Selling your home can be overwhelming, even if you have done it before. For first time homebuyers or real estate veterans, here are some tips to sell your Iowa City, Coralville or North Liberty residential property fast.
1. Staging, staging, staging. We’ve all heard it before but here it is again; staging your home and making it look nice is the most important part of selling your home quickly and at a fair price. Homebuyers, especially first time homebuyers, will have a harder time falling in love with a house when they have to look past all the grime, clutter and broken features. Touch up paint, fix those kitchen cabinets, change out some fixtures and update window treatments and you’ll see better results during an open house.
2. Don’t forget about curb appeal. Lots of people tend to spend so much time worrying about how the inside of their home looks that they forget to think about the outside. Curb appeal is the first thing buyers will see when they drive up to look at your house, and it will also help with your online presence.
3. Network with your neighbors. Tell your neighbors about putting your home on the market. They might know of potential buyers that will want to come look at your house and they will like the feeling of choosing their own neighbors. It can never hurt to get more exposure for your listing.
4. Know your competition. While you’re headed to some open houses to find a place to buy, look around at how these homes are staged and prepped. Not only should you be looking for a new home to buy, you should also be sizing up the competition. Especially if you are in the same neighborhood, size and price range, knowing your competition can help you stage your home in a way that will make it stand out on the market.
5. Less is more. Take out clutter, toys and personal items when showing your home. People don’t want to see your wedding photos all over the walls or toys on the floors. Pretend you’re moving out tomorrow and de-clutter, deep clean and keep your decor simple and neutral for best results during showings.
6. Get some good photos. Professional, high quality photos to put on your realtor’s site or to use on Facebook will be invaluable in creating interest and traffic to your listing. Think about the things you see on Pinterest or Houszz; visually appealing images will draw in viewers and make them stay longer.
7. Focus on your floors. Getting your carpets or hardwood floors professionally cleaned before an open house can make your home feel cleaner and newer to potential buyers. If possible, update your flooring for an even higher approval rating from buyers.
8. Keep it clean. Deep clean your home–deeper than you’ve cleaned it in years–before an open house. This might seem like a no brainer, but many people underestimate how distracting dirt, dust and grime can be during an open house.
9. Utilize your assets. If you have extra space, such as large closets, extra bedrooms or porches, that you’ve been using to store your junk in, now is the time to show it off. Create an extra bedroom, an office or a creative, relaxing outdoor space and automatically gain more real estate juice just by clearing away some of your clutter.
10. Trust your realtor. It can be difficult and emotional to sell your home and watch strangers traipse through your memories, but trusting your realtor is the best way to ease the stress. It may be difficult at first, but following these steps and listening to your realtor will get your home sold quickly and get you into a new home before you know it.
If you have any questions about these tips or want to know more about how you can implement these in your home, feel free to contact me.