Are you ready to sell your home and want to do it fast? Well, the good news is, you can! And you don’t have to spend a ton of money – or anything – to give yourself a home selling advantage. While some people may recommend remodeling the kitchen or painting the house (which can make your home more valuable and appealing), it can cost quite a bit of money before you sell your house. Instead, do these few things to easily and cheaply make your home more attractive to buyers.
Here are five ways to sell your home faster without spending money.
Cleaning your house is one thing. Decluttering it is another. It’s not very difficult to do, but decluttering your home takes an intentional approach. All the places that “collect” junk easily is where you should start. Start with counters, both in the kitchen and the bathrooms. These tend to slowly fill with knick-knacks and junk over time. Some of these things can even be sentimental. Remove them anyway. Then move onto the fireplace mantel, tabletops, laundry room shelves, the coffee table, and so on. Then perhaps one the most important areas needing to be decluttered is the closets. They can get packed over time. Take our half of the clothes so it looks roomy and organize everything so a potential buyer can envision their stuff in it.
There is also a big difference between cleaning and deep cleaning. Most people underestimate just how clean your home needs to be for showings. Although all the big things like table tops and floors do need to be cleaned, it’s the little details that can make the biggest difference. Clean the celling fans, light fixtures, tile grout, baseboards, windows, and every other little, hidden corner in the house. Dust off everything and make it shine. Buyers are looking for a perfect house and the cleanliness goes a long way in delivering that perception.
Often, as you get more comfortable in your home you tend to move furniture around to fit your lifestyle. For instance, couches and chairs are often pushed back to give kids more room to play and sitting furniture is moved to get a better view of the television. While these choices may make your home cozy for you, they don’t do as well for potential buyers. They want to see an open and intimate space. Even if they might end up with the focus around the TV, they shop houses with a focus on conversation. Move furniture away from the walls and even move furniture form other rooms into the living room, and vice versa, to get the perfect look.
Staging a house is a common way for home sellers to position their house to sell faster. However, if you don’t want to spend money on a professional staging company, use what you have to enhance your house where you can. One of the best ways to do this is to set the dinner table as if you were having a family dinner. Use seasonal colors and decorative tableware if you can, and place a centerpiece in the idle to make it stand out. Setting the table helps potential buyers imagine their family living in and enjoying the house.
One of the easiest ways to freshen up your home’s interior and send a bright, welcoming message to home shoppers is by decorating with flowers. If you grow your own flowers, make a few simple bouquets and pace them around the house like on tables and counter tops. If you don’t have your own, you can get some from a local grocery store instead. Place them in mason jars for an easy vintage look. Aside from flowers, you can also put out fresh fruit and produce to give your home and kitchen even more of a sense of home.
I hope you try these out and see what kind of difference they can make in the home selling process. If you need even more help selling your home, or just don’t know where to start, then we’ve got you covered. Download our free eSURE Realty Guide for Maximizing Your Listing Value. You’ll learn how to get the most for your house and actually enjoy the home selling process. Good luck!