Stephanie Schumacher

May 12 2014

21 Ways to Sell Your Home Fast

Tips to sell your home fast.

Are you in the process of selling your home? As a seller, you need to make sure your home stands out among the other available properties. Here are 21 helpful hints for marketing and selling your home as quickly as possible.

  1. Clean your house and keep in mind small improvements matter:  Make sure your home is pristine. Take the time to deep clean. Potential buyers will look in every nook and cranny of your home, and they don’t want to see cupboards with dirt, dust, and grime.
  2. Clean oil spills in the garage and driveway: First impressions are important, and your driveway is one of the first things a buyer will see. Here’s a quick tip for your cement driveway: Try a high-powered liquid drain cleaner to sweep oil stains away, just be sure to use caution and read all manufacturer’s warning labels before you begin this task.
  3. Paint the walls a neutral color: If your home is decorated in dark or unusual colors, consider painting walls a neutral color that can work with your prospective buyer’s tastes. It will be worth your while to paint your walls a neutral color, such as off−white, beige, or gray. If you’re not up to painting your entire house, at least paint the areas that make the biggest impression, such as the entryway/foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom.
  4. Polish fixtures: Polish all fixtures—brass, chrome, glass—with a high polish that will add sparkle to your home.
  5. Clean or paint appliances: Make sure your appliances are clean and don’t have broken knobs or handles. If your appliances are all different colors, consider having a professional paint them a neutral color. This is less expensive than buying all new appliances and will add to the “sale-ability” of your kitchen.
  6. Bake cookies: Keep a package of ready-made cookie dough on hand. Pop a few cookies in the oven right before a potential buyer visits. The smell of freshly baked cookies will invoke great memories and a welcoming feel, triggering emotions that could lead to the sale of your home.
  7. Clean the carpets: When you are ready to list your home, it’s a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned. Clean homes sell faster. Also, consider leaving a few pairs of shoes inside the front door so prospective buyers know you’ve taken pride in your home.
  8. Organize the garage: A clean, organized garage will appear larger. If you have too much stuff, consider storing items in a storage unit.
  9. Paint the front door and entry way: A fresh coat of paint to your home will help it sell faster, but if you can’t afford that, try painting the front door and entry area around the door.
  10. Park down the street: Extra parking outside of your house will give your property a spacious appearance. Park cars down the street so the buyer has the most convenient parking. Also, be sure to remove children’s toys, garbage cans, or other unnecessary items from your front yard.
  11. Let there be light: When you’re showing your home, be sure to open your curtains, blinds, and drapes to allow plenty of light and make your home look larger and brighter. Make sure your windows are clean and streak free. If your screens are worn or have holes, replace them.
  12. Remove clutter: You want your buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home. Removing the clutter allows them to do that without your family pictures, knick-knacks, and other personal effects distracting them from envisioning your home as theirs. If you have lots of items you want to get rid of, consider having a garage sale or consigning them while you’re in the process of selling your home.  
  13. Create more space: Remove large pieces of furniture to make the space appear more spacious and inviting.
  14. Head to the nursery: Flowers brighten the appearance of a home, and if you don’t want to spend money on fresh flowers, consider potted flowers or plants. You can even take them with you to your new home.
  15. Start packing: It will take time to get your personal affects packed and ready to move. Pack these types of items now and store them to make your move easier, keeping in mind that less is more to your potential buyers.
  16. Empty the closets: Remove all the off-season clothes and store them elsewhere. Having less in your closets makes them seem much more spacious. Also, keep closets neat and orderly. Closet and storage space is a major selling point for many buyers.
  17. Water the lawn: Use your sprinklers often enough to make your yard green. Consider manually turning on your sprinklers whenever a potential buyer is viewing your home. Newly watered landscaping has a fresh, clean scent, and the shimmer will make it look much better than when it’s dry.
  18. Tame wild jungles: Overgrown yards tend to distract from the house and make it appear smaller. Be sure to properly and neatly trim shrubs and bushes. Empty and tidy yards look larger.
  19. Brighten things up: Replace light bulbs in your house with energy efficient 72-watt halogen bulbs to make your house appear brighter, larger, and more appealing to a potential buyer. Bright rooms create an open feeling, similar to having lots of windows and skylights.
  20. Get out of the house: Leave potential buyers a little privacy while showing your home. Buying a home is an emotional experience, and you don’t want potential buyers to feel awkward inspecting the house while you’re there. 
  21. Create an experience: Consider writing a letter to potential buyers explaining some of the features of your home. Write about schools, good neighbors, area shopping, and events, and a little history of the home. Try to create images in the potential buyers mind about life in your home. Type the letter, but make copies and sign each one by hand, leaving it in an envelope where it could easily be seen.

Have you ever been in the process of selling a home? If so, what tips do you have for other potential sellers? Please share them in the comments box below.

Stephanie Schumacher

About Stephanie Schumacher

Stephanie Schumacher is a First Vice President, Mortgage Lender at Hills Bank’s Mount Vernon location. She has been with Hills Bank since 2005 helping customers with their home buying needs. Stephanie’s family is always on the go, with her husband, their combined 4 children and their Great Dane Eleanor. Stephanie volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is an active volunteer within her Mount Vernon and Lisbon communities. Stephanie enjoys attending the various activities her children are involved with, which fills her free time. Stephanie can be reached at stephanie_schumacher.

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