When deciding to sell your house in Oklahoma City, you’ll probably want the process to take as little time as possible. After all, time is $$ money $$, right? The longer it takes to sell, the more it ends up costing you in the long run. Utility bills, mortgage, taxes, and insurance payments only stop after the sale is 100% finalized.
Statistically, the longer your home is listed, the less likely you are to get your asking price. Any local real estate agent will back that up. To get the highest return on your Oklahoma City house, sell it quickly! You pay less in costs like insurance and mortgage, and can move on with your life. Sounds like a no brainer right? Below are 5 quick tips on how to sell your home fast to get the most money…..
5 proven tips to sell your home faster in Oklahoma City!
Get Rid of Your Stuff/Junk/Debris
Seriously. You’re moving into a new home anyway, so pack up now. Before you put your house up for sale, advertise anything, or have a single showing…….box up and store EVERYTHING that isn’t vital. People viewing your home will consciously (or subconsciously) be turned off by clutter and items that appear too personal or not their style in a home. Some buyers can’t get past this and will never fully be able to picture themselves living in the house. This means no offers for you. As far as decor, keep it neutral. Consider hiring a professional stager to add the right touches to your house for a small fee.
The majority of people are shopping online for their next home. That means you have to capture their attention in only a matter of seconds. People scroll right past a house with bad or sub-par photos. If a house has no or a few pictures…buyers often wonder, “what are they hiding?” When looking at dozens of houses, why waste time going to one that doesn’t have good pictures online. The pictures you use in your ad should present the house in the best possible light. A photographer trained in the real estate field doesn’t cost much and is well worth the money.
They say, whether they know it or not, buyers decide right away if they will make an offer on a home. What potential buyers see as they are pulling up to the house, will set the overall tone of the showing. Unlike many other home improvements, curb appeal can usually be done at a low cost but still gets you a solid return for your time and money. Here is what to focus on….
- Clean up and weed the garden/lawn
- Plant some flowers
- New hardware such as mailbox, address numbers on the house or curb and door handles
- Fresh coat of paint on the door – will seriously make people stop and admire your home with the right color
- New doormat
Price it Right
From day 1 your home needs to be priced correctly. A great agent will be able to help advise you, however you should do a bit of homework on your own. What are other houses in the neighborhood actually selling for? Ask your agent to show you what homes have sold for in the past 90 days and what homes are on the market now as your competition. Many people go for the highest possible price, hoping to snag a rare buyer and make away with extra money. However, most of the time, this only leads to price cuts and months on the market. And while you are finagling with price, your listing is dropping further and further down the line. In addition, repetitive price drops will make you look desperate or give the impression that there is something wrong with the house. By starting off with a well-researched price, you will be able to hit the market and be competitive with other listings in your area.
Highlight Your Neighborhood
When a person buys a home, they aren’t just buying the structure, they are buying the location and lifestyle. Showcase ALL of the things that make your neighborhood unique and inviting. Put together a packet to give to people viewing your house. Include information about nearby recreational activities, good local restaurants and commute times to various cities. Let them know about parks, lakes, and anything you love about the area yourself. Is the neighborhood tightly knit? Block parties and holiday events? Make sure to highlight that as well! Most people are looking for a great home in a wonderful atmosphere. Highlighting the area can be just as important as highlighting the home itself!