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Time Crunch: Five Tips for Selling Your House Quickly

By Mike Wheatley | April 22, 2016

To sell your house fast, it is best to use shortcuts that your competition may overlook. This will move your home to the top of the list of attractive properties and get it sold much faster. If you aren’t sure where to start or what renovations will pay off, try these ideas to sell more quickly.


List Your Best Price

Most people list their home at the price they'd like to get if they could, but are willing to come down if it doesn't sell quickly. Move your property fast by naming the price you will accept right from the beginning. A property without a huge price tag is one of the most attractive selling points, and keeping yours as low as possible will pick up the pace.

Update without Remodeling

While everyone else is remodeling, you can update your home quickly. There's nothing like a new coat of paint-inside and out to spruce up a property. Repair cracks, sagging boards and loose steps, and replace old fixtures, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. You don't have to wait through a landscaping project to list your house. Your curb appeal can go up with some strategic planting of flowers and other plants. Groom the lawn and remove any outdoor clutter, such as bicycles, toys, tools, or other distractions.

The key is to do simple repairs and clean ups that will make more space and offer a good view of what your home has for buyers.

Hide Yourself and Your Pets

No, you don't have to move out, but do eliminate personal items. These include everything from photographs to wall hangings supporting sports teams. Remove religious representations and political decals. Make your home as empty a space as possible, so prospective buyers can see themselves inside. Don't' leave pet dishes out. Hide or remove pets when showing your home as well. For pet odors, deep clean carpets and furniture.

Assign Uses to Rooms

Buyers can picture turning a bedroom into a sewing room, but they have trouble imagining a sewing room as a bedroom. If you have been using a bedroom or den as an office, craft room, kids' play room, or sewing room, make that space look like what it was originally intended for, or leave them empty if possible.

Use Technology

People use mobile devices to shop for properties more than ever. Make your home available on apps like the ones from Zillow and Trulia. Put pictures of your house on 360 Panorama. This app allows viewers to see your interior in a 360 degree pan.

You can knock months and weeks off of selling your house by getting aggressive. You can also try to make yourself available day and night, including weekends, to show the house. That flexibility can help you secure a buyer faster.


About the author: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information on listing a house try Homecodec or contact Brooke via Twitter.

Mike Wheatley is the senior editor at Realty Biz News. Got a real estate related news article you wish to share, contact Mike at [email protected].
  • One comment on “Time Crunch: Five Tips for Selling Your House Quickly”

    1. If you are trying to sell your home in the winter, try and have pictures available of the outside of your home during the warmer months for those viewing the house. When the weather isn't as nice and there is snow and ice, it is hard to envision what the outside space can be. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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