What better way to say goodbye to 2021 than selling your house quickly and bringing in the new year in your new home? If you’re hoping to sell your house quickly but aren’t sure where to start or if it’s even possible, don’t worry! We have five tips that’ll help sell your old home so you can start looking for your new one before 2022 starts.
1. Hire a top-rated real estate agent
There are a lot of real estate agents out there, but you don’t want to choose the first name you see. You want to find an agent who has a great reputation among the community and has a proven record of satisfied clients. It’s in your best interest to do a little bit of research and look into real estate agents in your area before hiring one.
A few ways you can get the 411 on agents is to check real estate agent reviews on Google, use local social media groups to ask for recommendations, or you could interview prospect agents.
2. Home inspections are a priority
When it comes to home inspections, folks tend to think it’s the buyer’s duty to get one done (or they could skip it altogether, which isn’t something we’d recommend). That’s not the case at all. Sure, the buyer may still ask for one, but by getting an inspection done before buyers even come through, that’s one less thing that could potentially hold up a sale.
Depending on where you are, there could be a backlog of inspections that have to be done and home inspectors aren’t able to get them done quickly enough. When you get an inspection done on your own, you can make repairs beforehand so that everything goes smoothly.
3. Resist the urge to price too high
The past 18 months have been a roaring seller’s market and now is the perfect time to make that big move and make a profit on your sale. Even though this is a great time to sell, you don’t want to list your house too high because you could scare off potential buyers and it could artificially inflate housing prices in your area.
When you’re thinking of how much you’d like to list your house, you need to be realistic and look at a variety of factors. These factors include the condition of the house, if there are any unique features, your location and so on. This is where a real estate agent can help.
4. Curb appeal can’t be ignored
Much of our focus when we’re selling our homes is going to the interior, however… You cannot forget curb appeal! Curb appeal is like the appetizer before the entree. You want potential buyers to be wowed by your home’s curb appeal and want to see the interior! If your yard looks like a mess, the siding is dirty, and your plants are overgrown, people are going to wonder what’s going on inside (and not in a good way).
During the selling period, you have to be on top of your landscaping and curb appeal. Your lawn needs to be tidy, the driveway and exterior of the house should be power washed, and your plants are trimmed. If you can’t find the time or energy to whip your curb appeal into shape, a professional landscaper is a great way to go.
5. Hire a professional photographer
We do a lot with our smartphones, but of all the things they can do, you do not want to take pictures of your home with them. In fact, even if you have a great digital camera, you don’t want to DIY the photos. A professional photographer is a way to go because they have the skills that’ll make your home look like it should be in a magazine, from a photo standpoint anyway. They’ll take pictures of your home that will highlight the best features of your home while downplaying the not-so-great features.
If you’re hoping to sell your house quickly before 2021 is over, these tips are just the starting point. Your real estate agent will be able to give you a lot more tips and suggestions, which is why you need to choose a top-rated pro!