Selling your house fast isn’t impossible, especially in a seller’s market. And while selling your home on the traditional market will naturally take a little time, you can do a few things to ensure your house sells as fast as possible.
Declutter and clean your property:
As soon as you know you want or need to sell, begin decluttering items from your house and/or property. Homes sell faster when buyers can see themselves in the home. If your house is full of bulky furniture, personal photos, and a collection of materials you use for your hobby, it can make the space look smaller and less attractive.
Don’t forget to clear out storage sheds, garages, and the yard. If possible, remove old vehicles, wood supplies, or large tools. Decluttering and clearing out your property can take some time, so starting as soon as you know you’re ready to move is essential.
If this is too overwhelming, you could consider hiring help or selling your house to a cash buyer willing to take your property as-is.
Assess damages and make repairs:
One part of the selling process that can take time is making repairs. If a buyer makes an offer and the home goes for inspection, the buyer can request a price reduction or request repairs. If you already know potential problem areas, you could get ahead of the game and address the issues before listing your home.
If you choose to make repairs, focus on those that address safety issues or provide the best return on your investment. For example, repairing a damaged roof and repairing the HVAC system will likely result in higher returns. Some simple repairs that are cheap (or free, depending on your skillset) include patching holes, fixing leaky faucets, and refreshing the paint on the walls.
Not all homes are damaged equally. If you feel that the repairs are too overwhelming, selling to a cash buyer like Brick could be the way to go. A cash buyer willing to take your property as-is can save you time and money.
Time your sale properly:
Perfectly predicting the real estate market isn’t possible. However, looking at sales trends for your area and reading up on the current state of housing prices can help you make an intelligent decision about selling your house.
Summer is a popular time for home sales because families looking to move often aim to avoid moving during the school year. However, the winter can offer benefits, like less competition, which could mean a higher sales price.
Selling to a cash buyer could be beneficial if you need to sell immediately and don’t have time to wait for a more “ideal” time to list your property. Brick can provide a fast cash offer, so you can begin the sales process much faster than listing your home on the MLS.
Make your listing attractive:
Most buyers are perusing listings online before visiting a property, so great photos and well-written property descriptions are essential if you really want to attract sellers and sell your home quickly. Ideally, the images should showcase your home in its best condition. Tidy up the rooms, wash the mirrors, and don’t post any photos that might have awkward items (or people) in the background.
If you list your home on the MLS, a skilled agent can help provide quality photos. If you choose to list yourself, consider hiring a professional (or even a student photographer).
Don’t like the idea of posting photos of your home online? Consider working with a buyer that will purchase your home sight unseen or without listing on the MLS.
Lower your price:
In a competitive market, one way to sell your home quickly is to lower the asking price. While this might not be your first choice, it could be a way to attract buyers much faster.
Sell your home to a cash buyer:
The easiest way to speed up the sales process is to work with a cash buyer. A cash buyer can be a company, like Brick, an investor, or a private buyer who has money available to pay without financing. Selling your home to a cash buyer avoids the financing process. Even buyers who make an offer with preapproval have to undergo underwriting. That can take days to weeks to finish. Cash buyers can move must more quickly.
Have questions about selling your house fast? Call Brick for more information or get a quick cash offer on your property.