There are many ways to improve your chances of selling your house fast. And while the easiest way is to just lower the price, many people are not willing or able to do that. If you are one of those people, check out these 6 low or no cost ways to sell your home fast for the most cash.
- Keep it Clean
I put this one first because it is both the most important and least expensive. Your home needs to be kept so clean that you would not have a problem eating off every surface. I know this one is a huge pain to maintain, but it's so important that I guarantee you will not sell your house as fast if you do not keep it perfectly clean.
- Make it smell good
This goes along with the last tip as a clean house will definitely smell better, but if you have lingering odors, then cleaning may not be enough. If when you're away from home for a while and you smell anything bad when you return, then everyone viewing your house will think it smells ten times worse than you do. Consider hiring a carpet cleaning company and paying extra for the odor removal option. You can also rent a room odor eliminator that cleans up the ozone. I've even heard these machines have removed cat urine smell after all the carpet was replaced. If all else fails or you just want to add that homey touch, bake some cookies or bread before every showing. Not only does your house smell better, but you can put out some cookies to further please their senses.
- Getting rid of junk
I know you love all your stuff. If you did not why would you have so much of it? Problem is, no one viewing your house wants to see any of it and it makes your house look messy and small. If you can not part with your old high school trophies for good, at least get a friend to store them for you or rent a storage unit for a few months until you move them to your new house.
Along with getting rid of clutter, you want to take down every picture that nobody else would want in their house. I know you think your five year olds' picture of Santa Clause is adorable, but no one else would hang it on their fridge. That goes double for the 12 X 15 of Aunt Betty hanging in the hallway.
- Clear out your closets
This is not trying to be sexist in any way, but most women love big closets. What's the best way to make your closets look bigger? Take out at least half of the clothes. Ideally you want to have 2 inches between each hanger and plenty of space left open on the floor. Just pick out the clothes you know you'll need and put the rest into storage.
I'm sure you've heard "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." Well that holds true for when you want to sell your house fast. When people pull up to your house, you want them to want to come inside. I've literally pulled up to view a house before and told the Realtor to just keep driving. Just looking at how they did not keep the outside told me it was not even worth going inside. You do not have to spend a lot of money to do this. Just make sure everything is cut, weeded, and manicured perfectly, and maybe spend a few dollars on mulch and flowers.
- Do it all to Sell Your House Fast
You should be able to do all of the above for less than $ 300, with the potential to increase the value of your home by thousands. Yes it will take a lot of work, but considering the financial gain and the increased likelihood of selling your house fast, is not it worth the effort.