Are you thinking about moving to a new state? Do you own a home that will need to be sold before you can accept an out of state job offer? No matter what the reason, sometimes you need to sell your home fast. If you can't wait weeks or months for your house to be sold, here are some tips to make it more attractive to potential buyers:
Clean up: While this tip may seem obvious to some, many real estate listings have a very lived-in feel. For example, it can be hard for buyers to picture hanging their family photos on a wall when the place is already occupied by your child's drawings from school. Although it may seem premature to start packing before you've even sold the house, this is exactly what you should do. Personal items should be packed away or put into storage for later. Kitchen appliances should be kept neatly in the cabinets as much as possible and not on your counter as you might normally do. When the photographer comes over to take pictures of your house, make sure that your pets are not in the same room with them and that any pet dishes, litter boxes or other pet supplies are kept out of sight.
Repaint: If you've lived in the house for a few years, it may have been a while since you repainted anything. If this is the case, now is the time to do some painting. Compared to a kitchen redo or other remodeling project, a simple coat of fresh paint is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to give your home a fresh new look. You may not mind living with a kitchen that's stuck in 70s earth-tones, but not everyone is so forgiving. If you don't know what colors are popular in your area, ask your real estate agent for some suggestions. He or she will be able to tell you what colors seem to help sell a home fast.
Price low: It can seem devastating at first to sell your house for less than market value. However, the lower the price, the more likely it is that you can sell the home fast. A good real estate agent can help you find a price that is a compromise between a fast sell and the time and effort that you've put into the home. Even if this means losing out on a few thousand dollars, the fast sell can help offset the cost. If you're moving out of state and have to go before the home is sold, you could incur travel or maintenance costs that will eat up the money gained by pricing your home at market value.
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