Selling your home can either be a quick and easy process, or it can be
a long and arduous one. With so many factors in play, it can be hard to
tell how long it might take to finally manage to find a buyer and close
the deal. However, as a homeowner there are numerous things you can do
to increase your home’s appeal and locate potential buyers much
faster, and the best part is they are easier than you might think! Here
are five ways to sell your home faster than your neighbors!
Upgrade Your Landscaping
Do you believe in “love at first sight?” If not, you should
start—particularly when it comes to home buying. Statistically,
homebuyers know whether or not they love a potential property within minutes
of arriving, and much of this is due to the first impression they get.
A good first impression means they will likely remain interested throughout
the tour and be far more likely to put in an offer; a bad one, not so
much. So what can you do to improve your first impression? Updating your
landscaping is arguably the most effective way to do this. A few extra
flowers in the beds lining your driveway and some extra water and fertilizer
on the lawn can go a long way towards making your property look more appealing
to potential home buyers than a yard that looks neglected or minimally
This might seem difficult, but an unoccupied and move-in ready home is
often extremely appealing to home buyers. Studies have shown that an empty
house without any furniture or property in it at all tends to show far
better than homes that are still occupied. Primarily this is because people
have a harder time visualizing their own possessions in a home when it
is already full of someone else’s things. Additionally, an empty
home often looks bigger, giving the sense of a better value for the asking price.
So while it might seem like a difficult decision to go live somewhere else
when you own a perfectly good house, packing up your stuff and getting
out might go a long way towards getting your sale closed quicker than
it would have with you still living there.
Re-Paint or Install New Flooring
While walking on the same floors and staring at the same walls each day
may not seem like a huge deal, you’d be shocked what replacing them
can do to improve your home’s value. Many homes on the market love
to highlight things like new floors because they give homeowners a fresh
start and dramatically improve the overall quality of the property. When
you can’t offer the same, your property just serves to highlight
how much better the other property is than yours, particularly if the
prices are similar. Installing new flooring, and coating your walls with
a fresh layer of paint, particularly in the high-traffic areas of a home,
can also improve your property value substantially, allowing you to not
only sell faster, but sell for more as well.
A high-quality video walkthrough of a home can provide an exceptional first-impression
to a homeowner before they’ve even been to your property. Think
of it like a brochure: a good one is eye-catching and hooks your potential
buyer right from the get-go, while also expanding your reach and showing
your product (your home) to a much larger audience. A good video will
also show the highlights of your home, including things you have recently
redone, features that may be unique, and much more, all to get people
excited to see your home before they arrive. A homeowner who is excited
is already mentally prepared to like what they see, and will usually confirm
Ask your real estate agent about creating a video listing for your property,
including using aerial shots captured by drone that can put a new and
eye-catching edge to the look of your home (and show off the beautiful,
energy saving solar panels you have on your roof, if you have them).
A homeowner may love your house, but if it’s priced way beyond its
actual value, you’re going to have a tough time finding a buyer
or even fielding a reasonable offer. When it comes to selling your home,
price is the most important factor. If the price is right, people will
be willing to overlook a few flaws and put in an offer. If the price is
wrong, they’ll skim right past the listing from the get-go. Sellers
will almost always want more than their property is worth, and those who
go too far beyond this amount will be stuck scratching their heads when
they can’t sell their home.
Find out what homes in your neighborhood have sold for in the last six
months to determine a rough estimate for what your own home might go for.
From there, you can bring your asking price up and down based on any unique
features your home may offer or work that might need done by the prospective
buyers. If your home is priced right, you should field some offers quickly.
If not, you’ll probably be stuck watching your neighbors sell while
you continue to wait.
Looking to sell your home?
Call Dippy Real Estate today at (661) 441-3304 and let us help you with the process!