Trying to sell your home when you’re pressed for time or hoping to move quickly can prove to be a challenge. But by using intentional home-selling techniques like decluttering, cleaning, staging, marketing, and pricing, you can make your home more appealing and inspire a fast sale.

1. Declutter and get rid of excess items

When your home is cluttered and full of items or unnecessary pieces, your rooms can look small and cramped. Clearing the space can make it look more open, set an elegant tone, and help prospective buyers envision their own items there. 

 

  • Declutter and minimize: Make sure you show your home in the best light by clearing away clutter and mess. Clean and tidy kitchen counters, shelves, bathrooms, and any areas where the eye is drawn to first. 

 

  • Clear out your closets and bookshelves: A closet that’s crammed with items will make a potential buyer think that the closets are too small. Keeping some space around your clothes will show how much room is available and lets the buyer imagine their things in the space.

2. Clean and rearrange

Now that you’re rid of the excess pieces that added clutter to your space, the cleanliness and visual energy of your space will be more evident to potential homebuyers.

 

  • Move furniture in a way that allows for easy movement around the room. Rearrange sofas and tables so that it’s welcome and open to someone entering.

 

  • Consider spreading out the furniture so homebuyers can imagine themselves eating, socializing, and entertaining in your home.

 

  • Deep clean everywhere, even areas where you might not expect buyers to look, like inside closets and under the fridge. 

 

  • Sweep, tidy, and dispose of any old porch furniture at the front of your home, so that you make a good first impression and ensure the property is welcoming. 

 

  • Mow the front lawn and clean out the eavestroughs to show that you pay attention to detail and you prioritize the maintenance and cleanliness of your home.

 

  • Take care of little fixes, like repairing broken door handles, caulking holes, fixing door locks, updating light fixtures, or doing a fresh coat of paint.

3. Emphasize what makes your place special

When you’re selling your property, focus on what makes it special and think about what might be appealing to potential buyers. Perhaps a young couple will be excited by the antique features, or a detail-oriented buyer will appreciate the beautiful tiling in the bathroom. 

 

Improve the curb appeal of your home by planting flowers or foliage in front of the house, or trim the bushes to highlight a stunning view. If there’s something that sets your home apart, it’s worth making the most of it.

When you're selling your property, focus on what makes it special and think about what might be appealing to potential buyers.

4. Price your home competitively

You likely have an emotional connection to your home, even if you’re ready to let it go. Use a great real estate agent to help establish a competitive price point that works for you and is aligned with comparable sales in your market.

 

Home pricing tip: 

In competitive markets you might expect to receive multiple offers, but pricing lower can help generate more interest. If you’re looking for a quick sale, you could also consider selling to an investor who plans to flip the home and resell at a higher value.

5. Set the stage

You might have an incredible collection of antique dolls or a pet that makes your house feel like a home, but it’s important to allow potential buyers to envision themselves living in the space. If you can, take your pets elsewhere, because they might distract from the viewings. Also, personal items or strong decor choices like bright colours or furniture that’s specific to another era could make it harder to sell if they clash with the personal taste or vision of the buyer. For example, a vegan homebuyer might be turned off by the deer head you’ve proudly displayed on the mantle. By creating a more neutral space, you’ll appeal to a wide demographic of potential buyers. 

 

Home staging tip:

If you’re trying to sell your home quickly, prioritize features that would appeal to almost everyone; think fresh cut flowers, the smell of cookies, or open curtains that allow a small room to be bathed with light.

If you need help selling your home, our dedicated team of experts offer support, from initial planning through to moving day. 

 

Sell your home today.