9 Quick Tips to Get Your Home Sold Faster (And For More Money)


Whether you're a first-time home seller or one that's experienced the process before, staying prepared is crucial to your selling success. In order to sell your home at the best possible price and within your desired timeline, you'll need to make sure a few things are taken care of beforehand.

Following these simple steps below can add value and attractiveness to your property, and help it fetch a high price on the market. Here at Inspired Homes , we want to help in any way we can, so take a look at these suggestions, and let us know when you're ready to get started!

1. Don't Overlook Curb Appeal

Eight seconds. That's all you have to impress a potential buyer that's seeing your property in an initial drive-by. Most buyers are savvy enough to know that pictures online will always present the home in the best possible light, and you'd be surprised what the camera can hide. Since serious buyers will want to get a look in real life, this is your chance to impress.

Keep your home well-landscaped, and update the exterior to make it presentable while it's on the market. This means regularly mowing and weeding the lawn, adding in some flowers and greenery, and maybe even power washing the sidewalk.

2. Make Sure the Price is Right

Price your home too high, and you'll miss out on reeling in buyers. Price your home too low, and you'll miss out on maximizing your investment. You should be sure to do extensive research into your current market and get a good idea of what's selling and what isn't.

If your area is currently a buyer's market, you'll want to take that into consideration and lower your initial asking price. If it's currently a seller's market, you can take advantage and increase the price while keeping it in line with others in the area. The goal is to attract with the price while maximizing a realistic return on profit to you. If you need some help, just give us a call! We know all about local and national trends, and we're more than happy to help you find that magic number.

3. Keep Your Marketing Fresh

Don't be stale with how you present your home it deserves more than simply sticking a For Sale sign in the yard and telling a few friends to spread the word! In today's real estate market, the competition is doing all they can to sell their home, and you'll need to step it up if you want to compete.

Use every possible resource you can, including online marketing! Choosing the right agent will put your home on the map and a home that isn't seen is a home that doesn't get sold. When you list with us, we'll use our website, social media platforms, local contacts, and more to ensure that as many buyers as possible know about your home.

4. Take Care of Repairs and Decor

Take an exterior and interior walk-around of the home, and make a list of all needed repairs, no matter how minor. What may be a molehill to you may be Mount Everest to a potential buyer, so never assume!

It's best to do any and all repairs before you list the home, if possible. Buyers will look for anything wrong, and here's your chance to make sure nothing is. Plus, during the inspection process, any major issues that you tried to bury will definitely be revisited, and could end up costing you with either a reduced closing price or even a cancelled sale.

While decorating your home, try to keep things as neutral as possible. Stick with grays, tans, and whites for your walls, and get rid of any personal decorations like family photos or homemade art. Put a few potted plants up to fill in the blank space, and you'll be good to go!

a staged home

5. It's Called "Staging" for a Reason

Basically, you're putting your home on a stage to show it off, so think of home selling as a beauty contest of sorts. Potential buyers that are viewing your home most likely have a few others that are in the running as well, and this is your chance to get a step ahead of the competition.

Light scented candles and play some calming music. Bake a fresh batch of cookies and leave the fireplace on. Set out some fresh flowers and throw open the curtains. Whatever you choose to do, make sure the viewing caters to the buyer's emotions.

6. Everyone Loves Extras

Come bearing gifts. Buyers love extra incentives, and because so many sellers are doing it, you don't want to be the one that's empty-handed. Try to be different in what you're offering in your financial goody bag, whether it's prepaid taxes or closing cost reductions. Consider offering nontraditional things, like a year of landscaping, for example.

7. Throw More Bait in the Water

Don't be afraid to add a few small additions to the home that will boost value in the eyes of your demographic. A great example would be installing a wall-mounted, flat-panel TV to your condo, or putting in a nice outdoor patio set outside of your single-family ranch home.

Always remember, your home isn't the only one in your neighborhood being sold make yours a must-have!

8. The Market Waxes and Wanes

Home-selling is definitely a seasonal sport. While there definitely benefits to selling in each season, it's undeniable that more buyers are active during the summer months, which means you can typically list your home for a higher price.

During the winter season, homes sales trend a little lower, so it's a great time to focus on improving your property, instead. Take care of some of those long-term projects that you've been putting off, and consider a few value-boosting DIYs.

9. Beat Your Buyers to a Home Inspection

Want to really impress your buyers? Order your own home inspection and have it ready to show them as they filter in. This shows that not only do you have nothing to hide, but that you are also eager to show off how perfect your home truly is!

It also serves the duty of showing you any areas that need repair or upgrade that were unaware of before you list. So no matter how you slice it, it's a great idea to have one done pre-listing, and beat the buyer to the punch.

Your New Buyer is Waiting

Following these tips will have you on the right track to selling your home with a shorter turnaround, with little headache, and with a higher profit. At Inspired Homes , we use experience and industry-forward resources to get your Michiana property sold with exactly those three things in mind.

Contact us at grangeroffice@inspiredhomes.com, and let us partner with you to make this happen!