Looking for a few easy ways to make your home sell faster? In today’s economy, you won’t sell your home for the price you want unless you make it stand out. In most areas, your home can be up against a dozen others that are just like it. So when it comes to making sure your home sells before all the others, you need to use everything you have in your bag of tricks. What can you do to make sure it sells faster? Here are five great ways to improve your chances of a fast and financially rewarding sale.
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1. Does your home have grass? Owning a home with lawn where you and the kids can play, host barbecues, and relax during the summer is part of The American Dream. When people are looking for homes to help fulfill their dreams, one thing you can do to make their dream a reality is to install a sprinkler system. Watering a lawn by hand can take more time than anyone realistically has. Even if your potential buyers are retired, the last thing they are going to want to do with their free time is stand in the middle of the grass with a hose, or move the hose around fifteen times a day.
By installing automatic sprinklers, you can cut the amount of time you (or new buyers) will need to spend watering down from several hours to effectively a few seconds. Anyone looking for a new home will be immediately drawn to a home with a new sprinkler system.
2. A new or well-maintained HVAC system will be a huge draw for any potential buyer. A new HVAC system is going to keep your home warm in the winter and cool during the summer. While any furnace and cooler can do that, if you install a new one or get yours maintained, the amount of energy required to keep your home comfortable will be cut drastically. Any buyer that knows they can move into an energy efficient home will be a happy buyer. And a happy buyer means you’re going to get the price you want for your home.
3. Speaking of energy efficiency, windows are a huge part of an energy efficient home. Old windows are drafty and will force you to use a lot of energy keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, new windows, windows designed to be as efficient as possible, will cut your energy bill in half (give or take). Any buyer that sees new windows on a home is going to fall in love with it immediately.
4. You need to replace your roof every 10-20 years, depending on what type of climate you live in. If you are going to sell your home, consider replacing the roof first. A damaged roof will leak. Leaks can rot your home from the inside out, cause mold to grow, and damage your belongings. If you put a new roof on your home before you sell it, buyers will feel confident purchasing your home, knowing that it is in great condition.
5. Paint. A fresh coat of paint can do more for your home than you might realize. While it’s not going to directly increase the value of your home, it will have a bigger impact on a potential buyer’s first impression than anything else you can do (short of free doughnuts and a firework display). Just make sure to use neutral colors.
Doing everything on this list would cost you thousands of dollars. However, there might be one or two that will work for your situation. Whether you install sprinklers or paint, there are ways to make your home stand out to buyers.