5 Ways to Speed Up the Selling Process Without Compromising

by Jessica ThiefelsJuly 25, 2017

Selling your home is stressful and can be long, depending on your location, the season, home price, and much more. However, there are many things you can do to speed up the process without compromising on price, like staging the right rooms, working with a realtor and more.

Use the following ideas to get your house off the market quickly and easily so you can move into your new home and start fresh.

Stage Your Home

Staging is one of the best ways to speed up the sale of your home. In fact, in the 2017 Profile of Home Staging 30 percent of sellers’ agents said that staging a home greatly reduces the amount of time a home is on the market.

The question is should you stage your whole home, or just a few rooms? In the Profile Home Staging report, the living room was found to be most important (55 percent), followed by master bedroom (51 percent) and kitchen (41 percent).
Modern Style Living Room

Upgrade With Features Buyers Want Most

You can often turn to trends to find out what buyers want most in a new home, and NAHB’s Housing Preferences Across Generations 2016 report makes it easy to determine the most valuable upgrades before selling. Below are the top five features to consider adding, upgrading or remodeling if you’re marketing your home to Boomers:

  • Laundry Room
  • ENERGY STAR Appliances
  • Exterior Lighting
  • ENERGY STAR rating for the whole home
  • ENERGY STAR windows

Millennials have different needs for their home, including:

  • Laundry Room
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Living Room
  • Patio
  • Front Porch

Consider which features you can add or remodel to speed up the selling process.
Laundry Room In Luxury Home

Promote The Extras and Their Benefits

If you’re adding extras into the sale, like new appliances or air conditioning units—remember to talk them up in the listing and when talking with potential buyers. Extras that may be best to promote, include:

  • Security Features

    From a full system to window alarms, new families will love knowing that they’re moving into a safe home. Even something as simple as motion-sensor lighting can be played-up as a valuable safety feature:
    “Night gives the illusion of security and safety, the ability to move undetected no matter the intention. Outdoor security lights offer a simple, yet effective way to protect your home by literally shining a light on the problem,” according to How Security Lighting Can Keep Your Family Safe.

  • Outdoor Space

    If you put a lot of time into building out a beautiful back yard, and plan to leave items like a play set, outdoor fireplace, custom tiling, etc., pay that up. Most people want a home with a comfortable outdoor space and knowing that their backyard is move-in ready may be extra incentive to make the offer.

  • Landscaping

    Whether you care about landscaping or not, make time to prep the area surrounding your home before selling: “Potential home buyers form their first impression of a home from its curb appeal. Yet often a home’s outdoor landscaping is overlooked, or underdone, in the preparation for the sales process,” according to Landscaping Tips That Help Sell Your Home.

    To be most effective, add some color, trim shrubs, clean up water features, and label plants: “That way the buyer will at least know the name of each plant and can then research their growing needs.”

Write a Love Letter to Buyers

Buyers will often write a personal letter for the seller when submitting their offer to speed up the sale do the same for potential buyers. Talk about the features you love about your house, from the coffee shop down the street to the sound of birds waking up in the morning. Don’t forget to talk about some of the emotional moments and joys you’ve had in your home, helping the potential buyers imagine themselves having similar experiences and memories.

Get the Right Pricing With a Realtor

If you want to sell your home fast, the pricing needs to be just right. One of the benefits of working with a realtor is that they know the area and the market. As such, they’ll know how to price your home, when to put it on the market, and how to negotiate with buyers to get the best price in a timely fashion.

Ultimately, the value of knowing how to price your home accurately can’t be underestimated. If your home is priced at $450K, but a similar home down the road is at $350K, buyers are likely going to be drawn to the similar home for a much better price.

While working with a realtor will help you nail down the selling price that makes the most sense for your region, you can use our Home Prices tool to get home values for your area.

Selling your home fast, without compromising is possible when you make the right upgrades, clean up the backyard, promote the most wanted features and make time to stage the right rooms. Use these tips to get through your home sale quickly, with less stress, and before you know it, you’ll be in your new home.

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About The Author
Jessica Thiefels
Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years. She is currently a lifestyle blogger and the editor of Whooo’s Reading and Carpe Daily. When she's not writing or editing, she's trying new DIY projects around the house or training fitness clients. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07.

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