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Ready, Set, Sell!

How to prepare to sell your home quickly.

Home Selling Tips for Sellers

 Selling your home fast doesn’t have to be an impossible endeavor. In fact, even in today’s market you can still command a very reasonable price on your home within 90 days or less. And if you follow some proven steps outlined below, your turn around time could be much faster than expected.

There may be various reasons that you want to get your home off the market as quickly as possible, but these principles we offer here can work in nearly every situation. So let’s dive in on some basic strategies that you can implement today to gain the most favorable results.

Stage Your Home Properly

Regardless, do your homework and take the time to find out exactly what can be done to make your property more marketable. For example, be sure to strip away any of that stuff on the walls or being used as decorations that is personal. Also, place something of interest in each room that draws buyers in.

Additionally, people want to be able to picture themselves living in your space and visualizing where their own possessions will go. So you need to clear out space and remove clutter, especially from public areas and closet spaces. In fact, it is said that at least a 1/3 of your own items should be placed somewhere else other then the home you are trying to sell.

Finally, maximize the use of lighting and make sure the house is spotless. Most importantly, this goes for the kitchen and bathroom spaces which tend to endure a lot of wear and tear. Patch any areas that need touch ups with some spackle, paint and caulk.

Cut That Price

If you’re in a situation where you are moving for example, and want to be rid of your property ASAP, then consider starting your listing price at about 10% below its estimated value. It’s better to start a little lower up front if you want to attract the attention of buyers and get quick offers.

This can also work much more effectively than dropping the price incrementally overtime. In fact, the latter can even be harmful, because it may create the perception that nobody wants your property. So make your listing competitive and be ready to entertain some early offers.

Do Your Research

People like things in writing. Therefore, spend a little extra money to get an appraisal and inspection ahead of time, which you can offer at each showing. This will build confidence with your buyers, since you will be providing the hard facts up front and you will show there is nothing to hide.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can even include receipts and/or documentation of repairs done on the home, as well as any new appliances that may have been purchased. Your agent may also want to include information and statistics on the neighborhood as well.

Hire A Real Estate Agent With Proven Results

Did you know that about the top 10% of agents produce 90% of the results? Therefore, why hire a Realtor that can’t follow through on their commitment to sell, especially when time matters most? You need a team to work on your side that knows your market and can command the best price for your home in a short period.

Also, it is vital that your agent has expertise in marketing your home both with traditional methods and using online strategies for maximum exposure. Because information travels so quickly on the internet, it is crucial that you have property tours, videos, listing information, etc. submitted to all the top traffic producing sites. This will attract a high amount of responses and will help the word to travel quickly.

Gary Trieschman is the president of .

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