Having to sell your house and move can be a real headache. Add in having to sell your house fast – that can add even more stress. Unfortunately people do find themselves in situations where they need to sell their home quickly, usually because they have a new job in a different area. If you are one of these people and are looking for some tips to help you sell your house quickly, keep reading 🙂
How To Sell Your House Fast
The first thing you need to be concerned with is how the house shows. Is it clean? Is everything put away in it’s place so that the house doesn’t look cluttered? We covered some of this in a previous post “How To Sell My Home Fast By Owner” about making sure your house is clean and de-cluttered, so check that out.
But what your really need to pay attention first is this – how does the house look when you first drive up to it?
Besides making sure your house is clean, how your house looks from the outside is extremely important. You only get one chance to make a first impression. We have heard that people make up their mind if they like a house or not within the first minute of looking at it when arriving.
Laura Adams wrote an excellent article concerning “curb appeal” and much more in an article on Quick And Dirty Tips:
Selling Tip #1: Improve Your Curb Appeal
Nothing is more important than a first impression. So consider what a potential home buyer may think as he or she drives up to your property for the very first time.
Walk out into your street and look–and I mean really look–at your home to see its shortcomings. Is it attractive, clean, and well-kept, or does it need maintenance that you’ve been putting off?
After you’ve been in a home for a while, it can be difficult to see it objectively. So take suggestions from a real estate professional, friends, or prospective buyers about how to make it show better.
When your home is on the market, it’s critical that your landscaping is well-groomed and your lawn is mowed 24/7. Plus, your driveway, exterior porches, and exterior walls must be clean, too.
If you put money into cleaning up the outside of your home, I can guarantee that buyers will be more likely to take a tour of the inside. Curb appeal is what draws buyers in, helps maintain their interest, and sets your home apart from the competition.
Really good advice from Laura! We especially like the tip of asking your friends and anyone you can to look at your house from the outside to see what they think. They may spot some things that you haven’t.
Getting Your Home Sold Quickly
Once you have the property cleaned up on the inside and outside it’s time to get the place sold. So just how do you go about that? Of course you can list your house with an agent, but that may take longer than you have. You might want to try and sell it yourself, or maybe even try and do both. Just make sure that if you decide to do both that in your contract with your realtor that you don’t owe them money if you sell it yourself.
Elise Sole wrote a great article with some tips to help in getting your house sold quickly:
Set a hard deadline
Want to bring buyers out of the woodwork quickly? It’s easy: Set a deadline for offers.
You can make this clear in your listing by saying you will be accepting offers only until a certain date—even as tight as one to two weeks after your home is listed for sale. That said, you should probably not announce why you need to sell quickly due to a new job or other circumstance, because buyers will smell desperation and take advantage of that. Just state your deadline without further explanation, and watch the offers roll in.
Selling your house to a flipper
There’s no faster home sale out there than to a flipper. These buyers enable you to usually sell the home as is—often for cash—removing the burden of costly home repairs.
“These situations usually appeal to homeowners who just need to get a property off their hands,” says Benuska. But there are downsides: Flippers may demand below-market price, so they can resell it later for a larger profit. So just be sure your flipper isn’t fleecing you up the wazoo; at the very least, compare offers from two or more investors so they can’t steamroll you.
Setting a hard deadline is a fantastic way to bring in buyers really fast! However we think that no matter what when selling to a conventional buyer and setting a hard deadline will tip them off that you need to sell quickly and will want to force negotiations for a lower price.
We really like her last tip of selling to a flipper – probably because that’s what we do 🙂
Summing It Up
Getting your house sold fast can be stressful, especially all of the prep work that you need to do just to get it ready to sell. As a reminder, if you need to sell your house fast, contact us, Mandich Property Group for a free, no obligation offer on your house. The plus side is that you don’t even need to clean up or worry about curb appeal!