According to Zillow and a February 2021 U.S. News report, the right time to list your home for sale is between May 1 and May 15.
Homes listed within that timeframe tend to sell faster and for higher prices. But how else can you go about selling a home? Here is some advice you can use, whether you’re a first-time home seller or a veteran of the housing market.
Increase Your Curb Appeal by Staging
Finish all pending home improvement projects and clean your house thoroughly before you sell. This is known as “staging” the property or grooming it for sale. Make sure you include these areas in your deep cleaning:
- Kitchen countertops
- Inside cabinets and appliances
- Floors and room corners where dust collects
- Bathroom counters, toilets, tubs, and showers
- Inside closets
- Windows, inside and out
- Scuffed walls, baseboards, and doors
- Basement and garage
The goal of staging is to make it easy for prospective buyers to imagine themselves in your home. Remove personal items and family photos. Repaint the house with neutral colors if you have it in your budget. Remove clutter and furniture you don’t use. Some sellers hire professional home stagers who bring in furniture designed to make your home look like a magazine photo.
Spruce up the exterior of your home, too. For instance, haul away any junk in the yard or add potted plants or vegetables to a garden or plant area.
Let People Know It’s For Sale
Make sure your home is listed and includes a full collage of photos by a professional photographer that shows off its best features. Try to get a 3D tour of your home available on Zillow or wherever you list it. Virtual tours have become popular during the COVID-19 pandemic due to restrictions and those who might want an alternative to viewing homes in person.
Don’t be rigid about showings, either. Your buyers may want to return to a house they’re interested in multiple times, and it may not always work with your schedule. If you can, enlist a member of the family who can be available to show the home to potential buyers.
Find the Right Real Estate Agent
Finding the right real estate agent to sell your house is a key step in the selling process. Try using apps such as Nobul, an innovative service that connects home sellers with real estate agents who bid to represent them.
Try to find an experienced agent who also knows your neighborhood or is familiar with it.
Work with your chosen agent to determine the best asking price for your home. You don’t want to price it too high, even if you’re willing to come down from the price. Setting a cost that’s actually the true market value of the home will get your house sold more quickly.
Deciding to sell your house is a big step, especially if you have never sold a house before. Follow these steps and you are certain to have a better chance at selling your house fast and for the right price.