Why do some homes sell fast and others linger for months on the market?
These five simple tips can help you sell your home fast.
#1 – Make a great first impression.
First impressions count and your driveway is one of the first things a buyer will see. Here’s a quick tip that may be the solution to stains on your cement driveway: try Drano® or any high-powered liquid drain cleaner to sweep away those oil stains. Of course, use caution and read all manufacturers’ warnings before you begin this task.
#2 – Install a new garage door.
The garage door is one of the largest, most visible elements of a home. If you want to instantly enhance the overall look of your home’s exterior and increase its value, replace your garage door before listing your house. After all, what’s the use of a clean, organized garage if the door itself is warped, cracked, broken, or just plain ugly?
#3 – Give your front door and entry a fresh coat of paint.
A fresh coat of paint will always help sell the house faster, but if you can’t afford it, try this instead: paint the front door and, if needed, the entry area around the front door. If you don’t have any matching paint on hand, see if there is a plate fixture or some other item you can remove. Then take a chip of that to the paint store to obtain a paint color that matches.
#4 – Bake cookies.
Keep a package of ready-made cookie dough on hand. Pop a few cookies in the oven just when a hot prospect is expected to arrive to view the home. The smell of freshly baked cookies will create a homey feeling. Double bonus: your buyers will appreciate the tasty treat!
#5 – Clean your carpets.
A clean home will always sell faster than a dirty home, and nothing can ruin the look of an otherwise-clean house the way dirty old carpet can. Have your carpets professionally cleaned if possible and if not, invest in the highest quality do-it-yourself carpet cleaning products you can afford. To help convey the message that you are selling a clean home, leave a few pairs of shoes near your front door.
We have many more tips to help you sell your home fast and get ready for your next new home. Give us a call at 904. 894.6037 or drop us a line for more great ideas. And don’t forget to contact us for a pre-qualification letter. Most agents will require this to show you homes and having one will make your mortgage application process smoother and faster.