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5 Killer Tips to Get Your Home Sold Fast

By Bill Gassett | April 19, 2022

How to Make Your House Ready to Be Listed For Sale

When you list your home for sale, you'll want to put your best foot forward. Many things go into a successful home sale, including setting the right price and hiring an outstanding real estate agent.

Your property's presentation will be very important, from the curb appeal to the home itself. Knowing what to do to get to that point is half the battle.

Some folks think they can just put the for sale sign out in the yard, and the rest will take care of itself. If you want to sell your property for top dollar, you need to have a game plan for turning your house into a showplace.

Buyers appreciate turnkey homes and will pay top dollar to get one.

Let's dig into some tips for making your house show-ready. It will be worth your investment in time and effort.

Hire A Junk Removal Company

One of the first things you should do to start your efforts of making your property look exceptional is to hire one of the better junk removal companies. A junk removal company will remove most things you no longer need or want.

1-800-Got-Junk is one of the more recognizable names in the trash removal industry. If they are in your area, make sure you compare them to others nearby. Maximum Real Estate Exposure's guide on junk removal experts will be worth looking at.

You can start on the outside and work your way in. If any kind of debris or building materials litter your yard, it's time to get rid of them. Buyers won't look past it, and you shouldn't either.

Inside make a list of all the larger items you won't be bringing with you. Focus on things that don't have any value.

One of the recommendations will be to give away valuable items to a local charity. First, you'll want to remove things from the house that they won't find worthy of having.

Have a Local Charity Do a Donation Pick Up

You're bound to have things in your home that a local charity would love to have. You can kill two birds with one stone. Decluttering your home will put more money in your pocket while helping someone in need.

There are quite a few charities that will come to your home and pick things up. Some of the more recognizable names in the donation industry are Goodwill and The Salvation Army.

It will be important to check locally if they are still doing donation pickups. When Covid started, many charities stopped doing donation pickups. The worst-case scenario will be bringing it to them.

They take your stuff for free, and you can get a tax deduction out of it. A real win-win!

Put Excess Things Into a Self-Storage Unit or POD

Once the junk removal and donations are squared away, look over what you will be taking with you. Is there still too much clutter in your home? Will buyers be able to get a good sense of what you're selling? Is there still room for more improvement?

If you can make your home look even better, it will be worth it. Consider putting any large pieces of furniture that are overcrowing rooms into either a self-storage unit or a POD.

There are pros and cons to each storage option. A POD may be more convenient as it can be stored on your property. However, if you have items that could get spoiled, you might be better off with climate-controlled storage so your belongings don't get ruined. PODS is one of the most well-known portable storage companies.

Do some research to determine which storage option would be best.

Get Staging Advice From Your Real Estate Agent

Once you have your home looking ready, have a real estate agent come by for a look. An exceptional Realtor is paid to give you sound advice.

Part of the counseling a real estate agent provides is staging tips. You will want to put the finishing touches on making your house show-ready by listening to them.

One of the most vital parts of selling a home will be photography. It will be your first showing when a potential buyer sits at the computer looking at new properties hitting the market.

They will quickly decide whether your home is worth visiting or not. You'll want your house to be perfect for the photos. Focus on some of the most crucial areas, such as the kitchen and baths. Make sure there is nothing on the counters. They should be completely bare.

You'll be amazed at how much better the photography will look. Yes - the coffee makes needs to be put away for the photos too!

Your real estate agent can walk through the house room by room and provide pointers on things that should be removed. Don't take anything personally. Remember, selling your home is like a business decision.

Even though it is challenging to do, try to take as much of the emotions out of it as you can.

Hire A Professional House Cleaner

One of the final things you'll want to do before your home becomes a showpiece is to have it professionally cleaned. This will help prepare it for showing and remove any dust, cobwebs, or other dirt that may have built up over time.

Ask Friends and Family if They're Interested in Visiting

One of the best ways to get some opinions on how your home shows are to invite friends and family over for a tour. You can also set up a time for them to come by and see how you've staged your place.

Maybe they can offer some additional tips before putting out the for-sale sign. All these tips are part of getting your home ready for sale.

Final Thoughts

Your effort into staging your home can go a long way towards getting top dollar. By following these staging tips, you should sell your home quicker and for more money.

Your property will look so good that you might ask yourself why you didn't do it sooner. Removing clutter from your life can be extremely liberating. By following these tips, you'll get your home sold fast.

Bill Gassett is an authority in the real estate industry with 38 years of experience. Bill is well respected for his informative articles for buyers, sellers, and fellow real estate agents to make sound decisions. His work has been featured on RIS Media, the National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Newsbreak, Credit Sesame, Realty Biz News, and his own authoritative resource, Maximum Real Estate Exposure. He has been on of the top RE/MAX agents in New England over the last two decades.
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