The Ultimate Guide for Selling Your Home Fast (Tips and Tricks)

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The Ultimate Guide for Selling Your Home Fast (Tips and Tricks)

Jaden Ghylin
Jaden Ghylin

Jaden has been working in real estate since 2005. Jaden has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a talent for helping people work through all sorts of difficult problems — and his passion is real estate. Jaden’s priority is understanding his clients’ unique situations and working together to find win-win real estate solutions that benefit his clients.

There are fewer situations more stressful than trying to sell your home especially when you don’t have the time or resources to wait months and months (and sometimes years) for the house to sell and for you to collect that money. If you’re currently trying to sell your home fast, try these helpful tips and tricks to increase your home’s chance of being purchased.

Find a Storage Unit for Your Stuff

A fairly common mistake for people trying to sell their home is merely shoving all their belongings in their closets or other available storage areas. While at first glance this may make your home look more appealing to prospective buyers, as it declutters your rooms, eventually people will want to look in your closets to check out how much space they have for storing their stuff. If they are jam-packed with your stuff, it’s not going to make the storage space very appealing to those prospective buyers. That’s why it’s best to find a storage unit elsewhere.

Photograph Your Home (hiring a professional can help)

For online resources where you’ll advertise your home, make sure that you have plenty of high-quality photos of your home. This includes every single room, with a few different angles for the bigger spaces. Before taking the photos, make sure that your house is clean and arrange everything in a way that makes your home look the best it can be. The way you set up your home for these photos should be the same for how it looks when potential buyers come into the house.

Remove Personalized Items From Your House

You should remove any family photos and other memorabilia that is specific to your family, as it will detract from the buyer’s ability to imagine their own family in the home. It will also make it easier for potential buyers to focus on your home’s highlighted features. If you have any paintings, ask yourself if they add to the appeal of the room, or if they distract. If you think any artwork you have in the home might be too distracting, then take it down in favor of a painting that blends in a little more with the room.

Don’t Be Afraid to Promote the House Yourself

If you hired a realtor to help you, that doesn’t mean you have to let them do all the promoting. Talk about how you’re selling your home on social media or other avenues, and who knows, one of your followers may be looking for a home, or they may know someone who is in the market for a new place. You never know! You may get lucky.

Make Small Upgrades to Your Home

No, you don’t have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars renovating your bathroom to try and add value, but little things like fixing that dent in the wall or putting on a new coat of paint on your walls can definitely help. Those small issues that you’ve meant to get around to or just weren’t that big of a concern when you were living there may be a big deal to those looking at buying your home. Therefore, make sure you take the time to fix even the small issues to make your home as perfect as can be.

Make Sure Your Home is Well Lit

An often overlooked aspect of your home is the lighting. While you may be accustomed to the lighting and it seems perfect for you, to potential buyers, it may be a little duller than what they are used to. Bright lights can help highlight the features of your home and can provide an overall better ‘mood’ in each room.

Do Some Minor Landscaping

The interior of your home is one thing, but the exterior and how it looks from the front yard is also a huge factor that your potential buyers will consider before they ultimately purchase. Once again, you don’t need to put a ton of money into a huge landscaping project. Instead, make sure to cut the grass, trim the hedges, and that any leaves or sticks are picked up in the yard before anyone comes to your home to look at it. Make sure your home as a strong curb appeal.

Set Your Table

As we’ve touched on, when your buyers arrive for tours of your house, the goal should be to help them envision that they live there. Another great way to do that is to set the dining room table with nice plates, silverware, and a centerpiece. It’s a small detail that will help make the house feel more “homey” for the interested parties.

Think Like a Buyer

This one can be a little tricky because every home buyer will have different preferences, as well as differing opinions on what they value the most. However, if you can think in general what new home buyers are really looking for, you can better arrange your home to what they want, as well as highlight specific areas that might interest them. For instance, the functionality of the house is something that will concern most home buyers. Make sure that all the locks on the doors work, the toilets flush properly, and all the sinks run smoothly.

Incorporate Flowers and Plants

Nothing can bring your home to life more than adding some natural aspects indoors. Some healthy, green plants in your house can make your home look all the more appealing, as can some decorative flowers in a vase.

Remove Pets or Any Traces of Them

Do not show your home with a pet still around, as many of your buyers may not want to live in a house that may have sustained damage from a pet. Or, if they or someone in their family has allergies, they don’t want have to deal with any allergens left behind. So, keep in mind that for some buyers, the fact that an animal used to live in the house is a deal breaker. Of course, still be honest with them if they ask and even offer to have a professional cleaner come in to thoroughly clean the house.

Promote the Neighborhood and Area

Your home isn’t the only thing you have to sell, but also the neighborhood and surrounding amenities. Is there a good school in the area, or maybe a park, library, or restaurant? Work hard to highlight not only the features of your home but also the area surrounding your home.

Consider Contacting a Company Who Will Buy Your Home Quickly

There is no guarantee that if you follow all these tips and even go above and beyond them, that you’ll still sell your house fast. That can be quite frustrating, especially if you are in a situation where you need the money soon.

It’s always smart to consider going with a company that will buy your home fast, no matter the condition of the house. At Minnesota Home Guys, we’re in the business of helping you. We want to make sure that you get out of the stressful situation you’re currently in by purchasing your house and we can close on your home within seven days of you contacting us. You don’t even have to worry about moving any unwanted items from your home, as we will either recycle or donate them. If you choose to go with Minnesota Home Guys, we’ll give a fair offer, pay all closing costs, and of course, make sure that you get paid. If you need to sell your home fast, reach out to us today!

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Jaden Ghylin
Jaden Ghylin

Jaden has been working in real estate since 2005. Jaden has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a talent for helping people work through all sorts of difficult problems — and his passion is real estate. Jaden’s priority is understanding his clients’ unique situations and working together to find win-win real estate solutions that benefit his clients.

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