Property Management Blog

How Do I Prepare My House For a Quick Sale?

System - Sunday, December 28, 2014
Property Management Blog

If you want to sell your house quickly, you’ll need to consider a number of factors that could make your home attractive to potential buyers. A buyer could reject your house for many different reasons like a high asking price, the color of your walls or the fact that you don’t have a basement.

Of course, you cannot please everyone and change the layout of your home to try and attract a good buyer. However, this does not mean you can just sell your house as it is either. There are many things that are common to all buyers no matter what their preferences for a basement or attic are.

Don’t Be an Experiment - Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

The first step in any successful home sale is an experienced real estate agent. Someone who is new to the business and does not have many sales under their belt might not be the right person to hire if you want to sell your house quickly. One of the major disadvantages of hiring an inexperienced agent is their lack of good negotiating skills. As a skill that can only be perfected by experience, you don’t want to have to sell your home for much less than it should be just because your agent didn’t know how to tactfully negotiate a better price with a buyer.

Move Out – Then Stage

When you are selling a home, the best thing to do is to move out of it so you can repair and stage the house for potential buyers. Staging is the process of decorating your home so buyers can see its best assets and characteristics for a quick sale. An experienced real estate agent will be able to give you good tips on how to stage your home to attract buyers. Moving out of a home before you sell it makes it easier to stage the home and make it possible for potential buyers to see it without your personal items.

De-clutter and De-personalize

If it is not possible for you to move out before selling your house, you should try to de-personalize it as much as possible. Real estate agents usually advise you to remove all personal effects like photographs, hanging clothes and jazzy bed covers. This helps the potential buyer view your home objectively without being obstructed by your personal choices.  

And don’t dump everything into your wardrobe or closet; buyers want to see those too.


A buyer should be able to visualize their life in your house. If they don’t like your bathroom’s flowery red tiles, they are unlikely to be able to imagine themselves there and be happy about it. Neutralizing means making sure nothing in the home reflects personal taste or choice. This includes wall paint, tiles, floors and countertops.

Renovate Only If You Must

Don’t spend money and time on renovating things that will have no or little effect on the price of your home or the speed at which it will sell. Remodeling or renovation should only be done if you think it will add to the ROI of your house and ensure a quick sale, otherwise, it is just a waste of time and money.

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