Tips to Quickly Sell Your Home (Guest Post by Suzie Wilson)

 

Tips To Quickly Sell Your Home

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If you’re interested in selling your home quickly, invest some time updating the details that make your home appealing to prospective buyers. There are certain tasks every home seller should do, a few easy DIY projects that may even increase value and additional tips that can help you get that “SOLD!” sign on your property faster. 

Simple Tips Everyone Should Do

No matter what, these basic tasks should be done by every home seller.

  • Deep Cleaning
    You may overlook certain items as you deep clean such as dirty grout, gutters, vents, toilet bowl stains and etc. You may also want to power wash the exterior. Don’t forget to declutter storage spaces as well. This checklist from Design Refined can help you clean your home. 
  • Fresh Coat Of Paint
    Interior walls should be done in every room in a neutral color (white is best) unless you’ve already painted them very recently. You may also want to consider painting your cabinets but be careful. This can be a time-consuming project. HGTV has tips on the best way to paint kitchen cabinets.
  • Basic Repairs
    Make sure to repair cracks, breaks, tears and more. This applies even if the damage is on your own furniture or fixtures you’ll be taking with you. Here are 10 reasons you should make repairs before selling from Trulia.
  • Stage Your Home
    The purpose of staging your home is to help visitors picture themselves living there. That means that when you do staging, you have to stick to neutral colors and make sure that rooms are used for their original purpose. You also want to remove any trace of you: photos, faith items and nameplates. Check out these home-staging suggestions from Parade Magazine.

Quick DIY Projects To Increase Value

Your next step involves finding projects that can perk up your home to make it more appealing. 

  • Improve Curb Appeal
    This is important to make a great first impression as well as attracting buyers into your home. Once you’ve done the deep cleaning process on the outside, it’s time to make it beautiful. Prune bushes, trim the lawn, replace a weathered mailbox and plant a garden. Read these 50 curb appeal secrets that can add charm to your house from Country Garden. 
  • Refresh Your Kitchen
    As mentioned, you can repaint your cabinets, but it may be time-consuming. There are other options for updating your kitchen, an important focal point for any buyer. You can upgrade cabinet hardware, replace your faucet and/or sink, refurbish a countertop, or add hardwood flooring. If you’re on a tight budget, This Old House has frugal remodeling ideas for you.
  • Refresh Your Bathroom
    Beyond regrouting and repairing broken tiles, you can update your shower doors, easily exchange your current showerhead for a more luxurious model and update the lighting. Read about more bathroom upgrades at Houzz.com. 
  • Brighten Your Home
    Buyers don’t want to see any dark shadows. That means using sheers and light curtains on your windows, opening the blinds and lighting up dark areas. If you need more ideas, read these five room-brightening options from Stage 4 More.

Additional Home-Selling Tips

If you’d like to sell your home quickly, you need to employ every tool at your service: 

  • Get the best listing agent.
  • Decide when is the best time to sell your house. Family-based neighborhoods often sell in the spring.
  • Choose a competitive price for your area.
  • Get professional listing photos.
  • Promote your house online. 

These last two are very important. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will visit a house after viewing it online.

Selling your home quickly involves repairs and upgrades that can bring prospective buyers into your home and then “wowing” them with your home’s best features. Make them feel like they can live there and you’re halfway home to a profitable sale.

Author

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

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