Are you thinking that 2018 is the year for you to make a move? We understand that as eager as you are to come on the market, you're probably not wanting to stay on it for long. Here are some of our top tips to help you move onto your next chapter faster.
Find the right agent
Finding the right agent is always crucial, but even more so when you're looking to sell fast. Needing to be fully available and highly experienced in order to achieve the right price, and get your home sold quickly.
When choosing your agent, make sure you work with someone you trust. Asking the right questions makes all the differences, to find out what you should ask an agent go here.
Get a strategy in place
Although there are many factors that influence how quickly a home sells, there are a few things you and your real estate agent can do to ensure your home is under offer as soon as possible.
Get your timing right
As much as you can't control the housing market, you can control when you list your home. With many factors influencing how fast a house sells at certain times of the year, talk to your agent about the best timeline for a quick sale in your area.
Price is king
If you want to sell fast, the real key is pricing your home right. Overprice your home and you may be on the market for months no matter how well you time it or how much you invest in marketing.
To get an idea of how much your home is worth, first check your Pocket Agent estimate by downloading our app. Then when you're ready to meet with an agent, we can get you in touch with the best agent in your area. It is important to talk with your agent about price to make sure you don't price your home over or under its value.
Update your home
Make it easier for buyers to visualise themselves in your home by doing a few improvements or updates. This simple trick can help get your home sold faster, find out what you should consider updating in your home here.
Also, do any maintenance or repairs on anything that could come up in a building inspection to ensure your home goes unconditional faster.
Stage your home
This goes hand in hand with updating your home. The more you help buyers visualise themselves in your home, the better chance that they will pursue it further. There are many options to consider such as hiring a staging company to do a full or partial stage or managing the stage yourself. Talk to your agent about your best options.
Curb appeal is key
First impressions count, after all that work you've completed on the interior you can't forget about the exterior! Getting your fence repainted, your garden landscaped and your house walls cleaned and (if needed) repainted will help leave a long lasting first impression.
Use showcasing photos
The first time buyers are most likely to see your home is online or in print. So put your best foot forward by investing in professional photography for your marketing. This is the one time the kiwi DIY approach can't beat a high-quality camera and lens teamed with a skilled photographer.
An open door policy
The faster you can get people into your home, the faster you'll start seeing offers. Be flexible about when people can view your home, we all have busy schedules so accomodating a buyer's schedule will make all the difference. Let your agent know some times throughout the week that you are able to accomodate buyers ahead of time. Offering open home during the weekend is crucial to ensure you get plenty of foot traffic through the door. You can plan around your open homes by popping out for a lunch with friends or running errands for an hour or so.
Plan your negotiations
A buyer who wants to make an offer is most likely going to ask your agent what will motivate you to accept an offer. Are you willing to accept less money? Is a shorter settlement preferred? Talk with your agent about your ideal terms before you go to market.