If you want to sell your home really quickly, you’ll need to know a few things about current home buyers. For your market, you should know:
- What prospective buyers are looking for
- Who they like dealing with
- Where are they coming from
Housing market studies have shown that prospective buyers get hooked by the home’s aesthetic appeal, then they’ll consider some of the other important factors. Since you’re reading this right now, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a majority of home buyers are doing their research online. The simple truth is that the best home sellers have to account for a lot more these days.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind…
Curb Appeal is a Game Changer
We’ve talked a lot about home staging, but it’s the thing that buyers are going to notice first. You want to make an incredible first impression, because a lazy looking layout could trump a valuable property. The warmer season is a pretty great opportunity to take advantage of some of these DIY summertime home staging tips.
Here are a few manageable improvement projects you should complete before you put your house on the market:
- Trim the lawn
- Fix up any noticeable gardens
- Add some new flowers
- Repaint the house
- Repair/repaint the wall or fence
(Just keep in mind that your idea of “awesome” may not appeal to many prospective buyers.)
Break Out the Old Tool Box
I’m going to take this opportunity to remind you that a great exterior will get them in the door, but cracks in the wall could send buyers running for the hills. You should invest the time and money into making all necessary repairs around the home. Don’t ignore things like:
- Cracked or ripped wall paper/paint
- Leaky faucets
- Small electrical problems
- Missing door handles
Ensuring that these little things are fixed shows the buyer that your home has been well-maintained. Those problems can distract them from picturing the residence as theirs. Even if you’re not the most handy person, there are plenty of DIY projects that will help spruce up your house in a short amount of time.
Invest in the Best
Odds are that you won’t be able to sell your home quickly without working with an experienced real estate agent. However, you could be sorry if you hire without doing a little background research (here some tips that might help). There are plenty of real estate agents out there, and many of them don’t have much effective marketing experience. Experienced agents with proven track records not only know the moves that sell, but they might also have a lot more sway with prospective buyers (word of mouth is a powerful tool).
Get the Word Out Online
We’re living in a digital age and not taking advantage of the many incredible, low-cost online resources available would be a mistake. First-time homebuyers are looking to the internet first before pursuing more traditional sources on the housing market here in Orlando. These online tools can certainly help you sell your home faster, but they need to be used properly.
Craigslist is one of the most well known and reliable property listing sites, but the savvy home buyer is utilizing an ever expanding list of online resources to narrow down their search. Consider creating a unique listing for your home on the following sites:
(One of the best ways to ensure your listing stands out from the pack is by investing in some high quality pictures or videos that effectively showcase your home.)
I’m going to go out on a limb and wager that you use social media. Facebook is another fantastic resource for getting the word out about your home. You can find affiliated FB groups where you can post pics and video of your home. This may also be a great way to attract the interest of a real estate investor. Most deal in cash which means deals go through much quicker.
It can be easy getting caught up in many of these different home selling strategies, but remember that the best plan of action can vary from market to market. One last piece of advice would be to ensure that you invest in an attention grabbing sign for your front yard. You never know when the perfect buyer might just drive by.