Six Tips for Selling Your Old Home Faster

If you’re looking to make a move in 2020, chances are you’ll be looking to sell your old home quickly (that’s what everyone wants, right?). To help get you out of the old and into the new (even new construction, if you’re lucky!), we’ve put together a few tips to help you sell your home faster. 

Make it bright

When looking at purchasing a home, buyers often look for well-lit spaces (which is why at Rezide, we try to maximize the amount of glass in our new homes). To help show your home at its brightest, remove window treatments (such as blinds and drapes), clean the windows, and make sure the bulbs are at each fixture’s maximum wattage. 

Declutter 

Ideally, when first entering your home, you want a potential buyer to be able to imagine themselves living there, not you and your family. To make potential buyers feel, well, at home, remove family pictures and memorabilia. To make the rooms feel more spacious, declutter shelves and pare down closets. If you’re looking for a number, a good rule of thumb is to remove about half of what’s out.

Put your money into what matters

If you’re moving out, it’s probably not the time to do that big master bathroom makeover that you’ve always dreamed of (look for those features in your new home!). Put your money instead where it’s most likely to have the greatest payoff. Smaller upgrades, like neutral paint (which will allow a buyer to imagine themselves living in the house), and new drawer pulls are more likely to payoff. 

In today’s market, so many buyers start by looking online. Investing in professional interior and exterior photos will help your home make a better first impression and get more showings.

Consider staging it

Your real estate agent will know best, but depending on your home’s price point and the competition in the area, it may be worth it to hire someone to stage the house. A professional can help you arrange furniture in a way that compliments the floorplan, makes the home inviting to buyers, and shows your house at its best.

Keep it ready for showings

And speaking of showings, you’ll want to keep your home showing-ready while it’s on the market. That means making the beds each morning, keeping dishes from piling up in the sink, stowing all shoes, bags, and coats in the closet, and wiping down those countertops. It may feel like extra work, but when you get a call that a potential buyer is in the neighborhood and would like to see your house, it’ll be completely worth it!

Price it right the first time

Work with your real estate agent to set realistic expectations for what your home is worth. It may be tempting to price your home high to leave extra room to negotiate or drop the price later, but you can risk losing potential buyers and eventually selling at a lower price. 

A house is the biggest purchase most people make, and at Rezide Properties, we love getting to be a part of that process, and a part of making our homeowners’ dreams come true. If you’re interested in new construction homes in Cherokee County, Georgia, we’d love to show you how our homeowners just live better.