Sell Your House Fast With These 7 Tips
Why we are selling our house…
Over this last month I had to take yet another break from blogging. 🙁 There have been so many things happening in our family these last few weeks and it seems like this is just the beginning of what will be a great adventure.
About a week ago, my husband applied for a new job in Austin, TX and got it! Yay! He had been looking for a better job ever since we moved to this small town 4 years ago. It’s not easy to find a good paying job with no college degree and everyone thinks you are 19.
You see, my husband looks like he is fresh out of high school, but in reality he is in his 30’s and what most would consider almost middle aged. Yep you heard that right, middle aged. I have the same problem. A random woman actually stopped me in the grocery store to give me a pep talk on how brave I was to be a teen mom. (I was 25 at the time)
Why do people feel the need to assume everything? Maybe our ancestors found the fountain of youth or something…I can hope.
Okay, rabbit trails aside, because of this new job we now have to pick up and move. We are both nervous, but excited at the same time.
He will have to stay with some family friends we have in Austin until I can sell the house and we can purchase a new one.
Here is my plan for our house and my plan on how to sell it as quickly as possible! I’ve done a lot of research on staging and here are some of the most important things to do to prep.
7 Things To Do To Sell Your House Fast
Remove ALL unnecessary furniture and clutter
Now, this first one is a no brainer for most, but do you really know how much to declutter? The rule is to remove 70% of your personal belongings and furniture.
Yes, 70%. That’s crazy! I thought so too, until I started looking at homes I was considering buying and noticed that I was more interested in the emptier homes.
Why? Because they looked bigger? Because I could see where I could insert my personal touches easier? Because it looked cleaner? Honestly, I really don’t know the “why” behind it. All I know is that it works, so I’m not going to question it too much.
Unfortunately this required us to get a storage unit. Yuck, but I feel it will be worth it in the end. I guess you could use a neighbor or family member’s garage as a place to temporarily store your things until you move.
You will want to remove ANYTHING you re not currently using, and things that don’t explain a room. For example, you have a desk or bed that you are not using in a spare bedroom. I wouldn’t remove that, just declutter it. That item explains what the room is, so the potential home buyers aren’t trying to figure out what to use the room for.
Remove family photos and religious content
You want the potential home buyer to see THEIR future in this home. That’s kind of hard to do with the walls, shelves, and nooks filled with family photos from another family…
This also applies to religious content.
It is no secret that me and my family follow the Christian faith. While I love my crosses and various Bible verses thrown all over the house; some people may find that to be a huge turn off. This could prevent them from buying our home. Just like, I’d be pretty reluctant to buy a home from a voodoo witch doctor…just saying.
Open ALL blinds and turn on ALL lights
You want to make sure there is tons of light in your home! This is sooooooo important!
You wouldn’t want to buy a home that felt like walking into a dungeon.
You may also consider washing the inside and outside of all your windows. This is supposed to increase the natural light in your home by 30%! That’s pretty substantial.
Choose your paint colors carefully
Black and lime green may be YOUR favorite colors, but trust me, they aren’t everyone’s.
Stay away from bold colors, and make sure you are going as neutral as possible. This helps people envision THEIR stuff in your home.
Also, you don’t want them lowballing the price because they would have to paint the entire house as soon as they move in. Not good.
Clean out your closets and cabinets
I know, I know, this is where you stuff all the stuff that you don’t have a place for. I am guilty of this too, but the truth is that potential home buyers tend to be pretty nosey.
If they see all your closets and cabinets filled with stuff, this may give them the impression that there simply isn’t enough storage in your home. This could be a deal breaker on whether they will buy your house or not.
For all those last min items like: dirty dishes, kids toys, shoes at the front door (the list goes on); you may want to get a plastic tote and run through your house right before a showing and just throw it all in there and either take the tote with you, or put it in a closet labeled “seasonal”. This way you can quickly pick up for a last min showing, and address the mess when you get home.
Paint your front door
Your front door is the first impression that a potential home buyer has when walking into your home. You want it to be fresh and clean and you want it to pop.
Having a dirty, faded front door will make the rest of the house feel dirty and faded even if it isn’t.
Remove ALL pets and signs of pets
I used to have a friend growing up that had a golden retriever and anytime we would go to her house all you could smell when you walked into their door was DOG.
Think of the Frebreeze commercials that talk about going nose blind…yeah.
Some people have allergies to animals, some just don’t like animals, and some just don’t like certain animal smells.
It’s best to just remove your pets while your house is on the market.
We sent our cat and dog to my mother’s house and they will stay there until our house sells.
This just removes any pet related issues.
After the pets have been removed and the house thoroughly cleaned, it may be a good idea to have a friend, that has never been to your house, come over and do a smell test.
Soon, I will be posting ALL of the things we did to our house to get it ready to sell, so stay tuned!
I would love to hear more ideas from you guys on tips to sell your house fast!