The real estate market is likely to be uncertain for a while, so if you’re trying to sell your home, you may have to work harder than before to bring in buyers. Luckily, no matter where you live, there are certain common factors that are likely to attract buyers, and with a few improvements you’re likely to get more interest. Here are some ways in which you can grab people’s attention and increase your chances of a quick sale.
Price it appropriately
In real estate, there’s a saying that “there’s no such thing as an unsellable house,” just one that’s not priced right. It is, of course, always tempting to go for the realtor who is promising to get you the highest price. Unfortunately, you may well end up with a house that’s stuck on the market for months, which can be frustrating. Get a few quotes from realtors and list it somewhere in the middle—taking into account the condition and location of the house.
Create a great first impression
When you scroll through real estate listings, the first photo you see is of the houses’ exteriors, so this is a good place to start if you want to impress. You may want to consider exterior home remodeling to improve your curb appeal, which is a good way to modernize your property, cover unsightly or worn materials, and generally make it look cared for.
Work on the most important rooms
Certain rooms are more important when you’re trying to sell a house, as they are the ones on which buyers will focus on the most. These include:
- The kitchen—it may not make sense to go for a full kitchen renovation before you sell, but there are ways to spruce up your kitchen cheaply before you list
- Bathrooms—buyers tend to want modern bathrooms, so make sure yours are deep cleaned, sparkling, and clear of clutter
- Master bedroom—if you can’t afford to upgrade or stage all the bedrooms, focus on the master and turn it into a calm, spacious retreat
- Living rooms—if you can only focus on one living area, look to create a cozy living room for the adults
Many buyers will see multiple homes in one day, and they won’t remember every single room they see, so create a few standout rooms that people will recall when they drive away.
Have some amazing photos taken
Half the battle when selling your home is getting people through the door, and in many cases, this means getting some amazing photos taken. You don’t have to use the photographer that the realtor sends over, you may want to take your own real estate photos or hire your own professional to get the best shots. There are lots of tricks you can do to make photos more appealing, from using the right light to finding the best angle, so if you aren’t getting many viewings, check whether your listing’s photos are holding you back.
Selling your home isn’t always easy in today’s economy, so it’s important to ensure it looks as appealing as possible and that it stands out from the crowd. Follow the above tips, and you can avoid the inconvenience of having a home on the market for a long time.
Image Credits: Christian Mackie