Whether it’s for an upgrade, a move to another part of the country, or a shrewd financial strategy, the decision to sell you house is never one made lightly. Not only does it mean packing all your belongings and relocating your family, but it also can put enormous stress on you during the process of waiting for offers, managing negotiations, and traveling the long road until closing day.
While no strategy guarantees selling your house quickly – the average home took 49 days to sell as of September 2015 according to Homes.com – there are still plenty of ways to tip the odds in your favor, getting your house maximum exposure and cast in the best light possible to attract the buyers you are looking for. Here are a few tips that can get your house off the market and its value into your wallet as quickly as possible.
- Use a real estate agent. That’s sure to draw a grumble from some, especially in the era where DIY restoration and remodeling projects are immensely possible. But in this case, it’s time to call in a professional, who will be looking to sell your house (and gain their commission) at every opportunity. And if that doesn’t convince you, consider the Realtor.org report that shows that homes sold by a real estate agent went for $39,000 more on average than homes sold by the owner in 2014 ($249,000 to $210,000).
- Send Fido on a mini-vacation. Find a friend or a family member who can take on your favorite pooch for the duration that your home is on the market. It might make you feel a little guilty and a little lonely when man’s best friend isn’t there to greet you after work, but do you want possible buyers to remember your house as: “Oh, that was the one with the big backyard and the great family room” or “Oh, that was the one where I kept sneezing and that dog barked non-stop.” You can make it up with treats and belly rubs later.
- Have an escape plan. While they say they don’t mind your presence, most realtors would really prefer you not be home when they bring possible buyers by. The agent is in “sell” mode at this point, and you being there handicaps your agent’s ability to do their job, and will probably make the buyers uncomfortable too. They are there to assess the property, not judge your home. If you’re single or without kids, go see a movie or take a long drive; if you’ve got rugrats, make it time for an impromptu trip to the playground or to visit the grandparents.
- All the world’s a stage. If you’ve already moved out and are trying to sell your property, consider authorizing your real estate agent to stage the house – that is, bring in furniture (usually rented) to give it a certain tone and vibe. While plenty of people can separate your stuff from the space it’s inhabiting, it never hurts to give them a taste of what “could” be by carefully selecting colors and pieces to transform spare rooms into home offices or basements into kids’ play rooms.
The last thing any of us want is to have our home sit on the market for an extended period of time. Being flexible and planning ahead can go a long way towards eliminating the stress of selling your home. And once that final contract is signed, make the smart first step in transitioning to your new home by using an established and professional moving company like Foxx Movers in Houston in order to make your move as quick, easy, and affordable as possible.