5 ideas to help sell your home quickly

5 ideas to help sell your home quickly

The changes in the real estate market makes it increasingly important to have your home looks its best during a showing. Here are five ideas to help you sell more quickly.

  1. Hire a home stager. Staging a home for sale used to be considered a luxury. Now, many real estate agents consider it a necessity. The best home stagers research the types of people who buy houses in your neighborhood and adjust the house to suit that demographic. If most buyers are families with kids, keep all the bedrooms as bedrooms. If more singles are looking to move in, consider staging one of the bedrooms as an office or home gym.
  2. Look outside in. A buyer first sees what’s outside your house, not the inside. Freshly cut grass, manicured shrubs, swept sidewalks and a power-washed driveway look inviting; sick or dead potted plants don’t.
  3. Clutter kills. Go through every room in your house and decide which belongings you’ll need in the next six months and which you won’t. Get rid of the second pile — in the trash or in storage. If you need extra help, hire a home organizer.
  4. Remove personal effects. Buyers want to imagine themselves living there and too many reminders of your family can make them almost feel like they’re invading someone’s home. And that’s a sales turn-off.
  5. Take great photos. Nearly 90 percent of homebuyers research homes online, according to realty industry research. If you're hiring a home stager, take the photos after their work is done.

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Alpha Home Inspections


Good tips. The home's overall condition is also very important. Before putting your home on the market be sure to make sure that there aren't any needed repairs. A sellers Home Inspection is a good way to find the items needing repair before the buyer does, which may lead to a lower negotiated selling price.

Nancy W


Excellent topic! And timely for us now building new & selling old house! Thank you, Angie's List!

Nancy W


Excellent topic! And timely for us building a new house & selling old!

Ms. Cady


some interesting ideas I needed to know!

Melinda Bartling


Great advice! I own a home staging and rearranging company in Overland Park KS. A well trained home stager will draw buyers to your home versus waiting for buyers to come. There are differences in stagers, as in everything else. You'll get different results from different stagers. I was trained by the lady who invented home staging back in the 70's. I use specific techniques and do's and don'ts that are somewhat specific to my style. It's apparent when a home has been staged. It always looks better but I don't agree with the arrangement of the furniture. So choose wisely. Melinda Bartling



I am looking to become a stager. I staged my home before we put up the for sale sign 6/1/09 and received many compliments. No... we did not sell our house yet... 3 months!! The market is so bad.

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