The average house is on the market for 65 days, as The Balance reports. Depending on where it’s located, rural or urban, it can take a lot more time or significantly less time. The type of home you are selling is also a factor. Orlando vacation homes are especially popular with retirees and ‘snowbirds,’ and tend to go very quickly, but even if that’s not what you plan to put on the market, there are ways to help your home sell faster.
Ways To Sell Your
Hire a Professional Realtor
You might think you want to avoid paying fees to a professional, but in the long run it will save you time and possibly money too. A real estate expert will know the best asking price for your home, based on the market and will likely help you sell it much faster than if you were to try to take it on yourself. Realtors can advertise and promote your home in ways that you simply cannot. They can also provide invaluable advice on how to stage your home to make the very best first impression and perhaps help increase the amount of those offers too.
Do the Prep Work
If you plan to keep residing in your home once it goes onto the market, you will likely need to remove many items, getting rid of anything you don’t need and placing the rest in storage. Bulky furniture may need to go to in order to make your home look as open as possible, something the majority of buyers are looking for. Mirrors can help make it seem more spacious and more open too. All personal items, particularly family photos, children’s artwork and the like must be removed so they do not distract potential buyers while allowing them to better envision their own family living there.
If you won’t be living in your house once it’s officially up for sale, it’s okay to leave it empty or you might ask your real estate agent for a recommendation for a professional stager. The pros will know just what buyers are looking for and can really make a home shine.
More than 90% of buyers will request an inspection before the sale of your home is finalized. Consider getting it inspected before it goes on the market to address any issues that might arise. This way, you can feel confident when it comes to final inspection and avoid any unpleasant surprises. Whether or not you decide to hire an inspector in advance, be sure to thoroughly check your home for needed repairs.
Repairs and Updates
Simple repairs, like patching holes in your wall, fixing torn screens and so on, are easy and can be done yourself. It is also a good idea to consider replacing carpet and doing some repainting to provide a fresh look. If you can afford it, update your kitchen appliances, which will likely be sold with your home. Don’t forget about your landscape, make sure it’s well-maintained so that your home has good curb appeal.