If you want to sell your house fast and for the best possible price, preparation is key to success. More often than not, the quickest way to sell your house is by planning ahead of time, so that when your property goes to market, it’s snapped up by the right buyer in no time.
If you’re thinking about putting your property on the market, check out our tips for selling a house quickly.
1. Be ready at any time
It’s Wednesday afternoon, you’re at work, and you get a call asking if a prospective buyer might be able to visit your property to take a look. However, you know you ran out of the house that morning – leaving the dirty dishes, unmade beds, and pile of laundry for later.
The trick is to be ready at any time. Stay on top of those little chores so your home is at least largely presentable for any prospective buyer who wants to make a last-minute viewing, as it only takes one to make the sale!
2. Make repairs
Even if major renovations are out of the budget (or the time constraints), you may still be able to make repairs. When the market slows down and buyers become a little pickier, simple repairs could put them off.
Whether it’s dealing with a hole in the wall or replacing a broken fence post, these relatively simple repairs could make a big difference.
3. Don’t ignore the lowball offers
In a seller’s market, lowball offers may be scoffed at or simply told a polite “no”, as there will always be another offer around the corner.
In a market slump, even lowball offers could offer potential. Buyers could be quite keen on your property, but knowing the market, may try their luck with a low offer well below your listed price. Instead of ignoring these offers, respond with a reasonable counter offer – at least then it’s up to them to walk away, or to continue the conversation if they have a genuine interest. This is where the right agent will help you hold your nerve and negotiate your way to the right outcome.
4. Phone a friend
Who is your closest friend or family member who visits often, and loves you enough to be honest (but kind) with you?
Often, we become accustomed to seeing the front of the house, and walking into our homes every day. This familiarity makes it harder to see detractors – potential problems with curb appeal, or even odd smells as you walk inside. A trusted friend might be able to remind you to trim that overhanging tree, tidy up the garden, or give the carpets a deep clean.
Other things to consider include:
- Is the headline of my ad not attracting the right people?
- Are the photos I've selected for the ad working?
- Is the listing copy doing its job?
- Is my ad in the right places?
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5. Choose the right agent
Most people selling their home choose agents from the mmost recognisable agencies, or perhaps who they bought the property through initially. The problem with this is that the agents from the biggest agency on the block aren't necessarily the ones who understand the market, what buyers are looking for, or what the best tactics to sell your house are.
Not all agents are created equal, there are good and bad agents everywhere, so make sure that you take the time to find the right agent by reading reviews on websites like Rate My Agent.
Feng shui to sell a house fast
Feng shui is the art of arranging buildings, objects, space and life to achieve harmony and balance, and many believe adopting its principles can help you sell your house faster. Follow these basic feng shui rules to increase your chances of a quick sale:
- Declutter – Feng shui is all about creating a space where chi energy can flow freely. Make sure your home is organised and free of clutter to encourage positive energy and attract prospective buyers.
- Fix anything broken – Feng sui says that malfunctioning devices create shar (negative) chi. Take care of minor repairs like light bulbs, appliances and door handles to correct inauspicious chi before you start showing your property.
- Paint your front door – The front door is one of the most significant aspects of a house in the practice of feng shui, and should exude strength and confidence. Paint it a bold, lucky colour like bright red to help attract positive chi to your home.
- Reconfigure the walkway to your front door – In feng shui, it’s considered back luck to have a direct pathway to the house like an arrow towards a target. If it’s possible, redirect the pathway to your front door so it’s curved or angled, such as by laying an S-shaped stone path.
- Install entryway lighting – If you don't have lights on either side of your doorway, install them. According to feng shui, lights attract chi energy and luck to your home.
In a tough market, every dollar counts. A real estate agent with a transparent affordable fee (such as ours here at Upside!) and no hidden extra costs will ensure that you know exactly what to budget for when selling a house, and also means more of what you make from the sale stays in your own pocket.
Start the conversation with a free (and zero obligation) property appraisal for an idea of what your home could be worth.