There are many reasons you might want to sell your home quickly: relocations, financial hardships, even medical issues, or just reduce stress. It really doesn’t matter what the reason is for you, but understanding what you can do to help position your property so that it will sell quickly can put you ahead of the game and make things go much faster. Here are the best preparations to selling your house quickly in San Antonio.
How to Prepare to Sell My House Quick In San Antonio
Price The House Smart
If you are indeed trying to liquidate this property quickly, don’t get greedy with the fair market value and what you think you should get for the home. Pricing the house too high is one of the surefire ways to slow down your sale — And that is not your goal.
Look for what comparable homes in your area have sold for that are in about the same condition as your home and then list your home just under that threshold to get maximum attention from potential buyers.
Remember that buyers are doing a lot of the search themselves with online real estate search sites. Making sure your home is the best value for the size, condition and location will help you create a buzz and sell your house quickly.
Clean It Out
Homes filled with a lifetime of knick-knacks, family photos and hobbies not touched in years are not homes that sell quickly. They are cluttered and clutter doesn’t make a home feel open and inviting(Hoarder Houses are a whole different story…). Rent a storage unit for a couple of months and store anything and everything you don’t need in the unit. Don’t hesitate to donate and throw out whatever no longer serves you.
When people see clutter, they think about the clutter and not about your home. When decluttering your home, clear all walkways and hallways. Only have a couple of neutral decorative items on shelves and counters. Clean bathroom counters and medicine cabinets. Toss out old magazines from the coffee table and go through closets to get rid of those suits that haven’t fit in 10 years.
Remove bulky or extra furniture and extensive pictures and art on the walls. Think of this as streamlining your home for anyone to quickly navigate through it.
Clean Top to Bottom
Once you clear out the clutter, you will find an overwhelming amount of dust bunnies, grime, and just plain ick! Take the time to clean the house. This goes beyond what you do in the 10 minutes before your friends come over for a cup of coffee. Clean houses sell faster…yes, I hate cleaning as well, but a real deep cleaning will make your house more appealing.
Scrub bathroom and kitchens spotless. Toilets, bathtubs, and showers should be clean and free of any stains, residue or build-up. Vacuum, sweep and mop all tile and hardwood floors. Vacuum and clean carpet, professionally to remove any stains and give it as new of a look as possible. If walls are dirty, take a diluted bleach solution and wipe them down. Make sure all windows and screens are clear with drapes pulled back allowing all the natural light to fill the room.
When you are done on the inside, do the same on the outside. Clear the landscaping from any overgrown trees, bushes, and weeds. Maintain the grass and plants throwing down fresh mulch where needed and fertilize everything. Remove items laying around porches, patios, and yards. Potential buyers aren’t interested in your kid’s dump truck scene, sorry.
I know it’s a lot to do…and there is always the option to sell your house as-is and quickly…but these are all things that will speed up the sale of your house if you are looking to sell to a traditional buyer.
Get the Best Photos
Scan through real estate websites and take a glimpse of what homes catch your eye. You’ll see a plethora of photos of homes where the bathroom counter looks like a pharmacy, the kitchen looks like a grease fire is about to happen and the yard looks like Big Foot is hiding out. Would you race to see that home?
Probably not. But even homes that are decluttered and clean can still get a greater buzz when the photos are high quality. The best eye-catching photos are not ones that you snap real quickly from your phone. Real estate photographers will capture a home from the angles that make it look bigger, brighter, and with the flow of life that we all want.
If you are looking to sell your house fast, make sure it is presentable to all potential buyers.