15 Feb 2020

Homeowners who are getting ready to sell your home want to get the maximum price. And they want to sell it as fast as possible. Many sellers fail to realize that if they just put forth a little effort, that they can not only increase the appeal of their home, that can find a buyer fast. 

Remember, that the vast majority of homebuyers want something that can move into fast without putting in much work. . Moving is a big pain for most, and can be costly. Sellers who offer a home in move in ready condition, have a leg up on the competition. 

Read on for some quick tasks that any homeowner can do. Or if you’re not into fixing up your home, you can always hire someone to do it for you. 

Paint the Exterior 

Putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior can do wonders. If you live in a stucco home, then a fresh coat can certainly change the entire mood of the home. Stucco is also prone to cracking. Repairing or filling the cracks will also be necessary.  

Repainting a stucco home isn’t a DIY project for the vast majority of people. You will want to hire a professional painter who can tend to these matters for you. 

The fee is usually paid for by the buyer (approximately $650) and is completed in less than a day. The inspector will drill holes in your stucco and test for moisture. The results will then be given to the buyer. This could potentially hold up your sale or even cause the buyer to ask you to reduce your asking price. Either way, it’s best to repaint and repair your stucco if your home before a sale. 

Just because you live in a brick home doesn’t mean that you can’t take additional action. Window shutters can be painted. If you haven’t really looked at the exterior of your home you may see several items that can be freshened up. 

Paint the Interior 

Paint is not only cheap, so is the labor. A fresh coat of paint can give your home an entirely new feel. Instead of old and dated, it will feel fresh and new. 

Painting the inside is certainly a DIY project. You will only have to pay for the paint and other materials. The return on this investment will be high. 

  • If you decide to purchase the paint, make sure you buy the right color and shade.
  • Paint comes in different flavors like flat and glossy. 

You can hire painters who can take care of this for you. They might also put a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets and other fixtures that require it. 

Make sure you also fill in any gaps, cracks, and other imperfections. 

Hire a Professional Photographer

If you think you can take great photos with your Iphone or camera and then post those photos yourself, then you might want to reconsider. 

Most agents and their buyers are going to make split second decisions on whether to tour your home. You certainly don’t want to leave their decision up to average or poor photos. A photographer will come into your home with their professional camera and tripod. They will select the best lighting conditions and location in your home to shoot the best photos. 

If you don’t want to spend the money, think about the potential cost of not having a photographer. If you have a realtor, do the math. A photographer will cost you a fraction of what the realtor will earn. 

  • Figure you are going to spend about $150 for the photographer. 

You might want to try Craigslist and Facebook MarketPlace to find a photographer. Be sure and make sure all the lights are on in your home and the blinds are open when they come. They can set up and start taking photos and be out in no time. They will then make edits to enhance the photos. 

 Some studies suggest that about 11-14 photos is the sweet spot for most homes. 

Price It Right 

Probably the most important tip, make sure you list your house at the right price. A knowledgeable realtor should be able to tell you that figure. 

But what if you’re not using a realtor or you are selling your house on your own? What does pricing it right mean?

Simply put, you should list your home close to the price per square foot that other people who have recently sold their home in your neighborhood

If you price your home on the lower end of the average, you are taking the proper steps in selling your home quickly. If you price higher, it may take longer to sell. There are plenty of variables involved.

To get some real-world insight we talked to Shaun, owner of a real estate investment company based in Denver, Colorado that buys and sells houses. If you want to sell your house fast and get a great price then painting the interior is a great tip! Painting the inside is something most DIY’ers can do. Painting will have a huge impact on how long it sits on the market and on the level of offers a seller receives. I suggest choosing a light color like Alabaster by Sherwin Williams as a light color will make a room feel more spacious. We have had great success selling homes after painting the inside with potential buyers often commenting on how the new paint made the property stand out.

Takeaways 

If you’re serious about getting your house ready to sell fast, then you will want to make it appealing. 

  • Paint both the exterior and interior. 
  • Pay a professional photographer to take great photos with lots of lighting. Don’t share too many photos online. You want to create some curiosity. 
  • Research recently sold homes in your immediate area, to come up with a competitive selling price. 
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