5 quick tips for a fast sale

5 quick tips for a fast sale

By Tessa Bezuidenhout on Sep 07 2016

Sellers often get frustrated at the amount of time it takes to get a buyer interested enough to make a deal. And if you’re working towards a quick sale, the price you get will most likely not be as much as you’d like.

Although the situation may seem frustrating and hopeless right now, there’s still a couple of things you can do to ensure that you get an interested buyer.

Here’s a couple of tips to not only speed up your sale, but also possibly improve your sale price.

1. Tidy up the yard

A huge turn-off for buyers is a front
or backyard that’s neglected and plain. Before an open house, make sure the grass is freshly mowed and the garden beds are free of weeds. No owner wants to see extra work for them after they purchase a house.

The idea behind an open house is to let the imagination of the buyers run wild with their own ideas; so don’t feel obligated to completely re-do the entire garden. Leave some space for the new home-owners to include their own style and memories into the garden.

2. Update the bathroom

If there’s anything in a property that scares a buyer, it’s a dated bathroom. Having to renovate a bathroom is costly and too much effort for buyers looking for a home to live in, which is why a few little updates here and there in the bathroom can go a long way.

A good place to start is the toilet: is it yellow with age? Does it look clean? If the toilet is a little old, consider replacing it with a new one. The same goes for white tiles you may have in the bathroom. Again, don’t feel obligated to commit to a full-on renovation. Just make sure everything looks clean and fresh.

3. Clean the floors

Consider giving all your carpets in the house a thorough clean before your next open home. Not only will the carpet look newer and cleaner, but you may notice the smell of the house improve slightly.

Same applies to any tiles or wooden flooring you may have in the home. Give all the floors a meticulous clean to freshen up the property and give it a feeling of modernity.

4. Give the house more light

If your agent hasn’t already thought of this, ask them to host the open home at a time that best let’s the sun shine through your main windows. The more natural light you can let into the home, the better.

Open the doors, open your windows, and remove darker curtains. Buyers are attracted to natural light and will instantly feel more at ease at the property if they can feel the sun.

5. Update your kitchen

One of the most important rooms in a house is arguably the kitchen. Both the bathroom and kitchen is the most costly to renovate as a new owner, so most buyers appreciate a property more when those elements are already pleasing to them.

Again, don’t feel committed to renovating the entire kitchen. Start by repainting the cabinets with a lighter colour, and vigorously cleaning all the appliances. This alone should give the kitchen a more up-to-date feel, and buyers will be less weary of purchasing your property.