new homes by browsing their phones.
With this insight, you and your real estate agent should be able to tweak your marketing strategy for the house. Instead of just making your listing online, make sure to upload it on a mobile-friendly real estate platform. Divide the write-up into highly readable and bite-sized chunks of text— it looks better on mobile.
Finally, make social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter a part of your marketing campaign. Doing so helps expand your property’s reach and audience. And besides, these platforms are also responsive on mobile.
Planning to sell your home on the Las Vegas real estate market?