Suggestions to Help Your Home Sell Faster

Price it Right

When people list their home with a real estate firm they generally want results quickly. No one likes to have their home on the market for a long period of time. Your plans are placed on hold until your house sells. Getting it sold quickly is why you hired a real estate firm.

Iowa Valley Realty aggressively pursues a marketing campaign that gets your home in front of buyers and keeps it there until it gets sold. As the photo above demonstrates, price is always a key factor in how long it takes to sell. But there are a number of other factors that affect the price and how long it takes to sell.

Here is list of suggestions that will always help to sell your home quickly.


Start Outside

Stand across the street and take a look at your home from a potential buyer’s viewpoint…

  • Too many cars parked in front?
  • Is the lawn trimmed and are spots in need of re-seeding. Get landscaping in top shape. In the winter keep driveways and pathways shoveled clear of snow.
  • Remove all refuse, leaves or clutter from yards, sidewalks, porches and decks. In the summer plant flowers.
  • Does any part of the house, trim, decks, gates, fencing or front door need paint? The first thing buyers see is the outside of your home.
  • Buy some things that will enhance the house and that you can take with you when it sells, a welcome mat, big potted plants, ect.
Freshen Up the Inside

The emotions you’re trying to stimulate are triggered by sensory experiences. Aim for the senses, especially smell and sight. A clean fresh smelling home will sell faster.

  • Badly faded walls or worn woodwork reduce appeal…selective painting will help to add a fresh look.
  • Dress up windows by washing them and the curtains.
  • Check all the light bulbs, now is not the time to use dim lighting, and don’t forget to clean the fixtures and fan blades.
  • Are the ranges and sinks clean, are the counter-tops clear of clutter?
  • If your closets and cabinets are full to overflowing, it is a get idea to pack some things and store them, these areas look better if they have room in them.
  • Remove unnecessary articles that have accumulated in basements, utility and storage rooms.
  • Clear stairways and hallways to open them up.
  • Too much furniture can make a house look too small to the prospective buyers, it is a good idea to store them away from home until the house sells.
  • Brighten up your home with fresh paint and good lighting where needed. A $100 spent here can bring a huge return. Fill all light sockets, illumination is a welcome sign.
  • Clean bathrooms that sparkle sells homes, of course the opposite is true also.
  • New towels are good investment and can be taken with you.
  • Remove any ornate item or family airloom that a buyer may want as part of the purchase price if you want to keep it.
Minor Repairs Make Sense

Get all those minor flaws fixed since they detract from your homes value. Don’t make major changes, except for new carpeting or new paint (in a neutral color) if needed. The little things can make a huge difference on how your home is perceived by a buyer and usually don’t take very long to do.

  • Fix dripping faucets and slow drains. You don’t want buyers thinking there are plumbing problems.
  • Tighten loose doorknobs, fix sticky drawers, and oil squeaky door hinges.
  • Fix all chalking, especially in the bathrooms.
  • If it is busted, fix it, if at all possible.
Its Show Time

All the effort you put into making your home more sell-able is worth the effort. The time and money spent on doing these things will bring a nice return. Now its time to show the home, what next? People like to walk into a home that is inviting and friendly so,

  • Turn the lights on in ever room, even the closets, it looks more inviting.
  • Bake some cookies and let the aroma fill the house. You might even leave a few out for the prospective buyers.
  • Keep the house warm in winter and cool in the summer or maybe open the windows for a fresh outdoor smell if the weather permits it.
  • If you have pets its best to take them over to the neighbor or take them with you until after the showing.
  • If you have a fireplace that is usable it can add ambiance to a room if it is going.
  • Let the sunshine in and the view, open all the curtains and blinds.

The list might seem long but with a little effort and time the returns can be huge. You will never be sorry that you implemented them. You have just made your home more sale-able. And that is the goal, isn’t it, to sell your home for the most money as quickly as possible. Working together with Iowa Valley Realty we can hopefully accomplish that. You may have questions about something on the list or about certain projects you think might help, don’t hesitate to ask us.