15 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast for More Money

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I’ve been urged by a few friends through the years to write about how to sell your home fast, for the highest price possible. I’ve been hesitant to write about it because I’m not a house flipper or real estate agent, but what you may not know is that for one short year, I managed an office of over 30 realtors – in a down market. In addition, we had a lot of success selling our last home and have now purchased 5 of our own over the last 10 years. So why not?

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One thing to remember is that buyers get distracted. You don’t want them to think of clutter, but features. These are my tips to sell your home fast with the highest property value possible.

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1. First, you need to prioritize. What projects will give you the greatest return on your investment? Start there.

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2. Consider painting or touching up the interior and exterior of your home. I know it’s an investment, but a few hundred or thousand could easily be tripled with well selected paint colors. I recommend selecting warm creams over grey because warm colors tend to feel more inviting. You can see the difference paint made in our Colonial home and Tudor here. When we purchased the Tudor, the market was hot. All of the other homes were selling before we could offer. One of the reasons I think ours didn’t sell was the variety and tone of paint colors indoors and out. Buyers couldn’t visualize the space or what to do with a dark, dated home.

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3. Painting also helps depersonalize your home. Buyers tend to want move in ready. You know what’s not move in ready? Removing names from walls or telling your son he has to sleep in a hot pink bedroom. In my opinion, you don’t need to remove it all, just keep little hints of your family.

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4. One of the best things you can do when selling your home is also free – declutter! Nothing says “this home lacks storage” like clutter does. In fact, you can use this as an opportunity to make money! Sell pieces you’re not using on Craigslist or donate and receive a tax deduction.

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5. Organize. Organizing is not only free {or really inexpensive}, but it gives the illusion of more space. More space = more value/money.

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6. When all of your things are stripped away, few things remain, like lighting. Replace dated or builder’s grade lighting with a few well selected fixtures and you’ll immediately add value, far outweighing your investment.

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7. Buyers tend to like light and airy homes. Add light to your home with these simple tips.

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8. Turn eyesores into assets. Don’t let buyers become distracted by a funky feature, help them visualize it. We turned a dark, awkward room between the basement stairs and storage room into a guest bedroom – for just $300! We also turned a random sink into a wet bar by adding shelves and staging it with alcohol. Suddenly the basement because useable square footage to entertain guests.

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9. Make your home feel new. There are so many simple tweaks that can really make your home feel fresh to buyers.

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10. Vigorously clean your carpet. Each time we’ve looked at homes I’ve been surprised at how dirty seller’s carpets are. Buying a home with dirty carpet might make a buyer worrying about the expense of replacing them.

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11. Use rugs to define a space. Do you have a room that feels lost? Did you know that using a small rug could make your room feel smaller?

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12. Use curtains to define a space or make windows appear larger by hanging them high and wide.

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13. Add flowers or plants for realtor photos and showings. Flowers make a home feel lived in, yet welcoming. They’re the perfect pop of color. The same applies to your garden or planters.

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14. Get price opinions from at least 3 realtors. I am so thankful we did this on our last house. Price opinions are just that – opinions. Your home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, so naturally, it varies, despite market data. Just because your neighbor’s house sold for xyz and had the same layout and features doesn’t mean yours will sell for the same price. We took the time to seek a few price opinions and it paid off exponentially. In fact, we sold for $65,000 more than our first suggested price. Of everything we have done to sell our homes in the past, that was the best investment of our time.

15. Don’t use air freshener. When we were lake house hunting earlier this year that was our first sign that something was amiss. It made us feel like the sellers were trying to cover something up. In fact, we rushed out of a couple because the smell was overpowering. Instead, opt for a soft scented candle {blow it out just before you leave} or subtle room spray. Of course fragrant flowers like peonies always work well, too. Just avoid lilies as so many are allergic to them.

A few simple projects that can add a lot of value without a lot of expense:

I hope you find these tips for selling your home helpful. If you have any, please add them below for others! Have a beautiful day.

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