If you’re selling your home, you probably want to know how to sell your home fast. Actually, you DEFINITELY do. No one wants to wait around for a buyer. You want a solid offer that you’re happy with.
Whether you’re selling your home in Chattanooga or simply thinking about it, you need to plan well. In order to be ready for prospective buyers – and to catch their eye in the first place – you’ll need to prepare your home.
Because the first few weeks after listing are the most important, your home needs to be spic-and-span before you put it up for sale. To sell your home fast, create a plan. Then follow it.
Take these 5 steps to sell your home fast in Chattanooga:
1. Store your stuff
Your closets can’t be the catch-all for clutter. What’s the first thing prospective buyers will do when they walk into a bedroom? That’s right – they’ll open the closet. Good storage space is a huge plus. Overstuffed closets are a major turn-off.
Consider a storage unit an investment rather than an unnecessary cost. Most sellers end up having to get rid of at least a third of their stuff. Store whatever you don’t use on a daily basis. And if you choose to use a portable storage unit, moving day will be much easier.
2. Subtract the selfies
Ever gone into someone else’s home and seen walls covered with pictures – of people you’ve never met? You get a distinct sense of “this is not my home,” right?
Don’t keep your personal pictures on the walls. Prospective buyers will find it hard to see the quality features your home boasts. We know, you love your kids. But no one else knows them like you do. Create space for others to imagine themselves living in your home.
For the same reason, remove any distracting art as well. Anything you leave on the walls must have broad appeal or serve to highlight a feature of the home itself. You don’t want buyers remembering the art more than their impressions of your home.
3. Lighten the mood
A home with dim (or nonexistent) lighting feels like a cave. Not like a castle. Sounds depressing, doesn’t it.
Air it out and brighten it up with both natural and artificial lighting. Find out the highest wattage your light fixtures allow, then use bulbs at that wattage. It’ll instantly bring up the mood of the room.
You can also paint dark walls with a light neutral cream or gray. Gray is more modern, cream more traditional. Use the tone that suits your home’s architecture the best. If your walls are already light, deep clean them to bring out their luster and remove that dulling layer of dust.
When you leave before a showing, open the curtains and blinds, switch on the lights, and open a few windows if the weather is beautiful.
4. Set the stage
No matter how beautiful your home is, staging is a must. Your realtor needs to be (or hire) a professional home stager. They’ll see your home with buyers’ eyes and know exactly how to show off its good points while de-emphasizing its flaws.
Because buyers depend on listing photos to determine their initial interest in a home, yours need to be on point. That’s a given. But many sellers skip staging because of its expense. Either that, or they just don’t want to do it.
If that describes you, there’s another option. Listen to your realtor’s advice about how to stage your own home, what to remove, what to change about your floorplan – and do it. Then, have a friend walk through your home as though they were a buyer, from the curb to the back door. Taking the advice of people with fresh eyes is the best thing you can do as a seller.
5. Spread the word
If you’ve got a good realtor, they should market your home well. They want to attract a buyer almost as much as you do. But don’t leave all the marketing for your agent to do.
Remember – if you spread the word about your home through social media and send the listing web page to your friends and family, you’ll be doing a great deal. Countless homes have been sold through connections like these. You never know! You might even sell your home to a friend or relative.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be headed in the right direction to sell your home fast. The Chattanooga real estate market is stronger than it’s been in years. Right now, you’re able to list your home in a seller’s market.
If you missed our first article, go ahead and read it to learn 5 more ways to sell your home fast. With the right agent – and a solid plan – you can meet your goal of a quick sale.