Steps You Can Take to Help Sell Your Home Quickly

by Harold & Kim Hanmer 03/01/2020

Preparing your house for real estate showings can be both exciting and stressful. Since every prospect could be the one buyer you're waiting for, you'll want each showing to go as smoothly as possible!

Unfortunately, perfection is a difficult standard to achieve, especially if your home is being shown several times a week! What makes it even more challenging is the fact that everyone defines perfection differently. What's considered a "deal breaker" by one family may be viewed as insignificant or even desirable by another.

So what can you do to make the best impression on the most number of people? The answer boils down to three things: Be systematic and methodical; keep your home clean and organized, and consult with an experienced real estate agent for guidance and advice.

While home staging, alone, is not a panacea when it comes to attracting offers, it can play a key role in swaying potential buyers.

There are so many variables in winning over prospects that it may sometimes seem like the luck of the draw or the relative position of the stars! Luck and happenstance may occasionally come into play when putting your house on the market, but a well thought-out strategy and a proactive plan are always your best bet for selling your house quickly and for the maximum price!

In addition to recommendations your agent may offer, here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing your house to be shown.

Keep it clean: If all goes well, a buyer will come along and make an offer on your house within the next several weeks. That's not only good news from a financial standpoint, but it also means you won't have to clean your house every day! While there are no guarantees that your home's going to sell within a given period of time, you will be "tipping the scales" in your direction by keeping your home clean and fresh smelling!

Make it visually appealing. Although you don't want to make your home look overly staged, a fresh bowl of fruit in the kitchen, a small vase of flowers on the counter, and a few thriving green plants in different parts of your house can enhance the overall ambiance of your home. Ideally, the appearance of clutter should be eliminated and furniture arrangements adjusted to emphasize conversation areas.

When prospects are able to look at your home and easily imagine themselves having a barbeque in the back yard, entertaining guests in the kitchen, or hosting a holiday party in the living room, then you're well on your way to finding a buyer.

Consider working with a seasoned real estate agent to make sure your home is organized, in marketable condition, and is aesthetically pleasing. If your listing price is on par with comparable homes in your neighborhood and market conditions are favorable, then you're on solid footing when it comes to offering your home for sale.

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Harold & Kim Hanmer

Hi, we are the team of Harold and Kimberly Hanmer ,and we'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a team of real estate professionals by your side. We'd be honored to put our real estate experience to work for you.